Hamptons Relocate & Renovate Guide-Sevenoaks

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Local Area Guide Sevenoaks Relocate & Renovate
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WelcomeA very warm welcome to... Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons.

You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas in Kent. 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, Deborah Bunting -

Linda Wesson - Prime Director

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Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Sevenoaks, 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.

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Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Sevenoaks

“A big WELCOME and enjoy”

A little bit of history

Sevenoaks was given market town status in the 13th century, with the weekly cattle market continuing in the town until as recent as 1999. The history of Sevenoaks centres mostly around its most famous and historic building, Knole House, a former archbishop’s palace built in the mid-1400s and designated as one of Britain’s largest homes. The oak trees that give the town its name have been replaced several times over the years and now stand along The Vine, thought to be Britain’s oldest cricket ground.

Sevenoaks houses wear their history very well, with a wealth of characterful Kentish properties locally designed in the traditional Wealden style. These homes are built with timber frames, often with jettied first floors, whitewashed wattle and daub walls and thatched roofs. Sevenoaks was an important rail destination, with Victorian terraces springing up to house the workers. These are often beautifully preserved, particularly around St Botolph’s. Outside of Sevenoaks centre, there are also lovely Victorian terraces close to the station at Bat & Ball, which offers an alternative station for commuters.


Why move to Sevenoaks?

Sevenoaks is considered to be one of the most soughtafter locations to live in the UK with a charming town centre, stunning local countryside nearby and London accessible by rail in around 30 minutes, plus fast access to the national motorway network via the M25.

Living in Sevenoaks means having the best of both worlds: just a stone’s throw from the beautiful hills of

the North Downs and High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while having the bright lights and city services of London readily accessible by a number of stations, within Sevenoaks itself or from a number of satellite villages. Whether buying or renting, moving to Sevenoaks offers a fabulous variety of housing styles, including brand-new developments such as Bourchier Court by the station, or the high-

specification Ryewood Development in nearby Dunton Green. Historic properties also abound, with the villages of Westerham, Seal and West Malling being particularly popular. In addition to the traditional Victorian and 1930s homes of the town, there are also a number of unique homes in converted oast houses, barns and country homes, for those seeking an extra measure of character.

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Ideal living

There are few places where it’s possible to step off the High Street and into a 1,000-acre medieval deer park: Knole Park is one of the town’s best treasures and offers excellent walking and of course, the 365-room house now owned by the National Trust. There are many other pockets of green space within the town itself, including Bradbourne Sandpits and adjoining the town is the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, which runs alongside the river Darent. Nestling at the foot of the North Downs and surrounded by glorious countryside, there are ample walking opportunities locally in the surrounding villages.

Shopping in Sevenoaks includes a mix of independent stores and household names, with a number of top retail names being located in the town centre such as Boots, Fat Face and Neal’s Yard. Explore the maze of narrow streets that lead off the High Street and you’ll find antiques stores, arts shops and local food stores located within charming period buildings. There’s a large Marks & Spencer

Food Hall and a Waitrose in the town centre, plus a Tesco superstore at Riverhead.

Eating out in Sevenoaks means a choice of world cuisine, from tastes of Asia at Wagamama or Giggling Squid, French bistro classics at Cote Brasserie and reliable allday dining at Bill’s. A number of independent restaurants also line the High Street, including Anatolian dining at Hattusa and a great selection of vibrant cafes.


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Famous Residents

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Sevenoaks 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...
Film Director
Screenwriter Brian Hord Politician George Henry Horton Filmmaker John Humphrys Radio Broadcaster John Hurt Actor Caron Keating TV presenter Sam King Golfer Justine Lord Actress Lance Percival Actor, Comedian and Singer Andy Titterrell England rugby union international Peter Sissons Newsreader
Cheryl Baker Singer in Bucks Fizz and
presenter Christopher Don
Daniel Day Lewis, Actor Gloria Hunniford, Radio and Television Personality
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Pubs & Live Music

The Chequers

Located in Sevenoaks town centre, The Chequers is one of the few remaining pubs left on our High Streets with a traditional feel and atmosphere. Steeped full of history dating back to the 16th Century The Chequers is a must visit for tourists to the beautiful town of Sevenoaks. A former coaching inn with some grim history, records of hangings and even a drowned landlord. A good selection of Real Ales and beverages.

