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Originally a part of the county of Surrey, Surbiton became part of Greater London after the expansion of the city led to the London Government Act being passed in 1963, bringing several Surrey localities into London proper. Today, the town is known for its quiet character that adds to the draw of the area tremendously. Numerous art deco structures, listed buildings and grand townhouses make it a sought after residential location for the wealthy. Many popular movies and television shows have been filmed here, portraying Surbiton as an icon of British suburbia. The more popular ones include The Good Life, Stella Street, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Agatha Christie films adapted from the famous fiction novels.
Surbiton is home to many local businesses that benefit from the wealth of visitor traffic to the area. Tax Affinity Accountants have their headquarters in central Surbiton and is a major employer in the area, as is PRC Architecture and Planning Ltd. Other businesses that occupy office space in the vicinity include aircraft rental and charter service companies, geophysical consultants, pension advisors and IT support companies. Local retail shops coexist with larger brands such as Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.
Entertainment And Dining Out
The Surbiton Caledonian Society organises several social dancing events that are a huge hit with the locals. If you want to try your hand at Scottish dancing, this is definitely the place to be. Antelope, Blue Angel and Cap in Hand are popular pubs that make for an exciting evening of fun and revelry. Positano has great atmosphere and Italian food that is guaranteed to satiate your taste buds. If you’re a fan of classic French cooking, you should visit the French Table. For those seeking the British tradition of afternoon tea, Pickled Pantry is your best bet in the area.
Surbiton railway station is the primary railhead in the area, with access to train services on the South West Main Line. Direct trains head to London Waterloo station regularly, with a short commute time of less than fifteen minutes. Other destinations such as Portsmouth and Southampton can also be accessed from here. Numerous bus routes provide excellent connectivity to different destinations in Surrey including Epsom, Dorking, Chessington and Brentford.