Hemel Hempstead gets a lot of bad press mainly from people who haven’t been there. But we think the town has a lot going for it. Here are our top 5 reasons to move to Hemel Hempstead.
- Location – Being just 21 miles outside London and train times to Euston as fast as 26 minutes means that Hemel Hempstead is perfectly located. Also, being one of the busier stations on the train route means that nearly all trains will stop here. For drivers, Hemel Hempstead is perfectly located with both the M1 and M25 at the doorstep with the M40 not too far away. Also well located for both Luton and Heathrow airports.
- Traffic – while Hemel is famous for the “magic roundabout”, the traffic in the town is actually very manageable especially compared to other nearby towns such as St Albans.
- Leisure – With a Snow Centre (London’s closest indoor real snow slope), The XC (880 sqm climbing wall), Planet Ice (ice skating) as well as a multi-screen cinema, there are more leisure options than in most towns. In addition, there are also a host of restaurants (chain and independents) as well as a variety of pubs both in Hemel and nearby villages.
- Shopping – Ok let’s be honest, the new town centre is nothing to boast about and unfortunately in line with the general death of the high street. However, the old town still has many independent stores with charm and character.
- Employment – Given the location, the area attracts large companies such as Bourne Leisure (owners of Butlins and Haven), ASOS, Amazon Fulfilment Centre, Sir Robert McAlpine (building and engineering company) and a Next Distribution centre. In particular with growth in online shopping and the multiple businesses with warehouse and logistics operations nearby means that future employment prospects look good.