Bromley is a large town in south-east London, England, located in the historic county of Kent and the ceremonial county of Greater London. It is 9.3 miles (15.0 km) south-east of Central London. A market town, chartered in 1158, its location on a coaching route and the opening of a railway station in 1858 were key to its development and the shift from an agrarian village to commerce and retail. Bromley today forms a major retail and commercial centre. It is identified in the London Plan as one of the 13 metropolitan centres of Greater London.
Bromley has one of the highest gross disposable household incomes (GDHI) in the UK, and was ranked 4th in Greater London by Retail Footprint in 2005 as a major shopping destination. The town has a large retail area, including a pedestrianised High Street and The Glades centre, the main shopping mall, which has a catchment of 1.3 million people. The shopping area includes retailers such as Gap, Oasis, Russell & Bromley and Waterstone's, and a branch of Belgo restaurants. Development at the nearby St. Mark's Square has seen further restaurants and a cinema established. Bromley High Street is also the location for the Bromley Charter Market, which runs on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. King John granted a charter for the Market to be held every Tuesday in 1205, with Henry VI revising this charter to every Thursday in 1447. The Market sells food and confectionery items, clothing and other goods like jewellery.
Bromley has a population of over 87,889 people. Bromley also forms part of the Greater London metropolitan area which has a population of over 14,372,596 people.