Bexley is quite simply a great place to live. The lifestyle on offer for anyone locating to the borough is enviable. Here are a few reasons why...
Bexley combines the best of the town and country. Central London is within easy reach, only half an hour away by train, as is the stunning Kent countryside, often referred to as the “Garden of England”.
But it’s not only the south east that is easily accessible. If you need to travel to Europe by air or rail then Bexley is a brilliantly positioned. From nearby Ebbsfleet International you can be in Paris or Brussels in just over two hours and if you want to take the car Euro Tunnel is only an hour down the motorway. If you are travelling by air London City Airport is on our doorstep and flights go to nearly 50 UK and European destinations.
High Quality Education
Bexley benefits from a broad range of high quality primary and secondary schools. The borough’s secondary students have achieved GCSE results higher than the national average, and have seen consistent improvements year on year. Bexley College provides opportunities for Further Education, offering a wide range of qualifications, vocational courses, apprenticeships and teacher training. Bexley also has a strong and unique performing arts offer at Bird College of Dance and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.
In terms of Higher Education, central London is home to many of the world’s top universities and colleges. The University of Greenwich is the closest to the borough and has one of the most respected business schools in the capital.
One of London’s Greenest Boroughs
The borough has over 100 parks and green spaces covering 638 hectares. Many of these have superb facilities including sports pitches, fitness classes and play facilities.
Superb Access to Leisure and Sport
Our proximity to central London opens up the West End, theatre land and the South Bank, all world renowned centres for the arts. London’s restaurants have grown in stature over the years and offer cuisine from around the world of the very highest standards.
Locally, we also have bars and restaurants, a multiplex cinema, theatres, comedy, art, exhibitions - the list goes on. Many of these venues are set within the borough's five key town centres where community, shopping and leisure come together.
Elsewhere in the borough, other attractions include a magnificent six metre high sculpture of a horse by the renowned sculptor Andy Scott and numerous golf courses. Sport plays a huge part in the community and Bexley has a network of modern sports centres as well as the new Europa Gym which was an official gymnastics training venue for the London 2012 Olympics. At Erith, we have a sailing club on the River Thames. At Danson Park, we also have one of the best kept Georgian villas in the region, a boating lake, a superb water sports centre providing rowing, canoeing, sailing and kayaking, two restaurants, playgrounds and football pitches. Danson Park also hosts a number of other events throughout the year, including firework displays, fun runs, open air concerts and theatre performances, craft fairs, water festivals, dog shows and a circus.
A Proud Heritage
In common with many areas around London, the borough lost many fine historic buildings during the Second World War, but there is still much to see. Highlights include Lesnes Abbey, a fine Tudor mansion at Hall Place, the Georgian villa at Danson Park, Bazalgette’s Crossness Pumping Station and William Morris’s Red House. In recent years, the borough's key heritage sites have seen significant investment in restoration and enhancement projects. These projects have improved the layout, accessibility and interpretation of these venues, as well as enhancing the overall visitor experience. Many of these historic attractions are set in magnificent parks and gardens.