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Moving to Bromley

Zenyx Griffiths
Written by Zenyx Griffiths
18th June 2016 (Last updated on Thursday 3rd October 2019)

Located Southeast of London, Bromley is one of the largest boroughs in London, and one of the most residential.

With plenty of two and three bed houses available across the borough, Bromley is a highly sought after area for young families living in London.

Just 12 miles from central London, Bromley is well connected to the rest of London and presents a more affordable option for living in the capital city than most other boroughs.

So what does the area have to offer? have been looking at what it is really like to live in Bromley.

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This article will cover the following points

Cost of Living in Bromley Bromley Transport Food and Drink in Bromley Bromley Shopping Things to Do in Bromley

Cost of Living in Bromley

Travel to central London will cost around £1,800 per annum with a rail card. Council tax in band D will also cost a similar price at around £1,309.07 per year.

To buy a property in Bromley, you will need to have at least £225,000 for a one bed flat, right up to £446,995 for a four-bedroom house. This is generally a lot more affordable than other areas in Greater London.

Renting in Bromley is also a lot more affordable, with one bed flats starting at just £561 PCM. The most affordable areas in the borough for a one bed flat are:

  • St Mary Cray – £561 PCM
  • Anerley – £630 PCM
  • Bromley Common – £754 PCM
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Bromley Transport

Living in Bromley is great for commuters, it has a variety of transport on offer which, including regular bus services, mainline rail services and the Tramlink.

London Victoria Station is just a 15-minute train journey away from Bromley South Station, while regular shuttle trains from Bromley North offer connections into Cannon Street and also Charing Cross. Across the borough there are other stations, found in Bickley, Sundridge Park and Shortlands.

The west of the borough is serviced by the Tramlink with links to Croydon and Wimbledon.

The borough is well connected by bus, with routes taking you across London. There's also a regular night service to Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus.

If you’re a cyclist then living in Bromley will be a dream. The borough has around 100 miles of cycle paths and routes, which include off-road paths along Waterlink Way and through Jubilee Park.

Food and Drink in Bromley

Bromley North Village is currently undergoing a multimillion pound improvement designed to attract more independent retailers and restaurants. Your usual chain restaurants, such as Pizza Express, Zizzi and Nando’s are situated primarily on Widmore Road.

Cinnamon Culture offers excellent curries near the theatre in Bromley Village, or for a special occasion, treat yourself to some gourmet Mediterranean delicacies at the Michelin starred Chapter One.

Café culture thrives in Bromley, centred around the bustling high street. Take a break at Brodies Café for a reenergising coffee, or head to Lavender House in the Sunbridge Park Village Area.

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Bromley Shopping

Bromley is just a short train journey away from all the prestigious shops that Central London has to offer.

However, there is an array of independent and well-known shops throughout the borough, including Intu Shopping Centre – A covered shopping centre which houses a number of national retailers such as Debenhams, Apple and H & M.

Things to Do in Bromley

Bromley Little Theatre 

One of Bromley’s most popular attractions, this theatre has showcased a variety of local talent since 1938.

Churchill Theatre 

A 700 seat theatre that presents a number of shows throughout the year, including national touring shows, panto and hard-hitting dramas.

The Empire Cinema 

Based in Bromley town, the Empire Cinema screens the latest blockbusters, as well as arthouse and short films.

Ripley Arts Centre 

The arts centre displays a variety of work from local artists and hosts concerts in its evocative setting.