Bexley, London - Area Guide
Bexley is an area of south-east London located in the historic county of Kent, on the south bank of the River Thames. It is located 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Charing Cross with an average journey time by train of 40 minutes. As part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century, Bexley increased in population, becoming a municipal borough in 1935 and has formed part of Greater London since 1965.
Hall Place, a former stately home beside the River Cray on the Bourne Road out of Bexley towards Crayford, is where the Austen baronets lived. It lies to the north of Bexley at the foot of the road (Gravel Hill) up onto Bexleyheath (now covered in the modern-day town of Bexleyheath). The house is unusual in that its two halves are built in highly contrasting architectural styles with little attempt at harmonising them. The house and grounds are now owned by the London Borough of Bexley and are open to the public. The gardens include a topiary display of traditional heraldic figures. Three walking routes pass Hall Place, the local council-sponsored Shuttle River Way and Cray River Way and the Mayor of London's "London LOOP" walk, which, shortly after its start at Erith, follows the Cray River Way from Crayford to Foots Cray.
Danson Park is a public park in the London Borough of Bexley, South East London, located between Welling and Bexleyheath. At 75 hectares, Danson Park is the second-largest park in Bexley and is designated Grade II on the English Heritage register of parks and gardens of special historical interest. The Charter Oak is over 200 years old and is a large oak tree in the centre of Mid Park which has been recognised as one of the "Great Trees of London".
Danson House provides a central feature to the park scene. It is used as the Registry Office for Bexley and also has a tearoom. The Stable block to the house is now a pub. It is a great park to relax in at our cafe or get active with a multitude of sports facilities.
Located 1.7 miles away, residents of Bexley can enjoy Broadway Shopping Centre in Bexleyheath. The shopping centre offers more than 60 stores and 1,200 car parking spaces.
Bexley railway station serves the area with services to London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street as part of loop services both via Sidcup and via Woolwich Arsenal, and to Gravesend. Bexley is served by several Transport for London bus services connecting it with areas including Abbey Wood, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Crayford, Chislehurst, Dartford, Eltham, Erith, North Greenwich, Sidcup and Thamesmead.
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