My favourite places to visit in the borough include Five Arches (Foots Cray Meadows) and Danson Park - in that order. These are all lovely green spaces, great for cycling, families, or a nice wander for some peace away from the bustle of the high streets and traffic in town...more
The Gardens of this historic house are well worth a visit; they have such variety there is sure to be something to suit everyone’s taste from the lovely old trees growing informally towards the edge of the grounds to the formal flower beds immediately to the south of the building. These two areas are divided by the river Cray, which can be crossed...more
This beautiful sixteenth century manor house was most probably named after the At Hall family who in turn took their name from the fact that they lived at the hall (honestly, that’s what is says in the guide book!) who were the earliest named residents of the estate there. It has since been home to several families holding offices of state...more
This is my favourite cappuccino place, and it actually is just 1 mile from my place.. how lucky am I ? There is an Italian/ Greek connection here, because they both contribute to the food offered in this cosy place, although Maria's origins are much more present.
There are about 7 small tables where you can sit to have a drink or eat one of the dish of the day. Excellent selection of cakes, fruit juices for the little ones and wide range of Italian products. I have ordered a tiramisu, pizza and a greek quiche for my child's birthday party and they were absolutely fabulous.
Melucci's is now open in the evening on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. You need to bring in your own wine and book in advance, but believe it is a lovely experience. All food is cooked freshly on the spot, and there is something for all tastes, vegetarian, meaty, fish.. light.. I just love it !
Favorite Dish: Tiramisu', all ingredients perfectly combined ! The real Tiramisu'..!
I love to go to the theatre, so I was delighted to see, when I moved to this area a few years ago, that there is one within walking distance of my house, which saves me not just the journey into town but a considerable amount of money too! Tickets are a bargain at just £5.50 and the bar is less expensive than most central London cafes, let alone the theatre bars. The auditorium has a traditional theatre look and they print smart programmes and have a small shop, so you can have an ice cream in the interval too. In short, here you can enjoy all the aspects of a West end theatre that help to make the evening feel like a treat and still afford to see every performance they put on!
Performances occur for one week each month and cover a variety of plays, from the Christmas pantomime and comedies to thrilling murder mysteries. Most performances start at 8 but there are occasional matinees too. I rang on the Saturday afternoon hoping to see the performance that evening and managed to get a ticket. In fact, I think quite a few people turned up early without a booking and managed to get seats. This could be a bit risky though, as certainly there wasn’t a single seat empty that evening, so I imagine some of the people in the queue may have been disappointed.
The theatre has recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and before it started the same site was occupied by a cinema, the remains of which were recently on display to the public during part of London’s open house weekend.
Dress Code: There is no particular dress code: although some people were dressed up for their evening out, others were in casual clothes. I thought it might be cold in the auditorium and wore a coat but didn't need it at all.
There are twelve railway stations serving the borough of Bexley, along three main railway lines:Abbey Wood, Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green are on the line to the north of the borough;Falconwood, Welling, Bexleyheath and Barnehurst are on the line through the middle of the borough;Sidcup, Albany Park, Bexley and Crayford are on the line to the...more
The borough of Bexley is well served by a number of bus routes covering the main shopping and working areas and residential streets too, with good connections to the borough's railway stations. Services run frequently on weekdays but less often at weekends.I have noticed a big difference in the attitude of most of the drivers in this area, compared...more
It is quite rare to see the traditional London taxis in use in the borough of Bexley but there are a number of well established minicab firms which are, in my experience, reliable. I have used them to go to Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, booking them a few days in advance but have often found it difficult to get one at short notice for a journey...more
I go past this on the train or bus nearly every day but only recently realised what a lovely place it is to visit.The Abbey itself has an interesting history; having been founded in 1178 by Sir Richard de Luci, supposedly to atone for his role in the murder of Thomas à Becket at nearby Canterbury, this is where he lived out his last days and was...more
This is the easternmost point marked as part of the South East London Green Chain network (forty miles of footpaths running between here and Crystal Palace.) However, if you reach this point having completed the rest and are still keen to keep walking, you're only a few minutes' walk from Erith's Riverside Gardens, from where you can start section...more