OXSHOTT (a village rather than a town)
(Leatherhead also features but more for specific services rather than a town you’ll need to go to for shopping)These towns are where you will spend most of your time if you’re not at work or home. The shops and services the four of them offer should provide you with all your basic needs… and then some. For more varied or specialised options, Kingston and Guildford are the next largest towns, each about a 20 minute drive away.
So let’s get started. What are you going to eat at home?
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Congratulations, you’ve moved to supermarket heaven! The main supermarkets in Southern England are Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. There’s also Marks and Spencer which sells high quality food, clothing and homeware (the others sell clothing, homeware, electricals etc but they are usually of a slightly more functional, lower-priced nature. Definitely not to be sniffed at though).
Supermarkets are generally open from early morning (7am, 10am on Sundays) to late at night (10pm, 4pm on Sundays).
So, you’ve got some food in. Now for the other bits to help you get settled. For those spare lightbulbs, batteries and washing lines you’re going to need at least one visit to a DIY store.
New Malden: Shannon Commercial Centre, Beverley Way, New Malden, KT3 4PT. A couple of junctions up the A3 towards London is New Malden and one of the biggest B&Qs you will ever need. It has a pretty good cafe upstairs to make your trip really worth it.
Walton-on-Thames: New Zealand Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1XA
New Malden: Kingston Road, New Malden, KT3 3RU. This is on the outskirts of Kingston on the London side of town. A much bigger store than Walton.
My favourite options are on Cedar Road – a small pay and display on the left hand side and a free-for-all-no-one-has-ever-got-a-ticket (as far as we know) car park on the right hand side behind the library.
You can also get lucky on the High Street itself or try the small car park behind the shops on the High Street, accessed by the turning between Boots and Evie Loves Toast. It used to be a nightmare to get a space in there but it’s recently become Pay and Display so much easier to get parked now.
If you’re going to be at the top of the High Street, around Anyards Lane, you could try Oakdene Parade too. It’s a handy spot if you’re not going to the main drag of the High Street (‘main drag’ – it makes it sound like Vegas!).
Waitrose has a two storey car park which is free for 2 hours to customers. You can usually always get a space there if you don’t mind keeping your eyes peeled and being patient. Access is from Oakdene Road.
There is also parking on the High Street itself but they are tricky spaces to get into and you can really only access them if you’re going towards Cobham rather than away from it (I know this from bitter experience with a tight turn, a high curb and a dented side spoiler).There are two more pay and display car parks at the top of the High Street, one accessed from Claremont Lane (the nice name for the A244 going from Esher to the A3 roundabout) and the other accessed direct from the High Street on the way out of Esher towards Cobham.Waitrose also has a small car park which is free for two hours to customers.
The Heart, Walton’s pedestrianised shopping centre has a multi-storey car park where you should always find a space. It give lift or travelator access to The Heart Centre and is free for two hours to Sainsburys customers spending over £10 in store. Get your parking ticket validated at the till. NB – you MUST still put your ticket in the pay machine in the car park even though you don’t pay anything – another gem learnt the hard way after getting stuck at the barrier with a line of cars behind me.
Homebase over the road from the main shopping area has a pay and display car park and usually available spaces. There’s a system now where you can get a bit of time free but you still have to get a ticket from the machine.
There is also a strip of parking on New Zealand Avenue by Pizza Express and the bed shops which is free for an hour.
Station Road, Cobham, KT11 3BW. There is a large pay and display car park next to the station as well as a cafe, a parade of shops including newsagent, bakery, Good Elf deli and hairdresser. Cobham Cars, a reliable taxi service, is located in the station forecourt. Trains tend to run every half an hour.Oxshott station is on the same line as Cobham and also has a good sized pay and display car park.
Station Road, Warren Lane, Oxshott, KT22 OTA. Oxshott Cars taxi service are onsite. A coffee stand selling espresso-based coffees, tea and snacks operates on the London platform to cater for the morning commute and finishes around 11am.Esher station is on a different line to Cobham and Oxshott and has more frequent, often faster trains.
Station Road, Esher, KT10 8DY. The station is out of the main town area, off the Portsmouth Road on the way to Surbiton and Kingston. If you’re coming from Cobham/Oxshott, go through Esher and turn left at the traffic lights by Cafe Rouge after you’ve passed Sandown Park racecourse. There is a pay and display car park, a cafe for the morning commute and… you’ve guessed it… Esher Cars on the forecourt.Surbiton station is a bit further but benefits from having virtually every South-West Train stop there so you rarely have to wait more than a few minutes for a train. They also run later than the Cobham and Oxshott line – currently the last train to Surbiton from Waterloo on a weekday evening is 01.05, compared to 23.50 to Cobham.
Victoria Road, Surbiton, KT6 4PE
There is a Cafe Nero serving Platforms 1 and 2 and a large car park at the back of the station. To reach it, drive under the railway bridge after Victoria Road (if you’re coming from the Portsmouth Road) and turn into Glenbuck Road. At the T Junction, turn left to stay on Glenbuck Road and the rear entrance to the station and car park will be on the left hand side. Parking is just under £10 a day during the week (cheaper at weekends) but a good options if you want to treat yourself to a shorter train journey.
Transport – Cycling
Cycling is incredibly popular in Surrey and the Cobham and Oxshott area in particular. The 2012 London Olympics highlighted its allure as the A244 in Oxshott and Esher High Street formed part of the Olympic road race route and Walton-on-Thames was on the time trial route. There is some beautiful scenery around just for goodness sake please be careful on the roads as many have a 40mph speed limit and roads are twisty and often don’t have pavements as a refuge from a nutter in a fast car. Once you’re parked up at your destination make sure you secure your bike with a quality bike lock so you don’t fall prey to bike thieves and lose your way of getting home again!
A fantastic website for cycle routes around Surrey and all sorts of other bike-related information is www.GoSurrey.info. It is led by Surrey County Council and will give you loads of good advice about cycling in the area.
Despite the end of the Olympics, Oxshott and Esher still feature strongly in large road race competitions and many roads will be closed on 4 August 2013 for the Prudential RideLondon race. Whilst it is exciting to be a part of a high profile sporting event, the disruptions to road services will require you do some forward planning as roads may be shut from as early as 5am on the day and not reopen until around 7pm. To see if the route will affect you, go to the Go Surrey website for information and route maps. http://www.gosurrey.info/prudential-ridelondon/
We underestimated the effect of the race in 2011 and missed a Christening as a result. We still made the party afterwards so all was not lost but please plan your journeys on the day carefully or hunker down at home and cheer on the cyclists as they pass through.
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