Cheam is to the far west of the London Borough of Sutton, bordered on the south by Banstead and the west by Ewell, both of which are in Surrey.
Cheam has its own railway station, which provides links to London Victoria, Horsham, Epsom and Dorking.
Cheam is well blessed with open spaces with Cheam Park and Cheam Recreation Ground close to the village and adjoining Nonsuch Park and two golf courses. The recreation ground has a bowling green, children's play areas, and tennis courts.
Whitehall is a part of 15th Century cottage, extended in Victorian times, now owned by the local authority and partly subsided by The Friends of Whitehall. It was once used as Cheam School and is now a modern museum with a tearoom, which serves cakes, tea and coffee made by the Friends.
Cheam has a modern library built close to the war memorial.
While the northern part are mainly inter-war semi-detached and terraced houses with small gardens, the majority of the south is large detached houses with large gardens, some of which are in the green belt.
Cheam has three schools: Cheam High School, St Dustan's C of E Primary School and a private school, Glaisdale.
There are 9,695 residents in Cheam.