Bromley is London’s largest borough and offers a delightful escape from the hectic capital. From historical attractions and lovely parks, to quality shopping centers and tranquil rural villages, Bromley has something for everyone. Get some great tips for the Cheltenham Festival here.
Bromley is famous for its horticulture and thousands of bulbs and trees are planted every year to ensure that the borough looks its best. Only twelve miles from London, the borough boasts a wealth of woodland, nature trails, commons and open spaces providing a haven for those seeking peace and tranquility. Petts Wood, an enormous forest with walking trails and plenty of wildlife, is only a 15-minute bus ride away, via the charming village of Chislehurst.
There are many attractions in Bromley to discover as well. The Bromley Museum, located in a charming medieval building, houses archaeology and social history collections, as well as the story of Lord Avebury, the man who created Bank Holidays. Crofton Roman Villa, the only villa open to the public in Greater London, was inhabited from 140 to 400 AD and was the center of a farming estate. Adventure Kingdom, a children’s soft play center, is filled with ball ponds, slides, and an air mountain.
Bromley boasts a wealth of quality restaurants and pubs, theatres, libraries, leisure and sports facilities, and numerous parks and open spaces to relax and explore. There are also many sites to see near Bromley that can be explored by car. One is the Poverest Road Roman Bath-House and Anglo Saxon Cemetery, which was used more than 1600 years ago. High Elms Country Park offers 250 acres of countryside to ramble through combined with a 150-acre golf course. Also, the Crystal Palace Park contains the world’s first dinosaur ‘theme park’ and is well worth a visit.
Bromley is easily accessible from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports via the M25 ring road. Trains depart several times an hour from London Cannon Street and Charing Cross stations.