Hamptons Relocation & Renovation Guide Gerrards Cross

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Gerrards Cross

Relocate & Renovate Design & Build, Schools, Eating out, Health clubs, Shopping & more.

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A very warm welcome to Gerrards Cross and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons.

You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas in Buckinghamshire. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population.

Hamptons has been matching people with property that’s right for them, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869. We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since.

Today, 150 years after we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their, ‘home experts’.

Yours sincerely,

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4 www.hamptons.co.uk Contents Interview: Mark Welsh p.6 Welcome to Gerrards Cross p.9 Pubs & Live Music p.14 Coffee Shops p.16 Independant Boutiques p.17 Gerrards Cross Arts p.18 Interview: Gambini Interiors p.20 Interview: Kiwi Burst Interiors p.22
5 www.hamptons.co.uk Family Days Out p.24 Schools & Nurseries p.26 Map of Gerrards Cross p.30 Health Clubs p.32 Local Restaurants p.34 Social Media Links p.36 Council Information p.38 Contents
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Gerrards Cross

Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Gerrards Cross

Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Gerrards Cross, you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning and building control, read tips on where to shop, eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links.

Perhaps most importantly we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home. A big WELCOME and enjoy.

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A little bit of history

Gerrards Cross grew significantly following the opening of its train station in 1906 giving wealthy Londoners easy access to the benefits of country living.

Famous former residents include entertainer Roy Castle, human rights activist Amal Clooney and Conservative politician, Dominic Raab. Musicians Lulu and Maurice Gibb of Bee Gees fame married in St James Church in 1969.

The assortment of properties in Gerrards Cross has something to appeal to all tastes and budgets, from contemporary new-build property and luxury apartments to and detached Edwardian properties. Notable local buildings include the Grade II listed Gerrards Cross Memorial Building, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens best known for Cenotaph in London, the unique Victorian parish church of St James and Bulstrode Park country house to the southwest of town which was originally built for notorious 17th century judge, George Jeffreys.

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Why move to Gerrards Cross?

It is considered one of the most exclusive areas in the country outside of the capital, with many celebrity residents. Despite its modest size, a major national surveying company named it the most sought-after commuter town or village in their London Hot 100 report in 2014, so if central London living doesn’t appeal to you, Gerrards Cross can effortlessly bridge the gap between city and rural living.

The town has a smattering of independent retailers alongside high street mainstays like WHSmith and Boots. It also has a post office, a community library, Everyman cinema, several doctor and dentist surgeries, and major supermarkets including a large Tesco, Waitrose and M&S. There is a leisure centre with a swimming pool and gym available a few miles north in Chalfont St Peter.

Gerrards Cross is surrounded by a vast expanse of rolling countryside and occupies a stunning position on the edge of the Chiltern Hills Area of Natural Beauty, with its array of walking and cycling trails. The town itself has ample green space in the town itself, families can take a stroll through the East Common to the children’s playground or West Common to the local duck pond.

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RExcellentnearby schools and close proximity to the Big Smoke make this smart town a hit with celebs and commuters looking for a cosmopolitan lifestyle with the benefit of countryside surrounds. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

Dubbed ‘mini Hollywood’ due to the influx of celeb residents over the years (Amal Clooney grew up here after her family fled the civil war in Lebanon plus ‘our Cilla’, Fern Britton and a handful of première league footballers), ‘GX’ as it’s known locally encompasses the benefits of countryside living – foodie gastropubs, acres of local parkland and rural surrounds – whilst maintaining a buzzy town feel and easy access to London.

In central Gerrards Cross there’s smart gastropub The Apple Tree, or slightly off the beaten track is The Three Oaks, a handsome pub with a more restaurant-y feel that’s held a Bib Gourmand (excellent food at excellent value) since 2014. Family-run Di Paolo on the main high street offers a modern Italian with refined flavours and presentation, or if you’re after casual daytime dining head to buzzy Fego (lots of healthy and veggie options here) or cool indie café Huddle for specialty coffee and artisan food, freshly prepared daily in the kitchen.

GX isn’t best in show when it comes to shopping (head 12 minutes down the road to Beaconsfield for more choice), although you will find womenswear boutique Heidi & Hudson and Winser London alongside a Waitrose and sweet indie Gerrards Cross Bookshop. There’s a good yoga studio, Yoga Hook, offering classes as well as a floatation tank for major zoning out, and one of the few dedicated Guinot salons in the UK. For designer gear, hop in the car for 45 minutes to luxury outdoor designer outlet Bicester Village with 160+ boutiques and restaurants.


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Gerrards Cross and the surrounding area has been a home to rockstars, celebrities, athletes, academics, artists and common or garden members of the upper-crust for generations. Here are a few notable names you may or may not know..

