BR2 (Bromley) area guide

BR2
Bromley
The bulk of postcode district BR2 is around the area of Keston, including Nash Lane to the west and Holwood Park to the east. It also continues northwards following Hastings Road.

The BR2 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Bickley, Bromley, Bromley Common and Keston, Bromley Town, Copers Cope, Darwin, Hayes, Hayes and Coney Hall, Hayes Station, Keston, Shortlands, Shortlands Station.
Keston’s history dates back to the Iron Age; evidence of which can be found in the Hill Fort now in the grounds of Holwood House. However, the remains are known as Caesars Camp, named so by Victorians, who believed the site contained Roman remains. They were not completely misguided, as Julius Caesar did visit Keston in 55 B.C.
Keston has quite a village feel to it, and many would say that it has the best of both worlds, as it benefits from surrounding green fields and open spaces, as well as having good access to London. Because of this, many local residents are wealthy city commuters. Keston common and Keston Ponds are both popular attractions for locals.

Some of the most expensive streets include Beech Dell, Forest Ridge, Longdon Wood, Regents Drive and Baston Manor Road. The properties on these streets typically include a range of styles, from modern to mock Tudor. However, the common theme is large, detached houses with substantial land and typically with asking prices of over £1 million.

At the lower end of the market, a one bedroom period conversion flat on Turpington Lane near Bromley Common, or a one bedroom flat in a modern block on Homesdale Road, near the Bickley border, would demand an asking price of approximately £160,000.

The area has a number of retirement flats, such as those on Magpie Lane, Magpie Hall Lane and Durham Avenue. For less expensive two bedroom flats there are a number of low rise 1970s blocks, where a two-bedroom flat will demand an asking price of less than £200,000 on streets such as Westmoreland Road and Southlands Road. Conversions in Mock Tudor properties are also popular with two bedroom flats on Lovelace Road or Mill Vale reaching asking prices of slightly more than £200,000 in the similar period. For £250,000 it is possible to secure a three bedroomed house, such as a semi-detached bungalow in Cottage Avenue, or a semi-detached house on Holmcroft Way.
Small conglomerations of shops, convenience stores and newsagents can be found scattered around the village such as those on Station Approach, Letchworth Drive and Kentish Way. The Keston Village Store is located on Heathfield Road and there is a small supermarket on Westmoreland Road. The Five Oaks Bar on Layhams Road, The Fox on Heathfield Road and The Greyhound on Commonside are examples of popular local pubs.

The facilities within the area are quite limited and residents are more likely to head to the nearby Bromley town centre - home to one of the largest shopping centres in the South East, a weekly market and more extensive recreation facilities. The centre can be accessed by catching the 320 bus or by car (15 minutes).

However, what Keston lacks in shopping facilities, it compensates for with an authentically rural charm and plenty of open green space. The picturesque verdant village is centred on Keston Common and Keston Ponds, which accounts for the excellent scenery available to residents, walkers and explorers. The ponds are also a popular local fishing spot.

Another iconic landmark worth visiting is the grade I listed Keston Windmill on Heathfield Road which was built in 1716 and has been conserved with its machinery intact. The nearest library is located in Hayes which can be reached by the 353 bus.

Keston is a bus ride away from Bromley South, Bromley North, Hayes and Orpington train stations, which are in turn directly connected to Central London.