Part of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton and Kingston are easily accessible to the north, and to the immediate south, you’ll find King George’s Field, a park and recreation ground.
Naturally, Tolworth Tower is the focal point of the neighbourhood; the only high-rise building for miles and found along Tolworth Broadway, the community’s high street. Handily, Northpoint residents can take advantage of the large M&S Food hall and deli on the ground floor of the tower, literally on the doorstep, and within five minutes' walk along the Broadway, you’ll find barista coffee, express supermarkets, a post office, bank, library, dry cleaners and a pharmacy.
Tolworth is known for its proximity to green spaces; the manicured gardens of Hampton Court traversed by the Thames path, the adjacent Bushy Park in Richmond, and closer to home, for a neighbourhood running loop, the open spaces of Alexandra Park, Fishponds and Hogsmill. For out-of-town weekend fresh air, seven miles towards Esher (a 13-minute drive) is the National Trust’s Claremont Landscape Garden, and slightly further, but still under a 20-minute drive, is RHS Garden, Wisley with great cafes, produce and an excellent gift and book shop.
With central London a 30-minute train ride to Waterloo, and Guildford and the Surrey Hills a 30-minute drive to the south, there are countless activities and attractions in every direction from Northpoint. Here we review some of the neighbourhood’s best-loved haunts.
Maple Road, Surbiton. 1.4 miles (30-min walk, 20-min bus)
Winner of seven awards, including the hallowed ‘Farmers' Market of the Year’, Surbiton Farmers' Market celebrates the good life. From meat to macaroons, sausage rolls to sourdough, on the 3rd Saturday of every month, 29 producers gather, the hoards descend and the atmosphere is electric. Jute bags at dawn. Literally.
Tolworth (0.8miles, 15-min walk, 5-min drive)
One of the UK’s largest climbing centres with over 300 potential routes including a stalactite roof, White Spider is renowned amongst the climbing community, not least for its regularly advertised lessons with famous climbers. Referred to as a gym and with classes for all levels of ability, it’s a fantastic way to exercise, building strength and burning up to 1,000 calories an hour.
Portsmouth Road, Surbiton (12-min cycle, 20-min bus)
A popular riverside pub-restaurant with separate lunch, dinner, Sunday, vegan and children’s menus, this is where the Surbiton set turn out in their hoards for its stunning spot on the Thames. A place for the year round, think summer time al fresco dining and drinking with hearty gastro pub fare beside the fireplace in winter.
Kingston (2.6 miles, 21-min bus, 10-min drive)
Modelled on the original Elizabethan Rose Theatre on Bankside, Kingston’s Rose is one of the most reputable theatres outside of central London, showcasing a Who’s Who of actors and directors. Sir Trevor Nunn, John Malkovich, Niamh Cusack are all prominent names associated with the theatre, its rolling calendar of productions catering to all ages and genres.
Kingston (2.7miles, 22-min bus, 13-min drive)
Ditch the crowds at Portobello and discover a treasure trove of antiques, vintage wares and collectibles in your own neighbourhood at the London Road Antiques Market, held on the last Sunday of every month. With 50 stalls there’s plenty to browse.
Maple Road, Surbiton 1.4 miles (30-min walk, 20-min bus)
This family-run restaurant receives regular rave reviews from food critics and everyday clientele alike, and also offers cookery classes. Serving sophisticated French Mediterranean fare, the Friday supper club — where the team cooks up classic dishes for just £12 — is extremely popular.
The tasting menu and wine-pairing make for a special treat and during the farmers' market they also serve breakfast.
Worcester Park (2 miles, 40-min walk)
Based on its reviews, one could well believe this was London’s best fish and chips outfit with queues snaking out the door and the option to sit-in their licensed restaurant. Light batter, fleshy cod and great homemade chips, the quintessential British takeaway is ticking all culinary boxes, and by all accounts, equally as good if eaten in.
Chessington (1.3 miles, 27-min walk, 6-min drive, 17-min bus)
A local Indian restaurant, Saffron Summer is one of the neighbourhood’s best-kept secrets, independent comments on Trip Advisor regarding food quality and service make a visit a must. It’s sophisticated Indian food at its finest.
The Rotunda, Kignston 2.5 miles (14-min drive, bus 20-min)
Upmarket chicken place, Frangos offers fire-grilled chicken from around the world and happily, for residents at Northpoint, they’re now available on Deliveroo. Halal friendly, it’s very well reviewed and not just for its chicken, but desserts too. The staff are brilliant and amenable to off-menu requests. You’ll find it beside Kingston’s Odeon Cinema.
Many choose to live in Tolworth for its accessibility to the A3 and M25 enabling an easy commute out of town by car. Trains from Tolworth run regularly to Waterloo, with a journey time of only 30 minutes. With the station only a five minute walk from Northpoint, residents are well connected.
Bus routes are plentiful and a trip to Heathrow in a cab can take as little as 26 minutes. What’s more Tolworth is not on the flight path. Kingston University is a 12-minute bus ride, Roehampton University a 27-minute journey with direct buses to both destinations leaving from outside the development every 15 minutes.