It doesn’t tend to feature highly on many tourist’s itineraries, but this quaint town perched on our Surrey borders has plenty going for it. So much so that we’ve put together our top recommendations for spending a whole twenty-four hours in the conveniently close by Cheam…
Rise n’ Shine
La Petite Boulangerie – the little bakery for those that can’t remember their high school French – is where you can dine on pure butter patisseries and artisan baguettes this side of the French border. Whatever sugar-meets-butter combo you prefer, enjoying breakfast here will ease you sweetly into the day ahead.
La Petite Boulangerie
53 The Broadway
What looks like an ancient thatched house from the bygone age, is in fact just that. Whitehall is the heart and soul of Cheam Village – and was once the location of Cheam School, where the one and only HRH Prince Philip attended. There’s plenty more historical heritage to discover, but we won’t spoil all the secrets…
1 Malden Road
Spend the morning perusing some of Cheam’s finest independent shops. Start with a trip to Ross & Brown for some interior inspiration with a Scandi vibe, then head a few doors down to Dragonfly to browse their shop full to the brim of luxury gifts and unusual knick-knacks. Don’t forget to pop along to Cheam Sports Shop, a throwback treasure trove of proper kit and equipment – they don’t make them like they used to…
1 Station way
Cheam Sports Shop
9 The Broadway
Lunch Like a Local
It turns out they’re quite a fan of French cuisine over in this ‘hood, aren’t they? Next up, it’s onto Love Crèpe, because what’s not to love about these flat and frilly beauties. Squirt on the lemon and a thick sprinkling of sugar or load it with smoked salmon and whipped cream cheese.
26 High Street
At One with Nature
It’s now time for a stroll, so let’s head on over to Nonsuch Park – a place you can never get bored of. It’s no wonder locals travel from across the boroughs to visit; there’s none such place like it. If all the walking leaves you feeling weary, plonk yourself down on a patch of greenery.
23 Ewell Rd
Tea & Cake
Whilst you’re in the park, stop by the pantry for a slice of cake and a cuppa. Just sit back and admire the lush green scenes.
Nonsuch Pantry Cafe
Nonsuch Place, Ewell Rd
Paint or Pamper?
Maybe you fancy painting some pottery or maybe you fancy a primp and pamper session – we’ll let you decide how to spend the afternoon.
31 Station Way
16a Ewell Rd
Before You Go
Although Cheam boasts a long list of eateries, a takeout from Sushi Tama is how we like to end the day. Who doesn’t love salmon sashimi from the comfort of their own sofa? Sushi Tama might just be Cheam’s best kept secret…
21 Station Way
For Next Time…
Nonsuch Palace Gallery and Museum for when you feel like swotting up.
Village Bakers for those perfect slices of sourdough, oven baked bloomers and selection of savouries.
Dance Options for transforming your toe tapping into a tango, nothing is impossible.
Illustration & Photography
Nina Matilde Elstad