Epsom Area Guide
A thriving market town, Epsom enjoys the benefits of a busy high street and diverse range of shopping and leisure facilities with the wide open spaces of the Epsom Downs and beyond. Neighboured by Ewell, Banstead, Walton on the Hill and Sutton it is very popular with commuters thanks to the direct train services to London Victoria and London Waterloo. The borough of Epsom and Ewell was named by Location, Location, Location on Channel 4 as the "Best Place to Live" in the United Kingdom. It also ranked in the top ten of the Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2011.
It’s famous for the Derby and the Oaks races, held annually at the Epsom Downs Racecourse and is the origin of Epsom Salts, a popular health remedy since 1618.
Other facilities in and around the town include the Rainbow Centre with gym, sports facilities and swimming pool, Hobbledown children's farm near Horton Park and Chessington World of Adventures, which is also close by.
COUNCIL TAX BANDS
Epsom falls under Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, you can find out more details on their charges by checking their website - http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/EEBC/Council+Tax+and+Benefits/Council+Tax+Guides.htm
RESTAURANTS AND LEISURE FACILITIES
THE DERBY ARMS, Epsom Downs, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5LE
Located opposite the Epsom Downs racecourse in wide open space, The Derby Arms serves up contemporary British and Mediterranean classics alongside craft beers, a superb selection of wine and cocktails that would be at home in some of London’s finest drinking establishments. Kids can choose from the varied children’s menu. So cosy up inside next to the open fire or take a seat outside in warmer weather enjoying the Surrey countryside.
T: 01372 722 330
CABALLO LOUNGE, 11 High Street, Epsom, KT19 8DA
With décor slightly resembling your mad Aunt Doris’ living room, this cosy bar/restaurant is different to the other more conservative options in Epsom high street, but that just adds to the appeal. Thankfully brunch is served all day, there is a vegan and gluten free menu, a kids menu, decent burgers and tasty mains on offer. Book a table, it gets busy.
T: 01372 727 623
EPSOM PLAYHOUSE, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL
This local theatre hosts comedians, local am dram groups, tribute acts and musicals straight from national tours with reasonably priced tickets and parking right next door. Great for culture vultures who don’t want to make the trip into the West End.
T: 01372 742 555 / 742 227
EPSOM DOWNS RACECOURSE, Epsom Downs, Surrey, KT18 5LQ
Home to the famous Epsom Derby, this racecourse has been home to many a fine filly since 1661 when Charles II was in attendance. Since then the most popular race day is ‘Derby Day’ preceded by Ladies Day where there is a prize for the best dressed. Well worth a day out and some money spent on a new outfit. The racecourse also hosts outdoor music events throughout the year.
Tickets: 0344 579 3012
DAVID LLOYD CLUB, Central Boiler House, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PT
Nestled in the very popular Horton area of Epsom is the upmarket David Lloyd fitness centre. As you can expect, there is a wealth of facilities under one roof, and a few outdoors too. Attend a class in one of the studios, get sweaty in the state-of-the-art gym, rack up some lengths in the indoor or outdoor pools, relax in the spa, dust off your racquet on the outdoor tennis courts, drop the kids off at the crèche and enjoy free Wi-Fi and parking. What’s not to like?
T: 0345 129 6790 (New Members Number)