Matt Aitken, Song writer, Record Producer and Musician

Roy Castle, Singer, Comedian, Actor

Amal Clooney, Barrister and Human rights Activist

Angela Douglas, Actress

Kenneth More, Actor

Dominic Raab, Politician

Joan G. Robinson, Author, and Illustrator

Peter Stringfellow, Businessman and Nightclub owner

Cilla Black, Singer and Television Personality

Paul Daniels, Magician and Television personality

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were residents in Gerrards Cross

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David Jason, Actor Fern Britton, Television Presenter

Pubs & Live Music

Apple Tree Gerrards Cross

The Apple Tree is a premium pub, bar, and restaurant with its very own garden, centrally located in the heart of the picturesque town of Gerrards Cross. At The Apple Tree, we serve fantastic food & drinks in beautiful settings, that are guaranteed to give you an unforgettable dining experience. No matter the reason for your visit, expect an atmosphere full of energy and buzz, from the bar to your table.

Oxford Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 7AH. 01753 887335


The Three Oaks

Our seasonal A La Carte menu is changed regularly, and we offer a fantastic Set Lunch Menu; the best value in Bucks and Berks we think. The A La Carte is available from Wednesday Lunch through to Saturday Dinner with of course an excellent Sunday lunch menu available on Sundays. Our Set Lunch is available Wednesday to Saturday for Lunch. We want you to have a fantastic experience at the ‘Oaks’ and most of all to enjoy yourselves while you are with us. We would love your feedback, which you can leave when you visit or email us, so we can keep improving with your help.

Austenwood Ln, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross SL9 8NL. 01753 899016


The White Hart

he White Hart is a great British pub at the heart of the Chalfont St Peter community. On tap we have exciting beer, cider & ale brands, poured perfectly every time. We have a fantastic wine list including fizz and seasonal cocktails and we also serve a great choice of low or no alcohol options. Whether you are joining us for coffee, drinks with friends or to watch the match with fellow sports fans we guarantee you a warm welcome.

30 High St, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross SL9 9QA. 01753 888745


The Jolly Farmer

Situated high up on the hill and overlooking the common, The Jolly Farmer is at the heart of the community. Inside there is a spacious bar and roomy brasserie from which you can enjoy the views. Serving a menu of seasonal favourites with a French twist, The Jolly Farmer is the perfect spot to gather with friends and family for a leisurely Sunday lunch, a celebratory meal and everything in between.

Gold Hill W, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross SL9 9HH. 01753 887596


The Greyhound Inn

A beautiful pub in the heart of Chalfont St Peter. The Greyhound Inn has always been a place for weary travellers, not only to quench their thirst and sate their appetite, With a great selection of drinks and food served daily. People have been meeting at the Greyhound Inn since the reign of King Charles!

High St, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross SL9 9RA. 01753 883404


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Our well-crafted menu offers a wide grill selection and provides something for everyone including, classic pizza and pasta dishes, as well as tasty salads and comforting risottos. Little ones are always welcome in our restaurants, so we’ve created a tasty kids menu, just for them. Our carefully chosen wine list ensures that you will find the perfect match for your food, and if you are in the party mood, you can indulge in our selection of cocktails. At Wildwood, we choose our venues carefully and we have a respect for the past. Our restaurants bring beautiful buildings back to life whilst respecting the history of the town and the environment. Wherever possible, we restore features back to their former glory, like the stunning tiles in the old Sainsbury’s grocery dating back to the early 20th century, which is now a central feature in our Cheam restaurant.

1 West Common, Gerrards Cross SL9 7QN. 01753 889071


Jack and Alice

At Jack and Alice we warmly welcome you into our wine bar and pantry. Open daily from 9.00am (10.00am Sundays) for coffee, breakfast and cake, the day drifts effortlessly through lunch into afternoon tea, then the lights go down and we crack open a bottle of wine from our extensive cellar collection, and the stories start to flow. Sharing with friends, our meat, cheese and chocolate boards, make a perfect match to our great wines and fantastic company. Hot food is also served lunchtime and evening. So pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable, and be part of our story.

40 Packhorse Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 8EB. 01753 885215


Shouldyou wish to wet your whistle in Gerrards Cross you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Gerrards Cross. Here are a few suggestions but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore.

Fox & Pheasant

The Fox & Pheasant is the heart of the community - the meeting place for distant friends, families catching up and a way to enjoy someone else doing the cooking and washing up for once! Whether you’re looking for great pub grub, a perfectly poured pint, or a sporting atmosphere that would rival any stadium we have got it covered.

