The drab, dull and lifeless care homes we used to know are gone, paving the way for a shining new era of care services, offering top-class care packages, fantastic facilities and amazing amenities. Choosing a care home from this line-up can be tough, which is why Lottie are on-hand to offer tips and advice, including how to choose the best care home in London.
The UK’s capital city, London is a vibrant hub of activity, lights, noise and sights, with something to amuse and enchant even the pickiest of people. Offering world-class restaurants, fascinating museums and art galleries, open green parks, famous landmarks and exceptional transport connections to areas all around the UK, it’s easy to see why London is so popular with people of all backgrounds and ages. Whether you’d feel at home in the edgy and eclectic east or find your place in the leafy suburbs of the north, we’re sure you’ll find an area – and a care home – to suit your tastes. Given the competitive nature of London living, the cost of care homes in the city can unsurprisingly be a bit pricier, with average fees coming in around £1,200. However, there are always offers and all-inclusive care packages to be found, if you know the right places to look.
So, if you’re after a high quality care home in the capital city, we’ve put together a full list of the best care homes in London. For further inspiration and ideas, check out our full list of London care homes here.
Groveland Park (Berkley Care)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for luxury experiences for an all-inclusive fee
Our first stop is Groveland Park, located in Bexleyheath in South East London, a modern care home surrounded by private gardens, providing residential, dementia, day and respite care. With large en suite bedrooms, spacious communal lounges, cinema room, spa and bar and bistro, Groveland park offers complete care packages for an all-inclusive fee. Rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and holding a top score of 10 from carehome.co.uk, the Groveland Park care team, led by manager Nicola Ireland, strive to make residents feel happy, engaged and well-cared for at all times.
Activities at the home are varied and include zumba lessons, jazz nights, wine tasting sessions, and movie nights, as well as trips to local landmarks, the pub, places of worship and the zoo, all organised by the events and activities team. There’s even a private chauffeur ready to ferry residents to see friends or pop to the shops. Bexleyheath has plenty of shops, eateries, parks and gardens and has great public transport links into the heart of the cit
Residencies From: £1,400 per week
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Sherwood Grange (Care UK)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for day trips and home culture
Luxury care home Sherwood Grange is located in Kingston Vale, South London and provides exceptional quality residential care, in addition to specialist dementia care and sensitive end of life care. Rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and with a high score of 9.7 from carehome.co.uk, residents at Sherwood Grange enjoy a truly varied lifestyle, with plenty of activities and entertainment to keep them busy.
Part of the Care UK group, Sherwood Grange is conveniently located to nearby main roads and there is parking available on-site. The home can cater for up to 59 people in luxury en suite bedrooms, in addition to spacious gardens where residents can grow vegetables and flowers.
The caring and dedicated home team tailor care packages to meet individual needs, wants and requirements and manager Rick ensures that residents’ respect and dignity is always front of mind. Facilities at the home include a cinema, café and hair salon, with regular trips to the theatre, museums, comedy clubs and concerts. Residents are encouraged to make any special requests they might have and staff will do their best to make their dreams to come true.
Residencies From: £1,495 per week
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Kew House (Hallmark Care Homes)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for personalised care and variety of activities
Providing care seekers with a truly luxurious care experience, Kew House in Wimbledon is an outstanding institution offering quality nursing, residential and dementia care. Part of Hallmark Care, with a much-coveted Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission, as well as a top 9+ from carehome.co.uk, Kew House has 81 beautiful bedrooms, as well as a hair salon, café, therapy room and cinema.
The friendly care team, led by manager Yetty, understands perfectly how hard choosing a care home can be, which is why Kew House creates easy-to-understand bespoke care packages. Residents are actively encouraged to lead active lives, enjoy the hobbies they have always loved and form bonds with the community, making new friends along the way. Activities available include Tai Chi, painting, flower arranging and music sessions, as well as special activities for those living with dementia. In our recent UK-wide Care Seekers Survey, one of the first results for the top contributing factor to a good care home culture was ‘activities and experiences – and you’ll find plenty of both at Kew House.
Kew House is well-located to nearby shops, pubs, bars, restaurants and train station in Wimbledon, with main roads nearby offering great transport links into the city and surrounding areas.
Residencies From: £1,630 per week
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Haling Park (Care Concern)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for customer reviews and price
The next stop on our list, Haling Park care home is located in South Croydon. A luxury, private care home, Haling Park is part of the Care Concern group and offers high-quality residential, nursing, dementia and respite care, for an attractive all-inclusive price. Facilities include en suite luxury single bedrooms, fine dining, a hair and beauty salon, cinema and library, as well as relaxing communal areas and private gardens.
Manager Prakash Bundun heads up the experienced care team, who work tirelessly to support residents and create a nurturing, caring environment where each individual can live an independent and fulfilling life. Staff have access to ongoing training to keep their skills and care techniques polished and the activities coordinators regularly organise day trips to local attractions. In fact, in our UK Care Seekers survey, two of the top three desired activities respondents wanted care homes to offer were days out to eateries or the beach with family.
Haling Park has a well-deserved Good rating from the Care Quality Commission and an enviable score of 9.9 from carehome.co.uk. With the shops, dining spots and amenities of Croydon nearby, Haling Park is extremely well-connected by road or rail.
Residencies From: £1,100 per week
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Leah Lodge (Cinnamon Care Collection)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for fine dining
A stunning boutique care home in Blackheath, South London, Cinnamon Care Collection’s Leah Lodge delivers gold standard residential and dementia care, as well as short-term respite and convalescent care. Just minutes away from the A20, the home is easily accessible by road or rail, with bordering Blackheath, Lewisham and Greenwich nearby for shopping, dining and exploring. There’s also an on-site car park for visitors.
The friendly care team at Leah Lodge are on-hand 24/7 to support and care for residents’ every need, including creating a daily activities plan to keep residents busy and entertained. Facilities available are a sociable café-bar, hair salon and nail bar and specialist dementia community and residents can enjoy tasty home-cooked meals, snacks and freshly-baked cakes, courtesy of the stellar catering team.
Activities at Leah Lodge include afternoon tea parties, arts and crafts, baking, puzzles and indoor games, in addition to peaceful alfresco dining and barbecue evenings in good weather. With so much to do, life at Leah Lodge offers something new each and every day.
Residencies From: £1,395 per week
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Coombe Hill Manor (Signature Care Homes)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for facilities and luxury living
Our final stop on the tour of London’s best care homes is at Coombe Hill Manor, a purpose-built care home in Kingston, providing exceptional residential, nursing care and specialist dementia care. There are 94 private studios, one and two-bed deluxes suites, some of which come complete with en suite wetrooms, kitchenettes and private balconies. With outstanding facilities that include a cinema, two outstanding restaurants, spa and therapy suite, a hair salon and a fully equipped library, Coombe Hill Manor are truly passionate about providing expert care in a comfortable, friendly and luxurious environment. The home also has an activity team to take residents for daily events and trips out and organise visiting speakers.
With a coveted ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission, residents’ quality of life and sense of wellbeing is at the core of the Coombe Hill Manor philosophy, demonstrated by a packed activity programme that includes luxurious hand and foot massages and aromatherapy experiences, as well as day trips out to tea shops and cafés in nearby Kingston, quizzes and movie nights. Thanks to the caring and supportive care team, led by experienced management, life at Coombe Hill Manor is tranquil and relaxing, where residents’ lifestyle is the key focus.
Residencies From: £1,570 per week
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