Guidebook for Greater London

Stephen
Guidebook for Greater London

Essentials

Biggin Hill Express in Westerham offers everything you would expect from a local convenience store. Open 0700-2200 7 Days a week
Tesco Express
Biggin Hill Express in Westerham offers everything you would expect from a local convenience store. Open 0700-2200 7 Days a week
Wider range and often better quality food shopping
Waitrose & Partners Biggin Hill
Wider range and often better quality food shopping

Arts & Culture

With its unique place in the history of science and evolution, Down House, the family home of world-renowned scientist Charles Darwin, is a must-see. Stand in the study where Darwin wrote 'On the Origin of Species', stroll through the gardens that inspired him, and visit his and wife Emma's newly recreated bedroom which overlooks the gardens. Let Sir David Attenborough take you on an interactive multimedia tour around the house, and discover how the great man developed his ground-breaking theories.
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Home of Charles Darwin - Down House
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With its unique place in the history of science and evolution, Down House, the family home of world-renowned scientist Charles Darwin, is a must-see. Stand in the study where Darwin wrote 'On the Origin of Species', stroll through the gardens that inspired him, and visit his and wife Emma's newly recreated bedroom which overlooks the gardens. Let Sir David Attenborough take you on an interactive multimedia tour around the house, and discover how the great man developed his ground-breaking theories.

Entertainment & Activities

Book in advance and take a lesson (s) to ride a horse Ashmore Lane | Keston, Bromley BR2 6DJ, England Phone Number: +44 1959 572008
Greenacres Riding School
Book in advance and take a lesson (s) to ride a horse Ashmore Lane | Keston, Bromley BR2 6DJ, England Phone Number: +44 1959 572008
FLY AS A PASSENGER IN A WW2 SPITFIRE! The ex-RAF base of Biggin Hill was an active Fighter Command airfield during the Battle of Britain and was home to Spitfire Squadrons. Now, for what must surely be the ride of a lifetime, you can take off in a Spitfire from Biggin Hill and fly over Kent's 'Battle of Britain country' and experience what it must have felt like to fly in this iconic aircraft on one of these Spitfire passenger flights. Cost is around £2,000. Check on line for latest deals
London Biggin Hill Airport (BQH - EGKB)
FLY AS A PASSENGER IN A WW2 SPITFIRE! The ex-RAF base of Biggin Hill was an active Fighter Command airfield during the Battle of Britain and was home to Spitfire Squadrons. Now, for what must surely be the ride of a lifetime, you can take off in a Spitfire from Biggin Hill and fly over Kent's 'Battle of Britain country' and experience what it must have felt like to fly in this iconic aircraft on one of these Spitfire passenger flights. Cost is around £2,000. Check on line for latest deals

Sightseeing

Leeds Castle is in Kent, England, 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Maidstone. A castle has been on the site since 1119. In the 13th century it came into the hands of King Edward I, for whom it became a favourite residence; in the 16th century, Henry VIII used it as a dwelling for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The castle today dates mostly from the 19th century and is built on islands in a lake formed by the River Len to the east of the village of Leeds. It has been open to the public since 1976.
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Leeds Castle
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Leeds Castle is in Kent, England, 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Maidstone. A castle has been on the site since 1119. In the 13th century it came into the hands of King Edward I, for whom it became a favourite residence; in the 16th century, Henry VIII used it as a dwelling for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The castle today dates mostly from the 19th century and is built on islands in a lake formed by the River Len to the east of the village of Leeds. It has been open to the public since 1976.
Explore a luxurious Roman Villa, with rare paintings, original mosaics and a bathing suite. Family friendly, kids can handle artifacts.
Lullingstone Castle & The World Garden
Explore a luxurious Roman Villa, with rare paintings, original mosaics and a bathing suite. Family friendly, kids can handle artifacts.
Quebec House is the birthplace of General James Wolfe on what is now known as Quebec Square in Westerham, Kent. The brick home is located in a residential neighbourhood surrounded by historic homes and more modern 20th Century housing. Check on line for opening times and events if you want to go inside.
Quebec House
Quebec House is the birthplace of General James Wolfe on what is now known as Quebec Square in Westerham, Kent. The brick home is located in a residential neighbourhood surrounded by historic homes and more modern 20th Century housing. Check on line for opening times and events if you want to go inside.
Chartwell was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1922 until his death in 1965. The house is situated 2 miles south of Westerham in Kent off the B2026 road. Churchill loved the house, especially the view over the Weald of Kent. He modernised the originally rather gloomy Victorian mansion, by adding a garden wing consisting of three large and attractive rooms. Churchills wife Clementine made her contribution by choosing the comfortable furniture and floral chintz curtains. The Nemon Statue estate consisting of 80 acres gave Winston the peace and tranquility that he loved, and he relaxed by paintingin the garden or in his studio and by transforming the grounds with new lakes.
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National Trust - Chartwell
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Chartwell was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1922 until his death in 1965. The house is situated 2 miles south of Westerham in Kent off the B2026 road. Churchill loved the house, especially the view over the Weald of Kent. He modernised the originally rather gloomy Victorian mansion, by adding a garden wing consisting of three large and attractive rooms. Churchills wife Clementine made her contribution by choosing the comfortable furniture and floral chintz curtains. The Nemon Statue estate consisting of 80 acres gave Winston the peace and tranquility that he loved, and he relaxed by paintingin the garden or in his studio and by transforming the grounds with new lakes.
Ightham Mote, Ightham, Kent is a medieval moated manor house. The architectural writer John Newman describes it as "the most complete small medieval manor house in the county
Ightham Mote
Ightham Mote, Ightham, Kent is a medieval moated manor house. The architectural writer John Newman describes it as "the most complete small medieval manor house in the county

