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DEAL in Kent, 80 mins by train from St Pancras with loads of creative / social hubs and fresh sea air : http://www.kent-life.co.uk/out-about/places/a-town-guide-to-deal-1-4928907
JamesOctober 13, 2017 at 10:23 am in reply to: HighSpeed Trains from St.Pancras or Stratford on Folkestone/Dover/Sandwich line #18925
I commute to Deal so rarely get the 17:07 & 18:07 but I would suspect they are similar to the Sandwich services. It does empty slightly at Ebbsfleet and then after stopping at Ashford there are usually empty seats and it becomes a more relaxing journey. There are rumours that an announcement on extra carriages could come early next year allowing extra capacity on the route.October 12, 2017 at 3:13 pm in reply to: HighSpeed Trains from St.Pancras or Stratford on Folkestone/Dover/Sandwich line #18923
The 16:37 isn’t too bad and the 17:37 has an additional 6 carriages but the 18:37 is ridiculously busy and very overcrowded.
Definitely Deal or Whitstable.
DEAL in Kent is the answer. ‘High Street of the Year’ and ‘UK top coastal town’, very affordable and incredibly friendly community and linked to London via HS1. Let me know if you need any further info 🙂
Have a look at DEAL in Kent. Great beaches, high street of the year, excellent pubs and leisure facilities and all day HS1 rail services start in January 2015.
JamesOctober 6, 2014 at 11:42 am in reply to: Any advice of where to live – spent whole life in London #12194
Hi Jo, I would suggest having a look at Deal in Kent. Property prices are much lower than London, the town will be served by all day HS1 services from Jan 2015, the area is very much up and coming and who doesn’t like living by the seaside 🙂
Whitstable certainly fits the bill but if you want a bit more for your money and potential for a great investment I would suggest looking at Deal.
I commute weekdays and it’s an 80 minute journey on HS1. The town is seeing significant renaissance at the moment and has a burgeoning creative arts scene.
I work in Farringdon which is either a 15 min walk from St Pancras or one stop via Thameslink/underground. Direct HS trains from DEAL in the morning are 05.58, 06.24, 06.58, 07.28 and coming back 16:40, 17.42, 18:42, 23.12.
I always get a seat in the morning. The HS trains are very good compared to mainline but on the few occasions there are delays or weather problems it often turns into a nightmare journey, I have some great stories and the delays are usually shared with thousands of other Kent commuters! I am sure you know Southeastern have a bit of a reputation on that front.
I finish work at 6pm, so have plenty of time to get to St Pancras for the 18:42 and I am home in DEAL at 8pm (through the door at 8.10pm). It’s a long day I won’t kid you, but you get used to it and I quite like having some time on the train to just chill out reading or listening to music.
Very happy to answer any questions, so fire away.. I am also on Twitter @hsdeal
I live in Deal and commute daily to Central London on HS1. There are currently four peak direct trains that serve Deal in the morning and four in the evening. From January 2015 there will be a full service with two trains every hour, every day.
Deal is quiet and can’t compete with the city lifestyle, but to be honest that’s why people love the place. There are plenty of 30 somethings and a vibrant art and social scene which has recently rapidly increased with ‘down from London’ types.
I don’t know if you would find it too quiet, but personally I think working in London and living in Deal really is the best of both worlds and with a full HS1 service there is no reason why you can’t maintain your London social circle.
Hope this helps,
Hi, I live in Deal and commute daily to Central London on HS1. It takes 80mins and from January we will be getting an all day service. There is also a new daily coach service which goes to Canary Wharf (http://www.commutebycoach.com/). I think you would love Deal so I hope you are able arrange a visit. All the best with your search.
I would consider Deal as it has a nice beach, very good high street and schools. Here is an article on Deal & Sandwich in the Evening Standard when HS1 started stopping there: http://sites.google.com/site/hsdealfiles/CommuterWatch_Deal_Sandwich.pdf
I commute daily to London from Deal (east Kent coast) which takes 80mins on HS1. Deal house prices are very affordable and the town has great amenities and a very strong community.July 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm in reply to: Where to go in reach of London – inspiration required #5650
Just a suggestion: Deal in Kent,
Feels like a million miles from London, terrific coastal views, great town and lots of rural countryside surrounding it. Super train link to London with HS1 now stopping there.
I would concentrate your search around Deal which has a much better quality of life and some good primary schools. You might have to make some compromises with your budget but Deal certainly has an abundance of character property.