Surbiton is almost a hidden gem, as we like to think of it. It has an amazing community that get together and do crazy things and knows how to have fun! With its village feel and yet only 20 into London by train, this is arguably one of the best place to live. The River Thames is right there offering bike paths, walking paths, boats, plus a relaxed life on the river. You are less than five minutes from all the major shops of Kingston and yet you are surrounded by tree-lined streets, old architecture and a beautiful village with everything you need.
A little bit of history
One of the little known facts of Surbiton is that it used to be a part of Surrey and was later welcomed into the Kingston Borough of London. It's actually really well known for its iconic train station which opened in 1838. The original station was called Kingston Borough Station but later changed to Surbiton when a new station was built in Kingston. There are many iconic building, however the train station stands out as it was also the back drop for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Poirot and Eastenders. Surbiton has honorary mentions the in Monty Python Series as well as being the back drop to the 'The Good Life' although there were no actual scenes filmed in Surbiton.
Need to know
Surbiton was once famous for its tennis, as it played host to International Lawn Tennis from 1900-1981. It also has a famous Hockey Club and boasts of the oldest River Thames sailing club, the Thames Ditton Sailing Club.
Surbiton's centre is a little village but with a lot of the major brands such as Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Cafe Nero, Costa Coffee , Starbuck's and Cook just to name a few. It is fast becoming an eating hub with near nearby Maple Road holding down some lovely restaurants such as French Tarte and No 97. It offers some funky bars and pubs, plus some small cafe's and eatery places. It is lucky to have Kingston only a stone's throw away with all the major retail outlets making the High Street far more manageable!