73 High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1LD. 01732 450144 www.chequerssevenoaks.co.uk/ Oak Tavern & Tap House, Sevenoaks Pub and restaurant in the heart of Sevenoaks, serving great beer, fine wine, fantastic food. Celebrating all things local, Kent and surrounding areas. The Oak Tavern and Tap House, centrally located in Sevenoaks, provides an escape from the busy high street in its characterful, traditional setting. The pub serves great beer, wine and food throughout the week. Join us for live music every Friday night and for live sport shown across 5 screens every day of the week.

135 High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1XA. 01732 742615 www.theoaksevenoaks.co.uk/

Bucks Head

A traditional country pub serving good ales & lager, locally sourced home cooked food and guaranteed friendly service. A family run pub, very dog friendly and the ideal spot to pop in for a pint from our selection of real ales or lagers, a bite to eat or a glass of wine. Friendly service is guaranteed every time. Park Lane, Godden Green, Sevenoaks TN15 0JJ. 01732 761330 www.bucksheadsevenoaks.co.uk/

The White Hart

Our pub, the White Hart, is a fascinating building, its intriguing architecture bearing witness to many and varied stylistic influences in vogue since it was built in the early 17th century. It was originally positioned right next to the Sevenoaks turnpike, and as you’d expect of a coaching inn that has been nourishing and refreshing travellers for over 300 years, you’ll find character and charm at every turn. Tonbridge Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1SG. 01732 452022


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“Wet your whistle”

The Anchor

The best traditional pub in Sevenoaks. Always a warm welcome, great real ales and food. We host Live music regularly with quality acts to entertain you. So please see our website for upcoming artists and events.

32 London Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1AS. 01732 454898


The Kings Head

This charming village green pub, with its characterful interior and extensive gardens featuring all weather dining really is perfect for all occasions and all seasons. Serving classic British dishes with a modern twist.

2 Westerham Road, Bessels Green Rd, Riverhead, Sevenoaks TN13 2QA. 01732 452081


Rose & Crown Sevenoaks

This grand old coaching inn has been in continuous use since at least the early 1800s. Our menus are full of hearty favourites and country pub classics, including our steak & mushroom pie and beer-battered fish and chips, as well as seasonal surprises if you’re after something a little different. We look forward to welcoming you, and we’ll ready with a well-stocked bar, including cask ales, lager, fine wines, British gin and soft drinks to suit every taste — which will taste all the better when enjoyed in our beautiful gardens. London Rd, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks TN13 2TH. 01732 462343

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The George and Dragon

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


Since the time of King Henry VIII the George & Dragon, Chipstead has been offering hospitality to locals and visitors. Renovated in 2009, his mission was to breathe life back into a beautiful but tired pub, using tasteful decor, a roaring log fire and a menu that changes daily and uses the best of what the local, organic farms in Kent, Sussex, and Surrey have to offer. The open fire, beautiful oak beams and original features make this gastropub the perfect venue for any occasion. In the summer the established and tranquil garden is the perfect place for lunch or dinner.

39 High Street, Chipstead, Sevenoaks TN13 2RW. 01732 779019



Local Hotspots

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

Darcey’s Kitchen Darcey’s is a British/Mediterranean inspired cafe as is our chef. Serving the best artisan coffee in town, set in a cosy and vibrant atmosphere with a selection of coffees and teas with delicious pastries and dishes to accompany. We look forward to welcoming you.

