11 reasons you know you grew up in Beckenham in the 2000s

This Is Local London: 11 reasons you know you grew up in Beckenham in the 2000s 11 reasons you know you grew up in Beckenham in the 2000s

Not quite in London, not really part of Kent, growing up in Beckenham can be an awfully confusing time. And if growing up in Beckenham wasn't fun enough at the time, here are ten reasons to remember that magical time...

 

This Is Local London: The Odeon cinema, Beckenham

1. The guy who lost his virginity on Channel 4’s Virgin School worked in the Odeon.

This Is Local London: 'Loake Lester Tan Brogue Boots' , Burton, Worcester

2. Dress code in Bar Flux was extremely strict. Second hand shoes accepted but brand new Paul Smith trainers were a no-no. Socks over trainers were always worth a try in times of desperation.

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3. Trying to get into The Elmer Lodge with dodgy photocopies of passports as ID.

This Is Local London: The restoration of the bandstand will be discussed at next week's Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground meeting

4. Croydon Recreation Ground was and still is called ‘Beck Rec’.

This Is Local London: Win family meal for four at Wimpy restaurant

5. The Wimpy was the only fast-food alternative to McDonalds.

6. People from gated communities thought they were the dogs.

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7. The N3 was the only way of getting home from London after 11PM – this usually added about 3 hours to your night, allowing you time to sober up before you arrived in Beckenham.

8. You were never more than a ten minute walk from one of a multitude of train stations – Beckenham Junction, Beckenham Hill, New Beckenham, Elmers End and Eden Park to name a few.

 

This Is Local London: The Streets, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, March 4

9. The Streets mention of Beckenham in ‘Who Got the Funk?’ was an extremely proud moment. 

10. Orange was the predominate ethnicity of a Langley Girl.

11. You were never quite sure if you were from south-east London or Kent, this lead to many debates with people from outside the area – usually accusing you of ‘trying to be hard’ or ‘trying to be posh’.

What are your memories of growing up in Beckenham? Add your comments below.

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3:23am Sun 2 Mar 14

J K Jenkins says...

I never see how anywhere within the Bromley borough counts as 'Kent' any more. Aside from the fact that the buses are mostly TfL (aside from Bromley's 402) and the area straddles Zones 4, 5 and 6, and the logo on every bin and letter reads 'The London borough', the actual 'Welcome to Kent' sign is all the way out near The Spinning Wheel/Shampan 4 which is WAY past Biggin Hill High Street and on the way to Westerham. This isn't a case of sitting on the border... Beckenham is actually closer to the Houses of Parliament than it is to the 'Welcome to Kent' sign, which is a good twelve miles away.
I never see how anywhere within the Bromley borough counts as 'Kent' any more. Aside from the fact that the buses are mostly TfL (aside from Bromley's 402) and the area straddles Zones 4, 5 and 6, and the logo on every bin and letter reads 'The London borough', the actual 'Welcome to Kent' sign is all the way out near The Spinning Wheel/Shampan 4 which is WAY past Biggin Hill High Street and on the way to Westerham. This isn't a case of sitting on the border... Beckenham is actually closer to the Houses of Parliament than it is to the 'Welcome to Kent' sign, which is a good twelve miles away. J K Jenkins
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8:02am Sun 2 Mar 14

goldenbroomboy says...

You obviously know very little about this borough, it's history. culture, geography, & identity.
You obviously know very little about this borough, it's history. culture, geography, & identity. goldenbroomboy
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