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Part of the London Borough of Bromley, which was historically part of the county of Kent, Orpington is a vibrant town that forms one of the 35 major centres in Greater London as identified by the London Plan. The area boasts a long and rich history, with evidence pointing to a history that dates back to the Stone Age with a number of artefacts having been discovered. While the town offers many modern facilities and amenities, it also boasts fascinating reminders of its heritage with a variety of places of interest. The Parish Church dates back many centuries and was endowed in 1173 by the Archbishop of Canterbury. You can take in an example of a medieval hall house at The Priory. The town has been home to many well-known people over the years including Charles Darwin.
You will find a good range of retail outlets in Orpington, with both small and large retailers occupying space in the shopping centre and the industrial estate. Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer all have a presence in the town. A variety of other businesses have office space in the area, such as photographers, events companies, business technology providers, IT consultants, patent service providers, and accountants. Invicta IP Ltd is based in Orpington along with MantisTech, RH Consulting and Discoverer International Ltd.
Entertainment And Dining Out
There is daytime and evening entertainment on offer in Orpington, so you can always find ways to enjoy the area. For daytime entertainment you can enjoy visiting some of the attractive gardens such as Priory Gardens where you will also find Bromley Museum. You can also enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and in some cases live entertainment in many of the pubs such as The Chelsfield Pub or The Royal Oak. A variety of dining options are available in the town for those who want to dine out. For great Chinese food you can head to Xian or if you want to sample some contemporary European cooking, try Chapter One. The Rising Sun is an excellent choice if you are looking for good Japanese food.
There is a good transport network available in Orpington, which is well served by buses and taxis for those looking for overground transportation. If you plan to drive in the area you can enjoy the convenience of well connected road links, with the M25 passing the town to the south and with the A208, the A224 and the A232 all passing through Orpington. The town offers rail connections from Orpington Railway Station, which is served by Southeastern and offers connections to areas including Charing Cross, London Bridge, Victoria and Dover amongst others.