Learn more about this leafy, historic suburb on the border of London and Surrey
Surbiton is a popular suburban area of south-west London within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated next to the River Thames, just 11 miles from central London, and nearby areas include Long Ditton, Thames Ditton and Oakhill.
Surbiton was formerly within the County of Surrey, but became part of Greater London in 1965. It possesses a mixture of Art Deco properties and more recent residential apartments, grand 19th century townhouses and large numbers of 20th century residential properties.
The town came into existence when Surbiton railway station opened in 1838. This was originally named Kingston-upon-Railway and was only renamed Surbiton in order to distinguish it from the new Kingston railway station on the Shepperton branch line, which opened on 1 January 1869. The present station has an Art Deco façade.
Working professionals who purchase a property in Surbiton can expect to reach London Waterloo in about 15 minutes on a fast direct service, as well as places further afield, including Portsmouth and Southampton. These excellent commuter links, coupled with a range of excellent private and public schools and good shopping facilities make Surbiton properties an ideal choice for anyone.
Surbiton offers a wide range of properties, from spacious Victorian family homes to more modest one and two-bedroom apartments, which are ideally suited to commuters and first-time buyers. Many properties are located on quiet residential streets, making the area particularly appealing to professionals and families alike. Ewell Road, St James Road and Claremont Road are all particularly close to public transport links, while a short distance away, Cleaveland, St Leonard’s and Cadogan Roads are a stone’s throw from the River Thames
There are a huge variety of architectural styles in Surbiton. Attractive Art Deco flats, modern developments and 1930s homes can all be found within a short distance of the shops and station. Many of Surbiton’s Victorian villas and cottages have charming original features, such as bay windows, fireplaces and patterned brickwork. Additionally, these Victorian terraced houses, such as those on Worthington Street, often offer generous living space.
The masterpiece that is Hampton Court Palace is located less than two miles away and there are a superb selection of public parks and recreational facilities in the area. Long Ditton, in close proximity to Surbiton, boasts an array of chic cafés, boutiques and local farmers' markets.
The Pre-Raphaelite painters John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt came to Surbiton in 1851 and Millais used the Hogsmill River, in Six Acre Meadow, Tolworth, as the background for his painting Ophelia. Holman Hunt used the fields just south of this spot as the background to The Hireling Shepherd.
In the mid-1870s the novelist Thomas Hardy lived in a property called 'St. David's Villa' in Hook Road, Surbiton and the writer Enid Blyton was governess to a Surbiton family during the 1920’s, at a house called 'Southernhay', also on the Hook Road. The artist who brought Rupert the Bear to life, Alfred Bestall, sketched out his cartoons from his Surbiton property in Cranes Park. More recently, Surbiton gained fame as an icon of suburbia in British television programmes The Good Life and Stella Street, which has led to the town being nicknamed "Suburbiton".
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