Gerrards Cross Rd, Stoke Poges, Slough SL2 4EZ. 01753 662047

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Old Red Lion

Whether you’re planning the perfect wedding, looking for somewhere to celebrate something special, or arranging a function, our pubs are ready to accommodate you and offer a memorable experience. With two destination venues in beautiful Buckinghamshire villages, The Old Red Lion, Great Brickhill and The Swan, Stewkley offer spaces to suit events and gatherings of all kinds, and our team can help you create a bespoke experience for you and your guests.

Ivy Ln, Lower Way, Great Brickhill, Milton Keynes MK17 9AH. 01525 261715


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Local Hotspots

Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great fashion boutiques right in the picturesque heart of Gerrards Cross!


Puccino’s opened its first store in 1995 on Putney Railway Station and is now proud to be part of the Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group. Twenty years on our mission remains the same and that is to deliver quality coffee every time, giving a memorable service experience that our customers recognise for its fun and quirky humour.

Station, Station Approach, Gerrards Cross SL9 8PP. 01753 891695


The Kitchen Larder

Opened Spring 2019... a fresh exciting new addition to the foodie landscape of the Chilterns...an independent deli and artisan food store, which provides a beautiful window for local artisan food producers...stop by an explore our diverse range.

31, St Peters Court, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross SL9 9QQ. 01753 888366



We invite you to use it any way you like, so come by any day, any time, on your own or with family, colleagues, or friends. Bring your laptop, bring your buggy, bring a board game if you like. We don’t believe in rules. No one will hassle you if you’d like to spend two hours over a coffee. We also won’t tell you that you can’t have eggs for dinner or a steak for breakfast. You can order what you want when you like it. Anything goes. We want you to feel at home.

12G Packhorse Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 7QE. 020 3039 3436



A wide range of teas and coffees, including decaffeinated, flavoured and herbal. We have a bakery serving freshly baked goods delivered every morning. A delicious selection of cakes, cookies, and pastries available with sandwiches, bagels and salads that are also prepared fresh daily.

Gold Hill W, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross SL9 9HN. 01753 983152


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Blush Boutique

Blush Boutique is a unique, independent, women’s clothes shop. We sell current, unusual pieces which are carefully selected to make sure we cater for all shapes, sizes and ages. We have two stores one in the beautiful, quaint market town of Old Amersham and one in the stylish town of Gerrards Cross. So if you are local or you just fancy a day out and love one-to-one attention, please pop in and see us.

29 Packhorse Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 7QA. 01753 885039


The Forge Boutique

Affordable Italian style ladies clothing shops located in Berkhamsted, Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield, Wendover and Harpenden. We also have an online store and will post to your door or request ‘click and collect’ to your nearest shop.

32 Station Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 8EL. 01753 887577


Heidi and Hudson

“For us it’s all about the family and the love of our work. Our endless passion is the motivation to deliver a personal and intimate service to all our customers with a focus on unique and quality clothing from all around the world within our vibrant physical and online stores.”

68 Packhorse Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 8EF. 01753 890747


Matt La Moda Menswear

Fusing modern British style with Italian and Scandinavian exquisite craftsmanship - encouraging a man to go beyond the predictable look to achieve effortless classic elegance and style. I want it to feel as though you are walking into an Exclusive Club with all the luxurious appointments and comforts. Located in a key spot in Gerrards Cross with nearby parking and exclusive parking for our platinum clients we will ensure that your visit to Matt La Moda Menswear begins in a stress freeway.

4 Station Approach, Gerrards Cross SL9 8PP. 07554 172003


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Gerrards Cross Arts

Why not enjoy a night at one of the great theatres spotted around Gerrards Cross!

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Pinewood Cinema

Pinewood Cinema features weekend only screenings showing the best independent and blockbuster releases. The box office opens for you to buy tickets online only. Tickets will remain available until sold out or 30 minutes before the film is due to start. Please note that there are no ticket sales at the door.

Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Rd, Iver Heath SL0 0NH. 01753 656815 pinewoodcinema.com/

The Beck Theatre

The Beck Theatre is a 600-seater venue in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The programme aims to present the finest local, national and international companies and performers possible. The Beck Theatre is operated by HQ Theatres on behalf of London Borough Hillingdon.

Grange Rd, Hayes UB3 2UE. 0343 310 0044 www.becktheatre.org.uk/Online/default.asp

Compass Theatre

The Compass Theatre is owned and managed by the London Borough of Hillingdon with a small team of staff and volunteer assistance. Many local organisations have used the theatre to provide a wide and varied programme of community arts events, including activities for young people including Compass Kidz, Stars at Knight School of Drama, Pegasus Dance and music lessons. Since the purchase of the premises by the Middlesex County Council in 1947, there have been many changes due to changing political, economic and community needs. Through it all Compass has developed into a much appreciated local facility providing a range of activities for the whole community.

