After over 20 years in London, my husband and our young family are on the move. Due to my husband’s work (Stourbridge and along the M40 corridor) we have been looking in Buckinghamshire but have no idea where to settle. We’ve looked at Beaconsfield and surrounding areas such as Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St Peters and I’m struggling a little to understand what live would be like in these areas.
We’re obviously looking for more green space but also cafes, parks, bars, restaurants, kids activities, schools and a cosmopolitan feel. Can anyone recommend nice areas to look at and give me an insight into how life has changed from London to Bucks life…
Any advice would be appreciated.
All those areas are lovely! The smaller towns and villages are all surrounded by bigger ones with great restaurants, shops etc. These include Amersham, Beaconsfield and Gerrards cross. All the surrounding areas are great, pretty, lovely community feel etc. So I don’t think you can go wrong. Schools are great too. I grew up around there and am now moving back with my own family for the same reasons as you. We’re probably going to move to Chalfont St Peter. Good luck!
We made the move to Beaconsfield from London two years ago. I was so nervous that I wasn’t going to make any friends and that I would be bored. Honestly couldn’t be further from the truth. We’ve made a massive network of friends via school and nursery. The NCT here is very active with coffee once a week and other events. Plus as it’s a small place, you see the same faces at the classes etc.
Most people are ex London so everyone is up for making new friends.
At the weekends there are lots of local kids activities plus lovely walks and lots of restaurants.
The main drawback is that it’s less diverse (almost everyone is middle class, affluent and white) and it doesn’t feel as “edgy” as London in terms of cool places to go at night etc. That said we have never looked back. The schools are brilliant and it’s a really friendly community.