Bromley

LFA 2024 Destinations:

Bromley

Bromley is known as London’s largest borough, and it is the distinctiveness of its towns and neighbourhoods which make it what it is today. From Penge to Bromley Town Centre, Chislehurst to Orpington, and Darwin, Bromley is a rich tapestry of creative communities and cultures.

Bromley Town Centre has preserved its market town roots at the heart of old borough, building this into the vibrant high street seen today, that has recently been selected as one of London’s Night Time Enterprise Zones.

To the north, the welcoming Chislehurst village has a diverse range of communal spaces to explore, from The Commons and Chislehurst Caves to the elegant Royal Parade and bustling High Street. Named after Charles Darwin, Darwin has a legacy of historic heritage nestled amongst its more rural backdrop displaying some of Bromley’s most vibrant green spaces.

The Orpington Priory and Broomhill conservation areas showcase Orpington’s architectural heritage, whilst the town centre provides a plethora of commercial and cultural spaces. After being a key Destination at last year’s Festival, Penge is featured once again, giving visitors the chance to explore the Victorian architecture surrounding its lively and modern high street.

01 June 2024

Guided High Street Tour

The Chislehurst Society   |  
Walks and Tours

Enjoy the historic architectural features of Chislehurst |High Street with our local guides. See h…

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01 June 2024

Jump Back In Time!-Children’s craft and local history event

Better Libraries, Bromley   |  
Workshops

Fun facts and creative crafting come together in this unique event! Join us for an exciting journey…

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01 June 2024

Big Lunch – Orpington

London Borough of Bromley   |  

We are delighted that the Big Lunch is once again coming to Bromley to help people come together to…

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01 June – 30 June 2024

Crystal Palace PARKhitecture

Friends of Crystal Palace Park   |  
Exhibitions

Four artists from the SE20 Art Group, based in Penge, have created a mixed media installation inspi…

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01 June – 02 June 2024

Bridging the Gap

Crystal Palace Park Trust   |  
Other

Take part in a reimagining of the Bridge to Crystal Palace Park Concert Platform - is it stepping …

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02 June 2024

The World on the Upper Terrace

Invisible Palace   |  
Walks and Tours

Join walk leader Manasi Pophale of @historyspeak to discover the untold stories of 24 statues that …

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02 June 2024

The Old Palace – A Walk Through History

London Borough of Bromley   |  
Walks and Tours

Enjoy a walk through history on a self-guided tour of the Old Palace and grounds in Bromley. The …

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03 June 2024

West Wickham Library-a dekko at Art Deco

Better Libraries, Bromley   |  
Walks and Tours

Come along and see for yourself this reimagining from family home to public library! The Art Deco b…

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03 June 2024

West Wickham Library-a dekko at Art Deco

Better Libraries, Bromley   |  
Walks and Tours

The Art Deco building at 77 Addington Road, built in the 1930s by the Morrell brothers, is the temp…

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05 June 2024

Demistifying Solar for Homes, Schools & More

Greener & Cleaner   |  
Talks and Debates

Sunshine & Savings: Your Guide to Home & Community Solar Power! Tired of high energy bills? Want…

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05 June 2024

Revitalizing Shopping Centres & High Streets While Building Stronger, Greener Communities

Greener & Cleaner   |  
Talks and Debates

Interested in interactive town centre spaces, empowering communities and supporting sustainability?…

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05 June 2024

London South East Colleges Architectural Lecture & Art Display

Orpington 1st   |  
Talks and Debates

Marking Orpington’s participation in the London Festival of Architecture 20th Anniversary event, …

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05 June 2024

Greener & Cleaner Community Hub Pilot – Using Shopping Centre Units – What and Why

Greener & Cleaner   |  
Talks and Debates

The Greener & Cleaner Hub: A Shopping Centre based Model for Empowering Communities: Have you ev…

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05 June 2024

Tools for Tomorrow: Construction Green Skills Breakfast

Local South East College   |  
Talks and Debates

Attention, South East London Construction SMEs, start your day right with a FREE breakfast event ho…

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05 June 2024

Going Underground – Exploring the Crystal Palace Subway

Crystal Palace Park Trust   |  
Walks and Tours

This is a chance to immerse yourself in the Crystal Palace Subway and see the work that has been ta…

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06 June 2024

West Wickham Library-a dekko at Art Deco

Better Libraries, Bromley   |  
Walks and Tours

The Art Deco building at 77 Addington Road, built in the 1930s by the Morrell brothers, is the temp…

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06 June 2024

West Wickham Library-a dekko at Art Deco

Better Libraries, Bromley   |  
Other

Come along and see for yourself this reimagining from family home to public library! The Art Deco b…

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08 June 2024

Make a Shop for Penge High Street

Better Libraries, Bromley   |  
Workshops

Come along and get creative at this fun craft event ! Imagine the High Street of the future-what wo…

