Bromley Borough Guide

Your All In London guide to Bromley

Bromley is the largest London Borough by area and as such has many contrasting sides in landscape and people. The growth of the railway system in the nineteeth century turned the northern half of the borough into an extention of inner-city London, although most of the southern half remains open countryside. In its boundaries lie such contrasts as the inner-city-like suburbs of Anerley and Penge, alongside the rural villages of Downe and Cudham. Alongside these variations are also strong differences in relative affluence amongst the population which can also be broadly split between north and south. Petts Wood, Farnborough and Chislehurst in the north for example have long been territory of the middle classes and wealthier city commuters whilst Penge, Crystal Palace and Norwood in the north are made up of younger people and others priced out of central London.

A famous site in the borough which became famous during the Second World War, was the Biggin Hill Aerodrome, lying at the southerly most end of the boundaries. Biggin Hill was a base for RAF Fighter Command when it directed the defence of London and South East England during the Battle of Britain. It has since become a civil airport, extensively used by private aircraft and for flying displays. The borough of Bromley is conveniently situation just 20 minutes away by from central London by mainline train or 35 minutes by road.

Must see attractions in Bromley

Chislehurst Caves

Caveside Close, Old Hill, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5NL

Regions & Neighbourhoods in Bromley

Bromley
Although it’s technically part of London, Bromley is pretty much a self-contained town complete with a large retail centre, a number of theatres and a cinema. Its insularity is partly due to poor tr...
Elmers End
At first glance, it seems there is little to recommend about Elmers End. South Norwood Country Park is located on the site of an old sewage farm which is thought to be contaminated with metals and the...
New Beckenham
Leafy New Beckenham is situated just to the north of the suburb of Beckenham, located in the borough of Bromley. Beckenham was originally a tiny semi-rural village before London’s expansion meant th...
Penge
Its amusing name makes it the butt of many a joke, however those who live here know Penge is replete with historical buildings, pubs and green spaces. It was also a highly fashionable district in the ...
Sydenham
Sydenham started to become fashionable after the 1851 Great Exhibition took place in Crystal Palace, a futuristic glass and iron building situated in Sydenham Park, now renamed as Crystal Palace Park....
Petts Wood
Petts Wood is the name given to an area of woodland as well as the district that surrounds it in the borough of Bromley. It has been hailed as a notable example of 20th century inter-war town planning...
West Wickham
Once it was a hunting ground, frequented by royals; then it became a village, until the railway arrived which encouraged the population to grow. Today it is still surrounded by greenery, but West Wick...
Keston
Since its development in the 1920s Keston has been home to wealthy inhabitants who sought to turn their back on smoky insalubrious London, and it’s never quite managed to shake off its posh image. E...
Orpington
Orpington is a typical south London suburb, there are wide tree-lined streets, plenty of parks, and little in the way of public transport, however the overground at Orpington station links to Victoria...

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