Cost of accommodation
Like most London boroughs, rental prices are considered high in Bromley. An affluent area, there are many large properties driving property prices up. However there have been many conversions or replacements of larger houses with smaller modern flats. As a result, property types are diverse, with a mixture of traditional Victorian homes and modern apartment blocks. In the heart of Bromley, terraced houses comprise the majority of the property market, while the two and three bedroom houses of Bromley Common are popular with first time buyers. Delightful Victorian cottages can be found in Bromley Old Town; Bromley South is the place to find a modern purpose built flat; and in Shortlands you’ll find Victorian, Edwardian and 1920s semi-detached properties, with larger detached 1920s homes in Bickley.
Bromley has two mainline stations. From Bromley South trains to London Victoria take just over 15 minutes and Bromley North has shuttle trains to Grove Park where there are onward connections to Charing Cross and Cannon Street. There are also stations in Shortlands, Bickley and Sunridge Park, which serve central London and beyond. The west of the borough is served by Tramlink, with links to Croydon and Wimbledon.
Vibe, type of people that live there
Young families opt for leafy Bromley because it lies just 12 miles and 15 minutes from central London, yet offers a world of calm and charm.
Bromley High Street is a hive of activity, with a very popular open street market and an indoor shopping centre. Whether you’re looking for amateur dramatics or big productions, Bromley has something for every theatre lover. Located in a beautiful Victorian house, Ripley Arts Centre displays the work of local artists and hosts concerts and recitals in an evocative setting. Cafe culture thrives in Bromley, centred around the bustling high street. Treat yourself to a pre theatre curry at Cinnamon Culture or, for a special occasion, sample some gourmet Mediterranean fare at Michelin starred Chapter One.
Why choose Bromley?
If you wish to live in an area close to good schools, green spaces, good mainline transport links and affordable property prices, Bromley should be a first choice.
I have had the pleasure of living in Bromley for 22 years and I could not imagine living anywhere else. I am so grateful to call Bromley my home. To me, it offers the perfect balance between urban London living and rural country escape.
Bromley is one of the biggest boroughs in London, and therefore has plenty to see and boasts a great deal of history. You have Biggin Hill airport, which famously puts on the annual Festival of Flight with planes that have fought in both World Wars and the Battle of Britain circling the sky. Bromley also borders the home county of Kent (the “Garden of England”) with fantastic countryside views, dog friendly pubs and miles of greenery to go on long distance walks.
You have fantastic public transport links, which allow you to be in central London within just 16 minutes (London Victoria Station). No need to travel into central for your shopping needs though – a five minute walk from Bromley South station there is a huge shopping centre named INTU Bromley with everything you could ever need. Bromley offers a great choice of restaurants, whether you are with children or would like something a little more romantic. My favourites are Shampan (my friend’s restaurant voted best Indian cuisine for three years running), Miller & Carter (this is a great steakhouse), and Chapter One (really nice!).
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