68A High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1JR. 01732 667520 www.facebook.com/darceyskitchen/ Bojangles Coffee House

We are a small independent coffee shop situated in the centre of Dunton Green, Kent. We want to produce quality coffee and homemade cakes for all our customers. Away from the hustle and bustle of busy day life, we think Bojangles is a haven to relax and enjoy a cuppa in peace.

116 London Rd, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks TN13 2UT. 01732 455511 www.bojanglescoffeehouse.co.uk/

Life on

High Night & Day, people make the party, so it’s all about the crowd; customers, our team & the community, and doing what we can to contribute to Life on the High Street. We are a specialty coffee and pro-plant cafe, with a wholesome and sustainable menu, priced fairly, Life on High, for short. 140 High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1XE. www.lifeonhigh.co.uk/

Malabar Coffee House welcome to Malabar – your local, award-winning, independent coffee shops located at the heart of the Sevenoaks and Riverhead communities. We are now fully OPEN and are delighted to welcome you back! Whether you choose to sit in our pretty outside seating areas or socially distanced inside our shops, you now have a choice to decide where is best to enjoy our own blend organic, Fairtrade coffee and delicious freshly made food. Our popular range of speciality loose-leaf teas, hot chocolates, milkshakes and smoothies are still available along with a selection of hot paninis, toasties and muffins, not forgetting our fresh pastries and sweet treats 81 High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1LE. 01732 743055 www.malabarcoffee.co.uk/


La Manica

Born of Donatella’s Northern Italian heritage and love of fashion, La Manica Womenswear formally started in November 2010 in the boutique area of St. John’s Hill and is now located in the buzzing pedestrian area of Bligh’s Meadow, in the heart of Sevenoaks town. Seeing there was a need, Donatella began handpicking beautifully crafted garments, leather handbags and accessories directly from the manufacturers representing the epitome of understated authentic Italian elegance.

9 Blacks Yard, Sevenoaks TN13 1DS. 01732 455123 www.lamanica.co.uk/

County Clothes

We stock fine quality clothing in a wide range of sizes, including long fittings for the taller man and many garments measuring up to a 52” chest. From classic and modern suits, sports jackets and wax jackets, to stylish knitwear, shirts and accessories, and traditional English shoes, our range of menswear is handpicked to offer a superb choice of classic brands and contemporary styles. All of our sales staff have an expert knowledge of the clothes and accessories I our collection and will be happy to assist you.

14 Bank St, Sevenoaks TN13 1UW. 01732 454068 www.countyclothesmenswear.co.uk/

First Stage

First stage Sevenoaks has been established since 1989 with our bricks and mortar shop being in the very heart of the busy market town of Sevenoaks. Sevenoaks Town has many well know retails branches such as, M&S, White Stuff, Mint Velvet, Phase Eight, Crew Clothing, Jo Jo Mama Babe, Accessorize, plus many independents. We at First Stage offer both our shop and online customers a wide variety of wellpriced designer. Children’s Clothes from newborn/14 years including brands from Spain, UK, Canada, Holland. etc

4 Bank St, Sevenoaks TN13 1UW. 01732 455899


The Clever Dresser

The Clever Dresser boutique is a stylish fashion boutique stocking a range of well-known and up-and-coming fashion designer lines in Sevenoaks, Kent. In the boutique you’ll find some of the most sought after designers; Isabel Marant, Hayley Menzies, Magail Pascale, Alemais and Vince complimented by a handful of up-and-coming designers.

6 Bank St, Sevenoaks TN13 1UW. 01732 453002


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Sevenoaks Arts

The Stag Sevenoaks Originally built as the Majestic Cinema, The Stag first opened its doors on August 22 1936. Now 80 years later, and thanks to local thespian Margaret DurdantHollamby, the shell of the building looks almost identical, but The Stag Sevenoaks now operates as a charity, and includes a theatre, two digital cinema screens, and an alternative performance and conferencing facility.

London Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1ZZ. 01732 450175


Hazlitt Theatre

The Hazlitt Theatre is one of the main theatres in Maidstone, Kent. It was named after William Hazlitt, the famous essayist, who was born in Maidstone in 1778. It opened in 1955. It presents a varied programme of professional drama, comedy, music etc. as well as local community theatre groups.

