Sevenoaks District, Kent
Swanley town is located in Sevenoaks, Kent and is bordered by Wilmington, Hextable, Hockendon, Eynsford and Farningham. The town centre is currently undergoing modernisation, enabling a lot more businesses to thrive. There are also many plans to build new homes across Swanley along with another train station. Although the area is in Kent, it is heavily associated with South East London due to its close proximity and still being an area which pays London Living Wage.
Did you know?
- Before 1861, there were only 3 houses in Swanley. After the railway was built housing in the area increased rapidly, and three hospitals were built there to treat sick Londoners who needed to escape the London smog.
- It is thought that Swanley was originally a Saxon pig farm or a stopover for pig cattle on the way to the markets, earning the name Swine-Ley, (Swine meaning Pig, and Ley meaning Clearing), which later developed into the name Swanley.
Look out for
New Barn Park – A local park with a large boating lake and children's play area, which hosts many events throughout the year
The Miniature Railway – A half mile miniature railway, operated throughout the summer and a great activity for kids
White Oak Swimming Pool – A huge swimming pool featuring flumes, slides, and diving boards
1812 Night – Hosted by Swanley Town Council every August, this night has spectacular fireworks, live music, and family entertainment
Swanley Market – A local market every Wednesday in Swanley Square, selling everything from fresh food to toys and clothing
A huge ASDA Supercentre dominates the area, amongst 29 other shops such as Boots, Superdrug, Holland & Barrett, Aldi, and Iceland.
The Clove Tandoori – A contemporary Indian restaurant great for eating in and ordering takeaways
The Chequers – A family run village pub, serving a range of pub meals with daily specials
The Coach House – A restaurant set within the Ruxley Garden Centre, serving a great a la carte menu, and set lunch and dinner menus
The Shaad – Traditional Indian restaurant, perfect for a family gathering or party
The Bull – Swanley local Beefeater restaurant and pub
The Olympic – A great venue for private hire with snooker, bowls, and boxing facilities
The Cotton Mill Micro Pub – Serving local real ales, as well as monthly quiz nights and board game nights.
The Ship – A simple local pub with a family atmosphere
Housing in the area is mostly 1960s and 70s semi-detached family homes, with very few period properties dating back a few hundred years. Sought after areas in Swanley include Pinks hill and its surrounding roads and well as Birchwood road.
Swanley to London Victoria in 33 minutes
Swanley to London Blackfriars in 48 minutes
Swanley to Sevenoaks in 19 minutes
Blue and red buses take you through to Eltham and up to Bluewater shopping centre as well as into Gravesend. By car, there is very easy access to the M25, M20 and A20.