As well as the amazing range of Leatherhead corporate housing on offer, this Surrey town is also perfect for the M25 and draws a variety of businesses to the various research and industrial parks located there.
Leatherhead is a Surrey town, close to the M25 and A24, and borders the historic River Mole to the southwest. It is from the M25 that those staying in Leatherhead serviced apartments can travel down to areas along the south coast. However, Leatherhead is also ideally placed as a commuter town for London, with corporate travellers able to appreciate the fantastic railway and road networks running in and out of the area. Gatwick and London Heathrow airports are also based on either side of Leatherhead (each around a thirty minute’s drive away). This means travelling to destinations across the UK and overseas is never out of reach.
Visitors to the area are not just businesspeople though. For instance, the Surrey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which lies just to the south, draws in a lot of tourism to Leatherhead. Particularly popular is Box Hill, a viewing spot across the North Downs. There’s plenty to do in the town as well, including a range of shops, eateries and small cafes and pub to enjoy. Chessington World of Adventures theme park also lies close by to the north of Leatherhead. All of this and more can be within easy access to guests staying in Leatherhead temporary housing.
Leatherhead has a long history of involvement in research and engineering going back almost a hundred years. However, the last few years have seen a marked increase in service sector business. Recent times have also seen more room become available for the offices of major corporations, across various industrial parks.
Perhaps the most notable is the UK and Ireland headquarters of Unilever, the home of big brands such as Dove and Lynx. AIRCOM International and ExxonMobil also operate out of big offices in Leatherhead. It’s the location of Leatherhead which proves to be attractive, being close to the M25 and benefiting from with train lines running directly and frequently into London.
The go-to place for information on business support and advice associated with the area is the Leatherhead Chamber of Commerce, based in Fetcham just outside of the Leatherhead town centre. Here anyone, whether they own an existing or start-up business, simply belong to either or are just merely on a business trip to Leatherhead, can find out about networking events, local industry news, support schemes and opportunities to receive potential funding. Overall, the Chamber, supported by many local members, has an ambition to “support, promote and represent all businesses in the area”, which is promising for anyone staying long term in SITU’s Leatherhead corporate accommodation.
It is also very much worth visiting the website of ‘Transform Leatherhead’ an initiative which has already seen a vast amount of developments, as well as plans to continue making positive changes moving forward.
The earliest knowledge of Leatherhead describes a little town by the River Mole which existed as far back as the Anglo-Saxon times. What is now Leatherhead, was previously named ‘Leodridan’ by King Alfred in his will in 880AD, or ‘Llwydrhyd’ in Old English. This was before the town was recognised in the historically famed Domesday Book of 1086. It was in the thirteenth century though that Leatherhead began to become it's own. This is when Henry III granted the town eligibility to hold a weekly market and annual fair. This allowed the town to develop, moving away from an agriculturally based economy.
This growth was continuous throughout the following centuries, including the changes that came with the 19th century. This included the development of the railway lines into the town (ultimately making Leatherhead more accessible) and the completion of the Leatherhead Institute and St John’s private school. Developments such as these meant that the town’s population naturally grew, so come the late 1900s, the introduction of the Mole Valley District Council became essential.
For more details and greater insight into the history of the town, it is worth visiting the Leatherhead Museum. Based at the top of Church Street and free to the public, the museum is remarkable considering how small it is and the grand range of historical items it has on display. It’s well worth a visit, and potentially just a minutes walk from Leatherhead short term accommodation.
As well as being seen as an ideal commuter town for London, Leatherhead also maintains a reputation for drawing in a considerable tourist population. The town centre is popular in itself, boasting an amazing range of Leatherhead restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops. There is also the Leatherhead Theatre on Church Street. Visitors to the theatre can watch opera, film and panto performances. Open mic nights are also available to watch, or participate in for the more adventurous! Those who book stays in spacious living spaces that Leatherhead aparthotels provide can enjoy having the town centre just on their doorstep.
For those of you looking to get away from the potential stresses of being in the town centre in the long term, you are in luck. Ideally, the Surrey Hills are just a fifteen minute drive south of Leatherhead. Dubbed an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the countryside on display here truly is wonderful, with sites such as the popular Box Hill offering amazing views of North Downs.
You don’t necessarily need to walk around the hills either. There are many places where you can sit down, have something to eat or drink whilst enjoying the great outdoors. Particularly popular is the Bocketts Farm Park, a visitor attraction which provides a place where families can see farm animals or sit down for a nice meal, as well as enjoy the beautiful Surrey countryside. It's especially ideal for corporates who have relocated with their kids, who may be attending St John’s School in Leatherhead.
All in all, those staying in Leatherhead extended stay apartments have the opportunity to stay in an ideal multi-use town. Whether you are commuting to London or visit the town for its own business climate, Leatherhead can accommodate for all, as a place for both business and leisure.
Leatherhead benefits from having two major London airports on either side of the town; Gatwick (LGW) and Heathrow (LHR). Each is no more than 25 miles from Leatherhead, to the north and south respectively.
Guests staying in Leatherhead furnished short lets can have taxi transfers arranged to the airports of their choosing, including smaller business airports such as Fairoaks and Blackbushe airports.
Just a five-minute drive from Leatherhead F.C and Leatherhead Leisure Centre, the town’s sole train station has a range of services running along the Mole Valley Line. It is just eighteen miles and 2 chains down the line from London Waterloo.
The nearest underground stations to Leatherhead are all around 15 miles northeast of the town, in the direction of London. These are Morden, South Wimbledon, Wimbledon, Colliers Wood and Tooting Bec stations.
There are at least twelve bus services which run through Leatherhead, facilitated by over forty bus stops dotted across the town.
Via these buses, predominantly operated by Stagecoach, passengers can travel to the following destinations; Ashtead, Box Hill, Cobham, Crawley, Dorking, Epsom, Guildford, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Lower Ashstead and Weybridge.