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Where to live an hour from London that's multicultural and green/pretty?

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SilverSixpence Sat 17-Oct-09 19:19:04

Hi, we are thinking of making a move out of London within the next couple of years, but we'd like to live somewhere within an hour's commute of London, but not in a big town. I'd like somewhere green and quite friendly. We're from an Asian background and dont want DS to feel like the odd one out though! I like the sound of the villages around Guildford but am thinking Woking might be more multicultural although it doesnt sound as nice - any thoughts? And any alternative areas that might be good?

pagwatch Sat 17-Oct-09 19:32:52

Guildford and surrounding villges are lovely but pricey. Woking is less lovely but cheaper.
I live in the centre of Guildford and, like most city centres, it is more culturally mixed than surrounding villages/suburbs with huge numbers Europeans but relatively small Asian and Black population.
Woking again is much more culturally mixed but shops,schools and facilities less good.
I guess it depends on budget and personal preference.
Go and spend a day in both - both have train stations within walking distance of town and have decent parking smile

onemoretimetoday Sat 17-Oct-09 19:50:03

What about Northwood? Lots of green space, lovely houses, great schools but still on the tube and a good size asian community

SilverSixpence Sat 17-Oct-09 21:19:56

which Northwood is it? the one in Middlesex or somewhere else? how far is it to get into london?

onemoretimetoday Sun 18-Oct-09 09:34:44

The one in Middlesex, 28 mins to Baker Street on the tube and even quicker on the fast train from Moor Park.

HerHonesty Sun 18-Oct-09 19:23:10

woking is a hole.

we live in a very green village and i am from an asian background, and tbh, although i was worried about it at first, I have never felt the odd one out at all, so dont let it stop you considering places which you might think are too monocultured.

jeanjeannie Mon 19-Oct-09 09:33:26

High Wycombe. Very large Asian community and some parts (the outskirts of the town) very pretty. 40 mins into Marylebone. Prices are a bit ££ in the pretty parts though.

SugarSkyHigh Mon 19-Oct-09 09:37:52

What about Chesham?(in Bucks). Good links to London and with beautiful surrounding countryside (Chilterns). Seems to be a large multicultural community too, more than nearby Berkhamsted.

BicycleBelle Thu 22-Oct-09 23:22:31

Brighton, or village on outskirts. Brighton & Hove is very live and let live.

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