Watford is a place which typifies the very best of what England has to offer. As one of the most densely populated towns outside of London, the 91,000 inhabitants of Watford are a melting pot of almost every nationality or ethnic group that lives in the UK. According to the local newspaper one school is attended by children who speak 23 different languages or dialects. The Town is served by some of the best state schools in the country (Watford Boys' and Girls' Grammars, Parmiters School - exceptional in Maths) and several private schools that rank high in league tables (York House Prep School, Merchant Taylors, St Albans Boys and Girlâs).
Ruling The World From Watford
Anything that matters - movies, technical innovation, politics, major product launches - happens within this circle of influence. The Harry Potter (Warner's Bros) Studio Tour is in Watford and each day a big 'Harry Potter' branded double decker bus disgorges thousands of Potter fans to the vast sound studios on the Watford lot for a Hogwarts tour.
On the same lot in any given week, you can often see and hear the sound effects where major movies with big stars are being filmed for later global distribution.
In geographic terms if you like the 'north' but don't want to live there, then Watford is the place for you. England's second city, Birmingham, is 70 minutes away by fast train from Watford Junction. Liverpool, Manchester and the Lake District are destinations that demand no train switching and Scottish Caledonian Sleeper stops at the Junction each night so you can go to bed in Watford and awake in Inverness! Southern seaside towns more your cup of tea? Get a train straight to Brighton and avoid central London altogether.
Euston Station, a major London rail terminus is 22 minutes away with no stops. St Pancras and trains to the European continent 12 mins walk further on from Euston. Leave your home in Watford and you can be in Paris with a good wind in just
over three hours.
Just off Junction 19 of the M25 you'll find one of Britain's best hotels. Only 23 minutes from Heathrow airport, The Grove says it's in 'Chandlers Cross' but it's main entrance is in Watford. Hang out here year round to see famous footballers from the best Premiership sides and the national England football team as The Grove is the team's HQ before matches at Wembley Stadium (25 mins away). The NFL more your thing? See the Big Guys here as this is where one of the teams stay for the London International Series. From Golf to world domination, Watford has proven time and time again that it's the place to be...