Chislehurst stands as the last great defence of Kentish-style villages before entering the fast-paced cultural hub of South-East London. The town offers the fantastic cultural links of London, a wide variety of activities for all ages, and the tranquillity of bygone Kent all in one, with many scenic woodland and green spaces for families and friends to enjoy together. With a population of almost 15,000 people and less than an hour's drive from many of South-East London's attractions, the town maintains a likeness to relevant London culture without losing a Kentish village identity.
What to do in Chilslehurst
For any commuters or West End enthusiasts, brilliant train links will have you at Charing Cross in just 30 minutes! But that is not to say that there is a lack of events to explore in Chislehurst. Residents are spoilt for choice with locally-owned brunch options such as Annabelle's, Wratten's and Joelle's of Chislehurst, not to mention a variety of cuisines from popular chains Zizzi's and Giggling Squid to independently owned restaurants like The Thyme, The Chestnut Cafe and Nene's Bistro. However, if pub food is your go-to, the Bickley, the Bull's Head, the Imperial Arms and others are all locals offering delicious meal alongside a pint (or two!) Those who wish for a more formal drinking scene will enjoy the newly-opened Bank House owned by former CEO of the Gordon Ramsey Group Stuart Gillies. A multitude of Sport and Leisure activities are also available with a Nuffield Health Sport & Leisure centre, golf clubs, tennis clubs and more.
Being so close to London, Chislehurst's sense of community is beyond admirable. Local businesses support each other, and individuals have come together to make the village the best it can be. The Chislehurst Society, for example, with over 4,000 members and founded in 1934 have worked to serve and protect the local community as well as helping to preserve the village's woodland and greenery.
Schooling in Chilsehurst
Chislehurst is perfect for families and those looking to settle down in an idyllic location. For those with children, there are a variety of excellent state and private schools available, with additional choices of girls or boys only schools. Whatever you are looking for your child, you are sure to find it in Chislehurst.
What is there to do for families?
Parents can also relax in the knowledge that there are some great sites for children in and around Chislehurst, including a dedicated children's play park in Chislehurst Recreation Ground. With classic elements like swings and seesaws juxtaposed with zip slides and obstacle courses, there is something for children of all ages. If your little ones are feeling like exploring, you can take a wander through the Walden Woods and linking to the recreation ground where you can find the beautiful carved bear figures which stand tall no matter what the weather. If all this was not enough, there are a variety of events throughout the year, including Halloween Pumpkin Hunts, the Fireworks Spectacular, and summer and winter fairs!