Chislehurst is in south-east London but has a village-like atmosphere. However, the busy centre of London isn’t far away, so people living here can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Chislehurst is just 12 miles from central London, which is perfect for commuters, and those wanting to travel further afield. Train services from Chislehurst reach London Charing Cross in just half an hour, and London Bridge in 24 minutes. Chislehurst station is in Zone 5. The M25 and M20 are easily accessible by car.
Chislehurst is perfect for families and those looking to settle in an idyllic location. There are a variety of excellent state and private schools, at both primary and secondary level, with the additional options of single-gender schools too.
High St and Royal Parade are the main shopping areas within Chislehurst and they have lots of unique independent stores to explore. Wrattens is a local department store selling gifts, clothing, accessories and food, and it also has its own café serving homecooked dishes. There are independent fashion boutiques (like Fortuny London), bedding shops (like Yves Delorme) and even stationery shops, like Paper Lane.
The area has several supermarkets to choose from, including Sainsbury’s, M&S Simply Food, Morrisons, and a Tesco Superstore.
Residents are spoilt for choice with locally-owned brunch options, like Annabelle's, or Joelle's of Chislehurst. There’s a variety of cuisines on offer when eating out, from popular chains such as Zizzi's and Giggling Squid, to independently owned restaurants like The Thyme, The Chestnut Cafe and Nene's Bistro.
If you’re after some great pub food, the Bickley, the Bull's Head, and the Imperial Arms are all traditional locals providing delicious meals and a good range of beers. Those who enjoy a more formal drinking scene will enjoy the newly-opened Bank House, which is owned by former CEO of the Gordon Ramsey Group, Stuart Gillies.
Healthcare is well provided for in the area, with many medical practices, dentists and pharmacies.
Chislehurst enjoys all the fantastic cultural attractions of London, whilst also having the tranquillity of a leafy Kent suburb. There are many scenic woodlands and green spaces and it’s easy to keep fit here too. The area has lots of sport and leisure activities including a Nuffield Health sport & leisure centre, golf clubs, tennis clubs and more.
Scadbury Park is a local nature reserve with over 300 acres of woodland and grassland, and it also has a working farm. The Lily of the Valley flower can be seen here, which is a rare find in London.
Chislehurst Caves are a great local attraction. They’re a large labyrinth of man-made underground tunnels, which can be explored by visitors today. The caves have a long history and have had many uses across the years. In the 60s and 70s, they became a famous music venue, with performances from the likes of David Bowie, Status Quo, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd.
Chislehurst has a great sense of community. The Chislehurst Society was founded in 1934 and has over 4,000 members who work to serve and protect the local community, whilst helping to preserve the village's gorgeous woodland and greenery.