The borough of Bexley lies on the south-east edge of Greater London in the Thames Gateway, which is still a national priority for urban regeneration. Originally a sparcely populated area with an estimated 4,000 residents in 1800, the area has attracted an inflow of residents ever since the development of the rail network, with people continuing to move from the inner-city boroughs keen to escape to the relative greenery of the borough. Bexley is one of the greenest boroughs in London with over 100 parks and open spaces and enjoys a 5 mile stretch along the river Thames with the views that come with it.
In contrast to many London Boroughs, Bexley has a relatively small ethnic minority population, with those from non-white backgrounds making up less than 10% of the total population. The major towns in the borough are Erith, previously a major port and industrial centre, Bexleyheath, Crayford, Sidcup and Welling, and the relatively new town of Thamesmead.