Ickenham, Uxbridge UB10 8RP. 01895 250615 www.hillingdontheatres.uk/

Everyman Gerrards Cross

Everyman is redefining cinema. Bringing an innovative lifestyle approach to our venues, where you swap your soft drink for a nice glass of red wine and a slice of freshly made pizza served to your seat. We create a warm and friendly atmosphere, with an excellent food and drink selection and fantastic customer service. With a wide array of mainstream, independent and classic films, special events, launches and a diverse calendar of live satellite broadcasts, there is something for everyone at Everyman.

Ethorpe Cres, Gerrards Cross SL9 8PN. 01233



Palace Theatre

The theatre opened as the Royal English Opera House in January 1891 but within a year it was converted into a grand music hall and renamed the Palace Theatre of Varieties. In 1925, the musical comedy No, No, Nanette opened and this was followed by many other musicals. In time the theatre became known as a musical house. Notable productions include, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, The Woman in White, Spamalot and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The Palace Theatre is currently home to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The Palace Theatre was purchased in 2012 by Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer forming part of the Nimax Theatres group.

113 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5AY. 0330 333 4813


Ben Lawrence

Located in the heart of The Old Town, Amersham, Ben Lawrence is a modern tailoring outfitter. Stephen Garvey has ran and owned Ben Lawrence since its establishment 2016. We create a relaxed atmosphere in which to discuss and create your tailored clothing. Priding our self in being tailoring nerds, we love bringing modern ideas into styling whilst respecting the craftmanship of traditional tailoring.

31 High St, Amersham HP7 0DP. 01494 724300 www.benlawrencetailor.com/

The London Palladium

The London Palladium has been the capital’s majestic home of variety for over a century, and to this day it continues to delight and surprise audiences with its rich tapestry of acts. We’ve welcomed a staggering selection of greats from Bob Hope and Louis Armstrong to the Two Ronnies, Bruce Forsyth and Cliff Richard. This proud tradition has continued since the theatre joined the LW Theatres family in 2000, hosting recent headliners as diverse as Bob Dylan, Madonna, Coldplay, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Ocean and Dita Von Teese.

8 Argyll St, London W1F 7TF.


Wycombe Swan Theatre

Wycombe Swan is a theatre in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. The theatre was opened in November 1992 by Wycombe District Council and is now operated by HQ Theatres. The Wycombe Swan complex consists of the main theatre, the Wycombe Swan Town Hall, and the Oak Room, all of which can be hired for events.

St Mary St, High Wycombe HP11 2XE. 0343 310 0060


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A fresh look at interior design from Kiwi Burst’s Claire Holdom.

For someone who is considering a appointing an interior designer for the first time what would you say to convince them to get in touch?

Employing an interior designer will provide invaluable and detailed knowledge of ergonomics, spatial planning and creative ideas to make people fall in love their homes. They help you get the most from your budget & avoid making costly mistakes. An interior designer comes with a fresh perspective & different ideas that create an interior that is a reflection of those that live within it.

Who takes the lead creatively when you have that first meeting?

The interior design of any space is a journey that we & our clients embark upon together. It is very much a joint effort to ensure the client gets exactly what they want from the design process. The initial meeting is to gain an understanding of what the client is trying to achieve from the space, what the area will be used for, if they have any particular styles they like or dislike, whether any existing items of furniture or accessories need to be incorporated & probe into their ultimate desires. As your interior designer, we take the lead with lots of questions to then start the process of developing an interior that fits the client’s lifestyle, needs & personality within their budget & timeframe.

What are the main steps from initial consultation to completion?

At the outset is programming & research. This is where the project is defined in general terms, identifying the client/s, the nature of the project, the purpose of the space & extent of the design work required. Research is carried out which involves interviews with the client to identify each of the users, their objectives, budget, timescales, style & colour preferences, from which a detailed brief is provided & approved by the client.

The exciting stage of conceptual design development follows, involving brainstorming design solutions, mood boards, space plans, colour schemes & any details of the proposed design. The concept designs are then presented to the client for review & feedback from which the final design development & documentation are produced. This will include the working drawings (floor plans, elevations, detail drawings), specifications, schedules & timeframes, which once approved, are used for the final construction phase. Contractors bids are sought & a schedule of works, materials, furnishings & accessories are ordered. Once the construction is completed any snagging will be resolved before the final installation of furnishings & accessories.

Do you have a particular style that you’re known for or can you adapt to anything?

