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Top places to live in Kent Sevenoaks

Craving the rolling hills of rural west Kent but still want an easy commute into London and a busy social scene? Sevenoaks could be just the ticket although – be warned – it’ll cost! Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

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WHY?

Is it any wonder this Kent town made the cut of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2020? With this commuter favourite being only half an hour from London, surrounded by stunning countryside, good schools galore and a strong community spirit – you can be well-connected here in every sense.

EAT

Plenty of high street favourites but also a selection of original offerings too – like Turkish eatery Hattusa, sushi restaurant Kazoku or smoked meat specialists Brisket and Barrel. And there’s some decent pubs too like The George & Dragon in Chipstead or (just a short drive away) a rural pub and country-walk combo, like The Chaser Inn, at Shipbourne.

SHOP

There is a good array of high street chains, but also a decent selection of independents boutiques too. Oh and don’t forget the award-winning Sevenoaks Bookshop and The Stag community arts centre for theatre and cinema.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Visit gorgeous Knole Park with its wild deer herd which is right in the town itself or you’ve got brilliant days out with the family like Hever CastlePenshurst Place and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens right on the doorstep.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

Average house price: £678,847 and good independent agents include Jackson-Stops and Platform Property.

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

As well as now boasting the annexe to the Weald of Kent Girls Grammar School, there’s also bus and train links to the other (boy or girl) grammars in the area and brilliant independent schools in the town itself too – including Walthamstow Hall (read the review of Junior and Senior school here), Sevenoaks Prep School (read the Muddy review here) and The New Beacon (read the Muddy review here).

There’s also Russell House School (read the Muddy review here) and St Michael’s Prep School (read the Muddy review here) in nearby Otford. There’s also Russell House School (read the Muddy review here) and St Michael’s Prep School (read the Muddy review here) in nearby Otford. And there’s Radnor House Sevenoaks which offers both a Prep School (read the Muddy review here) and Senior School offering just outside town.

BEST KEPT SECRET

A rather eclectic mix of local celebs – Instagram sensation and BBC’s You Are What You Wear stylist Kat Farmer, superstar DJ John Digweed, Strictly Come Dancing veteran Anton Du Beke and even Wolf from Gladiators. That’s a dinner party line-up if ever I heard one.

COMMUTE

Sevenoaks station has fast and frequent services to London Charing Cross (via London Bridge and Waterloo East) and Cannon Street from about 35 minutes. So commuter catnip. And with the newly improved A21 linking towards London and the M25 to the north and Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and the coast to the south you couldn’t be better positioned.

View the full Top 200 Best Places to Live 

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