What's it like to live in Bromley?

2 Nov 2017
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The London Borough of Bromley


Bromley is one of the 33 boroughs that make up Greater London, it is located in South East London and is considered to be in outer London and is named after its principal town, Bromley. As with most of south London it is considered a very green area, there's an abundance of parks and woodlands and forms part of South London's Green Chain Walk which is a series of walks around beautiful wildlife areas throughout South East London. It is also the largest London borough in terms of area. Because of its large area, the borough of Bromley can vary from quaint rural villages such as Downe to more urban areas such as Anerley.

The different districts of Bromley are;

  • Anerley - Home to Thomas Crapper who helped out inventing the flushing toilet, Anerley is considered a more inner city area of Bromley. Recently it has been seen as an area that will soon take off due to its good schools and low property prices.
  • Aperfield - An area located near Biggin Hill and Berry Green making it a fairly quiet rural area for London.
  • Beckenham -  Once a small village, Beckenham lies just outside Bromley town centre and is a fairly affluent area that has a high amount of green space and transport links.
  • Bickley-  Located close to Bromely town centre, Bickley is a very affluent area, one of the most expensive areas to live in London. 
  • Biggin Hill - As the name suggests Biggin Hill is one of the highest areas of London. It is a small town that lies near to Sevenoaks area in Kent. It is home to Biggin Hill Airport which is the venue of the annual Biggin Hill International Air Fair.
  • Bromley - It the head town of Bromley borough which is home to Intu shopping centre, a huge mall of everyone's favourite high street shops and is a relatively affluent area.
  • Bromley Common - A relatively rural area which was once a small village, it is comprised of green space, residential areas and popular restaurants and delicatessens.
  • Chelsfield -  A large village that is very close to Orpington and Kent
  • Chislehurst -  A very affluent area of Bromley, it is largely green space and with large residential properties and is one of the most expensive places to liv ein South East London. Chislehurst is home to Chislehurst Caves.
  • Chislehurst Common - An open space of green land located in Chislehurst.
  • Coney Hall - Coney Hall lies on the border with the London Borough of Croydon, it is residential area.
  • Crofton - Is a residential area of Bromley on the western side of Orpington and is home to Crofton Woods, an important area of wildlife.
  • Crystal Palace - Is a fairly inner London area of Bromley and is very popular with young working professionals.
  • Cudham - A village located on the outskirts of Bromley borough and borders with Kent.
  • Downe -  A very affluent village just outside Bromley town centre and was once home to Charles Darwin. It has some great country pubs!
  • Downham -  An area that is also part of Lewisham. It is located near Grove Park.
  • Eden Park - A residential area that lies south-west of Bromley town centre.
  • Elmers End -  Located mostly within Beckenham it also borders with Croydon and is a fairly inner city area of London.
  • Elmstead - Elmstead is a faily affluent area of Bromley and is home to Elmstead Woods.
  • Farnborough - A residential area that lies south west of Orpington.
  • Goddington -  Goddington is largely comprised of Goddington Park.
  • Green Street Green - A village that is located south of Orpington.
  • Hayes - Once a village it is now part of Bromley but still retains its village character.
  • Keston -  Situated next to Hayes common, the village of Keston is both rural and suburban in character. It lies on the Kent border.
  • Leaves Green -  Another village within the Bormley border it is located near Biggin Hill.
  • Locksbottom - Situated near to Petts Wood and Orpington.
  • Longlands - A mainly residential area that lies within three London boroughs, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.
  • Maypole - 
  • Mottingham -  A residential area that also lies in the London boroughs of Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham. Once a small village it is now a vast suburban area.
  • Orpington -  One of the biggest towns in the London borough of Bromley with a big selection of shops and restaurants.
  • Park Langley - Is a suburb of Beckenham and is contains gated communities, Langley Park and Langley Waterside.
  • Penge -  Is a popular commuter town for those who work in central London. It is home to many old pubs and dates back to 957ad.
  • Petts Wood - Is a fairly affluent area near Bromley town, it has a lot of green spaces including Pett's Wood.
  • Plaistow - Is a residential area that also lies in Lewisham and was where David Bowie lived as a child.
  • Pratt's Bottom - A small village with a hilarious name that lies on the Kent border.
  • Ruxley - Dating back to 1086ad, Ruxley has a rich history and is now a small town in Bromley. It has areas of SSSI and has a lot of green space.
  • St Mary Cray-  Once an ancient parish in Kent, now it is a mostly residential area.
  • St Paul's Cray -  Another ancient settlement which dates back to the Romans! It is small village located near Sidcup.
  • Shortlands - Located just outside Bromley town centre it is a residential area and is fairly affluent.
  • Southborough - A residential area located just outside Bromley town centre
  • Sundridge - Is an affluent area located just outside Bromley town centre.
  • Sydenham - Lies in the three boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley and Southwark. An affluent area that is close to other affluent areas such as Dulwich, Forest Hill and Crystal Palace.
  • West Wickham - A residential area that dates back to 1066ad. It is a affluent area and was once home to Enid Blyton and Skream.

Quirky facts about the Royal Borough of Bromley

  • Bromley was home to H.G.Wells and Charles Darwin.
  • Bromley has the largest amount of green space in London, half of the borough is dedicated to nature!
  • It is home to Chislehurst Caves an underground network of caves where bands such as The Who have played.
  • David Bowie grew up in Bromley

Transport in Bromley

Bromley is one of the six boroughs in London yet to have an underground station, but it's still very connected to London and transport into central London is easy.


  • Crystal Palace
  • Birkbeck
  • Beckenham Junction
  • Shortlands
  • Bromley North
  • Bromley South
  • St Mary Cray
  • Sundridge Park
  • Ravensbourne
  • Bickley
  • Elmstead Woods
  • Chislehurst
  • Petts Wood
  • Orpington
  • Knockholt
  • Kent House
  • Penge East
  • Penge West
  • Anerley
  • Lower Sydenham
  • New Beckenham
  • Clock House
  • Elmers End
  • West Wickham
  • Hayes

Here's the statistical bit

At the time of going to press the average house price for a detached home in Bromley was £422K for a detached home, it rises to £987k for semi detached, £790K for a terrace and £331K for a flat.

Crime is slightly lower than the London average, according to the 2011 census the biggest age groups in Bromley are 0-17 and 30 - 44. Greenwich has a lot of single young people which makes up 36% of the population.

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