Aside from the collection of stylish shopping facilities on Esher High Street, there are hotels, pubs, restaurants, night clubs, cinemas, and theatres.
The town is also within easy reach of three golf courses – Esher golf club, Thames Ditton, and Moore Place. There are also two lawn tennis clubs located nearby, along with a popular bowling club. Sandown Park Racecourse is situated locally, as well as a dry-ski slope, health club, go-kart track, a snooker club, among other recreational facilities.
If sport is not your thing, then you should check out Hampton Court Palace and Gardens or Claremont Landscape Garden - a beautiful eighteenth century garden now owned by the National Trust. Arbrook Lane and Esher Common are also attractive places to visit.
Esher, which gets its name from the old Saxon Aisselai, has a long and colorful history with strong royal links. Queen Victoria regularly visited Esher and owned a lot of land in the area, including Claremont Park. She honoured the town by gifting it a drinking fountain, which is still located on the High Street. The Bear public house, which still exists today, was formerly a royal hunting lodge which played host to King Charles II, William of Orange and Lord Nelson.
The annual rate of council tax varies and is dependant on the valuation band, which is determined by the value of the property and the current rates for the local council. Esher is represented by Elmbridge Borough Council.
The nearest local hospital to Esher is Kingston Hospital in Kingston upon Thames.