A lot of my work is contemporary, but the style of any space needs to reflect the clients personality, so this is key for every project undertaken. At the end of the day, it’s the clients home, so the style needs to encapsulate their dreams & turn them in to reality.

What would be your dream commission?

I like older style properties with features such as tall ceilings, fireplaces & large hallways to create an initial wow that can be given a contemporary twist whilst being in keeping with the original architectural features.


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Kiwi Burst Interiors

T: 07792 079120

E: claire@kiwiburstinteriors.co.uk


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Family days out

Gerrards Cross is a great destination for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages. We’ve picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list.

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Dinosaur Escape Adventure Golf

Competitive fun for everyone, Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf has enough challenges and surprises to keep you entertained and test your skills. With a ball and putter as your only tools to complete the tasks, the aim of the game is to get around the course in as few attempts as possible. Various challenges await you on this adventurous course and it will be no easy task….. Even without dinosaurs breathing down your neck! West London Family Golf Centre, Ruislip Rd, Northolt UB5 6QZ. 020 8842 3438 www.adventureexperience.co.uk/dinosaur-safar

Bekonscot Model Village & Railway

The world’s oldest original model village, opening for the first time in 1929. With over 90 years of history, a huge model railway, 1.5 acres of well-kept gardens and finely detailed model buildings Bekonscot is a great day out for everyone. Stuck in a 1930s-time warp, see England how it used to be, & discover a wonderful little world tucked away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life. Since its opening over 15 million visitors have been captivated by the charm and eccentricity of Roland Callingham’s creation.

Warwick Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 2PL. 01494 672919 www.bekonscot.co.uk/

Langley Park

One of Buckinghamshire’s best kept secrets, Langley Park is steeped in history and a nationally important haven for wildlife. The stunning Rhododendron collection in the Temple Gardens is an explosion of colour from April to June, with views to Windsor Castle and beyond. In Kings Wood and out into the wider parkland veteran Oak and Chestnut trees, some planted by Capability Brown, provide valuable habitats for rare and endangered invertebrates. To complement all of this there is a fantastic Tea Room serving hot and cold snack and homemade cakes, a children’s play garden, arboretum and history and tree trails. Langley Park offers a great day out for the young and old alike.

Billet Lane,

Iver SL0 0LS


Kew Little Pigs

The UK’s leading micro pig farm, with knowledge and passion spanning over a decade. Kew Little Pigs is an award-winning micro pig business with over a decade of micro pig breeding. We offer unique experiences at our small family-run farm in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Our hands-on experiences give visitors access into our pens to pet and play with our pigs. Throughout the year we breed litters of piglets, however, we cannot guarantee there will be piglets at the time of your visit, so please follow us on social media for updates on when new piglets arrive! These oinktastic animals are very friendly and used to human contact so we encourage you to come and discover what wonderful pets they can be!

Old Amersham Farm, High St, Amersham HP7 0HR. 01494 726993

Black Park Country Park

Our beautiful country parks are a great way to enjoy the countryside, wildlife and fascinating history. Each park is very different in character, but all offer a fantastic and affordable day out. At BlaCK Park there are plenty of lush parklands with over 10 miles of paths, plus an adventure course of zip wires and rope bridges. Black Park Rd, Slough SL3 6DS. 01753 511060


Chiltern Open Air Museum

A great day out for the kids as well as the rest of the family. There are lots of hands on activities for you to do and lots of space and woodlands to run around and explore. We also run lots of family workshops and experience days, as well as archaeological digs. We have lots of living history and special events planned including May Day celebrations, Roman Gladiators, Tudor Courtroom and Ragged Victorians.

Newland Park, Gorelands Ln, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont Saint Giles HP8 4AB.


Odds Farm Park

Some of the animals at Odds Farm Park are as rare at the Giant Panda or Sumatran Tiger, so we keep logbooks of all our rare breeds. This ensures females are selectively bred with males to maintain healthy blood lines. Stroke rabbits, hand feed goats and meet all the new babies. During rainy days, the Undercover Animal Contact Barn ensures rain never stops the fun. Our visitors can see sheep, goats, pigs, donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs in the Undercover Animal Barn at all times.

Wooburn Common, Wooburn Green, High Wycombe HP10 0LX. 01628 520188


Amersham Museum

R-eopened in summer 2017 after a major refurbishment and expansion. The museum’s medieval hall house is now more clearly visible for visitors to see and enjoy. The new museum displays explore life in the town in 1580, 1775, 1892, 1939 and 1964. Complete your visit with a wander through our wonderful herb garden, which is packed with plants used for medicinal purposes.

