Once famed for being the home to the Young’s brewery – beer was brewed on the site for 425 years – this popular part of south London now has a short, villagey high street and some great pubs. It also attracts Londoners thanks to the Southside Centre, a large shopping and entertainment centre on the banks of the River Wandle. It boasts a good range of big-name shops, as well as bars, clubs and restaurants. A short riverside walk leads to the picturesque surroundings of King George’s Park with its quaint walkways, bowling green, tennis court and lake.
The town’s station lies within London Travelcard Zone 2, and runs regular services to London Waterloo, as well as serving Weybridge, Richmond, Kingston and Wimbledon. It underwent a major redevelopment at the beginning of 2011, getting a new entrance on Old York Road as well as an improved ticket office – the original was located between platforms 2 and 3.