Earl St, Maidstone ME14 1PL. 01622 758611


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

Lyceum Theatre

The Lyceum Theatre is a West End theatre located in the City of Westminster, on Wellington Street, just off the Strand in central London. It has a seating capacity of 2,100. The origins of the theatre date to 1765. The Lyceum Theatre in London is a long and complex tale of success, downfall and rebirth. It all started in 1772 when the Society of Arts founded a room for exhibitions and concerts near the site of the current building. Since this beginning the Lyceum has displayed a chameleon tendency, adapting to changing fashions and needs admirably.

21 Wellington St, London WC2E 7RQ. www.atgtickets.com/venues/lyceumtheatre

The Oast Theatre

What was once a simple 19th century Kentish oast house, in use until 1966, became the Oast Theatre in 1974 and home to one of the most prolific theatre and arts clubs in the county. There are ten major public productions a year, together with three Youth Theatre productions and one from our junior group, the Hoppers. Our thriving Art Group has its own studio in one of the roundels and holds an annual exhibition. The Tonbridge Theatre & Arts Club is a registered charity, owned and managed by its members on a volunteer basis, with its objectives being the fostering of theatre and the arts.

Box Office, London Rd, Tonbridge TN10 3AN. 01732 363849 https://www.oasttheatre.com/

Assembly Hall Theatre

The Assembly Hall Theatre is a theatre in Tunbridge Wells seating 1,020 people. The theatre hosts a variety of popular music, comedy, family, dance, drama, classical music, and variety events, as well as an annual pantomime. Collaborating with local, national and international organisations, our vision is to entertain, educate and enrich.

Crescent Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU. 01892 530613 www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/

The Orchard Theatre

The Orchard Theatre is conveniently located in the heart of Dartford’s town centre and attracts the latest and most sought-after touring productions in the UK. We offer a range of entertainment from leading West End musicals, top comedians, bands, dramas, dance, classical music and opera. And of course, our ever-popular annual pantomimes.

Home Gardens, Dartford DA1 1ED. 0343 310 0033 www.orchardtheatre.co.uk/

The Woodville

The Woodville continues to encapsulate its original concept of being a multi-purpose venue. We offer a dynamic programme of theatre, live performances, community projects, gallery exhibitions, cinema and live broadcasts too. Not to mention the added bonus of bars and bistro.The main auditorium is capable of seating 650 patrons across three levels. It also has the flexibility of being transformed into a flat floor space for cabaret performances, seating 300 at tables with a further 100 seated in the circle. Beneath the Main Auditorium is The Studio. This space is used to showcase our more intimate performances and plays host to our monthly Comedy Club. The Studio can accommodate up to 180 seated patrons and has a bar at the rear of the seating area.

Woodville Place, Gravesend DA12 1DD. 01474 337500 www.woodville.co.uk/

EM Forster Theatre

We are a local performance arts theatre for showcasing local talent and host a variety of performances and entertainment. From pantomime to contemporary and modern shows, we have something for everyone. We have comfortable seating with good parking available too. Please see our website for upcoming performances and events.

The Box Office, High Street Entrance, Tonbridge TN9 1JP. 01732 304241 www.emftheatre.com/


Family days out

Sevenoaks 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.

National Trust - Ightham Mote Hidden away in a secluded Kent valley, is this perfectly preserved medieval moated manor house. Emerging from the natural landscape almost 700 years ago, Ightham Mote is built from Kentish ragstone and great Wealden oaks. While its architecture and decoration trace the development of the English country house, its owners provide the stories of a oncecherished family home, evoking a deep sense of history. In the tranquil gardens there are streams and lakes fed by natural springs, an orchard, flower borders and a cutting garden. The wider estate offers walks with secret glades and countryside views.

