Why move to Surbiton?
Commuters are well served by fantastic road links and speedy train services to the centre of town, while families flock here for the exceptional schools, green space and host of daily amenities. The thriving town centre has many wonderful shops and restaurants, as well as a strong community spirit that you would not find in the capital.
A little bit of history
Previously part of the historic county of Surrey, Surbiton has been part of Greater London since 1965. It was originally known as Kingston-upon-Railway when the train line first arrived in 1838 but later became Surbiton to distinguish it from the Kingston railway line which opened in 1869. It is possibly best known as the setting for the 1970s BBC sitcom ‘The Good Life’ about a couple trying to live sustainably in the suburbs by growing vegetables and rearing animals.
Architecture and property
Properties in Surbiton are diverse, ranging from Georgian townhouses to purpose-built 1950s maisonettes and period conversions. A large proportion of the town’s architectural landscape is made up of detached and semi-detached family homes, whether Victorian cottages in Seething Wells or 1930s pre-war houses in Berrylands.
Shopping and amenities
Surbiton’s bustling town centre has a great range of shops and amenities, including independent clothing boutiques, cafes, a library and several gyms, including specialist fitness centres offering everything from boxing to pilates. The town’s community spirit is enhanced by an award-winning farmers’ market held monthly on Maple Road that provides an opportunity to support local business and pick up high-quality fresh produce.
Most of Surbiton’s diverse eateries are conveniently clustered around the train station, with further options on the main thoroughfares of Maple Road and Ewell Road. There is a wealth of choice with many world cuisines represented, from classic cooking at The French Table to delicious curries at the Agra Tandoori and Japanese dishes at popular chain restaurant Kokoro. Residents can head to one of the town’s riverside pubs for a tipple or to nearby Kingston for a night at the cinema or theatre.
Leafy Surbiton has a good selection of outdoors space to explore, including Victoria Recreation Ground with its play area and Hogsmill Nature Reserve which has an array of walking and cycling trails. More extensive green space can be found nearby in the form of the landscaped grounds of Hampton Court Palace, the beautiful tree-lined avenues of royal Bushy Park and the 2,500-acre Richmond Park, the largest of the Royal Parks, where families will enjoy spotting the deer and exploring the playgrounds.
A first-rate schooling system is one of the main draws for families, with Surbiton well served by both state and independent schools. For younger children there are Maple Infants, St Matthew’s Primary, Lime Tree Primary and Christ Church CofE. Hollyfield is a mixed secondary school and sixth form, while Tolworth School caters to girls and Southborough High School boys from secondary age through to sixth form. The many respected independent schools in the area include Surbiton High School, Surbiton High Girls’ and Boys’ Preparatory Schools, and Shrewsbury House.
Surbiton is situated in Zone 6 and its striking Art Deco train station has overground services to the transport hub of London Waterloo in around 25 minutes, connecting commuters to the rest of the city. The M3 and A3 are nearby giving easy access to the M25 and the wider national motorway network. Frequent fliers benefit from the town’s close proximity to Heathrow Airport less than 9 miles away which provides a gateway to domestic and international travel.