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  • 1. History of Bromley

    The Romans are believed to have settled in the Bromley area in Keston, where a natural spring known as Caesar's Well is the source of the Ravensbourne. This settlement spread, and in Anglo Saxon times it became known as Bromleag, meaning the place where broom grows. In the 10th century, Bromley was chosen by the Bishops of Rochester to be their base for visitors to London. A Bi...Read moreshop's Palace, built in 1775, with its moat, is now part of the Bromley Civic Centre. Read less

  • 2. Now in Bromley

    The town of Bromley is the largest town in the borough of Bromley, which is the largest of the 32 London boroughs. It is a popular place to shop, with over 6,000 parking spaces and a safe town centre with extensive CCTV. The town has also been given the Safer Shopping Award by the British Retail Consortium and the Home Office.

  • 3. Events in Bromley

    The Chislehurst Rocks Music Festival is a one-day event in September that aims to provide a platform for up-and-coming musical talent in the borough. The event, which takes place on Chislehurst Recreation Ground, includes rides, stalls, refreshments and workshops. The Chislehurst Festival runs for two weeks in September and includes a variety of events at different venues in th...Read moree borough. The celebrations include art exhibitions, concerts, readings, food tastings and more. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Bromley

    The history of the borough of Bromley is told at the Bromley Museum, in Orpington. The museum has permanent exhibitions as well as a changing programme of displays and activities. The Chislehurst Caves are a maze of man-made tunnels, originally dug for chalk. Over the years the caves have been used for munitions storage, as a shelter during the Second World War, and as an under...Read moreground venue for dances and concerts. Guided tours are available. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Bromley

    The Bromley Golf Centre includes a nine-hole course, floodlit driving range, putting green and more. Jubilee Country Park Local Nature Reserve contains 62 acres of wildflower meadows, hedgerows and ancient woodland. The site also includes parking, a picnic area and cycle route. The Scadbury Park Local Nature Reserve has over 300 acres of countryside. There are plenty of parks t...Read moreo choose from in the Bromley area, including Church House Gardens, in Church Road, which contains a lake, children's play area, sand and water play area, basketball court, football goals, rose garden, concert platform and terraces, information centre, gazebo, skateboard area and three tennis courts. The Pavilion Leisure Centre includes a leisure pool with wave machine and flumes, gym, exercise studios and Adventure Kingdom. Read less

  • 6. Business in Bromley

    Bromley High Street is a pedestrianised centre and includes around 400 shops and more than 80 restaurants, cafes and bars. The Glades shopping centre, adjacent the High Street, has over 130 shops and stores. The Bromley Town Centre Market is open on Fridays and Saturdays in the High Street and sells fresh produce and gifts. Chislehurst Farmers' Market takes place on the third S...Read moreunday of every month gives shoppers a chance to buy fresh produce. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Bromley

    Bromley Town Centre is close to the M25 and can be accessed from junctions 3 or 4. Bus services are good in the area and destinations in and out of the borough can be reached easily using the bus network. Rail services to London Victoria run regularly from Bromley South Station and this journey takes about 16 minutes. There is also a regular service to Dover. There is a Tramlin...Read morek service in the west of the borough between Beckenham Junction, Elmers End, Croydon and Wimbledon. Bromley is close to both Gatwick and Heathrow airports, and there are also good road connections to London City Airport. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Bromley

    The town's Churchill Theatre is a leading live entertainment venue offering everything from touring West End shows to dance, drama, pantomime, live music and comedy.Bromley Amphitheatre is an outdoor arena in the town's Church House Gardens. Events at this venue include outdoor cinema, prom nights, live music and drama performances.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Bromley

    Bromley Parish Church, also known as the St Peter and St Paul Church, was built in the 1950s after the original church was destroyed in an air raid in the Second World War. Only the medieval tower survived and this is part of the present building. The foundation stone for the new building was laid by Princess Elizabeth in 1949.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Bromley

    Bromley has a history of literary giants. The most famous, H.G. Wells, was born in the town in 1866. Richmal Crompton, author of the Just William books, taught at Bromley High School for Girls whilst starting her writing career and Enid Blyton spent her childhood years in nearby Beckenham.

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