20 August 2020/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide: Dartford, Bexley

Commercial properties to rent in Dartford, Bexley

Popular with capital commuters, families and young professionals, the bustling town of Dartford in Kent has been named as one of the fastest places to sell property in the UK. It’s not surprising, as it’s just under an hour from central London and boasts excellent transport links via the M25 and Dartford Crossing. The town itself also has plenty to offer locals and visitors, including a thriving high street, attractive parks and waterside eateries by its two large rivers, the Thames and the Darent.

Historically, Dartford has been an important market town for the people of Kent. After key roads were constructed by the Romans, it marked an important rest stop for travellers making their way to Canterbury or on to Europe. The town also has a strong industrial history, as many factories harnessed the power of the rivers to run their operations. Businesses as diverse as papermills, mustard factories and pharmaceutical chemical works have called Dartford home over the years.

Now, this attractive commuter town is favoured for its location above all. It’s in London transport zone eight, meaning you can use an Oyster card to get around on public transport. Whether you’re looking for a base for your retail business or want to find an industrial unit with great links to the rest of the UK and Europe, Dartford could be a great place to explore. Here’s everything you need to know about living and working in Dartford.

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Getting around in Dartford

Dartford railway station can be found in the centre of the townThere are three National Rail routes that connect Dartford to London, stopping at Charing Cross, Cannon Street and Victoria, so it’s easy to pop in and out of the capital whenever you need to. Dartford station is also a major transport interchange for people travelling to other parts of the country, with around 4.5 million visitors every year.

Dartford has excellent road links The handy Dartford crossing makes it easy to travel north of the Thames to Essex, to towns including Grays and Dagenham, in less than 25 minutes. You can also reach the M25 in less than ten minutes from the town’s centre, which connects to a network of motorways leading across the country.

A good network of buses run in DartfordArriva is the primary operator of buses in the town, though some services running from London are operated by Transport for London. You can catch more than 10 services, which operate across the town and to neighbouring areas such as Gravesend and Orpington.

Two airports are within an hour of DartfordGatwick Airport is around 45 minutes’ drive from Dartford and is the closest airport to the town. You can catch both long and short-haul flights from here. You can also reach Heathrow Airport in around an hour, where you’ll have even more choice of destinations.

Great places to dine in Dartford

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Dartford has plenty of facilities

There are eight gyms in Dartford, including:

  • The Gym
  • Snap Fitness
  • David Lloyd

Find more places to get fit here.

Banks and Post Offices in DartfordThere are nine banks in Dartford, including:

  • Two HSBC
  • Handelsbanken
  • The Co-Operative Bank
  • Barclays
  • Halifax
  • Santander
  • NatWest
  • Lloyds

There are three post offices in Dartford. The main branch is in the centre of Dartford on the high street. You’ll find two smaller post offices around the town – one on The Brent and one on Riverview, close to the Dartford Crossing.

There are plenty of grocery shops in DartfordIf you need to stock up, you can visit the large Asda or Sainsbury’s superstores, or you can stop at ALDI or M&S Simply Food in the town centre. There is also a Waitrose & Partners Foodhall in Bluewater if you’re in the mood for an upmarket feast.

There are plenty of places to shop in Dartford, no matter what you’re looking for. You can stroll down the high street, where you’ll find a mix of independent stores and big brand names, or visit one of two malls: The Priory, which is home to brands including Primark and New Look, or Prospect Place, currently populated by shops including TK Maxx and Halfords. Looking for a day of retail therapy? Visit Bluewater, around 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of town, and take your pick of more than 300 big-brand shops.

Retail properties to let in Dartford, Bexley

Commercial real estate agents operating in Dartford

  • Altus Group
  • Glenny LLP
  • CBRE
  • Colliers International Property Consultants
  • Watson Day (Surveyors) Ltd

Realla has plenty of commercial properties to rent in Dartford – here’s a selection

High Street, Dartford

Lakeview West

Erith Riverside Shopping Centre

Newtons Court


Commercial properties to let in Dartford

Offices to let in Dartford

Shops to let in Dartford

Industrial units to let in Dartford

Meet the neighbours – here are some of Dartford’s most notable businesses

  • Morrison Utility Services
  • CP Hart
  • Mazda YK
  • Thermo Fisher

Offices in Dartford

Waterbridge Court

Priory Hill


15 Crossways Point

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Interesting facts about Dartford

Central Park, a large green space in the centre of the town, is home to more than 45,000 species of plants.

A number of famous faces hail from Dartford, including Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, actor Mackenzie Crook, Strictly judge Len Goodman and DJ Pete Tong.

The Dartford Museum lays claim to the title of the first modern museum in the country. It opened its doors in 1904.

Dartford has its very own eponymous bird – the Dartford Warbler, discovered by Dr John Latham.

An estimated 160,000 vehicles pass through the Dartford Crossing tunnel every day.

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