Harlow, a new town with some pretty, outer-lying villages, is located in the west of Essex, not far from Hertfordshire. It is a wider commuter belt town, which is home to a hive of cultural activity.
If shopping is one of your preferred pastimes, then Harlow could be the perfect location for you. The Harvey Centre and Water Gardens are two large shopping centres, containing the major high street retailers. Even better, the area surrounding these shopping centres is completely pedestrianised, allowing you to roam around freely. Harlow town centre is also home to its own market, which occurs four times a week, with Monday’s bric-a-brac proving particularly popular with locals and visitors alike.
For those visiting Harlow, the Harlow Playhouse is a particular treat. It’s the region's prime entertainment venue, positioned in the heart of the town. Here, anything from live music, dance, comedy and even an annual pantomime is held. If you’re not quite the culture vulture and prefer your open spaces, then Harlow is also great. A third of the borough of Harlow is comprised of parkland or green spaces, and contains the Harlow Town Park, one of the largest urban parks in Britain. This park, which is over 50 years old, contains a skate park, adventure playground, paddling pool and even a pet’s corner!
Harlow’s winning combination of being a cultural hotspot, having a multitude of beautiful open spaces and not being too far from London means that more and more people are choosing to migrate to the area. Not many people are aware just how close Harlow is to the capital, a mere 30 minute commute from Harlow Town to Central London. This means the area is popular with those commuters who wish to get more property for their money whilst remaining close to where they work. This popularity has meant that average prices have risen by over 3% in the past year, bringing the average property price to around £500,000 – which is still more affordable than many inner city locations. This steady increase in property prices mean that the area would also make the perfect investment location, too.
Situated just 30 minutes away from London Liverpool Street station, Harlow is very close to the capital and its wide range of amenities. It’s also blessed as it’s situated just outside of the M25, meaning residents can access the rest of the country with ease.
Eating and drinking
In Harlow you’re simply spoilt for choice when it comes to its range of eateries. Dusty Miller is a particular favourite, a great pub with locally sourced ingredients, serving simple but excellent food. If Indian cuisine is more up your street then Indian Moments could be just what you’re looking for. When locals are visiting a restaurant, you know its great, and this restaurant ticks that box. Food is top-notch, with the service to match.
Nurseries: Busy Bees, Dizzy Ducks Nursery, Griffon Day Nursery
Primary Schools: Cooks Spinney Primary School, Freshwaters Primary Academy, The Henry Moore Primary school
Secondary Schools: Burnt Mill Academy, St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School, Passmores Academy
Tel: 01279 433033 • Fax: 01707 878942
Branch Manager: Joe Page • email@example.com