Mote Rd, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks TN15 0NT. 01732 810378 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/kent/ ightham-mote

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve - Kent Wildlife Trust

A great day out for all the family, whatever the weather. Our Centres are a great place to get your family out enjoying the Kent countryside. Kent Wildlife Trust manages over 65 species-rich nature reserves around the county, as well as local wildlife sites and roadside nature reserves. We also work with communities and other organisations to assist in the management of other wild sites in Kent. There is plenty of activities and things to do here so please see our website for further details.

Bradbourne Vale Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 3DH. 01622 357879 www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/e

Bradbourne Lakes

The Bradbourne Residents’ Association (BRA) was reformed in December 2011 to work towards the restoration and conservation of Bradbourne Lakes as well as all issues affecting local residents. Membership of the BRA is for those living in the area bordered by the A25 to the north and the railway tracks to the east and west. However, we are not only involved in this area and support local campaigns across the town.

Lambarde Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 3HU. www.bradbournelakes.co.uk/

National Trust - Emmetts Garden

Charming Emmetts Garden is an Edwardian estate that was owned by Frederic Lubbock, becoming both a plantsman’s passion and a much-loved family home. The garden was laid out in the late 19th century, and was influenced by William Robinson. It contains many exotic and rare trees and shrubs from across the world. Standing on one of the highest spots in Kent, Emmetts Garden offers panoramic views over the unspoilt Weald as well as some great walking opportunities. When you visit, you can explore the rose and rock gardens, take in the views and enjoy shows of spring flowers and shrubs, followed by vibrant autumn colours.

Ide Hill, Sevenoaks TN14 6BA. 01732 868381 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/kent/ emmetts-garden

Haysden Country Park

Expansive parklands with lake fishing, boating and sailing, nature trails and children’s playground. There is plenty to do for everyone with picturesque greenspaces to explore. There are also lots of wildlife and minibeasts to learn about and search for to keep the little ones entertained.

Lower Haysden Ln, Tonbridge TN11 9BB. 01732 844522 www.tmbc.gov.uk/leisure-parks/

Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation

Get up close and personal with our daily flying shows, animal sanctuary and group experiences.. with idyllic countryside views. The Foundation is home to many Birds of Prey and Mammals. We offer daily flying displays which geared at all ages. We are also a sanctuary to a variety of animals including, Meerkats, African Servals, Farm Animals, Huskies and more. Eagle Heights is working on wildlife conservation here in the UK, centre based, full details can be found on our conservation page, and we have, in recent years, assisted with conservation (and release) of Baboons and Turtles in West Africa. Eagle Heights is a ‘not for profit’ organisation meaning all funds raised go to the care of the animals.

Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, Dartford DA4 0JB. 01322 866577 www.eagleheights.co.uk/

Little Street (Chidren’s Role Play) Responding to children’s love of role play, we have created a realistic street designed with little people in mind. Our play centres feature a scaled down version of a typical town, inspiring children to explore life in the world around them. We offer a high quality experience by operating pre-defined play sessions and keeping the numbers attending ‘little’. At the end of each play period we take the time and care to restore Little Street back to its original state so that the next group of children will enjoy the ‘wow’ factor; every prop will be returned to the right place to stimulate their curiosity and inventiveness. This is a little world for big imaginations, so come along and delight in watching your child learn through play. Little Street, The Square, Sevenoaks TN13 2AB. 01732 668347 www.little-street.co.uk/


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.

Sevenoaks School

Sevenoaks is a co-educational day and boarding school for 11 to 18-year-olds. Rated excellent by the ISI for Pupils’ Achievement and Pupils’ Personal Development, we are proud of our innovative approach to education and academic excellence, while at the same time providing a strong pastoral and cocurricular foundation. Our superb 100-acre campus is in the Kent countryside, just half an hour from Central London and Gatwick International Airport. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme inspires an inclusive, enriching and global dimension.

