The south east London borough ‘best for families’ with history and an amazing theatre

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While most people might think of fast paced city life when they think of living in London, there are plenty of boroughs outside of the city centre with lots more to offer.

Bromley has so much to give – as well as it’s speedy transport links to central London it also has green spaces, great schools and a brilliant theatre.

Some of the picturesque villages in the borough include Bickley and Downe, which have pubs, parks and great schools for those looking to raise a family.

Bromley was actually named the best borough for working families to live in 2024 according to Making Moves.

It has also been named one of the safest places in London to raise a family by ADT, according to them it’s the fifth safest borough in London.

Bromley is also home of the Churchill Theatre, with hit shows being staged right on people’s doorstep.

For example, Grease will be at the theatre from April 12 through to April 20, The Drifters Girl will be performed April 23 through to April 27 and Pretty Woman the musical will be in Bromley from May 6 through to May 11.

There is ample history in Bromley, with one of the most popular attractions being Downe House.

Downe House was the home of Charles Darwin and is now open to the public.

You can step into the very rooms where he worked, follow the family trail, try on Victorian clothes or wander the garden.

Another fun feature of Bromley is the Chislehurst Caves.

These have been carved out over hundreds of years and first opened to the public in 1900.

Through the decades they have been used as a venue for dances and concerts hosting some famous names and now, they are a tourist attraction and education centre.

Bromley also has a plethora of pubs that are full of charm and character.

One of the most popular pubs is The Cockpit, which was named the best pub in the borough by CAMRA in 2023.

The micropub shares its space with a florist so it is a sweet-smelling pub where punters can buy a bouquet and a beer at the same time.

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Staff at the pub foster a friendly, chatty environment encouraging people to put down their phones and get to know the people in their community.

If shopping is more up your street, then Bromley has The Glades for you to roam through with lots of shops to pop into.

According to Rightmove, the average price of a house sold in Bromley last year was £489,151 and for a flat it was £340,425.

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