Welcome to Watford – the town with something for everyone.
If you already live in Watford, then you already know what a great place it is to live. However, if you are new to the area then you may be surprised to learn just how much Watford has to offer, so here are a few pointers to get you started.
If you work in London, then Watford Junction Station offers a fast and frequent service to Euston which takes only 20 minutes. If you prefer, the Metropolitan line station takes you in to Baker Streets via Harrow on the Hill and Finchley Road. There are currently plans to link the Met Line with Watford Junction Station, improving transport links with the western side of Watford including Watford General Hospital, Vicarage Road stadium, and Watford and Croxley Business Parks.
If you travel regularly by car, then there is easy access to the M1, the M25 and the A41. And for those of you who travel further afield, for work or leisure, then Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stanstead airports are all easily accessible by car.
When you are not working you will find the countryside on your doorstep. You only have to travel a few miles out of Watford to be in the beautiful, local countryside of Hertfordshire and the Chilterns, where you will find pretty local villages with their picturesque churches, cricket on the green, and excellent country pubs. Watford too has lots of green open spaces including Cassiobury Park, the Grand Union Canal and Whippendell Woods, as well as many other gardens and parks around town.
The shop-a-holics amongst you will not be disappointed with the excellent variety of shops to be found in the Harlequin Shopping Centre. The Harlequin opened in 1992, and quickly established itself as the premiere shopping centre for miles around. Household names including John Lewis, M&S, BHS, Next and River Island may be found alongside an abundance of places to eat, or to enjoy a coffee between purchases.
If you have any energy after all that shopping, Watford also offers thriving night life with several night clubs, bars and restaurants.
For those of you that have school age children, there are several highly regarded schools in the area, including Watford Grammar Schools for Boys and Girls, Parmiters, Nascot Wood, Cassiobury and Knutsford, to name a few. For older students, West Herts College recently opened a new multi million pound complex near the town hall, offering a wide array of courses to students including catering, IT and electronics.
Of course we couldn’t talk about Watford without mentioning Watford Football Club, located on Vicarage Road, where it has been based since 1922. Famously, Elton John was chairman for several years, and football stars of the past including Luther Blissett and John Barnes have delighted the crowds at Vicarage Road in previous years. Vicarage Road is also home to Saracens Rugby Club who enjoyed a magnificent season in 2010/2011 finishing as premiership champions.
If you prefer a little culture, Watford Palace hosts a variety of performances throughout the year including the obligatory Christmas Pantomime. The brand new colloseum has recently opened adjacent to Watford town hall, with a mouth watering selection of shows including the BBC Concert Orchestra, The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, and Cinderella on Ice.
Another recent addition to the Watford skyline is the recently opened Watford Leisure centre, also located adjacent to Watford Town Hall.
Finally Watford is home to ‘The Grove’, London’s country estate. The Grove is a world famous country house hotel, championship golf course and spa. Choose from a choice of three restaurants, enjoy a round of gold, or indulge in some serious pampering in the award winning spa.
Watford is undoubtedly a fantastic place to live, close to London, but also close to the countryside.
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