Bexleyheath, as part of the Borough of Bexley, has been part of Greater London since the 1960s. But it was not until the arrival of the railways and the opening of the Bexleyheath line between central London and Dartford in 1895 that the area began to take the shape you see today. Trains to Bexleyheath include regular services from London Charing Cross, London Victoria and London Cannon Street, as well as Barnehurst and Dartford.
The main shopping street nearby is Broadway, about half a mile south of the station. The section of Broadway alongside the shopping centre is pedestrianised. The Tourist Information centre is in the Central Library on Townley Road, just off Broadway. To the south-east of the station is Danson House - an 18th-century stately home - and Danson Park with its boating lake, around which the Parkrun event is held every Saturday morning.