Bromley, London’s largest borough, covers 59 square miles, most of which is green belt running into Kent and Surrey. Many of its villages and suburbs are connected by quick overland train links — less than 40 minutes — to Cannon Street and Charing Cross, making it popular commuter territory, not just for family buyers, but also for singles and couples searching for value-for-money homes beyond the grimy inner city.
Bromley town centre is getting a makeover that will add some much-needed sparkle to the suburban scene. St Mark’s Square, pictured, is being built on a former car park with the aim of creating a new hub mixing residential, leisure, shopping and the arts. The 200-home scheme is set around a new public square and performance space, a multiplex cinema, hotel, cafés and restaurants. Completion is due later this year. Call Cathedral Group on 020 7939 0800.