Tuesday, 7 May 2013

What Are We Like?

I have had an email from Charlene who is moving from west London and has Worcester Park high on her list of possible areas to move to. She has asked me for a bit of local insight to find out if WP would suit a 25 yr old single female professional and what the social life, crime etc. is like in the area.

Having not experienced being a 25 yr old single female professional (and being fairly unlikely to) I thought I would open the discussion out to the ever reliable, kind and helpful blog readership for the wonderful myriad of thoughts and insights into our local area that I hope will now follow!

Over to you, dear readers, for your thoughts and opinions!

9 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

SarahV said...

I lived here for two years and I think people are lovely in WP. The high street is not great, but I am hopeful that it will improve over time, but you can go to Kingston or Wimbledon for shopping anyway.
What I like is that most people seem to be quite house proud so they make an effort with their house and gardens, which is different from where I lived before (Streatham Hill)...

Lord Cynic said...

Steer clear of social housing areas if you want to avoid young mothers shouting at the top of their voices to their small sons and daughters, like Tyrone and Shaniece, as they pass by your house on an otherwise peaceful day. "Tyrohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhnnnnnnne"................"Shanayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyce".
Otherwise lovely..............................................
Disclaimer - all names used in this post are fictional. Most council tenants are very nice people.

Nichu said...

I moved here when I was 28 with my partner. It's not a lively, trendy place to live like Wimbledon but housing is much much cheaper and you tend to get a garden. I have always felt safe living here, and walking back from the station late at night is fine. I love having a big Waitrose on our doorstep and I try to use the local shops too. I don't really know anyone here but the people are friendly when I've spoken to them. There are lots of trains into London which takes about 25 minutes and regular buses to Kingston. You can be in the beautiful Surrey Hills in 20 minutes by train. We tend to go into London or Wimbledon for nightlife. Everyone complains about traffic but I'm lucky enough to have everything I need accessible by walking, cycling, public transport and home delivery so all that hassle passes me by. The high street looks scruffy but that's reflected in many high streets up and down the country as online shopping takes over. Nonsuch Park is close by, which is lovely.

Tim Ostler said...

Perhaps because Worcester Park is the opposite of glamorous, it seems to attract very few people who are competitive or impatient. We moved here about two years ago from Shepherds Bush and the single thing that I appreciate time and again is the extraordinary politeness shown by drivers on Green Lane, and the readiness with which they will give way to each other.

Houseproud. said...

We moved to Worcester Park 6 years ago and love it.

Central Road has everything you need, but there is a large Sainsburys up on London Road in North Cheam. We have regular farmers/french and craft markets and although Central Road is currently full of roadworks, it is part of the London initiative to smarten the high street up, and is taking shape nicely.


Most houses have gardens, and there is a lot of greenery and trees about, plus a lot of open spaces and parkland. Nonsuch Park is amazing, and dare I say it the parkland around the Hamptons is good too.


Trains into Waterloo run every 15minutes, and we are zone 4 compared to the next stop along at Stoneleigh in zone 6.


Most people are very friendly and a lot of the shop keepers will greet you with a smile. There are a good deal of young families and professional couples that live here, and although a few pubs dotted around, you have got Wimbledon or Epsom within 10mins on the train. The 93 bus runs from North Cheam all the way through Wimbledon to Putney if you need that or we are on a bus link to Kingston for a shopping trip out too and we have great access to the A3 for driving out of town.



Come take a look around and stay a while!

Sarah said...

It does depend on where in Worcester Park you live, but I'm a young professional and have lived here for years. Its a great place to live. Easy link to London for work. Great access to amenities, good bars and restaurants but far calmer than the chaos of the trendier places so you have space to think without losing anything. However Worcester Park is absolutely fantastic for getting to and from all the trendy places with livelier night life. By train you are 25 minutes out of Waterloo, 20 minutes outside Clapham, 10 minutes outside Wimbledon and 10 minutes outside Epsom. Buses (including a night bus) straight in to Sutton and Kingston. Wherever you are in WP you are never far from a train station of bus stop. Its full of character and very friendly people. Sure there are some roads I wouldn't opt to live on but you can say that about anywhere. It really depends on what you are looking for in the town you are living. If you are looking for great high street shopping and the sort of night life you find in the "up and coming" trendy areas that have become ridiculously expensive to live in then WP is not for you. If you are looking for a nice place to live, very easy links to a large number of places with livelier nightlife and shopping, decent amenities, spa and tanning salons and some nice places to go for a pleasant night out closer to home then yes this definitely a town to consider.

Charlene said...

Thanks everyone for all of your input. I do believe I'm sold on WP :-)

Jacey26 said...

Well I moved here in 1993 from Wimbledon as a rather ungroovy 39 year old single female. I'm so glad to see good comments from people. Used to live in Longfellow which was great for station and shops but now I'm at the top end. When I do come through WP later in evenings I'm pleased to see restaurants pretty full. (Even though I had to wait 25 mins for a takeaway -no car, had been in London all day and fancied a treat from my fave takeaway to jump on bus to get it home - not complaining as goodness they were busy and I only wanted a meal for one!). I think its a pretty safe place and as others say, convenient for Kingston and Wimbledon if you need more restaurants or the dreaded nightclubs. As for shops. okay, when I moved here there were 3 bakers and 2 butchers but over time its changed. There's everything you want for normal shopping with a great greengrocer, butcher, chemist, newsagents. Okay there are too many nailbars and we now have a pawn shop and a pound shop but that's High Streets now. If you want GOOD shopping then go to Kingston. Nonsuch, Putney, River Thames, Wimbledon Common are all close by so I'd say a pretty good place to be. Far enough from London to still have green bits, not too la-di-dah and it will do me till I win the Lottery.

WP said...

Hi, I think that WP is incredible place, lots of places to choose where to donate your spare clothes (and other items), a real perk.

Greggs, a family run business, is a great bakery! We do have a butcher, I particularly love the service and choice of meats (they also dry age their beef but don't really like to show or talk about it), our green grosser has a really good deal on eggs.

Life perfection achieved.

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