49 High St, Amersham HP7 0DP. 01494 723700


Woodrow High House

Do you have what it takes to make the leap-of-faith? Can you climb to the top of the Jacob’s ladder? Can your team navigate the obstacle course, cargo net and tunnels to complete the challenge course? Stretch your limits and explore the great outdoors, in Amersham Buckinghamshire. Woodrow really has it all and is the perfect day trip venue for primary and secondary schools, as well as every kind of youth organisation, both large and small.

Cherry Lane, Woodrow, Amersham HP7 0QG. 01494 433531



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Local Schools

Where our children spend most of their week and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list of suggestions to make your life a little bit easier. Many local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your choice options before making that final important decision.

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Beaconsfield High School

Beaconsfield High School is a centre of excellence for education and beyond, an establishment dedicated to discovering and developing the abundance of individual potential within its modern, diverse, inclusive and dynamic community. Our vision is to create a happy, high achieving learning environment where all students and all staff are empowered, where they feel valued and secure, and are encouraged to aspire to be remarkable. Students are aged between 11 and 18 and study abroad, stimulating and inspiring curriculum across Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level.

Wattleton Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 1RR. 01494 673043


Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Dr Challoner’s reputation extends back to the early 17th century when the school began educating the boys of Amersham and the surrounding area. Now the school is widely recognised as one of the leading state grammar schools in the country, and is home to 1300 students aged 11-18, including girls in our co-educational Sixth Form. Our aim is to help all our students develop into young adults with the right habits, attitudes and qualifications to take on the challenges of the rapidly changing modern world. Our motto, Excellence with Integrity, is supported by a focus on core values of Aspiration, Kindness and Resilience which help our students develop their academic strengths and a positive place in society.

Chesham Rd, Amersham HP6 5HA. 01494 787500


The Gerrards Cross Church of England School

Welcome to The Gerrards Cross Church of England School. Our school seeks to provide an engaging, challenging, and inspiring education in an environment where every individual is valued, nurtured, and celebrated. With a firm foundation of Christian values, we share a vision of excellence. Our vision is to see ‘Every Child Flourishing’; this is inspired by Jesus’ words in John’s gospel where he says, ‘I have come that they might have life and life it to the full.’ We seek to equip our children with a love of learning and the associated skills to flourish in the modern world. We look to promote confident, curious, imaginative, resilient and organised learning in all our children. At the same time we nurture their personal and emotional development and a strong relationship between home and school is always maintained.

Moreland Dr, Gerrards Cross SL9 8BD. 01753 882731


Acorn Montessori School

The Acorn Montessori School has been established since 1994 and is designed for children from approximately 2 years 6 months to 5 years. The school is run on a 1:4 qualified teacher/child ratio by a team dedicated to their work and with a genuine love of children. We believe we can offer you as parents the best possible start for your children, which will stand them in excellent stead for their educational years ahead.

8 East Common, Gerrards Cross SL9 7AD. 01753 885448


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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School here at St Joseph’s; a happy school which offers each child in our care an engaging and challenging curriculum, so that they can fulfil their potential in all aspects of life (spiritually, morally, academically and socially). Our mission statement of ‘Love, Learn, Grow’ underpins all that we do; providing a caring and safe environment in which all of our pupils can develop the skills which will enable them to have a positive impact upon the world. We know the importance of a strong education and expect the highest standards from our pupils. In close collaboration with parents and the community, we can enhance their ‘God-given talents and the ability to achieve their aspirations.

Priory Rd, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross SL9 8SB. 01753 887743


St. Mary’s School

St Mary’s is quite simply a wonderful school. The experience of each individual student is at the heart of all that we do. Our warm and inspiring environment encompasses a supportive framework where our students, whether in PrePrep, Prep, Senior House or Sixth Form, are encouraged to take risks, be creative, think for themselves, learn to make good choices and to embrace a challenge. All of our students are encouraged to aim for excellence in all of their pursuits, to be kind to each other and look for opportunities to make a difference in the wider world. Students here ‘dream big’ we prepare our students for their future lives and careers to be compassionate, caring and confident young women.

Packhorse Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 8JQ. 01753 883370


Gayhurst School Trust

Headmaster’s Welcome

Gayhurst is a truly special, happy and purposeful community, where your children will benefit from an excellent foundation to learning and personal development in their formative years, preparing them suitably for many of the challenges they will encounter throughout their lives. Welcome to Gayhurst, a school where we value pupils’ happiness, social and emotional development as highly as we do their academic achievement. It is our privilege to support children in the formative years of their education. Educating children aged from 3 to 11 years old, Gayhurst is committed to offering its pupils a broad, rounded, coeducational experience in a happy and caring academic environment, where their pastoral needs and wellbeing are paramount. Focusing on their personal development alongside their academic and physical development enables them to develop their emotional intelligence and collaborate and interact with one another respectfully so that they can positively contribute to the school community and wider society.

