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1. Posted by Eleira (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

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Hello, I just have a quick question for anyone who lives or lived in England. I was just wondering what are some nice, quite, suburban town/cities to live in that are still close to London for convience.

Any suggestions are welcome, thanks for reading -- Eleria

2. Posted by alisonkf (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

Daer Eleria,

Your idea is shared by a very large number of people already living in England who wish to commute to London! This makes the price of buying or renting property within reach of the capital VERY EXPENSIVE. Also the cost of train travel is extremely expensive. However if you wish to try it draw a circle of about 100 kilometres around the city. To the south you will find pricey seaside towns like Brighton, which is full of the same attractions as London or beautiful downland villages full of rich, retired people. To the west things are very crowded and again very expensive. The best bet is to look north to East Anglia where I live. North Essex is popular and within travel distance. Like Suffolk and Norfolk. it is full of old market towns and pretty villages. You will have to run a car unless you choose to live beside the rail station as other public transport is not good. You could look at Colchester or Bury St Edmunds - my local town, or Diss - about as far as you would want to go. This last is a really small town and quiet enough to suit anyone. It has barely changed in the last century.

3. Posted by Eleira (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Wow, I will definetly look into those towns and cites you mentioned. :) Thanks a lot for replying to my thread, and for the information!

4. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

When I was living in London I stayed in Richmond and I cannot rate it highly enough. It borders on London and Surrey but is still on the tube and only about 25 minutes from central London on the overland.
And it's full of great pubs, restaurants, parks and people!!!
Unfortunately all of this means it is a rather expensive part of the UK but definitely worth a try.

5. Posted by j140870 (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

As was mentioned before, everyone in the South East of England is looking for this Utopia. Personally I live in Wimbledon and its nice and there's plenty to do. One place that may be worth looking for if you are looking for something a bit more exciting than East Anglia ( no offence intentioned by it is really quiet ) would be Brighton. At its fastest is just over an hour on the train from South London , you by the sea and its quite laid back. It won't be as cheap as Diss. But thenyou get what you pay for.

6. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 9y

Hi Eleira,
The replies you have had cover all the prospects and problems of living near to London.
It could be worth viewing many of the areas mentioned, and others, on the internet. With some ideas in mind consider coming over for a holiday to spend some time visiting the various areas.
From that you can decide either you have found what and where you want to be or take a short term rental and then explore the various options at leisure.
We all have our own reasons for choosing where we live in the different parts of the country round London, these may not fit with your needs.
Enjoy the search and please do tell us all where you eventually settle.;)

7. Posted by PeteW27 (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

Quoting Eleira

Hello, I just have a quick question for anyone who lives or lived in England. I was just wondering what are some nice, quite, suburban town/cities to live in that are still close to London for convience.

Any suggestions are welcome, thanks for reading -- Eleria

unless you or your parents work in silicon valley there is little chance of you being able to afford to live in or around London. The entire South East and the Home Counties (eg Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, I suppose even Oxfordshire etc) to the near north of the capital are also really expensive. Don't despair though, remember that England is really small so places that are a lot cheaper such as Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield. Manchester and even York are only still 2-2.5hrs hours by train to the centre of London. Lots of English commute from these cities to London every day, despite our rubbish trains (and today, the wrong type of snow!!) Only when you start heading to the stunning South West does London become a bit harder to reach. Go on to the destination guide here, Lonely Planet as well and make your own mind up. Most of all though, have a great experience here in Blighty!

8. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

in london borough:

wimbledon
southfields
richmond
fulham
chelsea
hamstead

outside london but only 30-45 min away:

berkshire county:
windsor
bray
henley on thames

surrey:
reigate

a long with nice comes expensive places to rent and to buy! very green and not so multi cultural or as multi national...thats a very good thing:)

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 8, 2007, at 1:34 PM by oslaue ]

9. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

You didn't mention if price was a problem, but if it is then you might want try www.gumtree.com.
Only problem is you will probably get stuck in a house full of Aussies & Kiwis...

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 8, 2007, at 6:50 PM by ikey ]

10. Posted by Eleira (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Wow, thank you such much for the information! I will into all the towns you have all mentioned. And thanks for reading and replying :)