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Kenley - a rural gem in south London

Part of the Borough of Croydon, Kenley is located to the south of central London. Thanks to its proximity to the Metropolitan Green Belt, it's a perhaps surprisingly leafy area; the southern area of the district is dominated by the wide open spaces of the local aerodrome (which was an important RAF station during the Second World War) and Kenley Common. Wonderful views across the Caterham valley and the North Downs are available from here.

Kenley's aviation history

Kenley and its environs' aviation past is celebrated at a number places across the district. Croydon Airport Visitor Centre offers insights into Britain's first international airport, looking at its history from the First World War onwards, including the part it played in Amy Johnson's record-breaking flights and the Battle of Britain. Few of the original buildings survive at what was RAF Kenley, but its airfield is one of the best preserved former fighter stations still in existence. A memorial and blast pens can be visited.

See the sights from Kenley

Trains from Kenley railway station offer services directly to London Bridge and London Victoria stations, from which the capital's landmarks can be explored. Among the sights close to the former are The London Bridge Experience, Golden Hinde and The Shard, while the latter is close to the spectacular Westminster Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.

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