Top Commuter Towns for London
Where to move to from London?
Following 2020’s London exodus, moving out of the capital still seems to be a popular option in 2021. Even as we head out of the pandemic, flexible and remote working is here to stay and is a realistic option for the majority of office workers. Families are most keen to escape the city with the pull of bigger houses and more outdoor space. But where should you move to? The majority of movers will still have to factor in commutability, so we looked at our favourite hotspots with good access to the capital.
Surrey has long been a favourite for commuters, it not only has excellent transport links but it also boasts the open green spaces many people crave when moving out of the capital. Guildford is the county town of Surrey and it is also it’s largest. It sits only 27 miles from London and has fantastic train links into London Waterloo. If you aren’t quite ready for the full rural lifestyle, Guildford is a great middle ground. The pretty cobbled streets of the town centre has all your high street chains as well as independent stores, artisan shops and luxury boutiques. It is a firm favourite with families and you can be sure to find some fantastic schools with a number of reputable independent schools and the renowned Charterhouse School only 20 minutes away.
Brighton, East Sussex
More recently dubbed “London on Sea”, Brighton is a cosmopolitan community bursting with character. The mix of Regency, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture reflect the city’s rich history and it’s seaside location has made Brighton an increasingly popular location for London movers. It is just an hour by train to London and for those travelling further afield it is only 35 minutes to Gatwick Airport. The area is perfect for both young professionals and families. It has a very lively night life and there is no shortage of excellent restaurant, pubs and cafes. The city is surrounded by the East Sussex countryside and the South Downs National Park. There is also no shortage of excellent schools with a number of both state and privately run schooling. If you are looking for an area full of character but with a chilled out seaside feel then look no further.
St Albans, Hertfordshire
Named after Britain’s first saint, St Albans is often featured as the top place to commute to from London. It is a town rich in history surrounded by beautiful countryside, but only 20 minutes from London St Pancras. If you have a demanding job and need close proximity to the capital but are still after a quieter life, St Albans might be the answer! You will find all the usual high street stores as well as independent shops and boutiques. There are also plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants surrounding the stunning cathedral, dating back to 1077, right at the heart of the town. The area has a beautiful range of homes from 16th Century cottages, Victorian Villas and modern new build homes…. and everything in-between.
Wherever you are thinking of moving to, call Clockwork today for a free quotation.