South-west of London and firmly within the ring of the M25, SITU’s Esher serviced apartments belong to a well-placed town including its own racecourse and within easy access of Heathrow Airport.
Esher is a town populated by over 50,000 people, based in the Borough of Elmbridge and the county of Surrey, around twenty miles outside of London. It is truly regarded as a London suburb, proudly part of the often sought-after area of the county named the ‘Golden Triangle’. Esher holds this wealthy stature alongside Weybridge and Cobham.
The town sits a perfect commute from the capital with travellers staying in our Esher furnished housing benefitting from the convenient proximity to the town’s train station, which runs trains into London Waterloo.
The A3 is also just south of Esher, near the Chessington World of Adventures Resort. Heathrow Airport is also just 8 miles to the north-west. Thanks to these transport connections, corporates can travel far and wide beyond Esher, whilst using the town as a ‘home away from home’ commuting hub.
In terms of leisure, Esher is perhaps most famous for the Sandown Park racecourse. It hosts the Eclipse Stakes race and acts as a popular venue for various concerts. There is also the Site of Special Scientific Interest, Esher Commons, which is an 890-acre, the tourist favourite landscape just southwest of the town comprised by local nature reserves.
Both corporates and tourists alike can choose to book stays in Esher aparthotels close to these popular sites or in locations that best suit them within the ‘Golden Triangle’.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
As well as being situated in an ideal location just outside London, the Esher area itself strives to create its own economic identity and business climate, distinctive to any other in the country. For instance, unique incentives for doing business in the town are numerous, mainly due to the support strategy of the Elmbridge Borough Council.
The council website emphasizes supporting businesses within the borough in three ways; through funding, advice and connections. Both new and existing companies based in Esher can benefit from the Elmbridge Business Network. Companies are enabled access to networking events encompassing over 600 businesses, and grants from the Council, the M3 Local Enterprise Partnership or the Elmbridge Enterprise Fund, even just for businesses getting started or to support marketing initiatives.
The support does not stop there either. Plans are underway to continue to help the local area to remain a place of economic prosperity and supportive of business. The Elmbridge Local Plan outlines what is required of the town and Borough to ensure sustainable development over the next few years. Read the plan here, where can also be found on the Borough website.
All in all, Esher has a climate and local council which supports existing and start-up business ventures. As well as this support, the location of the town just outside London makes the area ideal for both commuting and conducting business. Corporates can easily book stays in Esher corporate accommodation which suits them and their travels in-and-around the town.
Esher and the Borough of Elmbridge have been inhabited for many thousands of years. Archaeological evidence suggests people could have lived in the town as early as the last Ice Age. However, the first notable evidence of how the area was used as a settlement comes in the Domesday Book of 1086, which described Esher as ‘Aissele’.
It was during the Tudor period that Esher developed as a coaching town on the London to Portsmouth route. It was this status as a stop-off location that enabled inns and hospitality establishments to increase in quantity across the town.
It was around the 1700s that Esher became a residing place for the rich and wealthy. This is perhaps as a result of Henry VIII issuing the area as a hunting ground around the time. From then, Esher became home to some magnificent estates. These were owned by former British Prime Ministers Thomas and Henry Pelham. Then followed the construction of the still-popular Sandown Park Racecourse, which opened in 1875 and was a natural attractor of VIPs to the town.
For a greater insight into the history of the town and the borough as a whole, it is worth stopping by the Elmbridge Museum, even if you are a guest staying shortly in Esher short term accommodation. Initially opened in the early 1900s and exhibiting over 40,000 artefacts and archives, the site does a lot to ensure its visitors enjoy engaging with the past of the area.
There is more to Esher however then its welcoming business climate, economic strength and history. Corporates often choose Esher as a place to commute from due to its pleasant rural setting. This is, of course, strongly exemplified across the Esher Common. The National Trust green space provides a perfect place for anyone and their families to relax and embrace the outdoors, jam-packed full of the local area’s nature and wildlife. Be sure to walk around the beautiful Black Pond, just off Portsmouth Road, or the Claremont Landscape Gardens and its Lake if you get a chance!
The Common also boasts a few stunning examples of historical architecture. Visitors to the area could explore the Belvedere Tower (a.k.a Lawrence Castle), the Claremont Fan Court School building, once a country house built in the eighteenth century, or the Claremont Landscape Gardens which includes its historic amphitheatre, the Homewood country house and the 1750s Grotto site. Either way, there is plenty to explore across this charming green space, all situated within walking distance from conveniently located Esher extended stay apartments.
Those looking to be more active throughout their stay can appreciate the many golf courses dotted across the area, as well as the famed Sandown Park Racecourse, Sandown Sports Centre and the Skywalk Outdoor Adventure centre. Keen fishermen or kayakers can also enjoy the historic River Mole, a tributary of the River Thames, which runs just alongside the town to the west. Each offers a different sense or level of thrill, but overall, Esher is evidently a town which caters for a wide range of interests.
SITU's Esher serviced apartments offer a modern, flexible space for business travellers coming to a town which has been moulded by a rich history, range of attractions and fulfilling business climate. Guests can expect to enjoy fully equipped kitchens and dining facilities in each apartment too, although Esher has a range of excellent dining out options nearby.