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Beckenham is a town in the London Borough of Bromley, England. It is located 13.5 km south east of Charing Cross and 2.8 km west of Bromley town.
Until the coming of the railway in 1857, Beckenham was a small village in the county of Kent with almost completely rural surroundings: once a family of entrepreneurs began the building of villas here, its population soared from 2000 to 26,000 during 1850-1900 and throughout the rest of the century. The current population is nearly 82,000. Today it is very much in London suburbia, although some of the grand houses of the early days remain.
Despite its leafy image, due to its close proximity to Central London and the fact that it is served by eight railway stations , Beckenham makes an ideal business location. The area boasts a busy high street containing many restaurants, upmarket chains as well as family run independents, and has a good selection of well performing schools.
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The above information was obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beckenham