Over the last few months, Londoner’s have enjoyed city life with less noise, traffic pollution and crowds and families have been embracing a more outdoor, healthier lifestyle. Many home movers are looking further afield for the extra room they crave, and customer enquiries about UK relocations have boomed at Burke and Wills.
If you’re thinking about a move out of central London for somewhere greener and less crowded, here are the top 3 relocation destinations south Londoners are heading…
1. Guildford, Surrey
For those looking to make a move out of the city but stay in easy reach of central London, the pretty cathedral town of Guildford is a popular destination for many of our London clients.
Set in the Surrey countryside, it has everything to keep commuters content – a bustling high street, excellent schools and good transport links. Train’s from Guildford take around 35 minutes to Waterloo, and you can quickly drive up the A3 into London to visit friends and family for the day.
There is plenty of choice for eating out in Guildford too, with lots of popular high street chain restaurants, upmarket chains and country pubs serving great food in the villages around Guildford. The pretty cobbled high street has a range of shops from High Street and a trip to London’s West End isn’t out of the question either.
For the sporty member’s of the family, there is plenty of outdoor space, sports centres and the Surrey Hills is known as a centre for mountain biking.
2. Brighton & Hove, West Sussex
The seaside town of Brighton and Hove is the ideal location if you are looking to replicate the cosmopolitan atmosphere of London.
Brighton has a flourishing arts scene, and a lively nightlife with independent cafes, bars and restaurants. In contrast, the quieter Hove has a wealth of attractive period housing stock to choose from – from Regency townhouses to candy-coloured cottages. Good schools and spacious parks are dotted around the city, and the stunning South Downs ANOB is just a few miles away.
The famous seafront is enjoying a regeneration, with a new lido, sea wall and promenade planned. And trendy member’s club Soho House is tipped to open its latest outpost in the terraces above the old aquarium.
3. Bath, Somerset
For a more sedate pace of life, the city of Bath is attracting attention post-lockdown. With it’s open spaces and majestic Georgina townhouse, the spa town is proving to be a haven for stressed-out Londoners.
Located by the River Avon in Somerset, Bath’s heritage goes back to as far as the Roman times. Still, it’s popularity grew in the Georgian era, which led to the iconic stone terraces and crescents that are synonymous with the city. As a city, Bath is small and compact with all amenities within easy walking distance; from the famous Roman Baths to the city’s main shopping arcade – The Corridor.
Train services run every half an hour from Bath Spa station to London Paddington. While it takes a leisurely 90 minutes to reach the capital, it takes just 15 minutes by train from Bath to Bristol. The M4 provides direct links to London, and the M5 takes you to Birmingham in the north and Devon and Cornwall to the south.
If you’re planning a move to Guildford, Brighton & Hove or Bath please give us a call today.