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Best Places to Live Near London

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Living in the heart of London isn’t for everyone. Luckily, there are a number of idyllic places to live near London in the capital’s surrounding counties that offer an easy commute into the city. You can enjoy a much more relaxed lifestyle, but still benefit from an abundance of cultural hangouts, green spaces and beautiful properties available on the rental market.

So, if you’re looking for a quieter and more rural area to rent in outside of the capital, we’ve compiled the best places to live near London.

Welwyn Garden City

Welwyn Garden City, one of the best places to live near London

As the town’s name suggests, Welwyn Garden City is a leafy, charming area to the north of London. You can hop on a train and commute to King’s Cross in just 30 minutes. The area’s property market benefits from neo-Georgian houses with large gardens, making it an ideal choice if you’re looking for a rental home with your own outdoor space, but you’ll also find a number of new-build apartments too.

The town has no shortage of beer gardens and outdoor terraces to enjoy over the summer months, including the Italian Terranova with its beautiful lakeside views, the Parisian-inspired Côte Brasserie, and the quaint former hunting lodge Auberge du Lac.


Maidenhead, one of the best places to live near London

With the Chiltern Hills right on the doorstep – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and trains taking you into Paddington in less than 30 minutes, Maidenhead is an excellent choice for renters seeking a greener location without the hassle of a tricky commute. What’s more, London’s newest Tube line, the Elizabeth Line, with soon run right through the station, offering an even quicker route into London.

Maidenhead benefits from both the old and the new, with a nice mix of local pubs (try The Golden Ball and Hand and Flowers) alongside modern eateries like The Waterside Inn and Boulters. The same is true of the area’s property market with many traditional townhouses as well as modern flats (our very own Berkshire House apartments are kitted out with an array of stylish amenities).

High Wycombe

High Wycombe, one of the best places to live near London

Also in the heart of the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire’s High Wycombe is a leafy and peaceful area full of natural charm. There’s more to the area than just its parklands though – you can benefit from a lively town centre with plenty of independent cafés to enjoy brunch or a coffee, including Hatch and Tin Kitchen. Or head to Eden Shopping Centre for some retail therapy.

The area has seen a lot of development over recent years and now offers a mix of old and new, with large Victorian homes alongside luxury apartments to rent. But, best of all, you’ll only be a 25-minute train ride into Marylebone.


Reading, one of the best places to live near London

Thanks to its great transport links (you can be at Paddington in half an hour) and the soon-to-open Elizabeth Line, Reading has become something of a commuter hotspot.

You won’t have to compromise on the buzz of city life by living outside of capital. You’ll find a number of modern apartments popping up right in the town centre, as well as a buzzing high street lined with trendy hangouts (we’d recommend cocktail bar and club, Matchbox, and the Asian-inspired Coconut Bar). If you are looking for some peace and quiet though, Reading is flanked by the River Thames, so there are plenty of scenic running and walking routes to enjoy.


Faversham, one of the best places to live near London

The pretty quayside town of Faversham is the ideal setting if you want to live somewhere loaded with historic charm, without straying too far from London’s commuter belt. Kent’s oldest market town has no shortage of foodie haunts, from the award-winning Mackade food hall to fine dining at Georgian manor house Read’s, not to mention it’s also home to Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame.

The town has an abundance of period buildings alongside modern townhouses, so there are plenty of options available for renters. Although further out than a number of other popular commuter towns, you can get to Stratford in just an hour via the Southeastern Railway or St Pancras in 70 minutes.

Waltham Abbey

Waltham Abbey, one of the best places to live near London

Just a 30-minute commute into Liverpool Street, the Essex town of Waltham Abbey is a popular suburban choice and one of the most favoured places to live near London. With a good pub scene – The Baker’s Arms and The Woodbine will become your locals – and a variety of independent coffee houses, the area certainly doesn’t lack places to relax with a drink at the weekend or hot-desk away from the office.

Surrounded by open countryside, the beautiful Abbey Gardens and Cornmill Meadows offer the perfect running or picnicking spot. Although the area lacks many modern apartments, renters can choose from period properties and town-centre homes.


Berkhamsted, one of the best places to live near London

Nestled in the hills of Hertfordshire and with a pretty canal winding through the centre, Berkhamsted offers the cosy atmosphere of a small town with plenty of picturesque countryside views. You’ll find a mix of traditional Victorian terrace houses, as well as converted apartment blocks on the rental market.

With trains into Euston taking just 30 minutes, the area is perfect if you’re looking to escape the bustle of London, but still enjoy an easy commute and cultural hotspots. There’s a twice-weekly market, the impressive National Trust Ashridge Estate, and numerous local cafés-cum-bars, such as HERE, Fred & Ginger and The Gatsby.


Located 18 miles north-east of Central London, Romford yields numerous modern apartments right in the town centre, making it a commuter hotspot. You can be in Liverpool Street in less than 30 minutes, and the town will soon benefit from the Elizabeth Line too.

For those looking to retain a lively social life without living in the heart of London, the area is known to have a vibrant nightlife scene. There’s also Romford Market street market to enjoy throughout the week, where you can pick up everything from your groceries to fresh flowers.

Best Places to Live Near London

So, if you choose to live outside of London, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to attractive suburban towns within the commuter belt. Where’s your favoured place to live outside of London? Let us know by tweeting @EssLiving. If you’re still considering living in the heart of London though, be sure to read our guides on the best places to live in South London and the best places to live in North London.


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