Thames Ditton is justifiably proud of its mix of independent shops which offer something different and exciting from the mundane and predictable offerings of the nationwide chains which dominate our towns and cities.  We are a must-visit destination for our bridal couturiers, gift and homeware shops but, just as important, our High Street is home to a quality, but sensibly priced, independent supermarket plus greengrocers, Post Office/newsagents, bakers, delicatessen and chemist all within easy reach so locals can walk to the shops for their daily and weekly ‘essentials’.  However, for visitors to our village, the Ashley Road Car Park, a few minutes away from the High Street, is a fraction of the price of those in the larger shopping centres.