CBRE Borough Guide: Bexley
Having only been part of Greater London for the last 50 years, Bexley has remained relatively isolated from the rest of the city. It is one of only three boroughs that doesn’t have an underground station. However, this is about to change with the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) station at Abbey Wood, which lies on the border with it and the neighbouring borough of Greenwich.
The arrival of the Elizabeth Line has also been the catalyst for the regeneration of Abbey Wood which is receiving £1bn of investment and will completely transform the area. Bexley is one of the greenest boroughs in London with over 200 parks and open spaces. It also has a five mile frontage onto the River Thames.
Good to know:
- Home to Crossness Nature reserve, within which is the Grade I listed Crossness Pumping Station – a ‘masterpiece of engineering and a cathedral of Ironwork’ – which was key to the development of Joseph Bazalgette’s sanitation revolution in London. Crossness Nature Reserve is, according to Thames Water, home to 155 species of moth, of which 10 are rare or notable. It is one of the last remaining areas of grazing marsh in Greater London.
- It is the most affordable borough to rent in. Average asking rents for two bed apartments are just over £1,000 per month. This is 50% below the average for London overall.
- Bexley is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is described as a village with 12 ploughs and a mill.