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Epsom: Where Surrey Meets South London

With Surrey’s rolling countryside immediately to the south and London’s energy just to the north, Epsom is the filling in the perfect suburban sandwich.

Epsom: Where Surrey Meets South London

This attractive market town lies perfectly between the hustle and bustle of central London just 15 miles away.  Amidst the bucolic rolling hills of Surrey. Epsom has gained worldwide fame as the home of The Derby: one of the biggest horse races in the flat season calendar.  The event runs at the beginning of June on the Epsom Downs Racecourse.

The area’s standout features go beyond its racing pedigree. Research by Rightmove ranks Epsom as the seventh-happiest place to live in the UK.  Whats more a Royal Mail index named Epsom and Ewell the 10th happiest borough to live in England. Therefore it’s easy to see why the locals have a big smile on their face!  From top-ranking schools, tree-lined residential roads with attractive properties, and a convenient commute to and from London.

Transport links

  • National rail: trains from Epsom station (travel zone 9) take 40 minutes to Victoria and 35 minutes to Waterloo.
  • Road: Epsom is close to junction 9 of the M25, offering convenient access to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Epsom Property scene

In addition to the handsome Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian houses, there are Twenties detached and semi-detached properties, as well as artisans’ cottages and modern town centre apartments.  Epsom’s diverse property scene means there is something for all tastes.

Schools in Epsom

For infant and primary education, most of the area’s schools are rated “good” or better by Ofsted – the education watchdog. Notably, those judged “outstanding” include Southfield Park School (ages four to 11), Wallace Fields Junior School (ages seven to 11), Ewell Grove Primary and Nursery School (ages three to 11), and West Ewell Primary School and Nursery (ages two to eight).

In terms of secondary education, there are two Ofsted-rated “outstanding” comprehensive schools in the area: Rosebery School (girls, ages 11 to 18) and Glyn School (boys, ages 11 to 18). Additionally, Blenheim High (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) is Ofsted-rated “good”. Furthermore, there are grammar schools in nearby Sutton and Kingston.

For private education, St Christopher’s School (co-ed, ages two to seven) offers a private nursery and pre-prep school. Additionally, there are two private prep schools: Kingswood House School (girls, ages three to seven, boys ages three to 13) and Downsend School (ages two to 13). Moreover, Epsom College (co-ed, ages 13 to 18) is a leading private day and boarding school. Lastly, there are two all-through private schools: The Cornerstone School (co-ed, ages four to 16) and Ewell Castle School (co-ed, ages three to 18).

Things to do

  • Shopping: the Ashley Centre – a covered shopping centre – contains a House of Fraser department store and favourites such as M&S and Waitrose.
  • Markets: a general market is held on Thursdays and Saturdays; a farmers’ market takes place on the first Sunday of the month; and a craft market pops up on the last Sunday of the month.
  • Outside space: being located 15 miles from the centre of London means space is not a premium around here; it’s the norm:
    • Epsom Common and adjoining Ashstead Common are Sites of Special Scientific Interest, lying to the west of the town centre.
    • The Thames Down Link – a 15-mile walking route between Kingston and Box Hill – passes across the common.
    • Horton Country Park is a 400-acre nature reserve with a children’s farm, a horse-riding centre, and a golf course.
    • Epsom Downs – home to the racecourse – are to the south of the town centre.
    • Rosebery Park is a popular garden park in the town centre.

Rental Prices

If you’d like to find the average cost of renting a property in London, check out The Simply London Guide to London Neighbourhoods. It includes the average rental prices for the top 20 neighbourhoods in London!

Article published 2nd July 2021

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