Surbiton is located in the south-west of London, a suburban town that is just next to the river Thames. It is considered in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and since 1965, it has been one part of Greater London. There was a proposal to build the London-Southampton railway line which passed via Surbiton and the town came into existence. The Surbiton railway line opened in 1838.
In recent years, the locality has undergone a sea of change and now it’s highly developed. It’s a upmarket spot and a very friendly place to reside. Basically Surbiton is a gem that is hidden and there have been a lot of changes over the past five years. If you take a brisk walk from the centre of the town, you reach Maple Road which houses the best restaurants, cafes and a farmer’s market. The town has many Art-Deco courts, large and very spacious 19th century townhouses which merge with the housing estates of the 20th century. It’s very easy to reach London from Surbiton by train and this is why the area attracts so much population. This town is located in the southern side of Thames having a charm of its own. The nearby areas are Kingston, New Malden, Thames Ditton, Chessington and Worcester Park. The postal codes of the area are KT5 and KT6.
Transport – Rail and Road
There is regular bus service in Surbiton and some of the London Bus routes are 71, 281, 406, 465, K1, K2, K3 and K4. Its easy reaching the two largest airports of London from Surbiton: Heathrow and Gatwick.
Rail service is very prominent in this town; it is because of railways that Surbiton gained such popularity. The South Western Railway serves both the Surbiton and Berrylands railway station. The railway links to London (Waterloo) Hampshire and Surrey.
There is also a recent development that is under proposal; Surbiton could be connected via Crossrail2 with London Underground system. For motorways, the A3 road is used but there needs to be more routes.Buses from Surbiton (pdf)
Schools and education
There are plenty of state-funded and independent schools and colleges within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. But there few good schools in Surbiton itself:
- Surbiton High School
- Christ Church C of S Primary School
- St Andrew’s and St Mark’s CofE Junior School
- St Matthew’s CofE Primary School
The two best colleges are:
Based on historical evidence, Surbiton experienced a rich community life even before 1914 and it was marked by the existence of societies, clubs, sporting venues and leisure activities. There used to be cultural events and multi-class activities to enlighten leadership. Since then Surbiton has not seen any dearth in community life. There are so many people staying here due to faster communication and great education system. It’s now mainly a place for young professionals and families.
Now, talking about properties, there is a true mix in Surbiton and you would definitely find something to suit your taste. The centre of the town has cottages and Victorian villas, luxurious Victorian terrace houses and modern flats, some even overlook the Thames. The costliest homes in Surbiton are located in the Southborough area, the best roads being Langley Avenue, Corkran Road and Ashcombe Avenue. There are many block of flats worthy residing in the Cresent Park. Nearby Tolworth is the best upcoming areas for residing in the southern side of Surbiton. Here you would find greenery, terrace houses and Victorian semi-detached houses.
Some of the famous faces that lived/lives in Surbiton are: Actor – Katherine Parkinson, Actor – Jonathan Lee Miller, Comedian Julian Clary, John Inverdale, Music specialists David Essex, Mike Batt, Authors – Lynda La Plante, Jerome K Jerome, John Galsworthy and many others.
Now there is also a Surbiton Business community where all businesses have come together mainly for four reasons: social interaction, support related to business opportunities, development in business and collective action. It has been created so that no voice within Surbiton business goes unheard.
Surbiton has emerged to be one of the most creative communities and you have a lot to do when you are here.
Eating and drinking in Surbiton – Do you love French food? Be at the French Table in Maple Road, its one of the finest and a very high-rates restaurant. There are so many good restaurants, pubs and bars along the bank of River Thames. For the best and a variety of wines, be at the Gordon Bennet, it’s the best pub in Surbiton. Rubicon also serves wonderful cocktails and there are shops all around. Again for taking away home, you have an amazing section of fresh bakes at the French Tarte. When it comes to dining and pubbing, you would be spoilt for choices.
Living in Surbiton – The Maple Road is the best place and it’s filled with lovely people who find joy easily and have the habit of appreciating good things. Surbiton is ideal for working and living, everything about this town is great. If you are a sports lover, The Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club in every June hosts the ‘Surbiton Trophy’ where you might get a chance to see the best tennis players of the world.
You can stay here and meet old friends because it’s very easy access from London, here you have amazing cafes and bars and the view is attractive. The town hosts many seasonal markets, festivities, fetes and you must not miss the Summer Festival at maple Road which includes lot of music and entertainment. If the weather is favourable, you can take brisk walks along the river side or you can experience a ride in the Turkish Launch Boat.
What to do – You can take part in a number of exciting things while staying here. There is a lot to explore right from historical buildings to cultural sites and there are so many local attractions. Go to the Race Zone for a dose of adrenaline rush, car drivers of any age can come here. You also have the White Spider Climbing for adventurous types. Some of the best nearby places to explore from Surbiton are Bushy Park, Richmond Park, Hampton Court and Kingston Museum. You can also explore places where art and culture are very prominent.Surbiton Farmers Market Hotel Bosco The Grove
Find out a little more about Surbiton history