The Good Life

Who remembers the 70s TV show ‘The Good Life’?  With Tom and Barbara Good, played by Felicity Kendal and Richard Briers and their neighbours, Margot and Jerry Leadbetter played by Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington.  Well… this show was set in the London suburb of Surbiton.  The same suburb that my friend, Saskia lives and I went over there for a visit and a little look around.


It’s a lovely area south west of London – only 15 minutes out of Waterloo Station and is full of shops and restaurants and Saskia lives right near the train station. How lovely is this art deco building?


Surbiton is also right near the river Thames and has a great walking/cycling path the whole way along.


Another famous Londoner, Boy George once made a film clip for one of his earliest songs, Karma Chameleon.  Here is the video just in case you haven’t seen it lately.  It is meant to be set in the deep south of the USA…..

But actually it was filmed right here on the Thames between the suburbs of Surbiton and Kingston on this Turks river boat.  Watch it – it’s terrible!


Ever the tour guide, seriously Saskia, you should look into doing this professionally!  We walked along the river until we hit Kingston which has a fabulous ye oldey worldy village feel about it.  So old in fact that this bridge was built prior to 1293!!!


Here’s the proof.


Just checking out the weekend market in the square.


A lovely part of town and a super tour!

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  1. Where is the Boy George video? I got excited …


  2. Cancel that – it just loaded. 🙂


  3. You’re in my part of the Old Dart now Shell. I was born in Kingston Hospital and grew up near Wimbledon but was living near Weybridge when we left for Oz in 1968.


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