History Of Bromley, Kent
The town has a large shopping and retail area including a pedestrianised High Street and The Glades shopping centre. It is one of ten major metropolitan centres identified in the London Plan. The London Borough of Bromley Civic Centre is located in the town. The historic Wickham Court with its crow-stepped gable construction is located in Bromley.
There are two railway stations providing connections to the City and West End. Bromley South is located on the main line from Dover and is served by fast and local services to Victoria and Blackfriars. Bromley North is located at the southern end of a short branch line from Grove Park from where connections can be made for London Bridge, Cannon Street and London Charing Cross.
The town's football club Bromley F.C. are currently playing in the Isthmian League Premier Division.
It has a number of theatres the most notable being the Churchill Theatre in the town centre and the Bromley Little Theatre close to Bromley North railway station.
H. G. Wells, most famous for his book The War of the Worlds, was born in Bromley. In August 2005, the wall honouring H.G Wells in Market Square was repainted. The current wall painting features a rich green background with the same H.G Wells reference and the evolution sequence of homosapiens featured on Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (a former resident of nearby Downe).
Bromley and its neighbouring suburbs provide the setting for the Hanif Kureshi novel The Buddha of Suburbia.
Bromley is also known for "The Bromley Contingent", who were a group of followers and fans of the Sex Pistols (including Siouxsie Sioux, Sid Vicious and Billy Idol (Idol's mother still lives in Bromley) who also went on to become famous).