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A well connected town on the outskirts of London

"Beckenham has many handsome period homes that are perfect for families"

Dominic Butler

"Crease Park is a fantastic local, green open space in Beckenham..."

Dominic Butler

"There are some great new developments springing up in Beckenham"

Ashley Whitehouse

What is your favourite place?

Where do Beckenham locals go?

Kelsey House

One of my favourite spots in Beckenham! A bar and restaurant with rustic, trendy interiors.

Mr Simms

Old fashioned sweets and American candy in abundance!

Deli Nene

If you're looking for a tasty white hot chocolate whilst you get lost in a good book, a £5 English breakfast to cure your ills from the night before, a place to take the kids whilst you catch up with friends and loved ones, or a great daytime into nighttime date location, then Deli Nene is the place to go.

Coppers Restaurant

Coppers is a beautiful restaurant in an old police station. The food here is lovely and the afternoon tea with prosecco is a real treat!

Kelsey Park

Although not the biggest park around, Kelsey Park is a peaceful, leafy spot with a large pond and a cafe. A great place to bring the kids, where they can run around the playground.

Sapore Vero

Lovely little Italian restaurant with wood fire cooked pizzas! Also accept Tastecards in the week, which is a great bargain!

Love 'A' Slice

Cheesecakes, cream cakes and milkshakes - heaven for those with a sweet tooth!

Alexandra Nurseries

Fantastic independent café, home and garden centre.

South Norwood Country Park

Like having the countryside on your doorstep, it is a great place for a bike ride or a dog walk.

The Shop Revolution Marketplace

The Shop Revolution Marketplace host lots of unique events like poetry and craft nights, with all the items they sell produced by independent designers and jewellery makers. This picture was taken at a Miss Victoria's Floral Emporium flower arranging workshop.

Brown & Green Cafe

This charming cafe sells delicious cakes and fried breakfasts. It's a great spot to visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon or after a jog around Mayow Park!

Cherry & Ice

A café serving delicious ice creams and milkshakes with the friendliest staff - they're so lovely and helpful and always make me feel welcome.

Sofa Bar & Kitchen

Lots of comfy cushions and great snacks in this Bromley restaurant.

Church House Gardens

Beautiful gardens that form a magical setting for outdoor performances on the open-air stage and in the amphitheatre.


A superb Turkish restaurant in the centre of Bromley. The meze platters are the best!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Elmers End, Shortlands, Sydenham, Bromley, Downham, West Wickham, Crystal Palace, Upper Sydenham, Shirley Oaks and Sundridge Park

What do you love about Beckenham?

Why do you find Beckenham a great place to live?


"After coming to terms with the fact that I could only afford a parking space in zone 1, I soon realised that Beckenham offered the best of both worlds. Easy access to Victoria, London Bridge, Dulwich, Croydon & Gatwick amongst others, along with the open spaces and decent house sizes of the suburbs."

October 2016


"Beckenham is far enough out of London to have a lovely, village (or small town!) community feel. There are great green spaces - Kelsey Park, Croydon Recreation Ground, Beckenham Place Park and more - which make this a family-friendly place to live. "

July 2016


"The schools and proximity to London."

January 2015

Local resident

"The cycle routes from Cator Park along the river (Waterlink Way) to Greenwich (45 mins,) London Bridge (60mins), Canary Wharf, Greenwich and beyond. Beautiful quiet routes."

July 2014


What do you like about Beckenham?

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"Beckenham's past and present famous residents include David Bowie, Enid Blyton and Julie Andrews."

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Child-friendly activities near Beckenham

Happy Mondays - Parent Baby & Toddler Group

Beckenham Methodist Church
HAPPY MONDAYS is the NCT run playgroup open to all and is held every MONDAY 10 - 11.30am during term time. Tea coffee and biscuits for adults and squash water and snacks for the younger ones are available donations welcome. Singsong at the end! £1.00 for under 1s; £1.30 for over 1s. Maximum of £2.30 per family or child minder. There is always something going on so do drop in we look forward to meeting you. Website

Crafts Bee Craft Classes

Odeon Cinema
Crafts Bee offers a variety of craft classes including jewellery making Sewing silk Painting Cake Decorating Stained Glass Flower Arranging Knitting & Crochet Card making Quilting Gift Vouchers and Children's Craft Parties.

NCT Bumps & Babies in Beckenham

Deli Nene
Every Thursday during term times 3pm at Deli Nene Beckenham. An informal drop in for new and expectant mums. No need to book - just turn up for a nice coffee and chat! There's also a lovely secure play area full of toys for the little ones and an outside area for warmer days. Website

Indelible Studios Ballet & Street

Indelible Studios, Citygate Church
Fun, inspiring dance classes for children aged 18mths - 16 years. Classes are open to all abilities. You don't need to be an expert dancer, just willing to have a go and have fun learning. Great way to develop fitness. Website

NCT Happy Mondays - Parent Baby & Toddler Group

Beckenham Methodist Church
HAPPY MONDAYS is the NCT run playgroup open to all and is held every MONDAY 10 - 11.30am during term time. Tea coffee and biscuits for adults and squash water and snacks for the younger ones are available donations welcome. Singsong at the end! £1.00 for under 1s Website

Crafty Cooks

The Shop Revolution Marketplace,
A cookery club designed to treat children as young as 2 years old some fun, nutritious recipes whilst introducing them to new foods Website

Breastfeeding Support

Bellingham Baby Cafe
Come along to the breastfeeding cafe for a friendly welcome and refreshments as well as support and information to help you breastfeed your baby. Website
  1. About Beckenham

    Beckenham is a town in south east London within the London Borough of Bromley. It borders the London Borough of Lewisham. It lies north west of Bromley and is located 8.4 miles (13.5 km) south east of Charing Cross. Until the coming of the railway in 1857, Beckenham was a small village in the county of Kent with almost completely rural surroundings: once a family of entrepreneurs began the building of villas here, its population soared from 2000 to 26,000 during 1850–1900 and throughout the rest of the twentieth century. Despite its leafy image, due to its close proximity to Central London and the fact that it is served by nine railway stations (Beckenham Junction, Clock House, Birkbeck, New Beckenham, Ravensbourne, Kent House, Elmers End, Eden Park and Beckenham Hill), Beckenham makes an ideal business location. The area boasts a busy high street containing many restaurants, upmarket chains as well as family run independents, and has a good selection of well performing schools.

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