High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1HU. 01732 455133 www.sevenoaksschool.org/home/

Knole Academy

We are aspirational and have high expectations for every child, regardless of background or ability. The interests of our students are always our priority in all decision making and, as a result, we are proud to deliver a curriculum that engages and enthuses our learners. At the heart of our ethos is our determination that all students receive high quality teaching, which is equally as aspirational for our Grammar stream students as it is for the wider student body. In order to enable every student to achieve his or her potential, we believe in generating a learning environment that is calm, safe and inclusive, in which our students enjoy their education.

Bradbourne Vale Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 3LE. 01732 454608 www.knoleacademy.org/

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I would like to welcome you to the Weald of Kent Grammar School. We have expanded as a school over the recent past and in 2017, opened with the Secretary of State’s permission our second campus in Sevenoaks. The Weald of Kent has a special place in my own heart. I have worked at this school since 1995 and over the years I have witnessed our students grow and develop into exceptional young people who are equipped to go out into the world and make a positive contribution to society across a wide range of fields.

163 Seal Hollow Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 3SN. 01732 373500


Russell House

When you first arrive at our friendly prep school near Sevenoaks in Kent, you will be struck by the attractiveness of our grounds, from the smart frontage to the sweeping views of North Downs to the rear. Combined with the warmth of the welcome from our staff and children, you will quickly realise that Russell House is a family school with a very special atmosphere; a calm, secure, happy environment based on respect for each other and our environment. Our coeducational school in the village of Otford is ideally situated for families from Sevenoaks, Orpington, and surrounding areas

Station Rd, Otford, Sevenoaks TN14 5QU. 01959 522352


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Weald of Kent Grammar School- Sevenoaks Site

Maidstone Grammar School

Founded in 1549, but with links to an earlier school since 1348, we are a popular, oversubscribed 11 to 18 selective boys’ school which welcomes girls into the Sixth Form. There are circa 1450 students on the school roll, of which more than 300 study in the Sixth Form. Our aims are also the same as every family’s: to keep our children and young people safe, to meet their needs, to build ties and bonds within the wider community, and to support them in times of challenge and adversity. This includes developing morals and fostering patience, humility, courage, ambition, drive and enthusiasm. We respect individuals and individuality, but we share common goals, beliefs and values, irrespective of age, gender or background.

Barton Rd, Maidstone ME15 7BT. 01622 752101 www.mgs.kent.sch.uk/


Wells Grammar School for Boys

We aim to equip our students for a full and constructive place in society, to help them to be adaptive, to exercise critical judgement and to be prepared for the rapidly changing requirements of the twenty-first century. Academic excellence is very important at this school and we take pride in achieving our results.

St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9XB. 01892 529551 www.twgsb.org.uk/#

St Michael’s Preparatory School

A school where children come running in each morning and don’t want to leave at the end of the day! It is a place where each unique individual is known, valued, and loved. We are proud of our academic success and the achievements of our pupils and whilst we expect the best from each of them, there is grace for mistakes, and we encourage the children to give things a try. This is an essential part of our pupils’ learning and growing process, helping them to develop character and skills vital for the next step of their journey and indeed lives. As a school we are restlessly ambitious in striving to ensure that we give each pupil the very best opportunities possible. Otford Court, Row Dow, Otford, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5RY. 01959 522137 www.stmichaels.kent.sch.uk/

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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.

Better Body Group

The Better Body Group provides personal training, exercise and nutrition solutions whatever your age weight or goal. Our award-winning personal trainers are the most qualified gym team in the Southeast and guarantee to get you results! BBG Sevenoaks is the largest dedicated personal training space in the UK, perfectly equipped to help you on your health and fitness quest. What are you waiting for? Get started today, Sevenoaks Enterprise Centre, Unit 3, Bat and Ball Rd, Sevenoaks TN14 5LJ. 01732 451979 www.betterbodygroup.co.uk/

Sevenoaks Swimming Centre

We have a beautiful 25m pool with high wooden ceiling where you can join in with many club activities, swim lengths, or take swimming lessons. The main pool is 0.9m deep in the shallow end (waist level) to 1.8m in the deep end. We have a hoist for those using a wheelchair to poolside, and a changing room available for swimmers who require disability equipment including flatbed change.

