Forestdale, London

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Forestdale welcome sign
Forestdale is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ3762
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCROYDON
Postcode districtCR0
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°20′42″N 0°02′17″W / 51.345°N 0.038°W / 51.345; -0.038Coordinates: 51°20′42″N 0°02′17″W / 51.345°N 0.038°W / 51.345; -0.038

Forestdale is a residential neighbourhood of southeast London in the London Borough of Croydon and the historic county of Surrey. It is sometimes considered to be part of Addington, its ancient and ecclesiastical parish.[1] It is located south of Upper Shirley, east of Selsdon, south-west of Addington's historic centre, north-west of New Addington and north of Farleigh.


Forestdale has public green verges and a nature reserve with diverse walks. Adjoining are Addington and Croydon's closest golf courses. Forestdale is linked to Croydon via Addington by Featherbed Lane which skirts the suburb on one side.

The suburb consists of cul-de-sacs running off four main roads, the cul-de-sacs being subdivided into several 'neighbourhoods'. All houses within a cul-de-sac are of the same style, but differ from other cul-de-sacs in style and materials, such as weatherboarding, brick colour and arrangement, and so uniformity of style is achieved within one cul-de-sac but differs from the others.

Forestdale contains a community centre (The Forum) on Pixton Way.[1] There is a small row of shops at the junction of Featherbed Lane and Selsdon Park Road, which contains a pub (The Forestdale Arms).[1] The fish & chip shop here (McDermott's) was voted the best in London and the South-East in 2005.[1]


Most homes were built here between the late 1960s and mid 1970s on previously open ground containing a number of smallholdings.[1] Wates Group, a construction firm heavily involved in many of the homes' construction, won an award in 1972 due to the solar heating panels they installed in three of the houses.[2][1]


Two London Buses serve the village; routes 353 and 433

All parts of Forestdale are within a mile of Tramlink tram stops:


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  1. ^ a b c d e f Willey, Russ (2006). The London Gazzetteer. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. pp. 180–81.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Copper Development Association First Prize for solar heating