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At London Square Bassetts House, you can experience the charming and relaxed pace of life of Orpington and the nearby countryside, in a market town that is only 27 minutes by train from Charing Cross.
The town is a treasure trove for shopping, with many quality independent shops as well as major stores. The Walnuts Shopping Centre near the High Street offers everything from jewellers and florists to Bella Italia and Marks & Spencer, plus a 7-screen Odeon cinema with immersive iSense technology.
The adjacent Walnuts Leisure Centre is home to two pools, a sauna and steam room, an 80-station gym, squash courts and more. It also offers a range of classes for all ages, from swimming and gymnastics to football and trampolining.
When it’s time to explore the countryside, there are soothing walks and nature trails to follow at Darrick Woods and Common, winding through ancient woodland. The nearby villages of Locksbottom and Farnborough are particularly charming. With its excellent transport links, Orpington makes the ideal home for the busy commuter, while its excellent grammar and secondary schools are also a beacon for families wanting to experience life in a picturesque and welcoming community.
There’s plenty of shopping on offer in Orpington, and there are many nice surprises to be found when exploring the clothing, food and gift shops in and around the High Street and The Walnuts Shopping Centre.
But when you’re in the mood to shop until you drop, you’re just 4 miles from Intu Bromley, one of the largest shopping centres in the South East. Here there are more than 100 stores under one roof, including luxury-brand retailers Hobbs, Karen Millen, Fat Face, Zara and Superdry. Then when it’s time to take a break and get refreshed, there’s everything from Costa to Carluccio’s to choose from.
The town’s traditional market – which sets up its stalls three times weekly –is very popular, while the Nugent Retail Park offers a large Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Laura Ashley.
If you like to keep fit and healthy, there’s no shortage of facilities in and around Orpington. Enjoy regular workouts at major gyms including LA Fitness and PureGym, or explore boutique fitness specialists such as Shapers and Body Contours. Opportunities for Karate, Taekwondo and yoga are also available in the town.
As well as many excellent parks and green spaces in the town, there is Cray Valley Golf Course – one of the largest facilities of its kind – with 54 holes, a new FootGolf course, floodlit driving range and expert tuition. For a really exhilarating experience, be sure to try the state-of-the-art Delta Force paintballing centre, with five extensive game zones.
If you simply want to enjoy an invigorating walk in the countryside, you are only a short distance from the Surrey Hills and the High Weald – an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The town’s High Street offers tastes and cuisines from across the globe, including Thai, Italian and Turkish cuisine. Special mention must go to Xian, a stylish Chinese restaurant listed in the Michelin Guide for its appealing menu with flavoursome, authentic dishes.
Also praised by Michelin, the award-winning Chapter One in the quiet town of Locksbottom provides keenly priced and beautifully prepared modern European cuisine in its elegant, modern dining room.
There’s a great choice of Kentish pubs and inns near London Square Bassetts House, many with an authentic rural feel. Nearby, the Change of Horses is very popular for its excellent food delivered with impeccable service, while the Royal Oak on Farnborough Way is renowned for its seasonal menus, range of cask ales, roaring log fire and pretty beer garden.
There are plenty of fascinating places to discover in and around Orpington, from historic homes to modern vineyards. A few miles south of town is Down House, the former family home of Charles Darwin.
The Priory, just off Orpington High Street, is a medieval hall house that served as a rectory until the 17th Century. Surrounded by Victorian gardens laid out in an antique style, they now form a graceful public park that is the town’s best-kept secret.
Although steeped in history, the area is distinctly ahead of the times. While the popularity of English wines is a recent phenomenon, the nearby Godstone Vineyards have been making white, sparkling and rosé wines since 1985. Less than 30 minutes from Bassetts House, visitors not only take a tour and enjoy wine tastings, but also enjoy stunning views at the foot of the North Downs Way.