Sevenoaks Leisure centre, 3 Buckhurst Ln, Sevenoaks TN13 1LX. 01732 470700 www.sencio.org.uk/sevenoaks/swim/

Hollow Rock Fitness

Personal Trainer and Fitness Experts in Riverhead, Sevenoaks, Kent. Contact us for bespoke 1-2-1 training sessions or group sessions customised to your body and fitness levels. Let us help you achieve your fitness goals.

5-7 London Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 2BH. 07887 711664

www.hollowrockfitness.com/ Sevenoaks Leisure Centre

Sevenoaks Leisure Centre is a friendly and modern facility based in Sevenoaks Town. You will find a range of sport and leisure facilities here for you and your family to enjoy, as well as parking directly outside the centre. The centre boasts state-of-the art facilities and gym equipment after benefiting from a £1 million investment in 2018. Our passionate staff are all about customer service, and always on hand to help you make the most of your time here.

Sevenoaks Leisure centre, Buckhurst Ln, Sevenoaks TN13 1LW. 01732 470700 www.sencio.org.uk/sevenoaks/

Pilates and Rehab Sevenoaks

We are life and business partners Mara and Mike, teaching Pilates Classes in Sevenoaks, Kent. We used to run a busy Pilates studio in London, but after our first child was born in 2018, we decided to relocate to Sevenoaks, and are subsequently happy to offer group and private classes to the local community. We like to keep our Pilates classes small, therefore being able to give more attention and variations to each client and maximise the quality of our teaching. Whether you are tending to a specific injury, or looking to improve your overall body condition, our combined expertise in Pilates and injury rehabilitation can help you achieve your goals.

51C Granville Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1HB. 07552 472776 www.pilatesandrehab.com/

Bootcamp UK Sevenoaks

It doesn’t matter what fitness level you are at, you do what you can and you won’t get judged. Bootcamp UK is one big happy family that will help you reach your fitness and health goals no matter what. What have you got to lose?? Come down and give it a go. Bradbourne Vale Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 3LE. 07753 468895


Body Wellness Pilates

Body Wellness Pilates, Improving Body Wellness and Awareness through Pilates. A unique environment with good ventilation creating a safe and comfortable space. Pilates is a form of exercise suitable for everyone to help improve general fitness and overall well-being. It comes highly recommended by most practitioners. Pilates can be performed on a Mat or on Equipment, please see our website for the variety of classes we have to offer. 116 St Johns Hill, Sevenoaks TN13 3PD www.bodywellnesspilates.org/

Indaba Yoga Studio

Join us in London’s most beautiful and friendly yoga studio, where the city’s most talented teachers are ready to help you discover, explore and develop your yoga practice. Indaba believes passionately in the positive benefits of yoga and the great things that can happen when you feel good. The word Indaba is an ancient African term for “gathering”, and this idea lies at the heart of Indaba - to bring people together, provide the opportunity to step away from daily life, and take the time to reconnect both with ourselves and with the world around us

18 Hayes Place, London NW1 6UA. 020 7724 9994



Local Restaurants

Côte Sevenoaks

We are a delectable modern French Brasserie Modern restaurant serving regional specialties using the finest of ingredients alongside all our traditional classics. Our expert team have extensive knowledge on all our food and drinks and we look forward to welcoming you.

Town Centre, 22 London Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1AJ. 01732 463362 www.cote.co.uk/restaurant/sevenoaks/

Branded Steak and burger restaurant in Beckenham and Sevenoaks. All our beef is selected and hand cut by Donald Russell, from cattle which have been fed on a natural, grass based diet. All our beef is traditionally aged for up to thirty five days which is easily identifiable through its unique succulence, tenderness and awardwinning flavour.

