London Underground: Best Hertfordshire towns to live in for commuters

London is definitely a great place to live with plenty of perks, but for many it is just far too expensive.

Normally the best option for those working in the city is to commute from outside of the capital.

Thanks to Hertfordshire’s close proximity to London there are plenty of great options for those looking to move to our county.

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Towns and cities like Watford, St Albans, Hertford are perfect for commuters because while rent and house prices are cheaper, it also won’t take you too long to travel to and from the city centre.

With many people looking to relocate and change up their lifestyle due to the pandemic, we highly recommend Hertfordshire as a brilliant place to settle down.

These are all the best towns in Hertfordshire for London commuters to live:


Maidenhead Street, Hertford

Average journey time to London: 49 minutes

Average house prices: £510,168 (Zoopla)

Hertford is the county town of Hertfordshire and is a quaint yet lively town.

Whether you like perfect walks around the countryside or a range of pubs, bars and nightclubs in the evenings, Hertford does have it all.

The town is incredibly historic and the first mention of the town is believed to have been in 673AD. By the time of the Domesday Book, the town already had two churches, two markets and three mills.

Today it has fantastic boutique shops and other independent stores, the community spirit is fantastic and you’ll always be able to find the perfect hairdresser.


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The River Lea and historic gazebos near Ware

Average journey time to London: 48 minutes

Average house prices: £491,036 (Zoopla)

Ware lies just east of Hertford and is another stunning town in the county.

The town is only home to around 18,000 people but there’s a great community spirit here and plenty to do.

Ware has its own museum and nearby there is plenty of attractions nearby.

Scott’s Grotto, which was built for John Scott, an 18th Century poet who owned Amwell House is also another fantastic attraction in the town.


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New Watford Market located down the High Street

Average journey time to London: 41 minutes

Average house prices: £434,781 (Zoopla)

Watford is often described as a spillover of north London but it is very much its own town with its own character.

There’s plenty to do here like visiting the nearby Warner Bros. Studios, seeing a show at the Watford Palace Theatre or at Watford Colosseum.

Cassiobury Park provides beautiful walks and settings to enjoy a sunny day all year round and there are plenty of historical buildings to visit including St Mary’s Church which dates back to the 12th Century.

Major developments are set to open in Watford over the next few years including multi-storey building complexes on St Albans road.

Watford also has the London Underground Metropolitan line running to it to help get commuters into the city quickly.

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Rickmansworth high street

Average journey time to London: 23 minutes

Average house prices: £710,365 (Zoopla)

Rickmansworth lies inside the M25, is very close to Watford and also lies a relatively short distance away from Heathrow Airport giving it fantastic transport links.

It also lies at the top of Stocker’s Lake Nature Reserve and the Rickmansworth Aquadrome where you can enjoy idyllic walks, open spaces and the beautiful sights of the lake.

Rickmansworth also enjoys the benefit of being on the Metropolitan line of the London Underground helping to get commuters into the city quickly.

St Albans

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St Albans Museum and Gallery

Average journey time to London: 38 minutes

Average house prices: £585,026 (Zoopla)

St Albans is known for being a stunning city with lots of history and culture.

All year round you can enjoy the sights of the cathedral, the museum, Verulamium Park with the Roman remains and of the Great Gateway of St Albans.

The city has plenty of independent pubs which are all fantastic as well as an array of shops.

A fair few famous celebrities also live here and it’s not hard to see why.


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Harpenden town centre

Average journey time to London: 42 minutes

Average house prices: £880,480 (Zoopla)

Harpenden is known as being one of the most expensive areas to live in Hertfordshire.

The town is filled with fantastic shops, clubs and groups, schools and has lovely green spaces.

While the town may not be suitable for young people just starting out, it’s definitely a place worth considering for families who don’t want to live in but still want to work in London.

If you also like sport it’s the place to be with two cricket clubs, a football club, a golf course, bridle ways for horse riding and plenty of walkways for ramblers.


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The Galleria

Average journey time to London: 34 minutes

Average house prices: £438,129 (Zoopla)

Hatfield was one of the post-war New Towns that was built around London and is home to the University of Hertfordshire.

