A local guide to move in Orpington

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Orpington is an area in south east London, England, within the London Borough of Bromley. It is 13.4 miles south east of Charing Cross. “

What to do in Orpington

It could be that Orpington has a lively atmosphere with many activities happening and there are ways to find this out. To discover what to do in your area, we recommend looking at sites like Timeout that list weekly events in Orpington. We want to make finding things easy, so here’s a link to see upcoming happenings in Orpington. Also, knowing what’s available in Orpington and where helps when getting to know a new place. That’s why we made a map with property price info from this article to simplify your search.

In Orpington, what things may you need?

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Orpington name before moving in the neighbourhood.

Post offices in Orpington

Want to send and receive parcels easily? There is no better way to do that than having a post office nearby. Not only do they provide post services but post office in Orpington can provide a wide range of services such as: sending money or subscribing post insurance. Here is the list of post offices in your next area

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Royal Mail Orpington Delivery Office Vinson Close, Orpington 4 83
Orpington Post Office 189, 193 High Street, Orpington 1.9 58
Post box 279 High Street Orpington, Greater, London 0 0

How many hospitals, pharmacies and doctors are there in Orpington?

Orpington has 4 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Skinoza clinic – Orpington 1 Chislehurst Road, Orpington 4.6 56
Knoll Medical Practice Knoll Medical Practice first floor, health and wellbeing centre, 19 Homefield Rise, Orpington 3.1 126
Life Line Screening The Crofton Halls, Crofton Road, Orpington N/A N/A
Highland Medical Practice – Orpington Surgery 59 Sevenoaks Road, Orpington 3 35

Tube & Train stations nearby the area of Orpington

Most prefer transit within a 10-15 minute walk and if there aren’t public connections nearby then this could be something that takes down the price of property or can even deter people from moving in to Orpington entirely. Here is a table below so you can see where these connections are for yourself.

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Orpington Station Approach, Orpington 3.9 75

In Orpington, what schools are nearby?

Having a school near the place you live is a great feature of the property you are about to move in. Please find below a list of the schools within the area of Orpington.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Tower Pre-School Station Road, Orpington N/A N/A
Joyful Living | Employee Wellbeing Programs 16 Cowden Road, Orpington 4.9 76
Kindred Orpington Day Nursery and Pre-School 33 Knoll Rise, Orpington 4.5 6
Kumon Maths & English Village Hall, 311 High Street, Orpington 5 2
Magical Munchkins 311 High Street, Orpington N/A N/A
Buttercup Preschool 9JJ, 6 Sevenoaks Road, Orpington N/A N/A
St John’s URC Pre-School St John’s Church Hall, Lynwood Grove, Orpington N/A N/A
Orpington Montessori preschool Methodist Church, Orpington Montessori preschool, Sevenoaks Road, Orpington 3 2
kentchoirsrock 13 Hillcrest Road, Orpington N/A N/A
Philip Training Centre – Orpington Campus College, Orpington N/A N/A
Natural Learners Ltd. 32 Spur Road, Orpington N/A N/A
Monkey Puzzle Orpington Day Nursery & Preschool Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery, Rowan House, 64 Sevenoaks Road, Orpington 4 4
Orpington Day Nursery 15 Moorfield Road, Orpington 4.3 10
sunny kids All Saints Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington N/A N/A
Guitar Teacher Orpington N/A N/A

Things that make us love Orpington

What makes the heart of Orpington? At Cozee we asked ourselves what would define the culture, the vibe of a given area. We have come up with the following elements so whether you are a foodie or a night bird, we got you covered. Check out the different restaurants, pubs, gym that exist in Orpington to help you decide to move in there.

Are there any good pubs in Orpington?

As Londoners, we love our local pubs. Orpington has great ones to become your new regular spot. Consider these if visiting or moving to the area of Orpington.

