Bexleyheath is a town in the borough of Bexley, which is just on the borders of London. It has a population of over 223,300. The town centre is well used by its residents and is a preferred shopping and entertainment destination by many people from neighboring towns such as Dartford, Crayford, Welling and Erith.
I live in one of these towns and my in laws and many friends live there so I visit Bexleyheath very regularly.
Whilst Bexleyheath is a fairly small town it has so much to offer visitors, here I will try to cover the main attractions.
Shopping - Bexleyheath has a shopping centre called the Broadway, it is a single story centre which stretches almost the entire length of the high street. Inside you will find many stores including Marks and Spencer, BHS, Boots, Early learning centre, River Island, Monsoon, W H Smith, Past times and New Look along with several eateries like Star Bucks, Costa coffee, Burger King and McDonalds. It is well maintained with good toilet and baby changing facilities and also plenty of benches dotted along the middle great for tired legs and bored husbands.
On the high street there is a good selection of shops including Primark, TK MAxx, Argos, Hawkins Bazar, Robert Dyers, Wilkinsons, Superdrug and Rymans. The high street is pedestrianised which makes it much more safe and comfortable to walk down. There are public toilets halfway down the high street, these are a bit grotty so I would recommend waiting to use the ones in the centre if you are not desperate.
If you are looking to do your food shopping you have lots of choice, there is a very large Asda, a smaller Sainsburys, an Aldi, Netto, Iceland and Marks and Spencers. So whatever your budget there is something for you.
Eating - Whatever your tastebuds are craving I am sure there is a suitable establishment in Bexleyheath. There are so many different cafes and resturants in the area. There are little greasy spoons and cafes, fast food joints like KFC and Mcdonalds and Wimpy, then there is a Pizza Hut, Pizza express, Zizzi's, and Frankie and Bennys. There are small international restaurants offering dishes from India, Cyprus, Mexico, China and Thailand. There are also two large Chinese noodle bars. Not to mention many of the pubs serve food. You would be hard pushed not to find something you liked.
Drink - Bexleyheath has a thriving nightlife, it gets very busy on a Friday and Saturday night with young party goers. The two most popular pubs for youngsters is The Furze Wren which is a Wetherspoons, also The Ivory lounge which is a large pub with dance floor area. There are many other more traditional pubs and bars along the high street so whatever your age and requirements you won't go thirsty.
Leisure and Entertainment - There is a big Cineworld cinema, a gala bingo hall and a large ten pin bowling complex with amusements and bar area. There is a modern swimming pool and leisure complex called Crook log, this has everything you could want from a leisure centre from squash to swimming across the road from Crook log there is one of the prettiest and loveliest parks I have seen - Danson Park, with its boating lake, miles of green land, fabulous play area and splash park it is a day out in itself. The park and the leisure centre are about a ten minute walk from the high street.
The library, a beautiful big public library with a special childrens section, computer use and large reference area.
Getting there - There are several car parks in Bexleyheath, there is a main line Train Station with good links to London and Kent (this is about a 10-15 minutes walk away from the town centre). There are good bus links serving many areas, Bromley, Lewisham, Woolwich, Dartford, Eltham and Sidcup.
I have always found Bexleyheath to feel safe and secure, it is a favourite place of mine to go. The shops may not be fancy but I can normally find what I am looking for. Don't travel for miles to come but if you are nearby then it's worth a visit.
Bexleyheath is a great place to visit, live work and shop. I live about 10 minutes away and always go there when I can. It's a nice area and a lovely town.
I attended secondary school at Bexleyheath and got to know the area very well from then really. I have now frequented the town for over 10 years and think it goes from strength to strength.
You will find everything you coupld possibly need in Bexleyheath. There are several supermarkets in the main town centre and even more nearby. There is excellent shopping opportinities on the broadway and The Mall. the Broadway is like a pedestrianised high street where you will find popular high street stores such as Iceland, Primark, Greggs and Argos. The Mall is the shopping centre, which although is not huge, does hold all of the usual, most visited shops such Marks and Spencer, Superdrug, Boots, BHS and WH Smiths.
Bexleyheath is easy to reach and situated just off of the A2 and M25. It is easy to reach from Central London or Canterbury and has very good local transport links. There are a variety of hotels around the outskirts of Bexleyheath including The Marriot and a Holdiayt Inn.
Bexleyheath has a pretty good nightlife. There are lot's of bars and pubs including a large weatherspoons and many restaurants with varying quisines. There is also a cinema and bingo hall next door to each other and nightclubs a short bus ride away.
Parking is fairly easy in the Town Centre, there are 5 large car parks, plus several smaller ones. There are parking metres but these are towards the outskirts and there aren't very many.
Other facilities include a police station, bowling alley, petrol stations and a careers advice centre.
I find that a lot of towns so close to Central London are usually quite ugly looking and not always very nice places. bexleyheath is a great little suberban town where you will find everything you need all within easy each and in nice surroundings.