A little bit of history
Beckenham spent most of its history as a small rural village in Kent. But when the railway came in 1857, it brought with it population growth and property development. That included the building of large, grand villas around the new station, some of which remain today. The Shortland's area sprung up in 1863, followed by Clock House in the 1802 and Park Langley in 1908, with further building in the 1920s. Elmers End, with its smaller suburban houses, was developed in 1911. And Eden Park was established in 1926. Modern Beckenham is part of the London Borough of Bromley and very much a London suburb. But thanks to our rich history, Beckenham offers a veritable patchwork quilt of period properties, that makes our area really standout. You can choose from Victorian, Edwardian and 1920s homes and even alms-house's from 1694. For those with more contemporary tastes, the Copers Cope and Albemarle Road areas have beautiful modern apartments too.
Need to know
Charles Darwin lived in Beckenham and Enid Blyton wrote some of her much-loved children's books here too.
As well as all the usual supermarkets and high street favourites, Beckenham offers interesting independent stores aplenty, including Villager's Sausages, Pearl's Fresh Fish, Beckenham Flower Studio, interiors shop Allure and Walsh Brothers jewellers.
BECKENHAM'S PROXIMITY TO LONDON HAS ATTRACTED PEOPLE HERE SINCE THE 1900S AND TODAY IS NO DIFFERENT
For parking in Beckenham, head to Fairfield Road and Village Way. You'll also find parking meters on the High Street.
Beckenham is well-served by rail. Beckenham Junction and Kent House station will take you to Victoria in around 20 minutes. Beckenham Junction and Birkbeck have access to London Bridge, in around 30 minutes. Eden Park, Elmers End, Clockhouse, New Beckenham all connect to London Bridge, Charing Cross and Cannon Street in between 24mins to 32mins. Finally, Ravensbourne to Blackfriars takes about 28 minutes.
Catch the 54 bus towards Elmers End and Woolwich; the 227 towards Bromley North and Crystal Palace; 354 towards Bromley North and Penge; 367 towards Bromley North and West Croydon and the N3 Night Bus towards Bromley North and Oxford Circus.
There are links at Beckenham Junction, Elmers End, Avenue Road and Beckenham Road with services into Croydon and onto Wimbledon.