Just a mile away from Kingston upon Thames is where you will find a Norbiton, a small area that's garnering plenty of interest from renters. You're assured the quiet life in Norbiton, with a small high street running through the neighbourhood and a very local feel.
Community is the name of the game, and Norbiton also benefits when it comes to travel. Its Zone 5 location means getting the train into the centre of London is cheaper than nearby Kingston with its Zone 6 position.
If you're wondering what it's like to live in Norbiton, you've come to the right place. In our latest London guide, we're unpacking everything you need to know about living in the KT postcode.
Norbiton on a map
Norbiton is located one mile from Kingston upon Thames' town centre and 11 miles from Charing Cross. It falls under the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and shares neighbouring areas with Wimbledon, Croydon, Sutton and, of course, Kingston.
History of Norbiton
Originally called Norberton(e), the area shared the same style of name with nearby Surbiton. In old English, the name derives from the words north, bere and turn, which means northern grande or outlying farm.
Norbiton was part of the parish of All Saints Church in Kingston upon Thames until a separate parish was created in 1840. Right up until the mid-nineteenth century, the majority of Norbiton consisted of country estates such as Norbiton Hall, Norbiton Place and Kingston Lodge.
Who lives there?
Norbiton has a population of just over 10,000, and the median age is relatively young at just 34. Over the years, an increasing number of younger professional renters have moved to the neighbourhood. Currently, 60% of residents rent their home in Norbiton.
Renting in Norbiton
You will find a nice mix of houses in Norbiton, from Victorian and Edwardian classics to properties built in the Twenties and Thirties. Nearby Kingston has more in the way of new builds, such as the sought-after Royal Exchange.
Expect to pay in the region of £1,000 per month if you're renting a one-bedroom apartment in Norbiton. Two-bedroom properties achieve between £1,200 and £1,600, while three-bedroom homes go on the market for an average of £1,900.
Norbiton benefits from access to its own mainline train station, which is located in Zone 5. Operated by South Western Railway, trains go to Charing Cross, Clapham, Vauxhall and Wimbledon. An annual Zones 1-5 travel cards cost £2,468 as of July 2020.
Head to The Norbiton and enjoy pizza, craft beer and big-screen sport. The pub is a favourite with Norbiton locals and is a great place to go for a casual drink or two or tasty meal. Make sure you head there on Sundays for the pub quiz.
As one of South London's finest fish restaurants, you can expect some of the best seafood around at The Fish Kitchen. Tuck-in to traditional fish and chunky hand-cut chips, plus a wealth of other mouthwatering fish dishes.
The Pottery Tapas Bar
A staple in the local community, The Pottery Tapas Bar is the place to go for tapas, draught lager and cocktails. The family-run restaurant has all your Mediterranean cuisine and more and is located just a short stroll from Norbiton station.
Things to do in Norbiton
The Rose Theatre
Catch a show at The Rose Theatre, which is the largest producing theatre in South West London. It seats 822 people and puts on a range of plays, from stand-up comedies to kids' shows and everything in between.
The Bentall Centre
Known as one of the best places to shop outside of central London, The Bentall Centre offers a variety of high street and boutique stores. Shop 'til you drop at more than 75 stores with 1,000-plus brands.
Berrylands Nature Reserve
Go for a scenic stroll at Berrylands Nature Reserve and get back to nature with meadow grasslands and unkempt woodlands. The five-hectare reserve is a nature conservation-grade one and is a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle.
Moving to Norbiton
If you're looking for slightly more affordable rents than Kingston, and want easy access into the centre of London, Norbiton should be on your radar. The community-led neighbourhood offers peaceful surroundings but is close enough to the action where you can enjoy the best of both worlds.