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The pretty commuter town 90 minutes from London once named UK’s happiest place to live

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Leamington Spa is one of the most beautiful towns in the UK – and some say it even gives Bath a run for its money.

The West Midlands town is located less than 90 minutes from London and is home to thousands of students from the University of Warwick.

But Leamington also counts itself as one of Londoners’ best options when it comes to commuter towns – and here’s why.

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In 2017, Rightmove declared Leamington Spa (Leam if you’re local) the happiest place to live in the UK.

Leamington boasts similar architecture to Bath and Cheltenham

Popular among Warwick students, the town is a stone’s throw away from Birmingham and not much further from London – making it one of the best-connected towns for big-city commuters.

The town is located where the rivers Avon and Leam meet and was described in The Daily Telegraph as “affluent, well-tended, neither too big nor too small.”

The crime rate in the area is low, the schools are well-regarded and there are plenty of local jobs if you or those you live with don’t fancy the commuters’ life (hey – it’s not for everyone).

While the obvious selling point is its proximity to Birmingham and London, Leamington Spa’s hidden treasures is the rolling countryside you can reach by just strolling along the riverbank.

The city centre is also boujee as anything you’ll find in West London, with vegan cafes, cute boutiques and even a JoJo Maman Bébé.

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People walking past spectacular flowering trees in Newbold Comyn country park

Highlights of the town include the spa, which isn’t actually a spa anymore but still offers a museum that will teach you all about Leam’s history.

Just across the road, you’ll find Jephson Gardens, where you can discover pram-friendly walks through gorgeous flowerbeds – there’s even a greenhouse full of tropical plants.

Then, if you’re still not tired, head down the river and reach the gorgeous Warwickshire countryside, but make sure you go on a nice day!

If you’re looking for food, Regent Street is the place to go, which is lined with indie eateries – of special note is La Coppola’s Mediterranean cuisine.

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A woman pushes a pushchair past the flowering trees on Newbold Terrace

The student population has kept the pubs in rude health.

For families, The Drawing Board on Newbold Street comes highly recommended.

If you’re into looking at nice houses Lansdowne Crescent will sort you right out.

Leamington is famous for its gleaming townhouses and property-lovers will have oodles to look at while they search out their ideal commuter home.

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