The attractive country town of Sevenoaks is a commuter town situated in West Kent. Set amidst the woods, hills and valleys of the North Downs and originally named after the seven oak trees in the town. With an eclectic blend of shops, restaurants, historical buildings and accommodation, Sevenoaks is ideal for a short break away from it all. The town gives its name to the Sevenoaks District of which it is the principal town, followed by Swanley and Edenbridge.
The presence of Knole House, a large mansion, led to the earlier settlement becoming a village and in the 13th century a market was established. Sevenoaks became part of the modern communications network when one of the earlier turnpikes was opened in the 18th century; the railway was relatively late in reaching it. It has a large commuting population although the nearby Fort Halstead defence installation is a large local employer.
There are several independent educational establishments in the town, including the prestigious Sevenoaks School.