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Top places to live in Surrey Esher

A buzzing town with a fab cultural scene, and only 30 minutes from the big smoke. There are a lot of reasons to love Esher. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.


With a rich community life and jam-packed high street, Esher is a buzzy place. The direct fast line to London Waterloo keeps city life within reach, as well as the equidistance to Heathrow and Gatwick, allowing for an easy escape to the sun. The rich choice of schools in this area is excellent and child friendly activities are aplenty.


You can’t miss The Bear, it’s smack bang in the middle of the high street offering good pub food, as well as rooms if you fancy an overnighter. The Wheatsheaf is on Esher Green, just out of town, and does a cracking Sunday roast. For a coffee, head to Esquires Coffee or Giro Café, the latter doubles as a cyclist shop – grab a bite and sort that puncture! The Giggling Squid chain is excellent for Thai, and for a good Indian, visit the Esher Tandoori – it’s a firm fave among locals. Hummings transforms from café to bar in the evening, and has a cracking cocktail or two (hic!).


Find local womenswear in Rocco women and the 2021 Muddy Awards Finalist Bernard Boutique, as well as the now lesser-spotted chain, United Colours of Bennetton. For cosmetic treatments visit Thérapie Clinic on the high-street. The Art Agency, a contemporary gallery, stocks exquisite modern pieces to view and purchase. Garson’s Farm is a short drive away and a day out for the whole family, with a ‘pick your own punnet’ and large farm shop.


A visit to the newly opened Esher Theatre will leave you wholly entertained, with live music, dance and comedy. The Everyman Cinema also offers big screen action with a boutique feel and a wine bar to top it off. A short drive away is Claremont Landscape Gardens, a Grade 1 listed National Trust garden that includes an amphitheatre. For more vigorous activities try the Sandown Sports Complex, which features a ski centre and tree-top skywalk. And of course the Sandown Park Racecourse is also in Esher for world class horseracing.


In the prosperous community of Esher, one would fetch £1.27 million for the average detached house (keels over…). Overall average property price for the last year is £929,720.


Property for sale, Esher, Surrey
Set on half an acre in the Blackhills Estate, this five-bedroom house is on the market with local agents Curchods for £2.8m.


The Claremont Fan Court is a great independent all-through co-ed school situated in the historic Claremont house. Shrewsbury House Prep and Shrewsbury House Pre-Preparatory are great options for boys, and for girls Rowan Prep is not far away in Claygate. Local state secondary schools such as Hinchley Wood School and Esher Sixth Form College are both Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’. Hinchley Wood Primary and Esher Church School are rated ‘Good’.


Beatles Guitarist George Harrison lived in Esher from 1965 to 1970 and was married to Pattie Boyd in their house in January 1966. In 2017 there was a plaque unveiled on the home in Claremont Drive.


Trains from Esher to London Waterloo take exactly half an hour with its direct fast trainline which is a huge plus for anyone commuting to London. Trains to London Victoria require one change and take 40 minutes.

Words by Becky Ward

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