You’ve got an hour to spare in St Mary Cray, but where should you go and what should you do?

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It is possible to get just about anything from the vast superstores along Sevenoaks Way. There’s a Sports Direct, Marks and Spencer, Hobbycraft and a shiny new TK Maxx.


News Shopper: Contain yourselves: Pizza1889 transports authentic Italian pizza to Orpington

Arguably, you would have low expectations when buying food from a shipping container in a shopping park but Pizza1889 is a showstopper. Said container is immaculately made over and the chefs make some exquisite pizzas and coffees.

Read our review here.

Get down the gym  

News Shopper: Unbeaten UFC fighter Jimi Manuwa on training in Orpington, headlining O2 arena and growing up in Croydon

Jimi Manuwa

Keddles gym in the High Street is renowned as one of the best mixed martial arts training venues in the area. Its fighters have won national titles and even fought in the big-time UFC.

Find out what happened when News Shopper spoke to Jimi Manuwa.

Have a cuppa 1247030

The Croft Tea Room is a lovely spot for a brew, and has plenty of events to keep you interested too.

Or something stronger 

News Shopper: Review: The Bull Inn, St Paul’s Cray

If you’re after a nice place for a pint, The Bull Inn is pleasant with the brook opposite.

See what PubSpy thought here