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Our area guide to Epsom gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.

Shops and restaurants

The busy heart of Epsom revolves around the attractive clock tower, the Ashley Centre - a covered shopping centre and the market. A general market is held on Thursdays and Saturdays, while there is a farmers' market on the first Sunday of the month and a craft market on the last Sunday of the month.

The Ashley Centre has a House of Fraser department store and many high street chains such as M&S, Waitrose, H&M and Superdry. In the High Street, Lester Bowden, in The Old Spreadeagle hotel, is a menswear and traditional sporting wear specialist, and Pullingers Art Shop is handy for students at the art college. The bottom end of the High Street and Upper High Street are lacklustre, and for a prosperous market town, few interesting independent shops have taken root.

The town has a number of chain restaurants including Pizza Express, Café Rouge and Ask, while Field to Fork in South Street is a brasserie specialising in local produce. There's an Indian restaurant and also an Italian in The Derby Square in front of the Ebbisham Centre, a conference and community venue off the High Street. The Derby Arms on Epsom Downs is a popular gastropub, part of a small Surrey-based chain.

Location

A similar race for colts was proposed for the following year, this time named after the man himself. The Derby has been run at Epsom every year since 1780 except for two short periods during the First and Second World Wars when it was moved to Newmarket. Travel: Epsom is close to junction 9 of the M25 connecting to Heathrow and Gatwick. Trains from Epsom station take 45 minutes to Victoria and 40 minutes to Waterloo. An annual season ticket costs £2,044, or £1,876 on Southern Trains only to Victoria. The area attracts: families from south-west London are drawn to Epsom’s good schools, large family houses and an easy commute. There is also a strong local market, with plenty of opportunities to move up and down the housing ladder. Postcodes: Epsom falls into three — KT17 to the east includes parts of Ewell and Stoneleigh, while KT18 to the south includes Tattenham Corner, Headley and Langley Vale, and KT19 to the north-west includes parts of Stoneleigh, Horton and Longmead. WORCESTER PARK, EPSOM, SUTTON COUNCIL TAX RATES Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 3 councils covering the Worcester Park area. Council tax rates for each Local Authority Council A B C D E F G H Epsom and Ewell £985 £1,150 £1,314 £1,478 £1,806 £2,135 £2,463 £2,956 Kingston upon Thames £1,116 £1,303 £1,489 £1,675 £2,047 £2,419 £2,791 £3,349 Sutton £972 £1,134 £1,297 £1,459 £1,783 £2,107 £2,431 £2,917 English Averages £761 £888 £1,015 £1,142 £1,396 £1,650 £1,904 £2,285

Leisure and the arts

There’s an Odeon cinema in the Upper High Street and the Epsom Playhouse theatre in Ashley Avenue puts on a variety of entertainment including plays, music and comedy. Bourne Hall in the centre of Ewell Village is a futuristic Seventies building that houses the local museum.
Surrey is well-served for golf clubs, and those nearest to Epsom are Horton Park in Hook Road, Epsom Golf Club in Longdown Lane South, and the Royal Automobile Club in Woodcote Park. The Rainbow Leisure Centre in East Street is the local council-owned swimming pool and there are private pools at the David Lloyd club in Horton Lane and LA Fitness in Ruxley Lane.