Bromley

Bromley is the largest of the 32 London boroughs, stretching from Crystal Palace and Mottingham in the north right down to Biggin Hill in the south. It’s also a borough that transitions dramatically from suburban to rural, with farmland making up around 30% of its total area. The principal town of Bromley offers residents a 20-minute commute into central London and attracts families and young professionals seeking affordable housing and top quality schools.

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Best places to live in Bromley

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Bromley town centre

The borough of Bromley’s principal town has benefitted from a recent facelift that saw architects Studio Egret West redesign much of the area around market Square and the High Street. The town boasts plenty of historic buildings, including the Royal Bell Hotel and Star & Garter pub.

The Art Deco Picturehouse cinema provides entertainment in elegant surroundings, while the Grade I listed Bromley and Sheppard’s Colleges is the town’s most significant historic building. Property in the town is a diverse mix of Victorian, Edwardian, pre-War and post-war housing.

Bromley has also seen a number of stylish new build homes appearing as the council focuses on developing the town’s centre. St Mark’s Square by the U+I Group is a striking development next to Bromley South station offering one and two bedroom flats for sale from £380,000.

Flats are very modern and are built to a high spec with nice views. It is cleanly kept and the concierge is really good but the recycling is poor. The security is always available. It is easy to access by public transport but the trains are noisy.
– James, Verified Resident, St Mark’s Square

I love how beautiful my apartment looks, especially when it’s sunny. It has beautiful huge windows and the view from my balcony is just stunning. The facilities include: concrete, lift, bike storage and car park. I can also just pop downstairs to the cinema and watch the latest hit.
– MB, Verified Resident, St Mark’s Square

The larger Trinity Village development by Barratt Homes is a scheme comprising over 500 apartments ranging from one to five bedrooms in size. Residents praise the build quality of the development and the transport links from nearby Bromley South station.

The area overall is very good due to the great transport links present within the area as well as a park over the road which is great for kids. The development is also very clean and extremely safe.
– Alan Clarke, Verified Resident, Trinity Village

I love this area! The community around the development is great and the accessibility to transport and local amenities is very useful. The shops around the area are nice and close which makes shopping trips very convenient. Having lived in the area for several years, I have found no downsides to this lovely development.
– Sarah Beacom, Verified Resident, Trinity Village

Living in Bromley

Roughly half of Crystal Palace sits within the borough of Bromley, including the park and area to the south of the Triangle. The historic park offers beautiful open green spaces as well as the National Sports Centre, a maze and the ruins of the famous glass house complex from which the park gained its name. Historic terraced properties sit alongside more modern options, such as Venue by Fairview New Homes slightly to the south in Anerley.

Great value for money in a superb location and vibrant neighbourhood. It’s in a very quiet residential area which is great. The flat is spacious and the fitted kitchen and appliances are great quality. There is a playground and communal courtyard for residents to enjoy some green space.
– Christina, Verified Resident, Venue SE20

Other major residential areas in Bromley include Penge, Hayes, Orpington and Beckenham. While most of the borough’s residents live in the most populated areas to the north, Biggin Hill is the most populated settlement in the south of the borough.

Green spaces

Being semi-rural, the borough of Bromley offers plenty of green space for walking, dog-walking and general exploring. When it comes to parks, Crystal Palace is the largest in the borough. However, High Elm Country Park and Scadbury Park nature reserves are even larger, offering wilder open spaces, while Hoblingwell Wood in St Paul’s Cray offers 201 acres of woodland for locals to enjoy.

Priory Gardens and Riverside Gardens in Orpington provide smaller park areas, while nearby Goddington Park offers areas of woodland with sports areas. Hayes Common is one of London’s largest areas of common land, offering heath and parkland crisscrossed by trails.

Transport

Bromley is one of the few London boroughs not to be served directly by the Underground system. However, Overground services extend down to Crystal Palace and Penge East/West. Thameslink, Southeastern and Southern Rail services serve the rest of the borough, along with five Tramlink stops connecting through into Croydon.

Bromley celebrities

Author H.G. Wells was born in Bromley in 1886. His father was the founder of Bromley Cricket Club and ran a sports good store in the town. Other notable residents of Bromley include David Bowie, Charles Darwin, Fatboy Slim, Billy Idol and novelst Hanif Kureishi.

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Beautiful building, flats and area but terrible building management

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Review Date Oct 2021

Really nice well finished apartments. The area is lovely and transport is spot on with only a couple mins walk to Bromley south and then 16mins to Victoria central London. Many shops that were promised to be opened in the development remain closed, and this predates covid.

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The design of the block is beautiful. Maintainable is an issue and the property management is terrible. Communication is non-existent and many issues remain unresolved. It is the main down fall of the development

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I wish I had known that the recycling facilities were so poor. Also that the budget for service fee would not be accurate for a couple years

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Communication form living city is terrible. Their email etiquette is non existent and many issues remain unsolved. Often emails are ignored and phone calls never returned

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Nice building

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Review Date Oct 2021

Location is great. Bromley itself has access to many major stores, including grocery, fashion and electronics. The building is directly across the road from Bromley South station, with direct links to London Victoria. Several bars within minutes walk of the building, as well as a number of takeaway options and restaurants to serve all budgets.

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The building is very impressive to see and stands out on the landscape. It’s situated directly next to the train lines and can often be quite noisy but the windows block most noise. There are a number of different ‘courts’ of the building, with Brouard Court being the taller section of the building. The building is kept quite clean and the concierge office is conveniently located. Brouard Court benefits from two elevators, though recently there have been issues with one of them constantly needing maintenance, which puts it out of action.
Also directly next to / above a Wetherspoons, so can get quite noisy when their disposing of their glass bottles.
Also directly above a Pizza Express, Nandos and Vue Cinema, which is super convenient!

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I wish I had known how common it was for the elevators to break down and how long it generally takes them to be repaired!

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Building management are quite slow to respond to any requests and it’s very difficult to get anything out of them at times.

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Great location!

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Review Date Oct 2021

Lots of ships only a 2min walk. Cinema and Nando’s in the square aswell as many others in the area. 3min walk to train station and busses.

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Concierge is excellent. View on the higher floors is breathtaking. Expensive service charge and things do get fixed but no as quick as I’d like. The design is very smart, with no two balconies overlooking each other. The facility even has a toilet on-site and carping under ground.

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That the heating network is on a surcharge of 90p a day without even using it! You also can not change providers.

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Yes, they’re pretty quick at responding. Things get fixed but not as quick as I’d like.

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Lovely place to live

Review Date Oct 2021

it is a very convenience area to live, there are many restaurants around this area. and there is a parking space downstairs which is quite convenient. for the bin there is a recycle one which is very good!

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The facilities it’s okay, there is a concierge and cleaner for the building. but you can have a gym room or swimming pool it will be even better. i’d love to pay more for these facilities. but overall is very good is convenience. and the design of the flat is really good

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there is a bar next to the building and two restaurants and one cinemas downstairs which is quite noisy at night especially in summer

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at the beginning it was very bad, we had a bad conversation to fix order small thing before I move in, but after I chased them for many times is okay at the end

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