13 reasons why Bromley has become one of the coolest places to live in London

If you want to live in London, but avoid having to share a house fit for two with half a dozen other people, you’re pretty much going to have to look at outer London these days. And there are few better choices than Bromley.It has perfect green spaces, easy commuting routes and plentiful shops, so the borough has got a lot to offer everyone, from families to couples and singletons looking to escape the overly urban central London.So, with that in mind, here are just a few of the reasons why we think Bromley is a borough which more and more people are going to want to move to in the years ahead.

1. The whole town centre is getting a makeover

Ok, so in recent months the town centre has been a bit of a building site. But with a lot of that work nearly finished, the town centre is starting to look fresh and new, and what’s better than an enjoyable town to have a shop in (more on that later).

2. The Bakerloo line extension plans

Although connections to Central London are already pretty good, with more than 25 overground stations providing an easy route into the city, Bromley is set to become even more accessible.The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has said he is “committed” to extending the Bakerloo line past Lewisham into Bromley.Transport for London has already announced the Lewisham extension plans, with a route via Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate chosen as the best option.A further extension into Bromley would make life easier for thousands of commuters in South East London.

3. There’s so many good schools

More than 90% of Bromley schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, and all the schools inspected in 2017 and 2018 got one of those two top grades.St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, in Mottingham, has been revealed as the best school in the borough, with Raglan Primary School, in Bromley, and Valley Primary School, in Beckenham , following closely behind.

4. It’s the second happiest place to live in London

With the pricey borough of Richmond sitting in first place, Bromley presents a happy second option for Londoners looking to put a smile back on their face.The Happiest at Home survey, conducted by Rightmove, used statistics based on locals’ responses to how safe they felt in the area, the community spirit and their level of satisfaction with local services such as doctors, schools, green spaces and cultural activities.Wouldn’t it be nice to escape the glum expressions of people on the Tube to live amongst some of the happiest people in London?

5. It’s a leafy retreat within the hustle and bustle of London

With its life-size Victorian model dinosaurs, big green spaces, children’s farm and serene lake, Crystal Palace Park offers a scenic and peaceful day out for the whole family.

One of the greenest of the London boroughs, Bromley is also home to a nature reserve, Jubilee Country Park, in Petts Wood. Who would have thought you could get lost in 62 acres of wildflower meadows so close to London?And with over 50% of Bromley made up of green space, there are plenty of other places to soak up the fresh air, including High Elms Country Park, in Farnborough, and Chislehurst’s Scadbury Park.

6. It’s a hub of historic sites

For the keen historians who have visited the London galleries one too many times, Bromley offers several lesser-known historic attractions.Down House, in Downe, might look like an ordinary house, but it was actually the family home of Charles Darwin. Visitors can wander in the gardens and visit the rooms where he wrote his most famous book, “On the Origin of Species”.

Bromley is also the unexpected home of a labyrinth of 13th century man-made caves 30 metres below the ground. Visitors can book a tour of the dark passageways at Chislehurst Caves and learn about the caves’ various uses over the years from an air raid shelter to a mushroom farm.For those keen to travel even further back in history, the Crofton Roman Villa foundations and its artifacts are an archaeology fan’s dream.

7. The shopping

The Glades shopping centre, a stone’s throw from Bromley North and Bromley South train stations, is a perfect destination for those wanting to browse, eat and drink, as well as a great spot for an all-out shopping spree.

It’s got all the high street staples including H&M, Pandora, The Body Shop, The New Look and Monsoon. You could get your haircut at Rush, your phone fixed at the Apple Store and grab a coffee at Caffè Nero without stepping outside.It’s a far cry from the manic bustle of Central London shopping.For those looking for something more artisan, Bromley’s historic Charter Market has stalls selling clothes, food, jewellery and other items not available on the high street.

Once you’ve worked up your appetite, you could stop at one of Bromley’s most popular restaurants, Assos, for some Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, or grab a burger and chips at family friendly American restaurant, Madisons. For those lazy Sundays, head to The Imperial Arms pub in Chislehurst for what Tripadvisor reviewers rate as Bromley’s best Sunday lunch.

8. There’s no shortage of options if you like to keep active

Bromley’s green spaces are a haven for joggers, dog walkers and those who enjoy exercising outdoors.If running is not to your taste, Bromley Cricket Club boasts courts for tennis and squash alongside its cricket pitch. The club also organises classes and events for players who want to socialise.For those who enjoy a slower pace to their outdoor activity, Bromley Golf Club welcomes new members and the Bromley Pavilion offers a gym and swimming pool.

9. The variety of houses and flats is vast

Bromley attracts a range of house hunters, from singletons looking for a rented flat to families looking for a new home.From quaint cottages and Victorian mansions to modern high street developments, there are areas and choices to suit all ages and tastes.Whilst it might cause a sweat to break on the brow of new buyers, locals have benefited from the steady increase in house prices that makes buying in the borough a worthwhile investment.

First time buyers should look to Chatterton Village, just south of Bromley town centre, which has Victorian terrace houses and plenty of two-bedroom properties for under £350,000.Those looking to splash out can look to Garden Road in Sundridge Park, with large detached Edwardian houses within walking distance of a golf course.Young professionals might prefer the new St Mark’s Square development. The modern block of one, two and three-bedroom flats is in the heart of Bromley, and the building also features a Vue cinema and nine new restaurants.

10. You can support London’s oldest football team

Cray Wanderers, said to have been established in 1860, will soon be able to host fans at their own stadium.The team have had to share Bromley FC’s ground for the past 45 years, but Mayor Sadiq Khan’s backing for the development means their new facilities will be built in Flamingo Park in Chislehurst.

Locals will be able to watch home matches there in 2021 when the stadium is due to be finished.

11. You can go to the theatre without paying West End prices

The Churchill Theatre in the middle of Bromley High Street hosts performances for a wide range of tastes, from orchestras and themed dining experiences, to comedy nights and the ballet.The theatre even holds playwright competitions and youth theatre classes for those who would rather be on stage than in the audience.

12. You are following in the footsteps of some seriously cool people

Various English Heritage blue plaques, attached to seemingly insignificant houses, mark the notable men and women who lived in them.Even if there weren’t any other reason to live there, it might be enough to persuade budding renters and homeowners that to live in Bromley is to live in the borough once inhabited by the likes of H.G. Wells, Enid Blyton and David Bowie.

13. Easy links to Kent and beyond

With Kent and the south coast just a short distance and easy transport links away, it’s really easy to enjoy a day out in the countryside. Or to even visit a historic place like Canterbury.For the truly adventurous (and no deal Brexit permitting!) you could even make a short dash down to the Eurotunnel and easily pop over to France or Belgium for the day. Magique!

Special Thanks to My London for their Article- https://www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/11-reasons-bromley-become-one-15569399

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