Getting Around

Hayes Train Station has regular train services into Central London. Fast trains to Victoria (One Stop) and Blackfriars
Bromley South
Hayes Train Station has regular train services into Central London. Fast trains to Victoria (One Stop) and Blackfriars
Hayes Train Station has regular train services into Central London
Hayes Station Approach (Stop A)
Hayes Train Station has regular train services into Central London
Bus 320 will get you to and from Bromley South or Bromley Shopping Centre .
Leaves Green Ashmore Lane (Stop G)
Bus 320 will get you to and from Bromley South or Bromley Shopping Centre .
Bus Route R2 This bus will take you to to and from Orpington Railway Station. The journey is about 19 Mins. However the buses run on average every half hour. From the property to Orpington Station they run between 0638 until 2034 hours. From Orpington Station to the property they run between 0738 until 2108 hours
Leaves Green Ashmore Lane (Stop J)
Bus Route R2 This bus will take you to to and from Orpington Railway Station. The journey is about 19 Mins. However the buses run on average every half hour. From the property to Orpington Station they run between 0638 until 2034 hours. From Orpington Station to the property they run between 0738 until 2108 hours
246 Bus runs to Bromley South and Bromley North Stations, although it takes a longer route. You can also get this bus to Westerham Village. Check on line for the timetable.
Keston Church (Stop WJ)
246 Bus runs to Bromley South and Bromley North Stations, although it takes a longer route. You can also get this bus to Westerham Village. Check on line for the timetable.

Parks & Nature

Historic, poetic, iconic; a refuge dedicated to beauty. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a world renowned garden.
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Sissinghurst Castle Garden
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Historic, poetic, iconic; a refuge dedicated to beauty. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a world renowned garden.
Charming Emmetts Garden is an Edwardian estate that was owned by Frederic Lubbock, becoming both a plantsman's passion and a much-loved family home. The garden was laid out in the late 19th century, and was influenced by William Robinson. It contains many exotic and rare trees and shrubs from across the world. Standing on one of the highest spots in Kent, Emmetts Garden offers panoramic views over the unspoilt Weald as well as some great walking opportunities. When you visit, you can explore the rose and rock gardens, take in the views and enjoy shows of spring flowers and shrubs, followed by vibrant autumn colours.
National Trust - Emmetts Garden
Charming Emmetts Garden is an Edwardian estate that was owned by Frederic Lubbock, becoming both a plantsman's passion and a much-loved family home. The garden was laid out in the late 19th century, and was influenced by William Robinson. It contains many exotic and rare trees and shrubs from across the world. Standing on one of the highest spots in Kent, Emmetts Garden offers panoramic views over the unspoilt Weald as well as some great walking opportunities. When you visit, you can explore the rose and rock gardens, take in the views and enjoy shows of spring flowers and shrubs, followed by vibrant autumn colours.
Fishing Ponds and woodland walks. Great for a walk or picnic
Keston Ponds
Fishing Ponds and woodland walks. Great for a walk or picnic

Food Scene

Swish Indian restaurant with elegant, contemporary dining rooms, plus cocktail lounge and terrace
Shampan at the Spinning Wheel
Swish Indian restaurant with elegant, contemporary dining rooms, plus cocktail lounge and terrace
Open Tuesday- Saturday 0900-1700 Sunday 1000-1600 Closed Monday Our family-owned farm shop and deli is housed in a beautifully restored barn. It nestles in rural Kent between Keston and Downe village. We opened our shop because we are passionate about supporting local producers and we go out of our way to offer you the very best, from traditionally-reared meat to Wealden fruit and veg; from local beers to cakes baked especially for us, come see us soon and fill your basket from The Garden Of England.
Holwood Farm Shop
Open Tuesday- Saturday 0900-1700 Sunday 1000-1600 Closed Monday Our family-owned farm shop and deli is housed in a beautifully restored barn. It nestles in rural Kent between Keston and Downe village. We opened our shop because we are passionate about supporting local producers and we go out of our way to offer you the very best, from traditionally-reared meat to Wealden fruit and veg; from local beers to cakes baked especially for us, come see us soon and fill your basket from The Garden Of England.
For over 10 years Ginger has been providing a winning combination of irresistible food with charming personal service. This has ensured customers keep coming back. Open seven days a week, we provide fine dining in our restaurant. We also offer a takeaway service, you can order from our menu Open seven days a week, we provide fine dining in our restaurant . Alternatively, if you fancy ordering a takeaway, you can order from our menu .
Ginger
36 Station Approach
For over 10 years Ginger has been providing a winning combination of irresistible food with charming personal service. This has ensured customers keep coming back. Open seven days a week, we provide fine dining in our restaurant. We also offer a takeaway service, you can order from our menu Open seven days a week, we provide fine dining in our restaurant . Alternatively, if you fancy ordering a takeaway, you can order from our menu .
Awarded Certificate Of Excellence by Trip Advisor, this place offers an extensive breakfast menu. including a Full English Breakfast, home made lunches, freshly made cakes and cream teas. Best to book for lunch as it can get busy.
Food for Thought
19-20 The Green
Awarded Certificate Of Excellence by Trip Advisor, this place offers an extensive breakfast menu. including a Full English Breakfast, home made lunches, freshly made cakes and cream teas. Best to book for lunch as it can get busy.
Basic cafe for an English Breakfast, Bacon Sandwich & Tea Etc
Spitfire Cafe
154A Main Rd
Basic cafe for an English Breakfast, Bacon Sandwich & Tea Etc