Here’s exactly why Bromley is definitely in London and not in Kent

When I tell people I’m from Bromley, I find it so frustrating when people say: “Isn’t that in Kent?” and we share an awkward moment of confusion.

I normally then comment Bromley is in South East London. I mean the area is officially known as the London Borough of Bromley which gives the game away. Or so you would think.

So, I’m going to settle the big debate and tell you why Bromley is in London, and not in the county of Kent – or the Garden of England, as they love to call it.

Firstly lets look at the facts. The expansion of Greater London in 1965 incorporated Bromley, Beckenham, Biggin Hill and Orpington from Kent to officially create the London Borough of Bromley.

The proof is written in black and white. And has been for 55 years.

People who can’t move along with modern times are probably the same people who think Prague is in Czechoslovakia (hint: it’s not).

Bromley is in London
Bromley is in London
(Image: Bromley Council)

The part of Bromley I call home is in London Zone 4, I pay council tax to the London Borough of Bromley and London is stated in my postcode (SE), similar to the London Bridge area of SE1 or SE3 which is Lewisham.

But people still insist I reside in Kent.

I also know some postcodes in Bromley officially have Kent in their address with postcodes also starting with “BR”, but it still doesn’t change the fact Bromley (also on an address) is officially a London borough.

Let’s look at this is more detail.

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Breaking it down

If you live in Bromley, need police assistance and dial 999, The Metropolitan Police will come to your aid. Not Kent Police.

It’s the same if you live in the area and there’s a fire, or a cat stuck in a tree, the firefighters at the London Fire Brigade are your heroes.

Or in dire medical needs and request assistance, the London Ambulance Service will scoop you up and take good care of you.

Also, you can’t use your handy Oyster card in Kent – sorry folks this is a very telling sign.

But you can use your blue travelling tickets across Bromley no problem and all the way around our city no problem – you tap in, tap out, shake it all about.

It’s also served by buses provided by Transport for London, although we wouldn’t mind a London Underground extension.

Geography

I understand it is easy to see why a pretty village like Locksbottom feels like Kent, and a more diverse place like Penge feels more London.

They’re both part of the same borough, but just carry different charisma – that’s what our city is all about, right? Some areas are really urban, some are a little relaxed and cute.

Even more importantly, Bromley is formally regarded as the largest of all London boroughs. So it’s not exactly a minor part of the capital.

The Rightmove Happiness at Home Survey 2019 states Bromley – in South East London – is the second happiest place to live in London. And we’re happy to live here.

Don’t get me wrong, I also love visiting Kent with its lovely coastlines, traditional country pubs and acres upon acres of gorgeous green spaces. You know, the complete opposite settings to our familiar London city.

Finally, Dunkery Road, in the ward of Mottingham and Chislehurst North, stretches through two London boroughs: Lewisham and Bromley. And if you cross over Mottingham Road at the end of it, you are now in Greenwich.

Weird, right?

But ask yourself this – if Bromley is in Kent, how on earth is there a random road there running between Lewisham and Greenwich, two major areas of London?

That’s like saying there’s an East End cul de sac in Herne Bay.

Bromley is in London. Case closed.

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