A large suburban town lying south east to the capital city of London, Bromley is an excellent place to explore the capital without ensuring the business of staying there.
Presented as it was in his day, Down House; former home of Charles Darwin; has been preserved as a museum to one of the country’s finest scientists.
Many original artefacts used by Darwin are displayed, including his chair and writing desk. Visitors are also encouraged to ‘follow in his footsteps’ by walking through the wooded ‘Sandwalk’; or ‘thinking path’; which Darwin paced in deep thought up to five times a day.
Bromley Museum, The Priory, Church Hill, Orpington BR6 0HH (01689) 873826
Open during the summer season, Bromley Museum displays several permanent galleries linked to Bromley’s past, present and future.
It also showcases the life of one Sir John Lubbock; a multi-talented MP and friend of Charles Darwin, who introduced Bank Holiday Mondays to Victorian Britain.
Crofton Roman Villa, Crofton Road, Orpington BR6 8AF (020) 8460 1442
Located close to Bromley is the remains of Crofton Roman Villa; a house that was occupied from around AD 140 to 400.
Partially destroyed by a railway cutting in the 19th Century, it was discovered in 1926, but not fully excavated until 1988.
Visitors can now enjoy guided tours, graphic displays and can even handle a selection of finds from the excavations.
Chislehurst Caves, Caveside Close, Old Hill, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5NL (020) 8467 3264
Just two miles from Bromley, Chislehurst Caves offer the visitor a labyrinth of man-made tunnels thirty metres below the Earth’s surface.
Mainly dug for the building of London, the tunnels eventually became a tourist attraction at the start of the 20th Century.
Frequently used for TV and film (the BBC TV programme, Dr. Who has been filmed here), Chislehurst Caves are open from Wednesday to Sunday.