Commuting from Henley area?

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Idontcarewhattheweathermansays Tue 19-Mar-13 08:54:17

Just wondering if anyone has any useful information on this.

We currently live in North London in the Muswell Hill area but had a (very wet!) day-trip in Henley this weekend and completely fell in love with it. I'd love to say we'd want to move somewhere not so lovely looking but where you get more for your money but I will admit we are complete suckers for nice architecture and lovely shops etc and I don't think we'll ever do differently.

The fact that we're currently in North London at the moment means that house-prices are somewhat comparable at least (I think!) but the main issue for us will be the commute for dh. He is a lawyer and uses Farringdon as the tube stop nearest his office.

The issues I can see are:
1. A realistic door-to-door commute will surely be quite long if he's also got to get across London to Farringdon.
2.From what I can see from a quick google, it sounds like the trains between Henley and London are the busiest in the country at rush-hour- would he actually be able to get on?
3. From what I can see, the last train home on a weekday is at 10.45pm...dh quite regularly goes through periods where he doesn't leave work til 11pm-midnight- there any other way to get home?

I would so like to be on the western side of London as my mum lives in Wiltshire and dh's parents are in South Wales and I would so so like to move somewhere to make the journey times shorter to both, but obviously the main issue is it still needs to be commutable for dh.

Dh's current idea is to get a motorbike and bike into London and back every day but this idea terrifies me.

I don't think we'd be completely set on being right in Henley-we need to explore surrounding areas really. Schools will be a big consideration for 14mo ds though and I was reading about how if you live just over the Bucks border then you can go in for the grammar school system which would be something to really consider. I think if you want to get the train from Marlow though that you have to change this right?

Anyway, just wondering if anyone has any local/insider knowledge at all which might help me work out if this could be a reality. Or any other ideas for places to look at?


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