While not technically in London, Guildford certainly seems like it was made for Londoners. Situated 30 miles south-west of the capital, this pretty Surrey town has a little bit of everything and bags of charm.
Guildford is a popular destination for Londoners who want to move out of the capital yet remain within close proximity. It's a modern town with excellent travel links and a strong sense of community.
In this London guide, we're exploring Guildford to see what makes it tick. So read on and find out everything there is to know about one of London's favourite commuter towns.
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Guildford is a town in Southern England in the county of Surrey. It forms part of the Guildford Borough Council and is located around 32 miles from Charing Cross.
Guildford earned its reputation back in the 17th and 18 centuries when it was centre of a network of navigable rivers and canals connecting parts of the South-East to the Thames at Weybridge.
Then, in 1845, a six-mile branch of London and Southern-Western railway opened from Woking to Guildford, providing more access into the town for those living in London.
Today, Guildford is a popular place to live with a high street paved with granite setts. It's one of the most affluent areas outside of London and has also become an increasingly popular tourist hotspot.
Who lives there?
Guildford has a population just shy of 80,000 and a median age of 42. Around 42% of residents choose to rent their home, making it one of the few places with close links to London where homeowners outnumber renters.
Renting in Guildford
There is a range of housing available in Guildford, from charming detached cottages to terraced homes and modern apartments. There's also a growing trend of Build-to-Rent homes in the area, which are designed exclusively for renting.
Expect to pay around £1,100 per month for a one-bedroom home in Guildford. A two-bedroom apartment achieves in the region of £1,400 per month, and a three-bedroom home rents for around £1,750 per month.
Trains take around 35 minutes from Guildford to Waterloo, offering residents an easy and straightforward journey into London. The A3 is also nearby and provides motorists with access to areas along the coast.
The Ivy Castle View
Enjoy a swanky night out at the upmarket Ivy Castle View, which features upscale British cuisine and world-class cocktails. Enjoy the views of the castle from the patio area during the warmer months.
Veru’s Kitchen and Deli
Settle down in this roadside pub and experience something a little different. There are quizzes to take part in, live music nights and, of course, great pub grub and adeli that will delight your taste buds.
Get a taste of Italy at Olvio, an authentic Italian restaurant with a stripped floor and exposed beams set inside a 17th-century building. There's a range of classic Italian delights to tuck into.
Things to do in Guildford
The Surrey Hills
Head to The Surrey Hills for breathtaking views and rugged nature. It's a great place if you're looking for somewhere to wander and is popular with mountain bikers and hikers.
Guildford High Street
The popular high street is as pretty as it is exciting. Browse independent boutiques as you stroll around the cobbled streets, then stop and admire the overhanging clock and make sure to take a few pics for the gram.
Visit Guildford Castle, a historic building constructed shortly after England's invasion by William the Conqueror in 1066. It's just a short walk from the town centre and perched on the top of a pretty hill with plenty of greens scenery.
Moving to Guildford
If you're thinking about moving away from the heart of the capital, then Guildford should be your top priority. It offers excellent connections back into London and is a great town in its own right with exciting shops, historical landmarks, pretty streets and an inviting atmosphere.