Hotels in Orpington
Historically a part of Kent, the suburban town of Orpington is in the London Borough of Bromley. A mere 14 miles from central London, the town has excellent transport links to Greater London, the south coast and Home Counties.
Down House is the former abode of Charles Darwin. Today, it is home to a museum and you can stand in the very room where Darwin developed his theories, browse the interactive exhibitions and explore the gardens. The Priory houses Bromley Museum. Set in a medieval building, the museum documents the area's history as well as having temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Entry is free and guided tours can be arranged in advance.
The Shoreham Aircraft Museum pays homage to the Battle of Britain during WWII. It has artefacts from Spitfires and Hurricanes as well as letters, uniforms and other items of historical significance.
High Elms Country Park is a luscious 250-acre park and local nature reserve with woodlands to explore and discover by bike or foot. There is also a neighbouring golf course for anyone looking for a hole-in-one.
Ideal for a party or a group, Delta Force paintballing offers a great, fun-packed day out for those both brave and competitive.
Eateries, nightlife and hotels
There are many eateries in Orpington, both eat-in and take away, and the town centre has some beautiful coffee shops with outdoor seating. Panacea Coffee and Wine Lounge offers a relaxing environment to enjoy a drink and socialise. After a day discovering Darwin, enjoy a coffee and cake in the same kitchen that Darwin prepared his meals. The café even uses produce from their own garden. Osteria De Fabrizio serves authentic Italian cuisine and is situated on the High Street.
The Churchill Theatre in nearby Bromley has a range of shows all year, which creates an excellent option for a local night out. Larger Orpington hotels can be found out of town; however you may opt for a well-priced welcoming stay in a 16th-century building in the town.
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