You never thought you’d leave central London. Inner-city living guarantees that days are never dull, nor colourless. A devoted urbanite, you’d grown accustomed to being spoilt by the convenience of it all, the wealth of amenities and attractions right under your nose, the countless opportunities.
But soon the yearning for more space creeps upon you, and the promise of a slower pace of life grows more appealing. And then the advantages of swapping a now-overcrowded terrace for a detached property with a real garden start to outweigh the importance of being right at the centre of things.
You don’t want to leave central London behind, but you do want a change of lifestyle. So, you start looking for a place to put down roots.
Coombe is a place to put down roots. And if you’ve never heard of the place, we’re about to change all that.
Where is Coombe?
Coombe, KT2, is a largely residential neighbourhood in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It sits between Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common, the historic centre of Kingston upon Thames, Norbiton, and New Malden. The area takes its name from Coombe House, a stately home built in the 1750s which has since been demolished.
Characterised by wide open spaces, golf courses, parks, woodland, and quiet streets lined with large detached properties, Coombe is leafy, quiet, community-focused, and well-connected.
Don’t miss this short introduction to the Coombe area from the brilliant Coombe office team.
Shops, culture, and amenities
Coombe benefits from proximity to Kingston upon Thames and Wimbledon.
The historic town centre of Kingston upon Thames is renowned for its retail facilities, which include Bentalls department store, John Lewis, familiar brand stores on Clarence Street, and a range of independent shops, such as Kingston Antiques Centre, Banquet Records, and That Vintage Shop. The Ancient Market, open seven days a week, allows visitors to buy fresh fruit, fish, vegetables, food, flowers, and other seasonal produce.
Nearby Wimbledon Village boasts restaurants, cafes, independent shops and fashion boutiques in an attractive high street setting. From luxury shopping destinations in the form of Matches Fashion and Diane Von Furstenberg to the deli Bayley & Sage, which champions local produce, and celebrated natural skincare brand Neal’s Yard Remedies, the shops are diverse. There are art galleries, interior design shops, hardware stores, and Wimbledon Books, an independently-run bookshop which caters to children, young adults, and adults.
Culture lovers can easily flock to the West End, Off-West End and fringe theatres in London’s more central areas, but if you live in Coombe, you can benefit from proximity to a range of first-class performing arts venues, including the Rose Theatre in Kingston, the New Wimbledon Theatre and the Polka Theatre (for children) in Wimbledon, and the Richmond Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre, both in Richmond.
The A3 road runs very near to Coombe, providing fast access to the M25 and Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. This makes travelling abroad easier for residents and is especially useful for anyone who travels abroad regularly for work. The A3 means you can reach central London and the City by car quickly and easily.
Parks, playgrounds, and recreation
In addition to five golf courses (including Coombe Hill Golf Club and Coombe Wood Golf Club), leisure centres, tennis clubs and squash clubs, residents have access to numerous parks and green open spaces, including Bushy Park, Wimbledon Common, and Richmond Park.
Richmond Park, a natural nature reserve, deer park, and the largest of London’s Royal Parks, is on the doorstep for Coombe residents. Activities available include horse riding, cycling, and power kiting.
There are some properties in Coombe which lie very close to the Richmond Park boundary, which is ideal for horse riding enthusiasts. Horse riding lessons take place in Richmond Park, and there are quite a few local stables which use the park for riding.
The River Thames runs nearby (through Kingston), giving locals the option to engage in boating activities or picnics.
Schools and education
There are many well-regarded schools in the area, especially in Kingston and Wimbledon. The Honey Bees Staff Day Nursery falls within the Coombe boundary, while Coombe Day Nursery, Coombe Hill Junior School, and Holy Cross Preparatory School are all nearby. Rokeby Preparatory School for boys has an excellent reputation, and the secondary schools Coombe Girls’ School and Marymount International School are both high-achieving. Kingston University London is also close by.
Who lives in Coombe?
Coombe is especially popular with families who want to live close to good schools, have a garden for their children, and benefit from the parks and recreational facilities on their doorstep. Access to a private garden is less common in central London, but in Coombe private gardens are in plentiful supply.
There is a certain amount of migration to Coombe from central London, particularly from areas like Chelsea and Kensington. Typical buyers are wealthy working individuals who want the schooling, the privacy, the larger garden, the golf courses, the transport links, the parking, and the ease of travel by car into central London and beyond.