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Area Guide: Elstree

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Area Guide: Elstree

Elstree has become an area very much sought after, with its beautifully leafy streets and close connections to London that offer locals access to both the tranquil English countryside and the booming city centre. Elstree is a village in Hertfordshire, located very close to Edgware in North London and Bushey at the edges of Hertfordshire. The area attracts a diverse range of people, being home to some fantastic schools, a range of different properties, various types of serviced offices and work spaces as well as many other amenities.

Elstree also plays host to some fascinating listed buildings, one of which being Aldenham House. This house was owned by the Gibbs family, being sold after MP and financier Vicary Gibbs died. The house was also one of the BBC’s broadcasting stations during the war, and has now been occupied by the local boys’ school: Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boy’s School.

Restaurants and Pubs in Elstree

There are a number of restaurants and pubs within and surrounding the area of Elstree, providing both locals and visitors superb meals and drinks. Cuisines range from comforting pub-grub in an old medieval inn to a sushi restaurant with minimalist interior design. Some of the most popular restaurants Elstree and its surrounding area have to offer include:

Divan Restaurant (4.4 Google rating) – A restaurant offering Turkish cuisine, that has Halal, vegetarian and vegan options. It is open late and offers delivery for those who want to take away. It has also been a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner from 2015 to 2019.

Kiyoto Sushi (4.5 Google rating) – Kiyoto Susi is a Japanese restaurant specialising in Sushi. It’s open for both lunch and dinner, with takeout options also available. The restaurant also caters to vegans, vegetarians and those who are gluten intolerant.

The Waggon & Horses (4.1 Google rating) – A medieval inn with a cosy interior of log fires and bare beams as well as a lovely garden area for drinks in the summer. The Waggon & Horses serve comforting pub-grub by candlelight, and can be booked for special occasions.

The Fishery (3.9 Google rating) – A local bar and restaurant open for lunch and dinner, serving seafood and British pub-grub favourites. The area has outdoor seating available for the sunnier periods of the year, and has been built with a mission to provide “the freshest, highest quality food every day.”

Tay Tar Thai (4.4 Google rating) – A restaurant offering Thai cuisine for lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers take out and also has options for both vegans and vegetarians. The restaurant has received many glowing reviews, and won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2018 to 2019.

These restaurants and pubs are all located either within Elstree or the neighbouring area of Borehamwood, being so close together that they share a train station. (Elstree & Borehamwood).

Properties in Elstree

Elstree is well known for its impressive detached homes, some of which have beautiful gardens and fantastic views of Hertfordshire’s countryside. Whilst these types of properties are perhaps what the area is best known for, it does also have a range of other properties and homes, such as:

  • Semi-detached
  • Maisonettes
  • Cottages

The area is home to a number of Georgian and Victorian properties as well as more modern designs. Many of the period properties within Elstree have distinct features, with stunning old fireplaces and large bay windows.

Many families move to Elstree for its beautiful greenery and quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Elstree is also home to some great primary and secondary schools, including St Nicholas Church of England Primary School and Habardashers’ Aske’s two schools; one being a boy’s school (previously mentioned) and the other being a girl’s school.

Living in Elstree

Aside from its excellent educational facilities, Elstree has various other amenities. These amenities make the area a great place to live for a variety of different people, the features being enjoyed by locals both young and old.

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Aldenham Country Park

Surrounded with the stunning scenery of Hertfordshire’s countryside, Elstree is also close to Aldenham Country Park, offering a large area of woodland (175 acres), numerous play areas for children, and a reservoir. There are various events put on in the park throughout the year, some of the activities Adlenham Country Park has to offer include the following:

  • Birthday parties
  • Event space hire
  • Pony riding
  • Educational visits

The village also has great connections to the city and other surrounding areas, only taking half an hour on the train from Elstree & Borehamwood station to St Pancras International in London. Both the A1 and the M25 are also extremely close to Elstree, which can be great for those commuting to and from the area.

Naturally, Elstree can provide the quiet, peaceful benefits of country life, whilst also providing fast and easy access to the UK’s capital city. Commuters able to go from the natural green landscape of Elstree to a central area of London in just half an hour.

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