For a city so dense and built up, London still manages to offer a wealth of village-style neighbourhoods. Enter Chislehurst, one of the greenest suburbs in London which is known for its surrounding commons and land owned by the National Trust.
Blending suburban surroundings with a countryside feel, Chislehurst offers excellent travel connections into central London and a slice of the idyllic life in peaceful, scenic settings. Chislehurst is also Bromley's largest conservation area.
If you're wondering what it's like to live in Chislehurst, you've come to the right place. In the latest of our London area guides, we're covering the BR7 postcode and everything it has to offer.
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Chislehurst is a suburb in southeast London and falls under the London Borough of Bromley. It's located within 10 miles of Charing Cross and calls Bromley, Sidcup and many places in Kent its neighbouring areas.
History of Chislehurst
The name "Chislehurst" comes from the Saxon words Cisel (gravel), and hyrst (wooded hill). The area features several well-known landmarks, such as Camden Place, which takes its name from the antiquary William Camden. William lived in the house from 1609 until his death in 1609 in 1623.
Previously, the Chislehurst civil parish formed an urban district of Kent between 1894 and 1934 when it became part of the Chislehurst and Sidcup Urban District. Since 1965, however, the two areas were split between the London boroughs of Bromley and Bexley.
Today, Chislehurst is well known for its open spaces and has more than 1,400 acres of conservation areas. The Chislehurst Common is a popular section and is owned by the Chislehurst Society, who bought the freehold for 960k in 1888.
Who lives there?
It won't come as a surprise to learn that Chislehurst is popular with families, thanks to its small village vibes, quality of schools and open spaces. However, it's also becoming increasingly popular with single professional renters and couples who prefer its serenity when compared to inner-London neighbourhoods. Forty-two percent of residents in Chislehurst rent their home.
Renting in Chislehurst
Expect to find an array of property types in Chislehurst, including period properties from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. There are plenty of quaint cottages, which only increase the area's countryside feel.
For those with cash to splash, there's a smattering of large, modern mansions. Other new-build properties can be found in and around Chislehurst, including New Eltham and Orpington.
A one-bedroom apartment achieves in the region of £1,400 per month, while a two-bedroom home fetches around £1,650. If you're looking for a property with three or more bedrooms, expect to pay between £1,800 and £4,000.
Chislehurst train station offers plenty of services to central London, including trains to London Bridge in 20 minutes, Waterloo in 25 minutes and Cannon Street in 27 minutes. There are also direct services to Charing Cross. Chislehurst is in Zone 5.
Enjoy authentic Italian dishes at Studio Gusto. Choose from a range of pizza (with delicious toppings) and pasta that will have you feeling as if you're eating at a quaint cafe in the heart of Italy.
The Boardwalk Bar & Restaurant
With a global food menu and extensive cocktail list, it's not hard to see why The Boardwalk Bar and Restaurant is a hotspot with locals. Sample a wealth of dishes that includes traditional delights and more creative options.
Dennys Lobster & Oyster Seafood Restaurant
Get yourself down to Denny's if you love seafood and oysters. The upscale restaurant has been going strong since 1985 and is one of the best-kept secrets in Chislehurst. Relax in the cosy atmosphere and enjoy some of the best seafood in town.
Things to do in Chislehurst
There's an abundance of open space in Chislehurst, and the Commons offer some of the best scenic strolls around. They stretch over 180 acres and are also the home to Chislehurst & West Kent Cricket Club — just in case you fancy yourself as a batter or bowler.
Chislehurst High Street
Why not have a shopping day out browsing chain favourites and independent boutiques? Wrattens is a gift shop that has been a staple of the area since the 1930s, while Annabel's is a lifestyle boutique. Then there's Michael Sim, where you can shop for furniture items for your Chislehurst home.
National Trust Open Space
Get ready for more acres with 150 of them at National Trust open spaces in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Hawkwood. Embrace nature while enjoying the lush green spaces and take your little furry friend for a stroll.
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The human-made tunnels (otherwise known as the Chislehurst Caves) are a popular spot for tourist. They cover 22 miles and have been carved out over hundreds of years. Go on a guided tour and get all the info on somewhere that's been used for a range of activities, including smuggling and music concerts (not at the same time, mind).
Moving to Chislehurst
Chislehurst should be high up on your list, whether you're a young family looking to lay down roots or a professional who's after something slightly more low-key than inner-London neighbourhoods. Just 10 miles from central London, you can enjoy the country life in Chislehurst.