Packed with over 130 brands, this 30-year-old shopping centre has something for everyone. Alongside High Street favourites like Boots, Waterstones, H&M and Zara, the Glades also includes Regent Arcade, a parade of small boutique shops. For sustenance while shopping there’s a Wagamama, Byron Hamburgers and Ed’s Easy Diner.
Bromley Antiques Market
The Bromley Antiques Market takes place every Thursday and is one of London’s most established weekly markets. The market runs from 6am to 2pm and consists of dealers with the most wonderful collections of vintage and antique pieces. Shoppers searching for something specific should arrive as soon as the doors open to find the best deals, while those after a lunchtime wander will still find plenty of treasures.
Beckenham Place Park
Lewisham’s largest green space, this park is a whopping 237 acres and home to a wide range of facilities, from football pitches and tennis courts to a ball court, a swimming lake (you’ll need a ticket) and a beautiful sensory garden. There’s also a café serving hot and cold food throughout the year.
Bromley Little Theatre
A vibrant 113-seat theatre that was first established in 1938 in an old Victorian bakery. Since then, times have changed and alongside contemporary dramas and comedies there are thrillers, musicals and stand-up shows. There’s also a weekly Youth Group designed to encourage the local community to create a new generation of performers.
High Elms Country Park
Slightly further afield but still an excellent location for a day trip from Bromley, this park offers 250-acres to wander around and sits next to a 150-acre golf course for those looking for a more energetic activity. The area is also home to a sustainable education centre to teach groups about the chalk meadows and woodlands and the variety of rare wildlife species that live in the park.