For those looking to be a little further away from the city, perhaps seeking larger properties in greener surroundings, this blog highlights the locations that offer a 45 minute commute to London, the types of homes available to buy and reasons why they’re wonderful places to live.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Fastest commute time: 40 minutes to London Charing Cross
Not only is Tunbridge Wells (formally Royal Tunbridge Wells since 1909) a very pretty historic town famed for the Pantiles and iron rich waters, it is also a wonderful place to live surrounded by scenic rolling hills.
Families are particularly attracted to this commuter town for the excellent schools of which there are many extremely highly rated establishments in the area, catering to all ages. There are also three reputable grammar schools; Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar, Tunbridge Wells Grammar for Boys and Skinners for Boys.
Property for sale in Tunbridge Wells includes some beautiful examples of period architecture from all eras. Some of the most desirable properties in the town are the large detached Victorian houses on roads such as Nevill Park, Calverley Park, Camden Park and Hungershall Park.
Fastest commute time: 33 minutes to London Waterloo
The Surrey market town of Epsom is well known for being home to one of the most famous horse races in the world; The Derby, which is at the beginning of June each year.
Epsom is an incredibly desirable place to live in Surrey. It is an idyllic commuter town and has much to offer residents.
As with many towns in Surrey period property is found throughout the town and include fine examples of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture from large detached homes to small and pretty Victorian cottages. There are also a good selection of 1920’s semis and more modern apartments can be found in the town centre.
Commuters can reach London Waterloo and London Victoria stations in under 45 minutes and both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are just a short drive away. There are excellent schools to cater to children of all ages, both state and private. Independent schools in the area include Epsom College and the City of London Freemen’s.
Fastest commute time: 41 minutes to London Paddington
The picturesque riverside town of Henley-on-Thames is popular with its residents for its community, top schools, rowing history, the excellent pubs and cafes and for the life by the river on offer. Whilst it is not possible to travel directly from Henley to London with change or two and the right connections the commute time can be as low as 41 minutes – ideal for those who need to travel into London a few times a week.
Henley-on-Thames is famed for its annual Royal Regatta which attracts some of the world’s top rowers and many spectators over the course of a few days. Rowing is a popular activity in the town year round – there’s even a river and rowing museum.
Henley-on-Thames is located on the edge of the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty residents can enjoy immediate access to beautiful countryside.
The town itself has much to offer its residents; the popular Kenton Theatre and three-screen cinema, the Leander Club and Phyllis Court private members clubs and a plethora of places to eat, drink and shop including many boutiques and independent shops.
Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire
Fastest commute time: 34 minutes to London Marylebone
Princes Risborough is a small town located on the edge of the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town’s residents are quite used to extraordinary visitors stopping by on occasion as the prime ministers country house, Chequers, is located not too far away.
There are a number of useful amenities within Princes Risborough and for a wider selection, Aylesbury and High Wycombe are just a short drive away. There are schools in the area for all ages and the town is within catchment for some of Buckinghamshire’s top grammar schools.
Property in Princes Risborough ranges from period cottages to 1930’s houses located on quiet cul-de-sacs. The nearby village of Monks Risborough and hamlets of Askett and Whiteleaf are very desirable places to live and are just a short drive away.
Fastest commute time: 32 minutes to London Liverpool Street
Chelmsford is an established commuter city in Essex – the excellent transport connections, top schools and beautiful surrounding countryside make it a very popular place to want to live.
Property in Chelmsford is varied in age and style and ranges from modern city centre apartments to grand Georgian houses and Edwardian Villas on the city fringes and in the surrounding villages such as Writtle.
The city is a popular choice with families seeking larger homes outside of London. There are many highly regarded schools in the area including King Edward VI Grammar School and Chelmsford County High School for Girls and local sporting facilities are excellent; there are clubs and sessions run for all types of sports from ice skating to diving.
Stansted airport is just a 20 minute drive away for trips in and out of the UK and the beautiful Hylands Park House and Gardens is on the edge of town. Chelmsford offers a very fast commute into London and an excellent quality of life.
How a property finder can help
These locations are some of our favourites located within the 45 minute commute to London sweetspot – there are around 70 locations in total that offer a similar commute time that might be suited to your requirements. Having you considered asking for advice from a property finder? Our team are experienced in sourcing homes for those who need to commute into London in the various locations within a reasonable distance of the capital.
There are also several locations that offer fast and direct travel options that enable a 30 minute commute to London for those who want to travel for the shortest time possible and for those who need to visit London irregularly there are many areas which offer a 60 minute commute that could work perfectly – the best location depends on lifestyle and preferences.