The town also boasts The Galleria Shopping Centre, which provides all your shopping needs so you don’t need to make journeys to other towns or cities.

You can also enjoy your time at Hatfield House, Hatfield War Memorial, Hatfield Park Farm and De Havilland Aircraft Musuem.

Trains from Hatfield go straight into London Kings Cross station.


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The iconic Cheshunt Old Pond fountain

Average journey time to London: 31 minutes

Average house prices: £406,157 (Zoopla)

Cheshunt lies in the Borough of Broxbourne and is within the London Metropolitan area. It’s actually only 12 miles from central London.

The Old Pond area is home to many local businesses and the pond itself is a real focal point of the town.

Nearby is Lea Valley Regional Park which offers beautiful walks and cycling routes along stretches of rivers and lakes.

There is also a white water rafting centre here as well as a golf course.

Waltham Cross

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Cedars Park

Average journey time to London: 29 minutes

Average house prices: £412,913 (Zoopla)

Lying just on the border of Hertfordshire and Essex is Waltham Cross. It is a suburban former village that grew in size to become a town.

One of the three ornate stone monuments that are still intact can be found here which dates back to the medieval times which were created to commemorate the over-night resting places of the coffin of Eleanor of Castile, wife of King Edward I.

Today Waltham Cross is an incredibly popular place to live and has a great deal of attractions.

It is also located just next to Lea Valley as well as Cedars Park.


Broxbourne’s High Street

Average journey time to London: 33 minutes

Average house prices: £490,996 (Zoopla)

Another popular area close to Cheshunt and Waltham Cross is Broxbourne.

It is well known as being a commuter town and lies just next to the River Lea.

Just west of the town is Paradise Wildlife Park, which is perfect to visit for the whole family and the nearby woodland called Danewood can be enjoyed all year round.


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Hoddesdon Town Centre

Average journey time to London: 36 minutes

Average house prices: £378,188 (Zoopla)

Hoddesdon is a really nice town to consider if you want to commute.

Travelling from Rye House train station to London Liverpool Street only takes 36 minutes.

The town also lies on the Hertfordshire and Essex border meaning attractions in our neighbouring county aren’t far to get to.

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Potters Bar

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Potters Bar high street

Average journey time to London: 29 minutes

Average house prices: £616,818 (Zoopla)

Potters Bar lies just outside of the M25 and has fantastic transport links.

There is also the A1 nearby and the nearest tube station is only two-and-a-half miles away at Cockfosters.

Originally it was a part of Middlesex and dates back to the early 13th Century.

The town has plenty of open spaces to enjoy like Oakmere Park and Morven Park.


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Borehamwood is home to Elstree Film Studios

Average journey time to London: 33 minutes

Average house prices: £479,733 (Zoopla)

Borehamwood lies on the border of Hertfordshire and London.

London buses as well as services from Thameslink connect to town to the city and the A1 and M1 pass very close to the town.

The town is most well known for its multiple film and TV studios like Elstree Studios which is where films like Star Wars have been made.

Notable people like Simon Cowell, Gino D’Acampo and Tim Sherwood have all lived here.


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Stevenage’s town centre

Average journey time to London: 44 minutes

Average house prices: £324,913 (Zoopla)

Stevenage is best known for being the first ever New Town after World War Two. Despite mass opposition to the plans, the New Town was created.

Today the town is undergoing major redevelopment to help create a new look town centre as well as bringing more housing to the area.

You will never be stuck for anything to do as there is nearby Knebworth House, Stevenage Museum, Fairlands Valley Park and more attractions to visit.

Bishop’s Stortford

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Bishop’s Stortford has plenty of character

Average journey time to London: 46 minutes

Average house prices: £492,782 (Zoopla)

Bishop’s Stortford is often confused for being in Essex, but it’s definitely in Hertfordshire.

The historic market town was originally a Roman settlement and at the time of the Domesday Book, it had a population of 120.

As well as being close to London, the town is very close to Stansted Airport, the M11 and the A120.

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