Could This Map Persuade You To Move Out Of London?

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London is a buzzing city full of excitement and adventure, so why would anyone want to ditch it for life in the slow lane?

Well, this map might just persuade you*.

We spend thousands on renting because buying simply isn’t an option, hundreds on tube travel because living in zone 1 simply isn’t an option, and who knows how much on living the London lifestyle because FOMO simply isn’t an option. So perhaps it’s time for a change?

The map, created by, will show you what it’s like to live in London’s commuter towns; taking into account journey time into London, average house prices, cost of a season ticket and life satisfaction.

Holding the number one spot is Purfleet in Essex; just 33 minutes away on a train, with a relatively modest average house price of £210,820. It still costs £2,376 for an annual season ticket, but that’s a small price to pay for a solid life satisfaction rating of 7.77 out of 10.

Research shows that Essex is one of the best counties to live if you’re commuting into London [📸 by Martin Deutsch]
Essex and Hertfordshire generally dominate the top ten, with Waltham Cross and Cheshunt coming in at second and third place. Meanwhile, Virginia Water in Surrey is found to be the worst commuter town, with average house prices sitting at over £1.4m, and commuting costs at a whooping £3048. I think I’d rather stay in my grubby Tooting flat, thanks very much.

Here’s the map if you want to explore your options:

View Interactive Version (via TotallyMoney).


*we said ‘might’. 

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.