Greenhithe and Bean, are village areas located along the A2 corridor between the busy towns of Dartford and Gravesend. Offering great transport links into London, across the South East and into Europe. Greenhithe and nearby Swanscombe and the surrounding areas are entering into a transformational phase of development, with plans for the £2 billion theme park on the Swanscombe Peninsula well underway and work on the UK's first garden city for over 100 years at Ebbsfleet making good progress. Nearby Greenhithe is the location of Bluewater shopping centre and Crossways - one of Kent's largest business parks, located along the boulevard near the Dartford Tunnel.
Swanscombe has many open spaces and public parks, and is surprisingly quiet given it is situated within a few hundred yards of Ebbsfleet International Station. The international station is where the Eurostar will whisk you to Paris and beyond, while the high speed commuter train takes only 17 minutes to London St Pancras.
Bluewater Shopping Centre, situated in Greenhithe and on the borders of Swanscombe and Bean, attracts around 28 million visitors a year. There are over 300 stores and thousands of free car parking spaces. The flagship stores are John Lewis, House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer, although many shoppers flock to the centre for high-fashion stores such as Urban Outfitters and All Saints. For more everyday shopping you’ll find a 24-hour Asda next to Greenhithe train station. Swanscombe High Street is home to the largest post office in the area as well as a newly re-fitted Co-op, several hairdressers, dry cleaners and various take away outlets. There are various convenience stores and take aways dotted throughout the area too, including a newsagent with a Post Office in Bean.
Bluewater is also an entertainment hub. There are over 50 bars, cafés and restaurants, a 13-screen cinema, two 18-hole crazy golf courses, pedalos for hire on the lake, outdoor play areas, a climbing wall and an off-road driving experience. GLOW is the recently opened events arena that will bring music, comedy and exhibitions to Bluewater, including the month-long Winter Wonderland event. Opening soon is an events arena that will bring music, comedy and exhibitions to Bluewater. There are several public parks with play areas and sports facilities throughout the Greenhithe area, in addition to two gyms, squash courts and a leisure centre in Swanscombe.
Apart from the huge selection of restaurants, bars and cafés at Bluewater, where you’ll find every corner of the globe represented, there are several pubs serving food in Greenhithe and Bean. There is a carvery at The Wharf, which looks out over a picturesque lake, and both the Sir John Franklin and Pier Hotel in Greenhithe Village have seating areas on the waterfront overlooking the Thames. Two Indian restaurants can be found in Swanscombe and Greenhithe.