Bushey is the unofficial countryside to London with its Hertfordshire setting and transport links taking you into the City in just 20 minutes. It’s an arty town with a village-like feel and a great selection of homes that include cottages and even Hogwarts apartments (we’ll explain later).
Famous for its art school that attracted students from all over the world, today Bushey has scenic sights everywhere you look. And it’s becoming an increasingly popular place to live with Londoners.
But what’s it really like living in Bushey? In this London guide, we’re taking a closer look at this Hertfordshire town. So read on and discover everything you need to know about the HA postcode, from its history to what there is to see and do.
On a map
Bushey is a town in the Hertsmere borough of Hertfordshire, just 16 miles northwest of central London. It lies on the boundary with the London Borough of Harrow. Neighbouring areas include Watford and Edgware.
Bushey is first referred to in the Domesday Book, where it’s noted as a small agricultural village named “Bissei”. The area was mainly a rural retreat, but that all changed between 1860 and 1960 when the population rose considerably.
It is perhaps most famous for Hubert Herkomer, a German-born Victorian artist who called the town his home and opened an art school in 1883. His legacy is marked with a tranquil rose garden on the site of the former art school.
Who lives there
Everyone from “yummy mummies” to single professionals looking for an escape from the city hustle and bustle move to Bushey. It has a population of around 24,000 and a median age of 45. Around 36% of residents rent their home.
Renting in Bushey
Bushey and nearby Bushey Heath offer a wide range of properties, from charming period cottages to modern apartments. The most popular rental homes can be found at Royal Connaught Park in The Avenue, which doubled up as Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter movies.
Expect to pay around £1,000 per month for a one-bedroom home in Bushey. A two-bedroom apartment fetches in the region of £1,300 per month, and three-bedroom homes average £2,000 per month.
Bushey is on the Overground line and has direct services to Watford and Euston. It’s also near the M1 and the M25, meaning motorists have easy access to London and the north of England. Bushey is located in Travel Zone 8.
St James Restaurant
Enjoy upmarket dining at St James Restaurant, a stylish spot serving English gastronomy. The interiors feature exposed brickwork, and the settings are smart yet understated.
Blue Check Restaurant
Tuck into tasty European food at Blue Check Restaurant. It features a bistro-style menu, and there’s live music every Thursday and Friday, meaning you can enjoy a lively evening out while tasting excellent food.
The Horse & Chains
Get yourself down to The Horse & Chains for some seriously good pub grub in a 17th-century coaching in. The menus are seasonal, and there’s a range of ales to sample at what could just be your next local.
Things to do in Bushey
Bushey High Street
Wander Bushey High Street and admire the local independent shops, where you can browse for a gem or two. There are also a few chain stores, giving you a good variety of shopping options in the town.
Bushey Rose Garden
One of the most iconic landmarks in Bushey, the rose garden sits on the site of the former art school and was designed by Thomas Mawson. He’s a leading Edwardian garden designer who certainly left an impression on the area.
There’s plenty of rural areas to discover in and around Bushey, thanks to its Hertfordshire location. There are woodland areas, fields and open spaces where you can spend a few hours getting back to nature.
Moving to Bushey
Bushey has just about everything you need without being cut off from the capital. If you’re after rural living just 20 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of London, then Bushey is an excellent option and could just be somewhere to lay down roots.