As its name suggests – a rural area until the late 19th Century. Although the railway passed through in 1838 the station did not open until 1871 which was the spur for development, as commuter suburbs spread out from central London. It is in the Borough of Merton.
Raynes Park is around eight miles from the West End and benefits from some of the largest proportions of green open space in South West London. The area has a number of parks including Cottenham Park Recreation Ground, named after Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham, and Cannon Hill Common.
It has a good neighbourly feel, and with its good local amenities and attractive properties for both residential and commercial use, is a prime location for housing and work within 20 minutes of central London. As it was slower to develop than other parts of the capital, it has a spacious feel, without the overcrowding felt in much of Greater London. For information about property for sale or rent, contact Houston Lawrence and we will be able to advise you.
Raynes Park station is on the National Rail network. The area benefits from frequent train services to central London, with approximately 210 trains to Waterloo each day, averaging about 12 per hour which ensures that locals can reach the heart of the metropolis easily. Nearest underground is not far away at Wimbledon station on the District Line.
Fortunately the area is well served by buses going through Wimbledon to Colliers Wood, Tooting, Streatham and to New Malden and Kingston-upon-Thames, as well as Nightbus services to Wandsworth, Vauxhall, Westminster and Aldwych.
Car parking is catered for, although perhaps not overly. There is a council-run car park with 80 spaces in Coombe Lane and various other facilities around the area. Like many London areas road traffic can be heavy and so public transport can often be a better option than private vehicles.
The town centre is serviced by two large supermarkets – Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, both near Raynes Park Overground station. The David Lloyd leisure centre has been massively upgraded and now offers a luxurious spa, high quality gym and numerous sports pitches and courts.
Parks and green spaces are a really strong point of the area, with all sorts of lovely green areas dotted about the place, from Cottenham Park or Holland Garden to little urban havens all over.
Eating and Drinking
Hashi, in Durham Road, is a Japanese sushi restaurant with freshly prepared and tasty meals and friendly service. The Olive Garden is a local family-run restaurant with over ten years of experience providing excellent Italian cuisine and a friendly professional service. The Raynes Park Tavern, a Greene King pub was the first in the area and erves homely pub food at a reasonable price.
The area is well-served by cafes, from the usual national chains to Babylon 76-78, which boasts of its “natural light” as a particular attraction. There is also the Lantern Coffee House in the Lantern Arts Centre, for those who wish to partake of culture as well as beverages.
Houston Lawrence instructed to market 11 Business / Industrial units forming part of the brand new scheme in Raynes Park, SW20.