What is Bromley like?
It’s all about relaxation and convenience in a picturesque setting: the area is the perfect blend of characterful sophistication and laid-back charm, just 20 minutes from central London.
The Bromley, Locksbottom and Chislehurst area is the undiscovered jewel of the south east’s commuter belt. Everyone heads to the Surrey hotspots like Esher and Weybridge, yet for graciousness and sheer ease of access to London, our patch is unbeatable.
Property in Kent and Surrey
It’s noted for its substantial family homes in villagey locations. Keston Park and Farnborough Park are prestigious gated estates built mainly in the 1930s; their green settings have been carefully preserved through sensitive development governed by strict covenants, and they remain among the most desirable addresses in the south east.
Chislehurst is perennially popular, thanks to property that ranges from quaint cottages to large villas and its picturesque village centre. The private Wilderness Road and Camden Park Road are typically gracious locations.
Towards West Wickham, Langley Park is noted for its woodland setting. Popular villages include Keston, Down and Chelsfield.
The local scene
With so many towns and villages close together, each with its own active community and distinct character, the varied atmosphere in this corner of Kent caters for all ages. From the classic townscape and smart boutiques of Chislehurst to the lively retail and cultural hub of Bromley, the area offers a wide range of amenities and ambiences that appeal to professionals, families and retirees alike.
Bromley is a major shopping destination, with The Glades housing 135 stores, and the town’s Churchill Theatre is an important venue for touring and pre-West End productions. For a shopping on a larger scale, Bluewater is about 25 minutes away. The area’s excellent restaurants include Chapter One in Locksbottom, Loujon’s in Keston and Due Amici in Chislehurst.
Chislehurst provides a more timeless setting; with its high-quality shops and restaurants on Royal Parade, it balances graciousness with a village atmosphere and a thriving community spirit. The surrounding Kent countryside, swathes of National Trust land and public parks, and a wealth of golf courses around Chelsfield provide a beautifully green backdrop.
Bromley is close to the M25 and the M20, giving fast access to Gatwick, Heathrow and the Channel Tunnel terminus. Nearby Ebbsfleet International station provides fast links to London and Paris, the South Coast and Bluewater shopping centre.
Mainline commuter services are second to none: direct connections to London Bridge, Waterloo, Charing Cross, Victoria and Cannon Street take between 18 and 25 minutes from Orpington, Chislehurst and Chelsfield.
Schools in Kent and Surrey
This part of Kent is popular with families because it retains its grammar school system. Among the major local draws are Darrick Wood School, Locksbottom; Newstead Wood School for girls, Orpington; and St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School for boys, Orpington
The area’s leading independent schools include Bromley High School for Girls, Bickley Park School for Boys, Eltham College, Farringtons School and Babington House School for Boys.