Pub name Name Address Description
Bo-Peep Hewitts Road Chelsfield BR6 7QL There has been a building on this site since the 14th century when a farmhouse was constructed, and the pub website has much information about its history. Today it is a cosy pub restaurant with several different rooms with low ceilings and an Inglenook fireplace. It is very convenient for Junction 4 of the M25, and parking is available. The menu varies to include seasonal specialities.
Chelsfield 1 Windsor Drive Chelsfield BR6 6EY Large pub conveniently situated for both Chelsfield main line rail station and the local R1 bus route. Having survived threatened demolition in the late 2010s, the pub has now been extensively (and expensively) renovated during the Covid lockdown, and is now back to its best. Cask ale remains well-represented with the two regular beers being augmented by a guest, usually from a small local brewery, and plans for a fourth handpump to be put into operation.
Chelsfield Lakes Golf Centre Court Road Chelsfield BR6 9BX This modern Golf Centre bar is open to everyone – there is no necessity to play a round of golf. For details of the golf facilities please use the website linked on this page.
Five Bells Church Road Chelsfield BR6 7RE Situated in an unspoilt 17th century village, this welcoming pub was the local CAMRA 2010 pub of the year. Small local breweries often feature amongst the guest beers, which in summer sometimes includes a cask on gravity in the public bar. Beer festivals are held at Easter and in October
George & Dragon 26 High Street Downe BR6 7UT Recently refurbished but remaining a traditional country pub in the lovely village of Downe, with pleasant relaxing atmosphere. The village is famous for being the home of Charles Darwin, creator of the theory of evolution by natural selection. His residence – Down House – is now a museum. The village can be reached from Bromley using the 146 bus which terminates near the pub. Generous menu with a good selection of home made pies advertised daily. Sunday roasts. No food Monday or Tuesday evening. Check opening hours with pub.
Queen’s Head 25 High Street Downe BR6 7US Attractive and traditional pub with open fireplaces, dating from 1565, and named following a visit to Downe by Queen Elizabeth 1. The pub is situated in the centre of the historic country village but is less than 20 minutes by bus from Bromley or Orpington. Charles Darwin lived at nearby Down House (English Heritage) and was likely a patron.
Change of Horses 87 High Street Farnborough BR6 7BB Formerly a coaching inn where the horses were changed on the London to Hastings coach route, the pub is situated in the attractive village of Farnborough, but is also very convenient for the main A21. The interior is spacious, and includes an attached function room/restaurant, whilst the garden is one of the most pleasant in the borough. The pub closed for refurbishment in 2019, and reopened under new management in December of that year.
Woodman 50 High Street Farnborough BR6 7BA A welcoming and cosy village pub, whose landlord is a real ale enthusiast. Rebuilt around 1900 and extended in the 1930s, there is a split level bar with various cosy areas. The spacious enclosed garden has a patio area leading up to the lawn. Summer barbecues are an occasional added attraction.
Queen’s Head 73 High Street Green Street Green BR6 6BQ A smart, spacious and comfortable pub restaurant owned by Ember Inns. Customers are welcome to just enjoy a pint or two without eating, and there is an interesting and varied real ale selection, including seasonal beers. There are plenty of tables and a garden. As well as the CAMRA discount, prices of real ale are substantially reduced on Mondays for all customers. In addition to the buses listed, the high frequency 358 route from Beckenham and Bromley passes within 15 minutes walk of the pub.
Rose & Crown Farnborough Way Green Street Green BR6 6BT A large restaurant pub which reopened in late March 2016 following a major refurbishment, and is now operated by the Whiting & Hammond Chain. The pub is located on the main A21 within easy reach of Junction 4 on the M25, and is convenient for visitors to High Elms Country Park. The pub is now generally brighter and seems more spacious. The venue has a changing food range, with menus printed daily. Despite the food emphasis, casual drinkers are welcomed. The pub remains child-friendly with various play equipment in the extensive garden.
Royal Oak High Street Green Street Green BR6 6BJ This pub is a familiar and distinctive landmark on the main A21 to Hastings, having being built in the style of a Kentish oasthouse. It is now a Vintage Inns restaurant pub. Spacious and comfortable.
Black Horse 318 Crofton Road Locksbottom BR6 8NW This large and imposing Ember Inn owned white painted pub sits at the end of the shops of Locksbottom. It has a modern interior and many tables and chairs. Even though this pub is food-orientated casual drinkers are welcome. There is a quiz night on Sundays. Like most Ember Inns, a “cask ale club” operates on Mondays, with all real ale priced at £2.99 (as at Dec. 2019). The 20p/pint discount for CAMRA members operates on all other days.
British Queen 427 Crofton Road Locksbottom BR6 8NL Reopened after refurbishment on September 1 2014. Although a gastropub of the Raymond Blanc chain branded as “White Brasserie’ it has a “normal’ pub feel as the restaurant is a completely separate new structure away from the bar. Bromley CAMRA will update further following a new survey.
Whyte Lyon (Ye Olde) Farnborough Common Locksbottom BR6 8NE This oak-beamed 17th century pub on the main A21 was built when Locksbottom was a village, rather than a part of Orpington. It contains several different eating areas, but customers are more than welcome just to come in and enjoy a pint. The pub also boasts a log fire and a walled garden. Children under 14 not allowed.