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08 June 2024

Hidden Treasures of Penge

Penge History Group   |  
Walks and Tours

"Hidden Treasures of Penge" is a group guided walk around local architectural oddities and survival…

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08 June 2024

Fordcroft Romano-British Bathhouse

Orpington and District Archaeological Society   |  
Walks and Tours

Join a tour led by the Orpington and District Archaeological Society (ODAS) of the foundations of a…

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09 June 2024

Reimagining – A Street Art Tour of Penge

London Calling Blog / Hadley Property Group   |  
Walks and Tours

Come learn about Penge’s street art collection with a free guided tour of the UK’s biggest mura…

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11 June 2024

‘Re-imagining the City after the Great Fire & why the proposals never took place’

Better Libraries, Bromley   |  
Talks and Debates

Join us for this exciting talk happening in person at Chislehurst Library. ‘It sometimes take…

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11 June 2024

How Camden Place was Reimagined

The Chislehurst Society   |  
Walks and Tours

A 1717 country house transformed into a country mansion by James 'Athenian' Dance. In 1860 the hous…

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13 June 2024

Architecture in Bromley – from Wren to Art Deco….and beyond?

Bromley Civic Society   |  
Talks and Debates

Come and see this illustrated and animated presentation given by Tony Banfield and Peter Martin an…

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15 June 2024

Storytime and Junk Modelling Session

Better Libraries, Bromley   |  
Other

Come and listen to some great stories about buildings big and small and then create your own struct…

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15 June 2024

Big Lunch – Biggin Hill

London Borough of Bromley   |  

We are delighted that the Big Lunch is once again coming to Bromley to help people come together to…

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15 June 2024

Reimagine – On The Common

Friends of Betts Park   |  
Walks and Tours

A guided walking tour around an historic survivor of Penge Common, seen through the eyes of the peo…

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15 June 2024

Crofton Roman Villa – Reimagine Open Day

London Borough of Bromley   |  
Walks and Tours

Join us for free at our Open Day to enjoy fun activities and take the opportunity to share your tho…

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15 June 2024

Reimagine – On The Common

Friends of Betts Park   |  
Walks and Tours

A guided walking tour around an historic survivor of Penge Common, seen through the eyes of the peo…

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15 June 2024

Penge Poets: Reimagine

Penge Heritage Trail   |  
Performances

Write poetry? Then come and hear various ways local poets have used their imagination in the servic…

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15 June 2024

Orpington Priory Open Day

Orpington 1st   |  
Walks and Tours

Come and explore the historic Grade II listed Orpington Priory & Gardens. Under the guardianship…

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15 June 2024

The Street of The Future

Better Libraries, Bromley   |  
Workshops

Come along to this fun building activity and let your imagination run wild with Lego! Take inspira…

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15 June 2024

A walking tour of Victorian Bromley

Bromley Civic Society   |  
Walks and Tours

Bromley is a treasure trove of Victorian Arts and Crafts architecture built when Bromley flourished…

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19 June 2024

Parks for the Future: An evolutionary approach to regeneration

HTA Design llp   |  
Talks and Debates

How do we celebrate a park’s heritage whilst responding to the evolving needs of local communitie…

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21 June 2024

Make Music Day

Your Bromley BID   |  
Performances

Musicians will flood Bromley with free music for the day on Friday 21st June. Music will be perfor…

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21 June 2024

St Mark’s Re-imagined

Everyone Matters   |  
Workshops

Are you a grown-up yearning to set free your inner artist! or a retired person for whom water colou…

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21 June 2024

Midsummer Music – Brahms in Bromley

Everyone Matters   |  
Performances

Join us for a midsummer evening that celebrates music, art and architecture brought together in the…

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21 June 2024

Making Music at St Mark’s

Everyone Matters   |  
Workshops

As part of “Making Music Day” in Bromley we’re welcoming visitors to sit for a while, listen …

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22 June 2024

‘Rebuild and Reimagine’ Children’s Lego Activity

Better Libraries, Bromley   |  

Come along to the library for our fun-filled Lego building session with a history twist! Learn abou…

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22 June – 23 June 2024

A History of Bromley through its Architecture

Bromley Civic Society   |  
Exhibitions

An Exhibition celebrating the historic character and heritage of Bromley from its origins as a Kent…

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22 June 2024

Reimagine – On The Common

Friends of Betts Park   |  
Walks and Tours

A guided walking tour around an historic survivor of Penge Common, seen through the eyes of the peo…

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22 June 2024

Reimagine – On The Common

Friends of Betts Park   |  
Walks and Tours

A guided walking tour around an historic survivor of Penge Common, seen through the eyes of the peo…

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22 June 2024

Pride Picnic in the Park

The Friends of Cator Park & Alexandra Recreation Ground   |  
Other

Pride Picnic in the Park with the Friends of Cator Park and Penge Festival Picnic in the Park …

