The Herts areas everyone thinks are London – but most definitely aren’t

It’s no secret that our nice county is inside touching distance to the capital.

But regardless of the odd Tube station and a few steep home costs, our cities and villages are nonetheless very a lot part of Hertfordshire.

Those people who are unfamiliar with Herts could all too shortly lump within the likes of Watford and Borehamwood with London but we’re right here to dispel the myths and say why that is utterly and totally mistaken.

The borders certainty do not lie, so right here are 5 areas that some assume are in London but most definitely aren’t.

Borehamwood and Elstree

If you are an avid movie or TV fan then it is possible that not less than certainly one of your favourites has been filmed in Borehamwood and Elstree.

After all, the world is house to the well-known Elstree Studios and sightings of A-checklist celebs is commonplace.

But regardless of the world being simply north of Barnet, Harrow and the suburban Edgware it is not, you have guessed it, in London.

The borough of Hertsmere can also be house to one of many UK’s quickest-rising Jewish communities.

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In the 2011 Census – the most latest obtainable till it updates this yr – Hertsmere was house to between 14,000 and 15,000 Jewish males, ladies and kids. It’s estimated that this quantity is actually increased now.

Many Jews have moved to the world from numerous locations comparable to Edgware, Stanmore, Hendon and Hackney resulting from being priced out of the capital.

Properties in Borehamwood had an total common value of £514,773 during the last yr, in line with Rightmove.

London costs, positive, but its location is firmly right here in Hertfordshire.


Watford underground

This might be the most hotly contested city for anybody dwelling outdoors of Herts.

You would assume that, naturally, if an Underground Tube station could be discovered someplace then that place could be in London.

That would merely be too apparent.

Watford is the final cease on the Metropolitan’s department line and is in Zone 7 of the London Underground map.

But it’s extremely a lot a part of Hertfordshire – simply ask the locals.

The city additionally has plenty of different stations – together with Watford Junction and Watford High Street – which make the world a profitable one.

It could possibly be argued the world has morphed into one thing akin to a London over-spill city and the home costs replicate that to a point.

After all, properties there had an total common value of £434,940 during the last yr, in line with Rightmove. Sold costs in Watford during the last yr have been six per cent up on the earlier yr and 6 per cent up on the 2018 peak of £411,981.

But Watford makes up one of many county’s 10 boroughs and falls very a lot contained in the Herts border. No questions requested.

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Don’t say to anybody from Cheshunt that they are virtually Londerners.

The city – which is house to some 44,000 individuals – could lie solely inside the London Metropolitan Area and Greater London Urban Area, but it is really an formally recognised city with a Hertfordshire postcode.

Concrete proof, no?

Rewind the clock to 1957 and Chesunt’s destiny may’ve been solely completely different.

The city was deliberate to be merged in with the London Borough of Enfield as a part of a authorities assessment into how London was ruled.

The plan was finally dropped although and Cheshunt remained a part of Hertfordshire, because it does to today.


Rickmansworth is a part of Zone 7 and boasts one of many few underground stations outdoors of London.

The station is served by trains on the Metropolitan line to Amersham and to Chesham from Baker Street so proves well-liked with each commuters and locals. That’s in a pre-pandemic world, anyway.

And should you want a glimpse into simply how shut the city is to London then take a look at these home costs (and check out to not whimper).

According to Rightmove, properties in Rickmansworth had an total common value of £717,143 during the last yr.

Yes, you learn that proper. We’re nonetheless proud to name it Herts regardless of it costing an arm and a leg to maneuver there.

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A village with a Tube station. An unlikely combo, we’ll admit, but one we’re pleased with nonetheless.

Chorleywood is a part of the Three Rivers District and residential to simply over 11,000 individuals.

Maybe Londerners have tried to say it as a result of, in a 2004 a examine by The Social Disadvantage Research Centre on the University of Oxford, Chorleywood was named because the “happiest place” to dwell within the UK.

It additionally ranks low on deprivation ranges and is well-liked amongst locals.

And it might simply be 20 miles northwest of Charing Cross but its roots lie firmly in Herts – nothing will change that.

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