Bull Ln, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross SL9 8RJ. 01753 882690


Thorpe House School

Thorpe House is based in the beautiful town of Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire. At Thorpe House our aspirations push us to achieve higher. There is no such thing as failure, only a desire to learn and become the best version of ourselves. As soon as they start in Reception we look to prepare our boys for the world to which we believe we should all aspire, one in which there is an emphasis on encouragement and recognition of our diversity and where we want the boys to consider not what they can do for themselves but what they can do for others. Through an enrichment programme that runs throughout our three year GCSE course, we build on the confidence that has already been nurtured in the earlier years to develop skills and empathy that will make them the leaders that we want and need to direct the course of our society in the future.

29 Oval Way, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross SL9 8QA. 01753 882474


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health Fitness & health

Leading a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body, recharge your muscles or simply stretch? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.

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Inspire Fitness Centre

We are a locally owned and operated gym centred around mind, body and community. With state-of-the-art equipment from Technogym and highly qualified Personal Trainers, Inspire provides individualised workouts and programmes no matter what your fitness goals may be. Whether your goal is simply a higher fitness level, weight loss, sports performance, pre/post rehab or just better overall health, we will get you active, feeling accomplished and of course…Inspired.

8 East Common, The Memorial Centre, Gerrards Cross SL9 7AD. 01753 481502


Yoga Hook

Yoga Hook is a Yoga, Pilates, Fitness and Wellness Centre in Gerrards Cross. We offer a myriad of yoga classes – Beginners, Hot, Sky & Aerial, Dynamic Flow, HIIT Suspension, Yin and many more. Our belief system is based on ‘kindness’ and ‘compassion’ to create a Strong, Flexible and thriving “YOU”. We are simply here for you and support your wellness goals.

2 Station Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 8EL. 01753 891911


The Fit House

The Fit House is a neighbourhood fitness studio making bodies and relationships stronger. We bring people of all ages and abilities together through exercise. Unlike other gyms, we specialise in coaching and building a community. Our committed family of trainers are there to support you at all times. Our approach is holistic – we are here to help you stay fit and healthy for life. Our services include: personal training, classes, nutrition and physiotherapy. The Fit House is a place to get fit and strong with great people.

Sports Association, Chalfont Park, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross SL9 0QA. 07549 163119


Chalfont Leisure Centre

There’s something for everyone at the Chalfont Leisure Centre. Whether you want to enjoy our state-of-the-art gym, the recently-renovated swimming pool, a group fitness class or enjoy a variety of sports and activities in our sports hall, regardless of ages or fitness level, you can enjoy getting active here with us. Located conveniently for the residents of Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont Leisure Centre is a fantastic facility for the town and the surrounding community.

Nicol Rd, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross SL9 9LR. 01753 887812


Denham Garden Village Fitness and Wellbeing Centre

Denham Health Spa offers a comprehensive range of health & fitness services to both on-site corporate residents and members of the public. As well as a fully equipped, modern gym, our 15 metre pool is perfect for a casual dip. Our airconditioned studio hosts a range of daily exercise classes. A range of on-site experts, including personal trainers, can help you get fit and recover from injury

Denham Green Ln, Denham Garden Village, Denham, Uxbridge UB9 5LB. 01895 831113


Gerrards Cross Squash Club

The club is affiliated to the Gerrards Cross Community Association and is situated in the grounds of the Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross (behind the tennis courts). The club house comprises of two squash courts, changing facilities and a viewing gallery. Squash club members are entitled to use the bar in the Memorial Centre.

Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross SL9 7AD. 07785 778345


Gerrards Cross Dukes Wood Lawn Tennis Club

We are a highly sought after thriving and friendly tennis club in the heart of Gerrards Cross on the Dukes Wood Estate. We have six all weather adult courts, four in Advantage Pro astroturf and two Clayrite artificial clay in peak condition. Our club boasts an active and lively social events calendar to compliment the exceptional year round tennis on offer. We are a people first club. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for high quality inclusive tennis for all ages. Whether returning to the sport, trying it out for the first time, looking to get your kids involved or hoping to play for one of the best competitive teams in Buckinghamshire, we have something for everyone.

Dukes La, 7 Dukes Ln, Gerrards Cross SL9 7JZ. 07718 780559


GDN Fitness & Hockey

GDN is a family run private gym created by Mr & Mrs Gordon offering two concepts; GDN Fitness, consisting of high-end Personal Training and small group classes with up to 6 members. GDN Hockey, the first hockey fitness centre specialising in skill development, strength & conditioning, and match play for both juniors & adults.

