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They are apparently leaving the capital in droves. They have had enough of the bright city lights and are looking for new pastures to call home. In fact, a recent study reported that numbers of Londoners leaving the city is at a record high – 336,000 people left in the year up to June 2017.

So where are all these people going?

Yes, there are the usual Northern suspects – Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds – but the suburbs of Kent are attracting a lot of attention too. Dartford, Medway and Canterbury all made the top 20 destinations for those escaping London.

What is making the towns and cities of Kent so attractive? Why are more and more people looking to settle in the “Garden of England”?

The Aston Anderson team know this area inside and out, so wanted to share a few of their reasons why they think that Londoners love Kent.


1. More house for your money

We would not be very good estate agents if we did not start with the house prices!

Fact: Londoners pay more money for smaller properties. Up and down the UK you will hear cries of “how much?!” as they discover what a small studio flat could cost in some of the more affluent areas of London.

Of course there are still bargains to be had and sensible investments to be made, but it when it comes to needing space for your growing family, London might not present the best option.

2. Easy commute to London

Londoners may be looking to escape London, but they don’t want to leave those high-paying jobs behind. Many areas in Kent present easy access to London and Ebbsfleet even provides a simple commute to Europe.

Locations such as Ashford are popular as it is only 38 minutes from London and is near the M20, and Dartford, with its fast links into central London is seeing its population boom. For those wanting to break out of London but still remain in touch with the capital, Kent is proving very popular.

3. Perfect for families

With Londoners being driven out by high property prices and living costs, a recent poll showed up to a fifth of those surveyed would be prepared to move up to 25 miles outside the capital to find their ideal family life – and home.

If you are looking for somewhere to grow your family, you cannot go wrong with Kent. In another recent report, Tunbridge Wells secured second spot when it came to the top 10 “family zones” in the capital and commuter belt areas.

Combining commuting times, educational standards (Kent has a great grammar school system), crime rates, quantity of green space, road safety, job prospects, and average salaries, it is no wonder that Kent’s towns and cities are being heralded as the perfect family locations.

4. The community vibe

There is always something going on in Kent. Whichever town or city you find yourself in, every week provides another opportunity to get involved with the local community. We’ve seen parades, concerts, county shows, regattas, markets, festivals, and more.

You will never be bored or out of touch with the locals living in Kent. If sport is your thing, 79 tennis clubs, county cricket, and fantastic football teams to follow are all on offer. And the children will never be bored with the number of shows and activities on offer.


5. Holiday on your doorstep

History, culture, sports, beaches… Kent has absolutely everything you need. There are so many reasons that keep the tourists flocking to the area year after year. You never have to leave Kent to go on holiday!

Kent is home to around 50 beaches so you will never be short of a spot to build a sandcastle, and whilst visitors are drawn to the multiple caravan and holiday parks and lets, you will be able to enjoy all of the tourist delights throughout the whole year. 

From Canterbury Cathedral and Leeds Castle to the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent offers a great day out for everyone – whatever you fancy doing.


If Kent sounds like the perfect place to buy your next home, talk to the experts at Aston Anderson and let us help you find your new piece of paradise.