Kenley Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Kenley, Greater London

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Living in Kenley

Kenley is a small town that is just within the borders of London. It is well-connected to nearby Croydon as well as to Central London, but still feels semi-rural - partly because of the easy access to green and open space in the area. There is a good supply of homes that are suitable for families, and a wide selection of schools. Kenley is somewhat quiet, but offers a fair few local amenities, including parks, and it is overall a nice place to live.

Ratings

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Community

Kenley has a small-town feel, despite its proximity to Croydon and Central London. The area is family-friendly, and there are some good locally owned businesses in the area.

Safety

The 2014/2015 crime rate and violence against the person rate in Kenley were both much lower than the rates for London as a whole - less than half. For the period from May 2016 to April 2017, the most common crime types were violence and sexual offences, anti-social behaviour, and vehicle crime.

Parking

Parking is generally not too troublesome in this area. The rate of car ownership is high for London, with more than one car per household. Road links, including the A23 and the A22 to the M23 and M25, are excellent.

Nightlife

There's a small range of restaurants and pubs in the area, but nearby Croydon offers a lot more nightlife options. Transport links are fairly good.

Family Friendly

The range of property available in Kenley includes many houses that would make good family homes, including standard semis and large detached houses. Kenley offers good access to green and open space, including Kenley Common, which has paths for cyclists, horses, and dog walkers. There are numerous smaller parks in the area, including the Roundshaw Open Space, Riddledown, and Farthing Downs, and there are several playing fields and golf clubs. The North Downs are nearby, too. There's a good selection of state and private schools in Kenley, including religious and boarding schools. About 1 in 5 residents is a child aged 0-15.

Pet Friendly

Kenley's property offerings include many homes that would be suitable for pets, from terraces and semis to large, detached houses. There's good access to green and open space in Kenley, including Kenley Common, which has paths for cyclists, horses, and dog walkers. There are numerous smaller parks in the area, including the Roundshaw Open Space, Riddledown, and Farthing Downs. The North Downs are nearby, too.

Transport

Kenley has a railway station that is served by Southern Trains, as are nearby Riddlesdown, Whyteleafe, and Upper Warlingham stations. Purley is served by Southern and Thameslink. Road links, including the A23 and the A22 to the M23 and M25, are excellent.