A well connected town on the outskirts of London
"Beckenham has many handsome period homes that are perfect for families"Ryan Ninnis
"Crease Park is a fantastic local, green open space in Beckenham..."Ryan Ninnis
"There are some great new developments springing up in Beckenham"Ashley Whitehouse
Where do Beckenham locals go?
Lovely little Italian restaurant with wood fire cooked pizzas! Also accept Tastecards in the week, which is a great bargain!
Submitted by Chloe
One of my favourite spots in Beckenham! A bar and restaurant with rustic, trendy interiors.
Submitted by Priscilla
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.
Submitted by Connie
Fee & Brown
There is truly only one place to go in Beckenham. That's Fee & Brown for coffee, coffee, coffee!
Submitted by James
Love 'A' Slice
Cheesecakes, cream cakes and milkshakes - heaven for those with a sweet tooth!
Submitted by Alexandra
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.
Submitted by Dan
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!
Submitted by Bethany
South Norwood Country Park
Like having the countryside on your doorstep, it is a great place for a bike ride or a dog walk.
Submitted by Jon
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.
Submitted by Sarah-Jane
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!
Submitted by Joe
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.
Submitted by Daisy
Sofa Bar & Kitchen
Lots of comfy cushions and great snacks in this Bromley restaurant.
Submitted by Ryan
Why do you find Beckenham a great place to live?
"It is a calm, prestigious place to work and 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."
"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. "
"I love Beckenham because of the schools and proximity to London."
"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."
What do you like about Beckenham?
Did you know?
"St George's Church on Beckenham's High Street is reported to have the oldest lychgate in England dating from the 13th century. A lychgate is a timber framed arch found at the entrance to many churchyards."
Child-friendly activities near Beckenham
NCT Bumps & Babies in BeckenhamDeli 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
Happy Mondays - Parent Baby & Toddler GroupBeckenham 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
Indelible Studios Ballet & StreetIndelible 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
Crafts Bee Craft ClassesOdeon 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 Happy Mondays - Parent Baby & Toddler GroupBeckenham 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 CooksThe 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 SupportBellingham 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
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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Why not explore some other local areas:
- Elmers End
- West Wickham
- Crystal Palace
- Upper Sydenham
- Shirley Oaks
- Sundridge Park
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