Where can you buy groceries in the area

Grocery shopping is another important activity you will do if you move into the area of Orpington. In the below table, we go over the nearby supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s so you know what the area has to offer for your food shop.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Lloyd’s Groceries 104 Craven Park, London 4.6 52
Shayona Sweets & Savouries 10 Pramukh Swami Road, Neasden, London 4.4 242
CostCutter 46-48 Harrow Road, Wembley 4.4 338
Tesco Express 4 Hillside, London 3.4 74
Kotoko Mini Market 126 Craven Park, London 3 9
Ngee’s Supermarket & Off Licence 70 Lilburne Walk, London 4.1 7
International Food Centre Harrow Road, Wembley 4.6 50
Kiran Supermarket 34 Harrow Road, Wembley 3.7 106
Sima Food & Wine 151-153 Fortunegate Road, London 4.4 35
Seven Star 203 Church Road, London 4 5
Sunshine Supermarket 50 Harrow Road, Wembley 4.2 6
Master’s Supermarket 1, Library Parade, Craven Park Road, London 4.1 7

Gyms to stay in shape in Orpington

In Orpington, using the public parks is not for everyone. Finding out if you are able to attend a local gym or leisure centre nearby may be a good idea if you are trying to move to the area perhaps for permanent residency.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Oasis Sports Centre 32 Endell Street, London 4.3 788
Virgin Active Shell-Mex House, 80 Strand, London 4.3 299
Gymbox Holborn 100 High Holborn, London 4.3 340
Nuffield Health Covent Garden Fitness and Wellbeing Gym 9 Endell Street, London 4.3 130
Fitness First 6 Bedford Street, London 4.3 345
Yogarise Covent Garden – Yoga classes in Covent Garden, London 13 Mercer Street, London 4.3 62
Jubilee Hall Gym 30 The Piazza, London 4.3 111
Covent Garden Physiotherapy Ground Floor, Durham House, 1 Durham House Street, London 4.3 46
PureGym London Waterloo 11-15 Brad Street, London 4.3 234
Body Control Pilates 35 Little Russell Street, London 4.3 36
The Health Club at One Aldwych One Aldwych Hotel, 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London 4.3 16
CryoAction Limited 71-75 Shelton Street, London 4.3 1
The Gym Group London Charing Cross 17-21 Northumberland Avenue, London 4.3 227
Fujian White Crane Kung Fu & Tai Chi – Covent Garden & West End Green Dragon House, 23 Stukeley Street, London 4.3 N/A
Digme Fitness Covent Garden 4-10 Tower Street, London 4.3 150
Boom Cycle – Holborn 16 Procter Street, London 4.3 91
The Gym Group London Holborn Circus 1 Thavies Inn, Holborn Circus, London 4.3 263
Central Health Physiotherapy Quality House, 5-9 Quality Court, London 4.3 299
Tranquility Pilates Studio Ltd 16-18, New Bridge Street, London 4.3 5
ESPA Life at Corinthia Whitehall Place, London 4.3 246

Are the restaurants in Orpington any good?

