Just a 25-minute commute into central London, Pinner is the perfect town for those who want to enjoy peaceful settings yet still be close to the action. It’s full of history, with a charming medieval high street featuring independent shops and restaurants.
Young families love Pinner, but it’s also becoming increasingly popular with single professionals looking for a stronger sense of community and more green space. Plus, it’s got a strong cafe culture, too and is one the only places in the country that still holds an annual street fair.
In this London guide, we’re spending some time in Pinner to see what it’s like living in this Greater London suburb. So read on and discover everything there is to know, from its homes for rent to all the things to see and do.
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Pinner dates back to medieval times and was originally a hamlet, with the St John Baptist church (the oldest part of the town today) dating back to the 14th century. The town was first recorded as Pinnora.
It wasn’t until the 20th century that Pinner expanded rapidly. Between 1923 and 1939, a series of garden estates and a Metropolitan railway line encouraged more footfall in the area. In 1965, Pinner became part of Greater London.
Who lives there?
Young families have historically flocked to Pinner, snapping up the homes and laying down roots in an area well known for its strong sense of community. Over the years, an increasing number of single professionals have moved to Pinner thanks to its excellent links into central London.
Renting in Pinner
Expect to find everything from one-bedroom properties to large families homes for rent in Pinner. There’s a good mix of Edwardian houses, modern flats and medieval cottages all popping up on the rental market.
A one-bedroom apartment rents for around £1,000 per month, while two-bedroom properties achieve in the region of £1,400 per month. A three-bedroom family home averages £1,750 per month.
Pinner is on the Metropolitan line and offers services to Baker Street in just 25 minutes. There’s also an Overground at Hatch End, which has trains to Euston in a little under 40 minutes. The tube line is in Zone 5, and the Overground line falls under Zone 6.
Taste authentic Italian food from Italy’s 20 regions at Zaza, where you can tuck into a range of pizza and pasta. Sit back and relax in modern interiors, and don’t forget to round your meal up with a scoop of premium imported ice cream.
Sample locally sourced and elegantly presented British and French cuisine at Friends Restaurant. This spot is great for a date with its romantic settings in a Tudor building, so head here to impress and enjoy great food.
The Steak Restaurant
There’s no mistaking what The Steak Restaurant serves up. Head here for a range of cuts that will do wonders for your taste buds, with the menu sourced from the finest single farm-reared beef from around the UK. Our mouths are watering already.
Things to do in Pinner
Harrow Arts Centre
Embrace local culture and community at Harrow Arts Centre, where you can visit a multi-function arts centre that offers plays, ballet, comedy, keep fit classes and children’s theatre clubs. There’s a bit of everything going on here, and it’s bound to keep you entertained.
Pinner High Street
You could visit Pinner High Street just for the charming medieval buildings and scenic settings. But it’s also a great place to shop with independent boutiques and popular restaurants, both chain and family-run.
Pinner Memorial Park
Located in the town centre, Pinner Memorial Park is a great place to go for a scenic stroll and enjoy local nature. It has a duck pond, just in case you feel like feeding the ducks, as well as a cafe, bowling green and an aviary with a flock of budgerigars.
Moving to Pinner
If you’re looking for scenic delights with easy access to the centre of London, then Pinner could just be the place for you. The town is built on community and combines history with modernity. This could easily be a place where you stay for the long term.