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22 June 2024

A Church re-imagined as cinema – One Life for one night only

The Chislehurst Society   |  
Film Screenings

The catholic church in the centre of Chislehurst will be transformed, for one night only, into its …

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22 June 2024

Architectural Highlights of Penge

Penge Heritage Trail   |  
Walks and Tours

Fascinated by the different architectural styles in Penge? How did the architects decide on their s…

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22 June 2024

Big Lunch – Chislehurst

London Borough of Bromley   |  

We are delighted that the Big Lunch is once again coming to Bromley to help people come together to…

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22 June 2024

Reimagining Homes with Mrs Paprika

Better Libraries, Bromley   |  

Come along to meet the amazing Mrs Paprika, find out what happens when the neighbourhood stray cat …

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22 June 2024

Community Planting Day – Reimagining Orpington Priory’s Sunken Garden

Orpington 1st   |  
Workshops

Join Friends of Orpington Priory & Gardens for a community planting day at the delightful Grade II …

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23 June 2024

Big Lunch – Crystal Palace

London Borough of Bromley   |  

We are delighted that the Big Lunch is once again coming to Bromley to help people come together to…

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23 June 2024

Palace, people, place

Invisible Palace   |  
Workshops

Join artist Carlos Cortes in Crystal Palace Park for a short walk to explore how symbolism was used…

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23 June 2024

Scadbury Moated Manor

Orpington and District Archaeological Society   |  
Walks and Tours

Join a tour led by the Orpington and District Archaeological Society (ODAS) of its archaeological e…

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27 June 2024

A walking tour of Victorian Bromley

Bromley Civic Society   |  
Walks and Tours

Join us on this walk to discover the treasure trove of Victorian Arts and Crafts architecture built…

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27 June 2024

Reimagining the Crystal Palace Dinosaur sculptures in 3D

Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs   |  
Talks and Debates

The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs have been capturing our imaginations for 170 years. We’ve recently i…

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27 June 2024

How Camden Place was Reimagined

The Chislehurst Society   |  
Walks and Tours

A 1717 country house transformed into a country mansion by James 'Athenian' Dance. In 1860 the hous…

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27 June 2024

Library Lates

Better Libraries, Bromley   |  
Other

Join us for a thrilling evening of special activities you wouldn’t expect from your local library…

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29 June 2024

Priory Live Platform presents sounds from the Sub-Urban Tree

Orpington 1st   |  
Performances

Join us in Orpington's Market Square as a selection of exciting acoustic acts perform live under th…

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29 June 2024

Reimagine – On The Common

Friends of Betts Park   |  
Walks and Tours

A guided walking tour around an historic survivor of Penge Common, seen through the eyes of the peo…

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29 June 2024

Reimagine – On The Common

Friends of Betts Park   |  
Walks and Tours

A guided walking tour around an historic survivor of Penge Common, seen through the eyes of the peo…

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29 June 2024

Big Lunch – Bromley

London Borough of Bromley   |  

We are delighted that the Big Lunch is once again coming to Bromley to help people come together to…

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29 June 2024

Mansion House Tour, the home of Edwardian author, Ronald Firbank and his socialite sister, Heather

The Chislehurst Society   |  
Walks and Tours

Exclusive Tour a Grade II 18th Century Mansion House This grade II 18th Century mansion house is…

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29 June 2024

Reimagining Bromley’s ‘Bowie Bandstand’

London Borough of Bromley   |  
Workshops

Join us as we showcase the restoration process and engage with visitors to 'Reimagine' the future o…

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30 June 2024

Drawing from Life

Invisible Palace   |  
Workshops

In 1957 artist Sylvia Sleigh rushed to create 24 paintings, the minimum required for a ‘one-man…

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07 July 2024

The Building Stones in the Landscapes of the Crystal Palace Geological Court (with a few Dinosaur diversions)

Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs   |  
Walks and Tours

The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs (1854) are famously the first-ever, full-size reconstructions of dinos…

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Supported by London Borough of Bromley with The Chislehurst Society, Penge SE20, Orpington 1st and Your Bromley.

 

There is such a rich history to be explored across Bromley, especially through our beautiful buildings and spaces, so I am delighted that residents will again get the opportunity to explore such sites as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

This year, five distinct areas across the borough will be showcased, which collectively have shaped much of our borough’s distinct character and continue to do so as Bromley continues to grow and thrive.

It is with thanks to our Business Improvement Districts – Your Bromley, Orpington 1st and Penge SE20 BID, as well as Chislehurst Society, that we are able to deliver this exciting programme, with these organisations delivering much important work to enhance and sustain our borough.

I hope residents and visitors alike will take this opportunity to discover more about Bromley’s history, from its Kentish Market town roots to the grand Victorian and Georgian architecture that together with our green spaces make Bromley so unique.

Councillor Yvonne Bear, Executive Councillor for Renewal, Recreation and Housing


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