The home is located in Mitcham, a popular south London suburb in the London Borough of Merton.
The area has recently undergone part one of a regeneration project, more information here:
The next phase of the regeneration is being led by Clarion Housing Association, costing £1.3 billion and is expecting to provide new homes, shops, leisure facilities and open spaces. More information here: https://www.myclarionhousing.com/your-community-and-local-area/regeneration-projects/merton/
Locals know there are culinary gems to be found here when you know where to look. Like CHAK89, an award-winning restaurant with a reputation for serving impeccable cuisine of the highest quality. It’s famed as a banqueting venue as well as a restaurant, playing host to a stellar selection of celebrities, sportspeople and pop stars. It’s also a popular night spot for the cream of Bollywood whenever they’re in town.
The Kings Arms is an old traditional pub, almost certainly Victorian and right by the open area centered on the Mitcham Clock Tower.
The Queens Head pub lies within a conservation area.
The White Hart pub is a listed 18th century building in the centre of Mitcham.
Culture & heritage
Mitcham appears in the Domesday Book as Michelham. But its current name derives from Anglo-Saxon times and is believed to mean ‘big settlement’. Thanks to the surrounding abundance of lavender fields the area was renowned for its soothing air, which later led people to settle here during the time of the plague. Lavender oil was distilled commercially, and local physic gardeners John Potter and William Moore founded a company to make and market toiletries from the locally-grown herb.
Mitcham was an important industrial centre from the end of the 18th century until the 1960s. At one time the 11-mile length of the River Wandle boasted 90 mills, producing everything from snuff and corn to dyes, gunpowder and the printed calico for which the area became world famous. Nowadays it boasts 460 acres of green space, including woodlands, parkland and the pathways which set Mitcham Common apart from its busy surroundings. Adding to the outdoor attractions is the Mill House Ecology Centre, where you can see local conservation work in action.
Community & events
The annual Mitcham Carnival takes place in June on Commonside West. It’s a must for local families, with a programme of entertainment on the main stage, sporting events for kids including football, netball and BMX, and 120+ stalls. Mitcham Common itself is also a regular venue for funfairs and firework displays, making it a focus for the community throughout the year.
A secret locals don’t want to let out is the Oriental Supermarket & Wholesaler Hoo Hing on Western Road selling everything needed to prepare the perfect Asian. The small café at the rear serving, value no fuss chinese food is particularly popular at weekend lunchtimes.
The increasingly popular supermarket chain Lidl has a branch also on Western Road. Mitcham Market is getting a new lease of life with special themed days and ‘Love Mitcham’ events boosting local traders and encouraging entrepreneurs to set up in Mitcham.
Local primary schools get an almost clean sweep of “good” reports from Ofsted, and there is a very large choice. For seniors, Harris Academy Morden is considered “outstanding” by the schools watchdog.
The other side of Mitcham
Mitcham Common is one of the most interesting and varied open spaces to be found in South Lon-don. Straddling the boroughs of Merton, Croydon and Sutton, it encompasses a 182 hectare (460 acre) site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. It’s also part of the re-nowned Wandle Valley Regional Park