Welcome to Bexley
Our area guide for Bexley offers a brief overview of the area, its attractions, properties, schools, history, council tax and public transport links.
Bexley Village is at the heart of the London Borough of Bexley and bears the DA5 postcode. Bexley, Bexley Village and Joyden's Wood border Blackfen, Sidcup and Crayford. Bexley Village is sometimes referred to as Old Bexley, which adds to its appeal, and its friendly, close-knit community has always appealed to families and young professionals. The village feel has been maintained thanks to a strong network of local, independent retailers and voracious support from the local community.
Bexley Village has resisted the urge to transform into a faceless retail destination - there's no Tesco or Starbucks. Instead there is string of unique shops along a pretty High Street, with a big emphasis on independent trading. The village is still the first place local residents head for retail therapy. There's a mix of home and interior stores, clothes shops, restaurants, bars and pubs, cafés, two bakeries, two delis and a library. Hamers deli, Village Kids designer clothing and Chex Boutique are just three shops that people travel from far and wide to visit. Elsewhere are other local parades of shops as well as The Broadway shopping centre in nearby Bexleyheath.
Hall Place is Bexley's most notable attraction. This Grade I Tudor listed country house, built in 1537 for a former Lord Mayor of London, features 65 acres of award-winning gardens; the Bexley Museum Collection and the riverside café. Freemantle Hall in Bexley Village itself is the venue for craft fairs, children's parties and community functions. There are several churches in and around Bexley, with two of the most attractive - St Mary's and St John's - sitting proudly at opposite ends of Bexley Village. A walk on foot around the village also reveals the ancient manor house, High Street House and the Styleman's Almshouses - all which have architectural importance. Children have been playing for years in the park on the 'Golden Acre' green space in the village, and nearby Bexley Woods and River Shuttle give plenty of opportunities to explore and interact with nature. For those who like to relax, head to the spa at Reynolds gym - set in a converted chapel with glorious Georgian architecture. Sample the monsoon showers, an ice fountain and the wet salt steam baths.
Bexley Food and Drink
Bexley Village is a veritable melting pot of styles and venues when it comes to food and drink. It is arguably Bexley's premier place to head for fine dining. Ferraris Italian is one of the borough's best places to eat and booking is always advised. There's also Flavours of Morocco, Bamboo (Chinese), The Greek Taverna and a couple of good Indian restaurants. Bar Lorca is a lively cocktail bar, while The Millers Arms, The Kings Head, The George and The Railway Tavern provide a refreshing tipple and some good pub grub without having to leave the High Street.
Although classed as a Greater London Borough, Bexley stands on the very outskirts of Kent on the River Cray, and was in the Diocese of Rochester. It is this 'betwix' nature that appeals for those looking for one foot in the city and another in the country. The Shaw family - one of London's most famous architectural clans - came from Bexley and it was John Shaw who was a pioneer of the semi-detached housing type.
Bexley Property Market
With its historic roots it's no surprise that there are some fantastic period properties in Bexley, from cosy cottages through to large Arts & Craft-style houses. There's also a selection of well-proportioned 1960s properties around Maiden Erlegh Avenue and 1930s semi-detached homes all around DA5. Popular enclaves and areas include Joyden's Woods, Blendon, Baldwyns Park, Cold Blow, Glenhurst Avenue, Hall Place, Penhill, Knoll Road, St Mary's Road, Tile Kiln Lane and Parkwood Road, Camden Road, Parkhurst Road, Wansunt Road and The Drive.
Bexley Council Tax
Bexley Village is in the Bexley borough and the latest council tax charges can be found here:-
Families living in Bexley Village tend to opt for the village's two primary schools but there is an extensive selection of primary and secondary facilities in the close vicinity, including
- Old Bexley Primary School
- Hurst Primary School
- Joyden's Wood Primary School
- Bursted Wood Primary School
- Gravel Hill Primary School
- Pelham Primary School
- St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
- Beths Grammar School for Boys
- Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School
- Townley Grammar School for Girls
- Bexley Grammar School
- Bexleyheath Academy
- Cleve Park School
- St Catherine's Catholic Girls School
- St Columba's Catholic Boys School
- Hurstmere School
The nearest hospitals to Bexley are Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich, Darent Hospital in Dartford and Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup.
Bexley Transport Links
Bexley train station is located in the heart of the village, where services run into Blackheath, London Bridge, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and Charing Cross (journey times from 24 minutes).The A2 can be accessed at the Black Prince Interchange at the bottom of Gravel Hill, just outside of the village, and the whole of Bexley is served by a number of bus routes.
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