Bromley: Local Area Guide – put together by your local letting agent
Introduction into the area & a little history
Bromley is a district of south east London England, located 9.3 miles (15.0 km) south east of Charing Cross. It is the administrative headquarters of the London Borough of Bromley, and identified as a major metropolitan centre in the London Plan.The London plan, and Bromley within that, has been named by previous Mayor Boris Johnson as a new area of opportunity, aimed at delivering thousands of new jobs and homes. The town centre is having a £5.2 million facelift with help from Transport for London and the Mayor’s Outer London Fund.
Bromley was historically a market town chartered since 1158 and an ancient parish in the county of Kent. Its location on a coaching route and the opening of a railway station in 1858 were key to its development, and the economic history of Bromley is underpinned by a shift from an agrarian village to commerce and retail. As part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century, Bromley significantly increased in population and was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1903. It has developed into one of a handful of regionally significant commercial and retail districts outside central London and has formed part of Greater London since 1965.
Whats the attraction?
Bromley has a good mix of Victorian, Edwardian and later houses. The Sundridge Park and Bickley areas have large, detached Edwardian houses, while many smaller ones are being demolished and rebuilt as larger modern mansions.Thirties mock Tudor homes built by Frederick Love are also sought-after in Bickley.
Average property price in Bromley is £515,887 (land registry data)
Average asking price for rentals is £1306pcm (zoopla source 2017)
Best Roads and Areas
These include Bickley Park Road, Woodlands Road, St George’s Road and Denbridge Road in Bickley; Kingswood Avenue in Shortlands, and Murray Avenue, The Chase and Rochester Avenue on the Palace Estate.
Travel and stations
The A21 London to Hastings road runs through Bromley. There are four train stations – Bromley South, Shortlands, Bickley and Bromley North. Bromley South has non-stop trains to Victoria that take 20 minutes. Shortlands has trains to Victoria (25 minutes) and St Pancras (40 minutes), via Blackfriars and Farringdon. The same services run from Bickley but take a few minutes longer. Bromley North has services to Cannon Street (45 minutes) and Charing Cross (36 minutes) via London Bridge.
Bromley North and Shortlands are in Zone 4 and an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £1,800. Bromley South and Bickley are in Zone 5 and an annual travelcard costs £2,136.
Up and coming:
Chatterton Village, off Bromley Common, is said by local agents still to have potential.