Characterised by wide tree lined streets, a strong local community and great choice of period architecture, Beckenham is a safe and leafy suburb with a café society, a busy high street, great links into London with lovely local parks. Beckenham attracts young professionals, City workers and families, with good schools, great transport links and leafy suburban surroundings, Beckenham ticks all the boxes.
Beckenham’s best features
- Transport Links . You are never far from a station here as there are no fewer than five local stations - Beckenham, New Beckenham, Clock House, Kent Road and Elmers End connecting to central London and East Croydon for Gatwick and the south coast. Stations near Barnmead Road take around 25 minutes to London Victoria, London Bridge, Waterloo and Charing Cross. (See also 'getting to Barnmead Road' and 'late night journeys to Barnmead Road').
- Beckenham Green . This is a great local spot which plays host to a Farmer's market as well as live performances and concerts.
- Architecture. From charming terraced cottages to grand, impressive six bedroom houses, Beckenham offers it all. Few suburbs can evoke the country feeling and sense of space like Beckenham and once people discover life here, they tend to stay.
- Good nightlife and restaurants (see Eating and Drinking below).
- The Spa Leisure centre - gym, swimming pool and fitness classes.
- Odeon Cinema - An Art Deco listed building with six screens.
- St George's church is in the centre of Beckenham. It has been extensively rebuilt, but has a 13th-century Lychgate that is said to be the oldest in England.
Eating and Drinking
- Pubs - Ye Olde George Inn which dates back to 1662 and The Three Tuns (now part of Zizzi’s pizza/pasta chain) where David Bowie performed when he lived in Beckenham between 1969 and 1973. O’Neils, Patricks sports bar, the Oak Hill, the traditional Jolly Woodman and the Moon & Stars (the nearest of the great value Wetherspoons pub chain in Penge).
- Restaurants - Around Beckenham there are a variety of restaurants, cafes and take ways offering such ‘traditional British food’ as tapas, pad thai, chicken tikka masala, crispy duck spring rolls, burgers, kebabs, pizza and pasta! Not forgetting fish and chips.
Parks and walks
- Beckenham Place Park contains one of the few remaining areas of ancient woodland in inner London. It has one of England's largest and busiest public golf courses.
- Kelsey Park has some of the most beautiful landscaped park areas in Bromley borough. It has a popular enclosed children’s playground, tennis courts and a Crazy Golf course.
- Beckenham Green - at the top end of the High Street, this is a small park which is home to town events, including the St George’s Arts Festival.
- Green Chain Walk is a series of linked parks running past Barnmead Road through Cator Park.
- David Bowie lived here as did comedian Bob Monkhouse, actress Julie Andrews, children’s writer Enid Blyton, singer/songwriter Peter Frampton, singer/songwriter David Sylvian and boxer David Haye's lives there currently.
- Famous residents of Beckenham Crematorium(!) include legendary cricketer W. G. Grace, car manufacturer F.Y. Wolseley and Thomas Crapper, inventor of the flush toilet!