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Thames Ditton and Long Ditton: a delightful riverside family location near London

Thames Ditton joins Long Ditton to form a riverside residential suburb in peaceful surroundings – where good schools, excellent transport links, and attractive homes await.

Thames Ditton and Long Ditton: a delightful riverside family location near London

Nestled between Esher and Surbiton, and opposite Hampton Court Park where the river takes a wide loop to the south, neighbouring Thames Ditton and Long Ditton combine to form a family-friendly area with excellent transport links. Unlike many other suburbs of the UK capital, this leafy corner of southwest London has been saved from overdevelopment, allowing it to retain its historic, semi-rural charm.

The beating heart of the local community is the Thames Ditton village high street, where centuries-old buildings house specialist, independent shops in picturesque surroundings. Perhaps the biggest draw for families is the area’s selection of top-class schools. Combine this educational pedigree with an abundance of accessible outside space – both royal parks and riverside walks – and Thames Ditton/Long Ditton tick all the boxes for families in search of the suburban dream.


  • Train: the fast train from Thames Ditton station (travel zone 6) takes just 33 minutes to transport passengers to and from Waterloo.
  • Road: the A3, which connects London and Portsmouth on the south coast, is less than a 15-minute drive away, while Heathrow Airport is just 20-minutes away.

Property scene

According to recent Land Registry data, houses accounted for the most recorded sales in the Thames Ditton and Long Ditton area during the last year. Average selling prices were as follows:

  • Houses: £895,530
  • Terraced properties: £626,241
  • Semi-detached properties: £856,169
  • Detached properties: £1,231,065


  • Infant/Primary: Thames Ditton Infant School is rated Ofsted “outstanding”. There is also a selection of Ofsted rated “good” primary schools in the local area: Long Ditton St Mary’s CofE Junior School, Thames Ditton Junior School, St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, and Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School.
  • Secondary/Sixth form: Tolworth Girls’ School and Sixth Form (girls, ages 11 to 18) and Esher Sixth Form College (co-ed, ages 16-19) are rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted. There is a selection of Ofsted rated “good” secondary schools in the local area for children aged 11 to 18, including The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre (co-ed) and Southborough High School (boys).
  • Grammar: nearby Kingston upon Thames is home to two “outstanding” grammar schools: Tiffin School (boys, ages 11 to 18) and The Tiffin Girls’ School (ages 11 to 18).
  • Private: Weston Green School is a co-educational Preparatory School for pupils aged three to 11. The local private all-through secondary school is Surbiton High School (co-ed, ages four to 18); while Kingston upon Thames is home to Kingston Grammar School (co-ed, ages 11 to 18), Canbury School (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) and Marymount International School (girls, ages 11 to 18) is a day and boarding International Baccalaureate school. Kisimul School (Woodstock House) is an independent special school for children and young people from ages eight to 19 with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs.

Things to do

  • Shops: the village high street houses a collection of shops and convenience stores as well as other amenities, including: a delicatessen, greengrocers, supermarket, florist, silversmith, post office, antique shop, art gallery, bakery, hairdressers, and cafés.
  • Pubs: there are four traditional pubs in the village – two are located on the riverside.
  • Thames Ditton farmers market: held on the fourth Saturday of each month between 9am – 1pm, the farmers market contains a selection of stalls selling delicious local produce.
  • Outside space: leafy riverside walks are complemented by convenient access to nearby Bushy Park – one of London’s eight Royal Parks – and Hampton Court Park (Home Park), just across the Thames.
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