Located just before the green belt and M25, Orpington in south London is an area with plenty of family appeal.
With excellent state schools, two grammar schools, a regenerated town centre and quite brilliant transport links, Orpington has become one of the last decade's big movers in London. The commute to London Bridge and the City takes just under 30 minutes, which is obviously a major draw for parents wanting to escape the London bustle in the evenings - as long as the children are quiet!
Within the town itself, the Walnuts Shopping Centre largely dominates, with a variety of retailers and supermarkets. Goddington Park is a vast expanse of fields, boasting a bowling green, cricket squares, rugby pitches, football pitches, tennis courts...near enough every sport is covered! And after you've scored the fifteenth goal, you can head to the Change of Horses pub in Farnborough Village, which has a beautiful beer garden in summertime.
The area is also the birthplace of three breeds of chicken - the Orpington Buff, the Orpington Black and the Orpington Jubilee - all bred in Orpington by Victorian farmer William Cook. Not heard of them? Well, they've even got their own fan club, so aren't bothered about you not knowing in all honesty.
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