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The Local Area Guide to living in Biggin Hill

The Greater London suburb of Biggin Hill has grown in leaps and bounds over the past century, transforming from a rural expanse with only a handful of farms to a thriving small town. It retains a rural atmosphere, located in the southeast quadrant of London bordering the Tandridge District of Surrey. Before 1965, it was part of the County of Kent, but in this year was incorporated into the greater city boundaries. The town's name stems from 'bigging' or hilltop. Biggin Hill is positioned 210 metres above sea level, making it one of London's highest points. Many of the town's houses are positioned on the hillside, featuring split-level floor plans and gardens.

The lack of any rail or tram links makes Biggin Hill quite affordable for Greater London standards, and as a result, households in this suburb have more cars than any other in London. Yet the area is also known for its airport, as well as its history as a military airfield.

Information about the local residents

There were 9,951 residents of Biggin Hill at the time of the 2011 census, declining only slightly from the 2001 number. This is a fairly young town, with the average age being 40 and the largest age group being under 20. According to data from Experian, the typical demographic in Biggin Hill are Mid-Career Climbers, mainly families enjoying some degree of success in the area's detached houses.

The top 3 occupations listed by residents include Administrative and secretarial, Associate professional and technical, and Professional. The area is fairly diverse, with Ireland and Germany bringing the highest number of residents without a UK nationality. While 98.8% of the residents speak English, other top languages spoken in this town include Polish, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Cantonese, and Urdu, among others.

Nearby Schools

The town is popular with families, who benefit from well-regarded schools nearby. Biggin Hill Primary School is known for its balanced curriculum and extracurricular activities, and Oaklands Primary School offers an on-site preschool for younger children, Acorns Nursery. At the secondary level, there is Charles Darwin School. This is a specialist school in the performing arts and has shown a rate of GCSE improvement that's faster than the national average. While these are the prime options within the town's boundaries, there are options a bit further afield in neighbouring villages. On the outskirts of Biggin Hill, you'll find Downe Primary, Tatsfield Primary, and Cudham CoE Primary Schools.

Getting Around

Biggin Hill is popular as a commuter community, and most residents own cars to travel around the area or into London to work. The A233 road runs through the area, from North to South, and the suburb is surrounded by countryside and neighbouring villages. There are also 5 bus routes that serve the town, taking passengers to Bromley, Petts Wood, New Addington, Orpington, and Westerham. The nearest rail station is Hayes. From there, it takes 38 minutes to get into London's Charing Cross station. Biggin Hill Airport primarily serves commercial and private flights, along with a swanky helicopter shuttle service that gets you to London in only 6 minutes.

Local Shops

Look no further than the High Street (or Main Road, as the case may be) for an eclectic blend of businesses and shops to suit every whim. Stock up on pet and garden products at Dabners, or get into the country spirit at the Saddlery & Gun Room or Angling Centre. There are a few florists, home furnishings shops, dry cleaners, and hairdressers to choose from, along with both Costcutter and Waitrose supermarkets for when it's time to stock the refrigerator.

Beyond Biggin Hill's High Street, residents are only a few minutes' drive or bus ride away from larger shopping centres in nearby suburbs. Croydon's Whitgift Shopping Centre features 3 levels of fashion boutiques and eateries, while the Intu Bromley Shopping Centre boasts juice bars and name brand retailers including Boots and Zara.

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