Welcome to Bromley
Our area guide for Bromley offers a brief overview of the town, its attractions, properties, schools, history, council tax and public transport links.
Spanning the BR1 postcode, Bromley is the largest borough in London with a population of over 300,000. Bromley town itself is a thriving centre of retail, commerce and leisure, attracting visitors from across the borough. However, the town has one eye on the future and ambitious regeneration plans are in motion. Bromley South Central's £90 million development will see the creation of a 130-bedroom hotel, a nine-screen cinema, 200 new apartments of both private and affordable status, and 25,000 square feet of café and restaurant space (Nandos, Prezzo and Las Iguanas are already signed up). Bromley North - including Market Square, High Street North and East Street - is also undergoing a renaissance, with public realm improvements well underway. Churchill Place in Bromley Town Centre is also set for regeneration, with new high-end retail, leisure and residential opportunities, along with public spaces and improved parking.
Bromley is home to over 300 shops and restaurants, with many of these located in and around The Glades shopping centre. Also now known as Intu Bromley, The Glades offers three levels of general retail, fashion, beauty and home wares - anchored by Marks & Spencer and Debenhams. Bromley High Street is also home to an open-air market on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with the pedestrian area coming alive with stalls selling fresh produce, arts, crafts, clothes and haberdashery.
The Pavilion Leisure Centre has recently undergone a £5 million upgrade and offers visitors a pool, gym, studios and a children's soft play centre. Bromley Golf Centre boasts a nine-hole course and a driving range, while Bromley Tennis Centre has indoor and outdoor courts. Bromley Palace Park and Civic Centre Grounds are perfect for a relaxing walk, with their ornamental gardens and lake. Bromley Museum is fittingly located in a historic medieval building called The Priory, and is the perfect place to visit if you want to chart the town's interesting history. The Churchill Theatre is Bromley's well-regarded theatre, and the library is housed in the same building. Plans are also underway to turn the Grade II listed town hall into a boutique four-star hotel, restaurant and wedding venue.
Bromley Food and Drink
You'll never go hungry in Bromley. Expect high-quality Italian, Indian, Chinese and European restaurants, along with more unusual eateries serving Nepalese, Tibetan and Brazilian specialities. Pizza Express, Zizzi and Café Rouge can be relied upon for family favourites while Tamasha and Aqua are recommended for more refined dining. The list of pubs and bars in Bromley is too exhaustive to list but you can hop from O'Neills to the Railway Hotel and the Zenon Bar for totally different refreshment experiences. If you still have energy, grab your dancing shoes and head to Bibas - Bromley's nightclub.
Bromley's earliest history can be traced back to Anglo-Saxon times, when a settlement developed around what is today the market square area. The town's prominence grew in the 10th century when the Bishops of Rochester chose Bromley as a base for visitors to London. A legacy of this religious connection can still be seen today; with remnants of a bishop's palace built in 1775 forming part of today's Bromley Civic Centre. Religious connections were complemented by royal connections, and 1158 (or 1205 depending on the source) saw the granting of a royal charter to the town's market by King John. Like many other inner lying Kentish villages, rapid development followed the introduction of the railway network during the mid-1880s, and Bromley was taken into the Greater London fold in 1965. Several literary giants lived in Bromley, including H.G. Wells and Richmal Crompton, author of the Just William books.
Bromley Property market
Those with a big budget to blow should start their property search in the enclaves of Bickley and Sundridge Park, where mansions and large detached houses sell for in excess of £1 million. Bromley Common is a popular choice among families, with a selection of spacious modern homes, a village community and cricket team. Bromley town centre itself is home to a wide variety of property types - from period residences and conversions to new-build apartments and post-war dwellings. One thing is for sure, Bromley's popularity is on the rise, with Rightmove revealing house prices, on average in Bromley, were up 6% on last year, following a previous annual rise of 5%.
Bromley Council Tax
The current council tax valuation details for the Borough of Bromley are here: http://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/200028/council_tax/114/council_tax_valuation_bands
The town and its neighbouring areas offer a good variety of educational choices, including:
- St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
- Burnt Ash Primary School
- Scotts Park Primary School
- Valley Primary School
- St Marks CoE Primary School
- St Olave's and St Saviour's Grammar School
- Harris Academy Beckenham
- The Ravensbourne School
- Bromley High School
- Bromley Hospitals
- The nearest hospital to Bromley is the Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough Common.
Bromley Transport Links
Bromley town itself has two train stations. Although a limited service to Grove Park runs from Bromley North, Bromley South station runs a popular service to London Victoria that takes just 16 minutes. The west of Bromley is served by Tramlink, with services between Beckenham Junction, Elmers End, Croydon and Wimbledon. Bus travel to and from Bromley town centre is frequent and wide reaching.
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