Living in Purley


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In addition to the local services, our Living in Purley guide will give you a sense of what Purley life is like – the town’s history, culture and leisure activities.

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What Is Life Like In Purley?

Purley is a medium sized town located within the south London Borough of Croydon – approximately 11 miles south of Charing Cross. With easy access to nearby city and countryside amenities, Purley is an excellent choice for families, first time buyers, commuters and older residents alike.

Located close to the borough’s principle town of Croydon, residents can expect efficient transport links into and away from London. Oxford Street is within half an hour’s reach, however Purley does offer its own commercial centre complete with a number of chain and independent boutiques, bars, cafes and restaurants to satisfy its population of 72,000 residents.

Housing in Purley is considerably more affordable than neighbouring areas closer to central London. The town centre has many beautiful and affordable detached homes and maisonettes for sale. The average rent in Purley in 2015 was £1,300 per month. Properties on the Webb Estate represent the best of Purley and can reach over £1 million.

History Of Purley

The history of Purley stretches as far back as 1200, when residents of a settlement called Pirley worked the land. The area was mostly used for agricultural - a vast cropland devoid of the suburbs that makeup south London today.

Purley’s fate as a beautiful countryside housing retreat for city workers was secured by William Webb in 1888. After purchasing the land, Webb began work on building a garden village named the Webb Estate to act as an aesthetic solution to housing relief for London. It took around 30 years for the project to be finished and what was left formed the basis for continuing development as commuters sought cleaner air and more open living spaces.

Bolstered by efficient transport, Purley’s popularity grew during the 1920s and 1930s. Today the town is a thriving district with excellent links to the city.

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Days Out In Purley

Being in such close proximity to both city and countryside, Purley has a number of activities for fun days out.

Located in zone 6, Purley has access to London-bound trains that take just under half an hour from the town’s centrally located Purley Railway Station. The amenities of the city are convenient for commuters and those looking to explore its rich arts and shopping culture. Alternatively, explore the neighbouring Surrey countryside for relaxed days in Surrey Hills National Park. Take to the skies with the Surrey Hills Gliding Club, who offer trial lessons and an annual membership for its centre in Purley, located just a few miles from Purley.

Closer to Purley is Kenley Airfield. A historically significant site, Kenley Airfield was identified by English Heritage as the most complete surviving fighter airfield used in the Battle of Britain. Here you can witness air shows and the Kenley Airfield 10K run, which takes budding athletes on a competitive 10 kilometre tour of the grounds.

Things To Do In Purley

Based within close proximity to Croydon and other large surrounding towns mean there is no shortage for things to do in Purley.

Residents will find a number of fantastic independent and chain bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in the area. Black Burgers is the destination for delicious homemade burgers and casual dining, whilst the Buenos Aires Steakhouse, renowned for its Argentine cuisine, can also be found in the towns centre. The Jolly Farmers pub offers a quaint guest house for food and a quiet drink and the Pear Tree is a venue offering delicious food and a place to enjoy live sports.

Purley has enough in the way of sports and fitness venues to keep even the most devoted of fitness fanatics active. Participate in casual or competitive football, rugby or cricket at one of the local competing clubs. Alternatively, get your kicks away from the pitch at one of the local leisure centres or gyms. Purley Pool and Recreation Centre offers both swimming and fitness classes; including spinning and regular gym activities.

Schools In Purley

Purley has many well-regarded schools.

Pre-schools and nurseries include:
  • Purley Day Nursery Ltd
  • Graham Road Pre-school
  • St Marks Nursery Group
Primary schools include:
  • Reedham Park School Limited
  • Beaumont Primary School
  • Westdene Primary School
  • New Valley Primary School
  • Oakwood Catholic School

Secondary schools include:
  • Woodcote High School
  • Thomas More Catholic School
  • Riddlesdown Collegiate
  • The John Fisher School

Transport In Purley

Purley has a wide range of transport links through excellent rail and road connections.

Train links

Purley is located in London’s zone 6. Trains to central London arrive within approximately half an hour and allow residents a quick commute into the capital.

Buses and coaches

Buses operated by TFL run throughout the Croydon borough and further afield into London.


Purley is equidistant from. London Gatwick and London City airports, at 13.5 miles from both. London Heathrow is the third-closest airport, only 17.7 miles away.


With direct access to the A23, residents have a direct route to central London and the South of England.

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