Things to do in London Borough of Bromley, Greater London
The London Borough of Bromley is in the extreme southeast corner of Greater London and forms part of Outer London.
Facts and Figures:
The London Borough of Bromley is the largest of the 32 London Boroughs, covering an area so 150 square km. It has a population of almost 300,000 which makes it the least densely populated area in Greater London. The ethnic breakdown of Bromley is 91.6% White and 8.4% of Black and minority ethnic origin.
Bromley has a higher average household income than both the London and national averages.
The Prime Meridian, the line of zero longitude runs through Bromley as it is due south of Greenwich.
Bromley has an urban north side and a more rural south side. Much of Bromley is green-belt land, making it the largest area of green space in London. Westerham Heights, in the south of the borough is the highest point in London at 245 metres above sea level.
One of Bromley's main landmarks is the stadium of the premier Crystal Palace Football Club. Historic Biggin Hill Aerodrome is also situated in Bromley.
Sydenham Hill in Bromley was the site of the original Crystal Palace for a time, after its removal from Hyde Park. It was eventually lost to fire in 1936.
Bromley has been home to many eminent figures including author H.G.Wells who was born in Bromley, Enid Blyton, rock star David Bowie and the French Emperor Napoleon III after he was exiled from France. Charles Darwin, known for his theory of evolution, once lived in historic Downe House in the village of Downe.
Crystal Palace Park is one of Bromley's most notable areas and in the past many famous people have lived in the homes surrounding the park.
Biggin Hill Aerodrome played a significant part in World War II and now hosts the annual Biggin Hill International Air Fair.
The gracious white-washed Down House, the former home of Charles Darwin, is now a museum and is maintained by English Heritage. Far older, but somewhat less attractive is the Crofton Roman Villa in Orpington. The site was discovered in 1926 and the remains of ten rooms can be seen today.
Chislehurst Caves are a popular attraction in Bromley although "caves" is not the correct definition. They are actually 22 miles of man-made chalk and flint mines. They date back to pre-1250AD and as well as being used as an ammunition depot in World War I and an air raid shelter in World War II, they have also been used for mushroom cultivation. They are now a popular visitor attraction.
Bromley is one of just five boroughs which have no stations on the London Underground tube system. However it is well served by trains and a local bus service.
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