Considered one of the most desirable places to live in the Bromley area, largely due to it’s great primary AND secondary schools, transport links and desirable High Street, Hayes is often one of the places that people looking to relocate to the suburbs often come to us about and want to find them a suitable property.
So what do I need to know about Hayes, Bromley?
Tucked away a short drive or bus ride away from the centre of Bromley, Hayes has a village feel about it, with an array of both independent retailers as well as a few chain supermarkets. There is also an abundance of well-regarded bars, pubs and restaurants near both the main High Street (Station Approach) and Old Hayes. The villagey feel is enhanced by the fact that Hayes is right by Hayes Common (ideal for taking a stroll, runners and dog walkers).
Potential residents are drawn to the relaxed way of life and strong community feel, and also the beautiful aforementioned commons, attractive (and strong) property market here and good transport links into London Bridge, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and Charing Cross.
Hayes has also been home to two English Prime Ministers. William Pitt the Elder moved into Hayes Place in 1757 and his son, William Pitt the Younger, was born there in 1759.
In Zone 5, Hayes has excellent transport links to central London, which is another reason why it is so popular with commuters.
Rail: The nearest station is Hayes (Kent) located on the main High Street (Station Approach) that provides 4-hourly services into Charing Cross and Cannon Street and London Bridge, with journeys taking approx 35 minutes. The station can be reached by walking or by several buses including the 138, 119 or 246 buses. It’s also at the beginning/end of this line, meaning that if you’re getting on here you’re pretty much always guaranteed a seat!
Bus: There are many local bus routes linking Hayes with Bromley, Croydon and Beckenham including the 119 (to Purley Way), 138 (to Coney Hall), 146 (to Downe), 246 (to Bromley North), 314 (to Eltham), 353 (to Addington Village).
Cycle: There are plenty of parking spaces for bikes at Hayes station.
Airports: For air travel, Gatwick Airport is just 40 minutes away by car, and London City Airport a similar time frame.
Hayes is fortunate enough to benefit from excellent primary and secondary schools. Primary-wise, Hayes, Pickhurst and Wickham Common Primaries serve different parts of Hayes (although many addresses are in catchment for all 3), and when it comes to Secondary Schools it’s well known that the Ofsted Outstanding Hayes Secondary is the one where a great many parents move into catchment for in order for their children to obtain a place at. Ravenswood School for boys in Keston (but with a larger catchment that serves Hayes), is also very popular, as is Ravensbourne School as you move out of Hayes towards Bromley.
Hayes is a fantastic place to live for families who like plenty to do and enjoy a sense of community and an outdoor life. Bromley Town FC is just up the road, both for watching the team as well as for those who enjoy playing football and attending coaching sessions themselves. Hayes School hosts many evening classes and sporting events, and the Hayes British Legion plays a big role in the community, particular when it comes to social events.
There is a Nuffield Health gym next to Bromley Football club if you’re looking for a decent health and fitness centre.
Shopping-wise there’s a handy Sainsbury’s Local on Station Approach, a popular Iceland on the same road, as well as many local independent shops with a nearby car park to make make using and supporting them easier.