Amersham Rd, Chalfont Saint Giles HP8 4RU. 07740 091541


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Local Restaurants

Amalfi Ristorante

Italian inspired dishes made by passionate chefs using authentic ingredients. Serving traditional and speciality dishes using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Set in ambient surroundings you shall receive a warm welcome from our highly trained and friendly staff.

25 Argyll St, London W1F 7TU. 020 3375



Lomito Gerrards Cross

The young Englishman and Argentine girl met in 1973. It was to be the beginning of a very special Anglo-Argentine love affair. Four decades on & the ultimate embodiment of this unique liaison has been created in the form of our upmarket Argentine restaurants in Northwood & Gerrards Cross. Lomito’s neighbourhood restaurants combine unrivalled hospitality with Argentine beef and South American-European influenced dishes. We believe that providing a relaxing dining experience where wholesome food & drink can be enjoyed amongst the company of family & friends is a heavenly combination. We welcome you to join us at Lomito & savour the moments. 55 Packhorse Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 8PE. 01753 873799


Indigo Bar & Grill

The Indigo Bar & Grill in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. The Finest Indian Cuisine brought to you from our handpicked chefs from the finest 5 Star Hotels all across the Indian subcontinent.

Indigo House, Oxford Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 7AL. 01753 883100


Thai Rack

Based in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, Thai Rack Restaurant and takeaway offers a variety of delicious, authentic Thai cuisine. Every one of our meals is cooked by professional, skilled chefs. We pride ourselves on the wide choice of meals we offer in our menu as well as the fresh ingredients we use to create them.

18 Oak End Way, Gerrards Cross SL9 8BR. 01753 890672


Luna Rossa


24 Packhorse Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 7DA. 01753 889197


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Sizzler Indian Restaurant

At Sizzler Restaurant we are passionate about great food. We bring you the exquisite taste of Asia, perfected through years of experience, made using the freshest authentic ingredients. Balancing the perfect blend of spices with traditional and creative techniques, we offer you the very best in Indian Takeaways. Our highly skilled chefs will create for you the most mouth-watering tastes with the finest ingredients and using fresh whole spices, stimulating the palate to the very last bite..

1A Packhorse Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 7QA. 01753 888910


Maliks tandoori Restaurant

Malik warmly welcomes you to experience dining in his multi-award-winning restaurant, serving the finest food cooked to the highest standards, along with excellent wines and elegant surroundings. All garnished with a wealth of atmosphere. We have added our Express Kitchen options as our take-out outlets so you can experience our Malik’s quality at home or at a venue of choice for any occasion

12-14 Oak End Way, Gerrards Cross SL9 8BR. 01753 880888


Blossom Chinese cuisine

We are an authentic restaurant serving delicious traditional and speciality dishes using inly the finest ingredients. We also offer a set menu if desired and are open at lunchtimes and also offer a takeaway service to ensure we meet all of your dining needs.

6 Oak End Way, Gerrards Cross SL9 8BR. 01753 317725


Di Paolo

We specialise in serving high quality Italian Food. The key to our success is our determination to present a menu using only the finest, freshest and where possible, locally sourced ingredients. The quality and service of a fine dining experience, but at prices which make it a viable alternative to chain restaurants. The elegant Di Paolo offers the quality and service of a fine dining experience. Absolutely Brilliant! The ambiance the atmosphere the decor the menu the service! Come and see for yourself, We look forward to welcoming you.

22-24 Oak End Way, Gerrards Cross SL9 8BR. 01753 880300


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‘Virtually’ all you need

Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.

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Gerrard’s Cross Community


Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield and everything in between!


The Chalfonts and Gerrards Cross Social Network


London Mums Group


Gerrards Cross


Gerrards Cross


GX Town Council


Gerrards Cross Together


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Help and support from your local Council

You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here.. https://system8.rbwm.gov.uk/publicaccesslive/selfservice/services/ changeofaddress/coastart.htm

You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax.

Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about South Buckinhamshire District Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link.


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Planning and Building Control

Unsure which services you need?

If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do.

Please note that many developments will require both.

What is planning?

Planning is the process of deciding whether a proposed development should go ahead or not. It uses national and local policies to consider the development in its context and may look at the impact of the work on neighbours and the wider community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed infrastructure (such as drains, transport and schools). You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following:

• create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building

• affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties

• affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes

• work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas

• affect traffic volumes, road safety or access

• change the density of development in an area

• use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties

• have an effect on existing trees

What is building control?

Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural quality of any building work, in areas such as safety, public health, accessibility, and the materials used. Most substantial building projects (such as an extension, knocking down walls or converting a garage or loft) will need Building Regulations approval.


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