Raynes Park Area Guide
Raynes Park used to be seen as the poor relation to neighbouring Wimbledon, but today with the arrival of Waitrose and Starbucks, huge numbers of property savvy hunters have realised the potential of this affluent south west London suburb - surrounded by parkland, with a bustling high street and period architecture.
With a low crime rate and a warm, welcoming community spirit, Raynes Park continues to draw in young new buyers, especially couples with small children. With access to many highly rated schools and excellent travel links into Waterloo via its train station, coupled with its affordable house prices, many Londoners find themselves upsizing to Raynes Park for a better quality of living.
Raynes Park offers plenty to do in the way of activities through its proximity to Cannon Hill Common, a Grade 1 listed parkland which boasts acres of open space ideal for walking, cycling and fishing. The area is also praised for its high street, which is home to a Post Office, a cobbler and dry cleaners, a butcher, a baker, newsagents, travel agents, high street banks and a few charity shops. Illustrative of the area’s growing popularity, these functional high street staples now stand alongside upmarket brands including Waitrose, Starbucks and Costa Coffee, as well as charming independent shops, including a florists.
There are also certain spots for those looking for a more grown up time out with top quality restaurants and pubs in the vicinity. The Apostles wine bar is open late on weekends for those looking to unwind after a stressful working week. There are also unique restaurants such as Cah Chi, which offers top quality Korean food, as well as a neighbouring Japanese restaurant, Hashi. These come along side your staple curry houses and gourmet cafes as well as Matheous Fish Bar, catering to those with a more traditional taste.
It is clear to see why Raynes Park is becoming such a popular choice for young professional couples. With great schools and great surroundings, it’s the perfect place for those looking to take a step out of London.