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Living in Kings Langley, WD4

18th July 2016

Conveniently appointed a little over 20 miles from Central London, this notable town in Hertfordshire is distinguished for its history and charm and now has a new title under its belt as one of London’s prime commuter belts.

Perfect for first-time buyers, families and investors, Kings Langley has something for every need and its reputation as a property hotspot is only going to continue to climb.

History

This suburban village in Hertfordshire saw an exciting discovery in early 1980, as the remains of an original villa from the Roman settlement was found when building a new development of houses. Kings Langley is also known for its history involving the Domesday community. In more recent history, this village also used to be the location of the covert HQ for the Polish Underground State in the Second World War.

The nation’s favourite comforting bedtime drink Ovaltine also has ties with Kings Langley as the town was home to the site of the factory which made it. The factory has since been converted into a new housing development but the listed factory façade still remains today.

Food and Drink

The Rose and Crown

For a slice of traditional English country dining, this intimate pub is the perfect option. Complete with charming wooden beams, cosy open fires and a lip-smacking menu, The Rose and Crown is the go-to place amongst the locals and never fails to maintain its reputation as a family favourite.

Oscars Pizza Co. Ltd

A trip to this scrumptious pizzeria will guarantee rustic Italian food, funky décor and the option to sit out on the charming decked terrace, what more could you want on pizza night? The menu boasts fresh food which will offer diners a true taste of Sicily and guarantees a memorable and rustic dining experience.

The Unicorn

Perfectly appointed for an after work pit-stop, just 800 yards away from Kings Langley, this charming pub will offer nothing but a traditional English experience. Comprising classic décor including open fires and large cosy sofas, customers can enjoy a warm atmosphere, hearty food and even listen to live bands on a Saturday night.

Dalling and Co.

Serving everything from buttery pastries and creamy lattes to tongue-tantalising tapas, this café come delicatessen is by far a favourite amongst the locals in Kings Langley. They say that you can judge the standard of a restaurant by how busy it is, and you can guarantee that this little gem is always buzzing.

Fred and Ginger Coffee

This quaint, independent coffee shop is the ideal place for a laidback lunch with friends, complete with comfort and flavour. While you are there, it would be rude not to sample the most famous brownie in town.

Shopping

The Maltings in St Albans

Situated just a 17 minute drive from Kings Langley, this shopping centre is popular for a reason. Full to the brim with everyone’s favourite shopping hotspots including Pandora, Benefit, Kurt Geiger and Oliver Bonas. An array of eateries such as Jamie’s Italian and Costa are at the ready for when you need a well-deserved break from all that shopping.

Intu Shopping Centre in Watford

Formerly known as Harlequin Shopping Centre, featuring High Street favourites around every corner including Topshop, Zara and Karen Millen, in addition to being just a five minute train journey away from Kings Langley, this mall is a true shopper’s paradise. It is only natural to work up an appetite after strolling around the shops, so why not refuel with a trip to one of the many restaurants. Your little ones can also be kept entertained here as there are always exciting events being held, such as magical story-telling, baking and tiara making!

Entertainment and Culture

The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studio

It would be unfair to make a guide about Kings Langley and not mention this Harry Potter studios tour, as it is one thing that is on everyone’s bucket list. Upon your visit, explore the soundstages, the original sets and even get the chance to take a look at some of the magical props and artefacts from the films. While you’re there, it would be rude not to try a cup of famous Butterbeer. Visiting the gift shop is a must as you can bag yourself an iconic Gryffindor Polo Shirt and even your very own wand! Only a short five minute train journey to Watford Junction station, residents in Kings Langley can experience the Hogwarts magic in no time at all.

The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead

If you are stuck for things to do with the kids at the weekends, then this snow centre is the solution. Prized for its facilities, this venue is home to the biggest indoor lesson slope in the country! Plus, there is also the chance to participate in various ski courses, the perfect way to keep children occupied during the school holidays.

Delta Force Paintball

Paintballers will have the chance to experience four different paintball courses, each one as exhilarating as the next, and navigate themselves around obstacles, including a two-storey fortress and a tricky speedball arena, the excitement never ends!

Langleybury Children’s Farm

Revel in an abundance of barnyard activities with the kids at the charming children’s farm; enjoy the company of your favourite farm animals, from sheep to geese and do not forget to pay a visit to the farm’s prized old age pony, Gemma. The addition of the children’s playground, bouncy castle and picnic area will turn your visit into a memorable day.

Green Space

Primrose Playing Fields

This leafy park is an ideal spot to stretch your legs, take the dog for a walk and enjoy the fresh air. The children’s play area guarantees to entertain the little ones, plus this park is even home to the Chipperfield Corinthians Youth Football Club, so why not head on over there to cheer them on!

Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead

Less than a 15 minute drive away from Kings Langley, this park is most definitely worth a visit. Offering an abundance of charming activities, including a bowling green, crazy golf, a skate park and much more, a trip to this luscious green space is always worth it. In addition, various events are held here every year, including atmospheric park runs which will without a doubt encourage you to take those running shoes for a spin.    

Health and Fitness

Sportspace Kings Langley

One of the best ways to get motivation for kick-starting your health and fitness goals is to be part of a community and find others with the same interests as you. The Sportspace Team in Kings Langley is responsible for holding an array of different classes and activities, suitable for all ages, across various convenient local locations. Activities include everything from swimming at Kings Langley School Pool to Pilates at Kings Langley Parish Hall.

Education

Kings Langley is home to a plethora of education establishments, making it a great place for families to settle. Schools and colleges in the area include:

Rudolf Steiner School

Kings Langley Secondary School

Herfordshire University

Local Council

Dacorum Borough Council

Getting Here

By Rail

Residents from Kings Langley strongly benefit from excellent transport links into London, making it a new prime hotspot for commuters. Kings Langley main station provides direct services into London Euston every half an hour, in just 27 minutes.

There are also exceptional connections to the north of the country, with reliable rush-hour services towards Birmingham New Street and Coventry. In addition, other local destinations are also conveniently accessible from Kings Langley station, with Hemel Hempstead reachable in 6 minutes and Watford Junction in just 4 minutes.

By Road

Frequent travellers benefit from this location’s convenient proximity to London’s airports, with Luton Airport just a 19 minute drive away and Heathrow Airport just a 25 minute car journey away. Kings Langley also has great road connectivity to the rest of the country as main roads including the M25 are just two minutes away.  

Property Available

Pinnacle House

Galliard Homes is proud to introduce Pinnacle House to Kings Langley, a fantastic new development comprising an assortment of impressive apartments, featuring a contemporary design and hi-tech facilities, which will provide nothing more than the utmost comfort and affordable elegance.

In addition to the outstanding specification, this development will boast an excellent location just a two minute walk away from Kings Langley station, meaning that an apartment in Pinnacle House would be ideal for commuters who want to escape London prices, but still want a convenient journey into the city.

For further information about Pinnacle House, please click here to view the development on the Galliard Homes website. 


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