Mitcham Area Guide (Updated 2023)

Matt Brown - Canons House in Mitcham

The charming town of Mitcham is located on the eastern side of the London Borough of Merton. It sits close to several other noteworthy areas in London such as Thornton Heath, Streatham, Croydon Sutton and Tooting. The river Wandle bounds the area, with a large portion dedicated to Mitcham Common for recreational activities. Records show its origins date back much further than even Domesday Book (1086) – when it was known as Michelham, meaning ‘Large Homestead or Village’ from Old English micel and hām – evidence pointing towards both Roman & Anglo-Saxon burials having been discovered nearby over time.

Mitcham is poised to become an abode of opportunity as major investments and council funds are being channelled into creating vibrant spaces with easy connectivity, diverse open green areas and reasonably priced housing. New homes, cosy stores, and an improved town centre along natural vistas will make this suburb a desirable hub.

Places To Eat and Drink in Mitcham

Mitcham offers delicious dining options for every type of cuisine. For steak connoisseurs, Miller and Carter by Mitcham Common have been recognized with the prestigious ‘Masters of Steak’ award from the Craft Guild of Chefs. Gino’s Pizzeria Restaurant presents diners with authentic Italian Pizza and Pasta dishes. At the same time, The Ravensbury Asian Fusion Eatery serves Indian, Hakka & Szechuan delights alongside a vibrant dance club at night!

Experience the Mitcham community’s two finest watering holes – The Gardeners Arms, established in 1873, and White Lion of Mortimer. Both are located on the iconic London Road; The Gardener Arms serves traditional Irish hospitality to its guests, while at White Lion, you can try an impressive range of real ales since it became a free house.

Shopping and amenities

Mitcham town centre and nearby Tandem Centre have got you covered for all your shopping needs. With a variety of big-name supermarkets like Asda, Morrisons, and Iceland, along with independent shops – there’s something to suit everyone’s budget! A quick train ride from Mitcham is the hustle and bustle of Clapham Junction. Shop-till-you-drop at designer boutiques in Clapham Junction within 15 minutes or explore Wimbledon Village’s charming markets just 14 minutes away by tram – retail therapy does not get much better than this!!

Things To Do in Your Free Time

Mitcham has plenty of options if you’re looking for fun activities to fit into your free time. For fitness-seekers and social butterflies alike, Tamworth Lane offers up a range of tennis courts available for all residents to use without charge! Thrill-chasers can also make the most out of their afternoon at Teamsports Go Karting track; this multi-level complex is located only minutes away from the town centre and boasts over 400m worth of track. Those inspired by history may want to check out Wandle Industrial Museum just off London Road – visitors find themselves in an educational wonderland that highlights various tales about local industry reliance on River Wandle as well as long-forgotten mills from years past.

Canons House, the world-renowned mansion in Mitcham, is receiving 4.4 million from National Lottery funding to restore and bring it into the 21st century! Exciting works include refurbishing the Canons ponds for visitors’ enjoyment, a new communal garden area with fresh greenery everyone can visit and reconnect with nature, as well as giving Mitcham Athletic Club’s historic running track an upgrade that includes a brand-new surface. To top off this spectacular transformation, there will be a café added, complete with a space ideal for events – just imagine all of its potential uses!

Property scene

Mitcham’s property market has seen significant growth in recent years, with Ashbourne Road featuring the area’s most expensive house: a wonderfully spacious 4-bedroom terraced home spread over 3 floors and boasting an impressive garden is available for £900,000. North Mitcham – connecting to Streatham and Tooting – draws many due to its plentiful Victorian houses and maisonettes that offer a similar style of living as neighbouring areas but at more accessible prices. Thirsk Road also presents high demand from buyers thanks to an incredible four-bedroom residence equipped with two bathrooms listed at £795,000 – making it the second priciest option in Mitcham overall.

Commonside West has something to offer for people drawn by the tranquillity of nature. Here, Georgian-era homes line up in an attractive and tranquil symmetry – perfect for those who appreciate a picturesque view accompanied by peace and serenity.

New Build Homes

St Agustin Court Mitcham is an ideal location for first-time buyers, as the nearby Abbey Mills connects it to both Colliers Wood and Mitcham. The Tandem Centre in Colliers wood provides easy access to premier shopping outlets that everyone can enjoy. St Agustin Court also offers impressive ownership options with 25% shares starting at £92,625 – a more attainable solution than buying outright!