The below table gives you a good idea of what kind of options there are for eating out. In Orpington, you may find things like Italian, Chinese or even Indian takeouts. Take a look below if you are visiting or want to move here if eating out is a big deal for you.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Naz Balti 113 High Street, Orpington 4.3 27
Sun Moon Lake 130 High Street, Orpington 4.3 59
RUMANA EXPRESS INDIAN TAKEAWAY RumanaExpress 182A High Street, 1st floor, Orpington 4.3 4
JOY KITCHEN Southeast Asian Cuisine 318 High Street, Orpington 4.3 238
Masala Dabbas 294 High Street, Orpington 4.3 371
Pato Lounge 202-206 High Street, Orpington 4.3 1030
Premier Inn London Orpington hotel 83, The Walnuts Centre, Orpington 4.3 379
Creams Cafe Orpington Unit 75 & 77, THE WALNUTS SHOPPING CENTRE, High Street, Orpington 4.3 310
BR6 Restaurant and Bakehouse The Walnuts, Campus, College, Bromley, Orpington 4.3 65
Nando’s Orpington – Walnuts Centre Unit R3, THE WALNUTS SHOPPING CENTRE, High Street, Orpington 4.3 523
Crystal Lake, Chinese Restaurant &Takeaway ,Orpington 107-109 High Street, Orpington 4.3 64
Chandni Indian Takeaway 89 High Street, Orpington 4.3 75
KFC Orpington – High Street 172 High Street, Orpington 4.3 500
Parkside Restaurant 5 Chislehurst Road, Orpington 4.3 201
Xian 324 High Street, Orpington 4.3 339
Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant 99-101 High Street, Orpington 4.3 797
Domino’s Pizza – London – Orpington 296 High Street, Orpington 4.3 132
Pizza 2 Night 57 High Street, Orpington 4.3 137
McDonald’s 291/293 High Street, Orpington 4.3 1279
Lotus House 128 High Street, Orpington 4.3 61

Galleries and Museums

Art helps discover an area’s culture. Galleries and museums are great weekend enjoyment and you can find where all the fun is happening by checking out the museum and galleries table for Orpington below.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Crofton Roman Villa Crofton Roman Villa, Crofton Road, Orpington 4.1 33

In Orpington, is there a lot of green space?

Big green spaces cover the UK and London. However, it may be hard to work out just how much green space there is by just looking at a map. Here is a table below that shows you the green space of Orpington in more detail.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Jubilee Gardens Belvedere Road, London 4.5 1413
Elm Court 1 Pump Court, London 4.3 6
Middle Temple Gardens 3 Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London 4.7 82
Bernie Spain Gardens South Bank, London 4.4 488
Bloomsbury Square Garden 14 Bloomsbury Square, London 4.3 2017
The Phoenix Garden 21 Stacey Street, London 4.6 461
LGBT Chairs ️‍ Ground Floor, South East Wing, Bush House, 300 Strand, London 5 1
Victoria Embankment Gardens 4 Temple Place, Temple, London N/A N/A
Potnotch Jubilee Market, Tavistock Street, London 5 1
London Memorial Garden Savoy Place, London 3.8 4
Drury Lane Gardens 58 Drury Lane, London 3.9 16
Fountain Court Temple, London 4.6 8
Southbank boardwalk South Bank, Unnamed Road, London 4.8 13
Street Art Skaterpark 337-338 Belvedere Road, London N/A N/A
National Theatre garden terrace South Bank, National Theatre, London N/A N/A
The Diamond Jubilee Penny Maze Henrietta Street, London 5 1
Southbank (River Thames South) Walkpath. Unnamed Road, London 4.8 18
Victoria Embankment Gardens Villiers Street, London 4.6 2523
Diamond Jubilee Garden St Pauls Church, Bedford Street, London 4.4 12
BIG 7 7 Bell Yard, London N/A N/A

Other nearby areas

If you need a comparison of other nearby neighbourhoods besides Orpington, Cozee Properties have provided you with guides with information on other areas too.

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Farnborough See the guide here
St Mary Cray See the guide here
Petts Wood See the guide here
Farnborough See the guide here
St Mary Cray See the guide here
Petts Wood See the guide here

If you are looking to buy or sell a property and want to get an idea of how the market works there, have a look at our property prices guides below

Postcode area Link to our property price guide
BR6 See our property price guide for BR6
BR5 See our property price guide for BR5

We value your opinion about the area of Orpington

We would love to hear what people like you think of Orpington. Not only your experience there is valuable to us to understand what makes this area desirable but it might also help people moving into the area feel welcome and feel part of the Orpington ‘s community.

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