Think of Chessington, and you immediately think of Chessington World of Adventure, the huge theme park complex that spans 43mph roller coasters, a historic zoo with over 1,000 animals and the tree-top Go Ape centre with its zip lines, rope swings and leaps of faith. But there’s more to Chessington than just the best theme park in Greater London. A day out could involve exploring the 4,000 acres of nearby National Parks, or a trip to Hampton Court Palace (and its famous maze), or even a day at the races. Our Chessington hotel is handily located for all these activities – especially in the case of Chessington World of Adventure which is less than 200m away! Factor in some excellent cafés, coffee shops, restaurants and country pubs, and several first-class shopping centres a short drive away, there’s a lot more to Chessington than first meets the eye.
Things to do in Chessington
Places to eat
Whether you’re hankering for pancakes, after some Indian street food, want an all-day breakfast or somewhere fun for the family, Chessington has it all, with some great places to eat just a short walk from our Chessington hotel.
Several miles north of our Chessington hotel, the Bentall Centre in Kingston is a modern split-level shopping centre home to over 80 stores spanning fashion, technology, home and more. As well as a wide range of food and drink outlets, the centre has 1,900 parking spaces and a stunning central atrium giving it an airy and light feeling.
South of Chessington in nearby Epsom is The Ashley Centre, a 1980s shopping mall with over 800 car park spaces and 60 stores including H&M, Waitrose, House of Fraser, Lakeland and Marks and Spencer. The centre also has plenty of eating out and café options including Costa Coffee, Muffin Break and Bamboo Basket.
Just 30 minutes drive from our Chessington hotel, Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in the UK with over 1,000 departures each day on dozens of airlines to hundreds of destinations across the world. The 15-mile journey will take around 30 minutes by taxi, or using the train into London and then the underground service to Heathrow, it will take around 80 minutes. Alternatively, make the journey even easier by staying at one of our hotels near Heathrow Airport.
13 miles from the centre of London, Chessington South Railway Station runs regular 30-minute services to and from London Waterloo and is less than a mile from Chessington World of Adventure and our Chessington hotel. The station is part of the Travelcard Zone 6 and has a ticket machine, manned ticket office and small shop just outside the station.