*Mitcham average property vaules January 2023 Click here to get the latest Mitcham property values


Mitcham offers a wide range of rental accommodations to suit any budget. From studio apartments starting at just £900 per month through to luxury two-bedroom flats on the borders of Colliers Wood for around £1500 – Mitcham has something perfect for every prospective renter! For those seeking period conversions or larger family homes, you’ll also be spoilt for choice in this vibrant and affordable area.


Mitcham proudly opened the doors to its own station on June 2, 2008 – Mitcham Eastfields. With this new addition, local residents gained improved access to places like Wimbledon, Dorking and Central London in no time! The fast train service that runs between Mitcham Eastfields Station (in fare zone 3) and London Bridge can get commuters there within 23 minutes flat – a huge benefit compared with having to take a bus all the way from distant Hackbridge’szone-4Mitcham Junction station before. Additionally, West Hampstead Thameslink now passes through here as well, providing an hourly direct connection between St Albans and Central London.

Mitcham Junction offers commuters both a railway and tramline, connecting Wimbledon to Beckenham via East and West Croydon. Various bus services are also available, including night buses for those travelling further into Central London. An Annual Travel Card offering convenient access to zones 1-3 will cost up to £1808, while the price increases slightly for zone 1-4 at £2208 – an affordable solution for frequent travellers in the area!


Mitcham is located in the CR4 postcode area, which includes Hackbridge on its outskirts. Though parts of Mitcham Common and Mitcham Junction fall under a different postal code – CR0 – they remain firmly within this vibrant district’s reach.

Open space

Mitcham Common is a remarkable open space in South London that spans 182 hectares (460 acres). It’s been recognized as a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation due to its remarkable variety and ecological significance. Seven Islands Pond area stands out amongst the diverse sub-sites on the common, while The Ecology Centre serves as a hub where staff can easily manage Mitcham Common. Traditionally, Mill House restaurant sits right next door – which includes one of the few remaining windmills from days gone by!

Mitcham Golf Club

Mitcham Golf Club has a long-standing history on the Mitcham Common, dating back to the 1890s. The Board of Conservators entrusted with looking after this green space were more than willing to welcome golfers – so long as it did not interfere with local residents’ “common rights” for outdoor activities! This beloved 18-hole course lies south of Croydon Road and between Beddington Lane & Carshalton Road.

Figge’s Marsh, the triangular open space and its neighbouring housing at the fork of London Road and Streatham Road in north Mitcham, is full of activity. A few years ago, an outside gym was commissioned by the council to give residents a fantastic place for exercising outdoors, while Tamworth Recreation Ground offers tennis courts as well as an adventure playground complete with refreshing sprinklers perfect on hot summer days!


Mitcham and Morden boast an impressive selection of educational facilities, ranging from primary to secondary schools. The area is home to two ‘Outstanding’ rated Ofsted Schools – Cricket Green School & Singlegate Primary School – as well as three ‘Good’ rated institutions, including St Peter and Paul Catholic Primary school, St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School &

St Mark’s Church Academy for Secondary education. Further notable establishments include the exclusive National Trust associated London Acorn School along with specialist Perseid Outstanding Rated Care facility. With such a wide array of varied offerings, Mitcham provides top-notch quality provision when it comes to youth learning needs!

Further education

Merton College, located just a short distance away in Morden, is the place to go for those seeking further education. With easy access from Mitcham and courses available ranging from school leavers to apprenticeships and adult-focused training classes – there’s something suitable here no matter what your goals may be!

Roehampton University, just a 20-minute drive from Mitcham, offers an array of educational opportunities for all levels. In addition to its world-renowned undergraduate and doctoral courses, Roehampton also has one of the most diverse student communities in Britain, with representation from 146 countries around the globe.

Parents looking for resources can find local baby and toddler classes through Happity plus connect with other parents locally on the Mush app as well as discover family activities via Hoop – multiple options that will help families transition into life together more seamlessly than ever before!

As Mitcham undergoes a powerful period of regeneration, it is destined to develop into an acclaimed and popular destination for locals and visitors alike.


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