Located south east of London, Sevenoaks is a town in Kent, with its own district council, which includes Westerham, Edenbridge, Brastead, Eynsford, Shoreham, Swanley and other surrounding areas. Did you know that Sevenoaks is twinned with Pontoise in France and Rheinbach in Germany?
In terms of shopping, Sevenoaks is split into London Road and the High Street, along which you have a mixture of well known retailers, independent and specialist shops. Plus, just off the High Street, there are charming alleys filled with estate agents, antique, designer clothes , art shops and places to eat.
With all the great produce that is grown locally, the biggest decision you need to make, which isn’t necessarily an easy one, is where to go and eat. Here are some suggestions. Firstly, if you just want a cup of coffee or light lunch, pop along to Nonna Cappuccini's which is located in Black’s Yard, one of those quaint alleyways mentioned previously. Combining modern Turkish food with classic styling, the Hattusa Sevenoaks Restaurant creates the perfect dining ambience to enjoy a meal with family or friends. If you are looking for a local Italian restaurant, then why not try Giacomos. They provide authentic contemporary Italian cuisine that combine great local ingredients with traditional recipes. Whether you want to pop in for a quick pint or sit down to some great food, The Bucks Head is an ideal place to visit. It is located just outside Sevenoaks, in the village of Godden Green.
Sevenoaks is home to one of Britain's largest stately homes, the 13th century Knole. The house, owned and maintained by the National Trust, has 365 rooms, 52 staircases and seven courtyards and is set in a 1000 acre park that is dotted with ancient trees and herds of deer. You not only have Knole, but Sevenoaks is surrounding by history and historic properties. In Westerham you have the home of General James Wolfe, Quebec House and a little further outside Westerham, you have Winston Churchill's family home, Chartwell. Then there is the childhood home of Henry VIII's wife, Ann Boleyn, the 13th century Hever Castle. Whilst Penshurst Place and Chiddingstone Castle are located nearby. Lets' not forget Lullingstone Roman Villa just seven miles away. Sevenoaks is literally surrounded by history!
Sevenoaks has its very own independent cinema and theatre, the Stag Community Arts Centre, which operates as a charity. It has two digital cinema screens, a theatre stage as well as being an alternative performance and conferencing facility.
Sevenoaks has a plethora of sports clubs including three non-league football clubs (Corinthian FC, Sevenoaks Town FC and Ide Hill FC), cricket which is played at The Vine Cricket Ground, basketball (women’s basketball team Sevenoaks Suns), hockey (Sevenoaks Hockey Club). Then Sevenoaks has two leisure centres, plus many more sporting activities. All of which can be found about on the Sevenoaks Sports website.
There are two railway stations in Sevenoaks, and two on the outskirts. The main station is located on the South Eastern Main Line and acts as the terminus for the suburban stopping services to both London Charing Cross and Blackfriars. The latter services follow the branch line via Swanley, calling at the second of the stations, named Bat & Ball.
There is one mixed state secondary school, the Knole Academy, and four state primary schools in Sevenoaks. There are a number of independent schools, including the renowned Sevenoaks School, which is a co-educational boarding and day school.
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