7 magical commuter towns within 1 hour of London so beautiful they belong in a fairytale

With working from home lingering on for many Londoners, commuter towns continue to be on the rise. We leave the hustle and bustle of the city and can enjoy the best of both worlds: working in the office and returning home to a beautiful suburban spot less than an hour away.

From St Albans to Horley, there are an abundance of places outside London, ideal for those seeking a quieter place from city life. Moreover, it is also a huge money saver for many as real estate prices are lower outside the capital.

Do you want to move and try your commute? We’ve put together a list of seven magical towns and villages that are truly beautiful places to live and all within an hour’s commute.

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St Albans

St Albans is known for its beautiful cathedral

Voted the best commuter town for those working in London, pretty St Albans sits proudly in Hertfordshire. The city is also regularly voted one of the happiest places to live and has a beautiful rural setting.

Though fondly referred to as a city, St Albans is actually a city and so beautiful that it replaced Mayfair on a UK edition of Monopoly. Those who live there are treated to incredible Roman ruins, a beautiful cathedral and England’s oldest pub; Ye Olde fighting cocks.

To make this commuter hotspot even more perfect, the train to London St Pancras takes just 20 minutes.

Lower Sunbury

Enjoy a scenic lunch on the River Thames at The Magpie
Enjoy a scenic lunch on the River Thames at The Magpie

Located in the commuter town of Sunbury-on-Thames, magical Lower Sunbury has a lovely village feel right on the waterfront. The main street offers a very different feel to Oxford Street and is full of charming independent shops and cafes.

While the sun is out, commuters can have lunch along the river at popular The Magpie. On weekends, families can enjoy a lovely stroll through the walled garden of Sunbury Park. This place is a total commuter retreat that will really release you from the stress of the city.

Just past Twickenham, Lower Sunbury is just 50 minutes from central London.

High Wycombe

The best thing about these commuter towns is the green

Northwest of London is beautiful High Wycombe in beautiful Buckinghamshire. It’s a really charming area as it has the Chiltern Hills area.

Commuters are treated to plenty of relaxing walking routes to let off steam after a day’s work in the capital. Stroll along the River Wye or meander through the 1,500-acre park that surrounds the local enchanting Hughenden Manor.

After a service in London it often takes about 30 minutes to get back to High Wycombe.


Sevenoaks is home to the magical Knole Park

In neighboring Kent, southeast of London, Sevenoaks is yet another magical commuter town. Not only is it a glorious green belt, but it has also been voted the best place to live in the Southeast.

Sevenoaks is popular for its independent shops, the former home of Winston Churchill, Chartwell, and its first class schools. It also boasts the fantastic National Trust property of Knole Park and House, where herds of deer roam in the wild and locals enjoy walks in the fresh air.

Ideal for commuters, you can catch the train from London Bridge or Charing Cross and be in the beautiful city in just 22 minutes.


Dinton Pastures is a Country Park in Berkshire.  It is home to a great deal of biodiversity and is just a few minutes away from this Berkshire town
Dinton Pastures is a Country Park in Berkshire. It is home to a great deal of biodiversity and is just a few minutes away from this Berkshire town

Woodley, just outside Reading, is a beautiful town listed as one of the best places to live for commuters. Known for its historic contribution to the aviation industry, this town is tucked away in beautiful Berkshire.

You can enjoy walks around Lavells Lake, wander through Dinton Pastures Country Park and explore nearby Lodge Wood. It’s the perfect place to do business in a city with the charm of a quieter, less urban lifestyle. Enjoy rural life with the weekly and monthly markets in the city center and relax in the cozy cafes.

Making Woodley even more attractive makes a quicker commute than from Battersea to Stratford. From Paddington you can travel directly to the city in 45 minutes.

Brookmans Park

Hertfordshire is one of its home countries

Another Hertfordshire entry goes to the magical village of Brookmans Park. And for city workers who enjoy a round of golf on the weekends, this beautiful spot is home to one of the county’s finest golf courses.

You can clear your head and enjoy the wonderful fresh air. Brookmans Park is home to the beautiful Gobion Woods nature reserve. Stroll around the lake, spot the beautiful bluebells and wildlife, and walk away from the stress of city work.

And again, it’s also a quick trip home. You can take a train from Kings Cross to Potters Bar and then a train to Brookmans Park which will take you around 40 minutes.

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Iver is home to many beautiful places

The last magical commuter town on our list is another Buckinghamshire spot, Iver. Located in the 43-square-mile Colne Valley Regional Park, this pretty spot is naturally surrounded by beautiful greenery.

Not only is it home to the legendary Pinewood Studios, but Iver is also close to the fantastic Black Park, which is perfect for a long dog walk. Fun for families, the area is also home to a Go Ape so you can really let off some steam.

In fact, Iver will be on the inbound Elizabeth Line to bring it even closer to town. But it’s also just a 25 minute train ride to London Paddington.

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