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Village near London?

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Village near London?

Hi all, I'm thinking about spending a month in England next Christmas and would like to stay in a little village/town that has reasonable access to London (say an hour by train). I think I would like to stay north of London - but not fixed on that. Any suggestions?

Many thanks - Mae (Australia)

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1. Re: Village near London?

Your thinking behind about staying north of London would help. If it was to allow you to go north for some trips that is relevant as the rail network is constructed in such a way that you might have to travel south into London to then go North. Having a sense for how often you plan on going into London will help as some routes are much easier than others.

Placing you in a spot will easier with a sense for how much travelling you plan on whilst here?

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2. Re: Village near London?

Bit too broad a question. Do you mean you want to stay there the whole month? If so, you certainly want a small town that has shops, restaurants etc., and self-catering accommodation.

Are you here for work? Do you need to go into London every day (if so, where?)

I infer from your question you're looking for somewhere attractive, peaceful and generally unlike London, but you need to talk us through what you want before we can narrow down the hundreds of possibilities!

Edited: 2:32 am, February 01, 2018
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3. Re: Village near London?

A couple to consider, Ely and Stamford. Ely has a direct train service into London, 1hr 15min, and is on the East West rail line Norwich - Peterborough, and services to Birmingham, including Leicester and Stansted. Stamford also lies on this East West line, London 1hr 45min via Peterborough..Peterborough is a major station on the London-North East & Scotland main line.

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4. Re: Village near London?

Have a look at Winchester, West of London - its beautiful, has a Christmas market and has easy commuter access to London by train.

Otherwise just North of Greater London you might like to stay near Elstree & Borehamwood train station. Famous for its film studios and a lovely Jewish community. It still feels very much like part of London but without the London prices.

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5. Re: Village near London?

Just to the north of London are towns such as Welwyn Garden City, Hertford and St Albans all with good rail links to central London and just under an hour or so travel time.

You might want to look at those areas. Small villages will have less good public transport links.

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6. Re: Village near London?

Towns and villages with a railway station and within an hour from London are mostly commuter towns/villages. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but something to be aware of. They are not always tourist places. Winchester is one exception in that it is both a commuter city and good for tourists.

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7. Re: Village near London?

It depends if you want a “ little village “ or a town.

Little villages are unlikely to have rail stations.

Let us know a little bit more about what you are looking for so we could give better advice.

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8. Re: Village near London?

Revisting this question I concur with other posters above that this is too broad a question to answer in any sensible fashion. You will just get lists of English towns that individuals prefer. You need to provide more information about your reasoning and purpose of trip for us to help.

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9. Re: Village near London?

St Albans is a city with its Cathedral and Roman remains not quite a village or a small town, Harpendon one train along the Thameslink line has more of a small town vibe, only about 30minutes from central London.

I do agree more information would be good.

Edited: 4:51 am, February 01, 2018
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10. Re: Village near London?

It does go to show the problem though some places that people have suggested like Ely, Winchester and St Albans are historically intresting with Cathedrals and quaint buildings, they are smaller than London but are not in themselves small towns/villages.

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