Situated in southeast London within the London Borough of Bromley, the charming town of Orpington boasts a remarkable history dating back to the Stone Age. Enriched with historic buildings and sites, Orpington offers a captivating journey through time. Beyond its historical allure, the town features several parks, gardens, a bustling town center, and a range of family-friendly attractions. Orpington is easily accessible, with regular train services connecting it to central London. While Muslim-friendly facilities may not be widely visible, diligent visitors can find suitable amenities in Orpington.
A highlight of Orpington is the Crofton Roman Villa, a must-visit for those intrigued by Roman history. Occupied from around 140 AD to 400 AD, this villa, once surrounded by lush fields and meadows, provides insight into Roman life. Guided talks enhance the visitor experience, and interactive activities for children, such as dressing up, mosaic making, Roman games, and excavating, add to the educational fun.
In the heart of Orpington, within the ancient priory area, stands the intriguing Bromley Museum. Showcasing a fantastic collection of local historical artifacts, the museum delves into the origins of the Bromley area. Regular exhibitions focus on the First World War and Bromley's role in it.
Families with kids can enjoy Goddington Park, which offers 64 hectares of greenery, open spaces, sports facilities, and play areas. Priory Gardens is another delightful spot worth exploring.
For a dose of family entertainment, Orpington Palace Superbowl is a fantastic choice. Here, both adults and children can try their hand at tenpin bowling, making it a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike in Orpington.
While London Biggin Hill Airport, located around 3 miles from Orpington, serves the area, it's not considered a major airport. For those seeking major airport services, the closest is London Heathrow Airport, situated approximately 26 miles away. Additionally, tourists can opt for London City Airport, approximately 11 miles away, or London Gatwick Airport, located around 19 miles away, to access a variety of travel options.
There are a couple of places which serve Halal food in Orpington. Welcome to Sabiha- a takeaway restaurant, and TGF Pizza Co- also another takeaway restaurant. Although these restaurants are said to be either Muslim owned and/or Halal certified it is always best to inquire about the Halal status of the food before ordering. There are also loads of other restaurants which serve halal food in the neighboring towns.
There is one known mosque in Orpington, namely the Nurani Cultural Centre and Mosque. This mosque, located on High Street has all 5 prayers as well as Jumu’ah on Fridays. There are also a number of mosques located in the surrounding areas. However, since other prayer facilities in Orpington are hard to come by, it is best for Muslim tourists to offer their prayers in the hotel room, when possible.