63-65 High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1JY. 01732 453626


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Hattusa Sevenoaks

The Hittites who rode their chariots in the steppes of Anatolia about 3,600 years ago didn’t know that they were the creators of the world’s first peace treaty (with Egyptian Ramesses II), and one of the oldest cities on earth – Hattusa – which was their capital. The Hattusa you meet here today doesn’t claim to be anything but a restaurant that tries its best to bring you the finest dishes of Anatolian food, alongside samples of the traditional pottery of the region, ripened through the generations.

115 London Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1BH. 01732 463752 www.hattusa.co.uk/

Hive Restaurant

Exquisite food and drink in Sevenoaks, the restaurant offers intimate first floor dining, whilst an extensive wine list has been built to compliment your experience. Cocktails are available all day in our heated terraced garden, surrounded by beautiful foliage underneath a 70-year-old maple tree. Deliver memorable experiences through a shared love of great food and drinks with our guests.

Unit 1 & 2, Well Court, Bank St, Sevenoaks TN13 1UN. 01732 465827 www.hive-sevenoaks.co.uk/

Miller & Carter Sevenoaks

At Miller & Carter we know a thing or two about steak. In fact, we could say that we’re one of the best steakhouses in Sevenoaks. But we’d rather leave that to your judgement. Because once you’ve tasted our hand-cut, 30-day aged British & Irish steaks you’ll soon appreciate the care of our farmers, the exacting standards of our butchers and the passion of our chefs. Don’t just take our word for it; see our steak menus, book a table and decide for yourself. Our Sevenoaks steakhouse is the perfect place to treat someone special, catch up with friends, or enjoy a memorable experience with your family. Amherst Hill, Riverhead, Sevenoaks TN13 2EN. 01732 452787

www.millerandcarter.co.uk/restaurants/ south-east/millerandcartersevenoaks#/

Wagamama sevenoaks

A warm welcome our food is fresh + so is our service. which is why bookings are off the menu + why our teams are experts at getting you seated + ready to slurp at speed. a little ginger to warm you up. chillies that kick. noodles to nourish the body and soul. our 50% plant-based menu is inspired by the flavours of Asia. created to soothe, nourish, sustain + inspire. from bowl to soul.

138 High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1XE. 01732 758900 www.wagamama.com/restaurants/ sevenoaks/sevenoaks

Marco Sevenoaks

A great Italian restaurant serving authentic and traditional dishes all used from local fresh produce. Our ambient and inviting surrounding add that touch of finesses to your dining experience and our staff are very friendly and informative. 143 High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1UX. 01732 469349 www.marco-sevenoaks.co.uk/


At Zizzi we’re all about delicious Italian food with a twist to surprise and delight all tastes, because good food does more than fill you up, it brings people together. Since first opening our doors and firing up our signature pizza ovens in Chiswick over 20 years ago we’ve opened over 130 restaurants across the UK & Ireland, each individually designed with touches unique to the local area and perfect for all occasions.

35 London Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1AR. 01732 241011 www.zizzi.co.uk/

Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.
‘Virtually’ all you need

Moving to Sevenoaks


We Love Sevenoaks – Kent www.facebook.com/groups/welovesevenoaks

Incidentally Sevenoaks - events, things to do and local interest www.facebook.com/groups/224748101494963

Sevenoaks Mums In The Know www.facebook.com/groups/1559208581002612

Kids Clubs, Classes & Events In Sevenoaks & Orpington www.facebook.com/groups/1856547341263865

baby groups And Childrens Events in and around deal kent www.facebook.com/groups/229053067792355

Sevenoaks Events www.mobile.twitter.com/7oaksEvents

Sevenoaks Forum www.mobile.twitter.com/SevenoaksForum

Sevenoaks Mums www.mobile.twitter.com/SevenoaksMums

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 Sevenoaks District Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link. www.sevenoaks.gov.uk

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Planning & 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

www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/info/20013/ planning_applications/282/apply_for_ planning_permission

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.

https://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/ info/20069135/building_control/

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