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Where is Cheam and is it a nice place to live?
November, 2021

Where is Cheam and is it a nice place to live?

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Located in the London Borough of Sutton, Cheam is a large village within easy reach of surrounding towns and central London.

Divided into two main areas, North Cheam and Cheam Village, Cheam boasts a picturesque setting, a historic village centre, and a diverse range of stunning properties that attract both professionals and families alike.

Bordered by Sutton to the East, Ewell to the West, and Banstead to the South, Cheam offers the best of both worlds, allowing residents to enjoy idyllic village life with proximity to London.

Transport links in Cheam

Cheam has excellent transport links and is well connected to surrounding towns, and further afield. You can reach the capital in as little as 40 minutes by train, making it ideal for busy professionals looking to live away from the hustle and bustle of city life, without the time-consuming commute. 

There’s also a reliable bus service operating in the area. 

Sport and leisure facilities

Cheam has plenty of sport and leisure facilities that will allow you to keep fit and healthy.

Cheam Leisure Centre offers a wide range of activities including squash, swimming, a gym, and much more. You will also find a David Lloyd Leisure centre in the area too which has indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, purpose-built exercise studios, and a state-of-the-art gym, as well as spa facilities!

Plenty of outdoor space!

One of the main advantages of living in Cheam is that there is lots of outdoor space.

Nonsuch Park was first built by Henry VIII in 1538 to provide a hunting lodge for Hampton Court. Today, the huge park is home to walled gardens, unspoiled scenery, wildlife, and a café and ice cream shop.

Other parks and open spaces in the area include Cheam Park, Fairlands Park, Cuddington Recreation Ground, Perretts Field and Seears Park.

Attractions in Cheam

Cheam has plenty of things to see and do, adding to its appeal. With plenty of indoor attractions, restaurants, museums, shops and bars to keep you busy, you will never be stuck for something to do!

Popular attractions in the area include Whitehall Historic House, Bourne Hall Museum, Hobbledown,  and Hampton Court Palace. Of course, with the many sights and sounds of London practically on your doorstep, there’s no reason why you can’t head into the capital for a fantastic day out!

Entertainment in Cheam

There’s plenty to offer in terms of entertainment in Cheam too including the Odeon Cinema,

Secombe Theatre in Sutton and for kids, there’s a Gymboree which runs award-winning sensory classes for 0-5 year olds.

What are the best secondary schools in Croydon?

There are some fantastic secondary schools located in Cheam and close by in Croydon.

The top 10 secondary schools in Croydon are:

  • Wilson’s School
  • Mollison Drive, Wallington
  • Whitgift School
  • Haling Park, South Croydon
  • Trinity School
  • Shirley Park, Croydon, Surrey
  • Old Palace of John Whitgift School
  • Old Palace Road, Croydon
  • Royal Russell School
  • Coombe Lane, Croydon

Read our guide to Cheam to find out more about living in the area. 

Thinking of moving to Cheam? Get in touchwith our friendly team at ShineRocks and let us help you take the first steps towards your next home in Cheam.


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