9 picturesque villages within the M25 that look like something out of a film

London can be a great place to live when you’re young, but if you’re looking to settle down and start a family you might fancy something a little quieter.

There are plenty of lovely places to live in the Home Counties, whether you’re looking for a decent sized city or a tiny chocolate box village – and they’re all relatively close to London.

We’ve put together some of our favourite villages that are all within the M25, meaning easy access to both London and the rest of the country – all while having the peace and quiet of a quaint neighbourhood.

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Claygate

Ruxley Tower, where Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood lived
(Image: Mary Marshall)

This village in Surrey has managed to keep its friendly neighbourhood atmosphere despite being just over half an hour on the train from London Waterloo.

The area is green and pretty, with all the things you would hope to find in a quaint village – boutique shops, a fishmongers and of course a great selection of schools.

To top it all off there’s an annual flower show!

Downe

Situated in the London Borough of Bromley this tiny village couldn’t feel further away than the hustle and bustle of London.

It’s the perfect spot for those who really want a village feel, the roads lines with pretty houses rather than any shops.

If it’s good enough for Charles Darwin, it’s good enough for us.

Woldingham

Woldingham is one of Surrey’s highest villages and often catches more snow than elsewhere in the county
(Image: Mark Davison)

This dreamy village is set high up on the North Downs, perfect for those who like a walk in the beautiful Surrey hills.

You’ve got a village hall, a village club, a horse club, golf club and a cricket club. Just don’t expect to see any familiar chains nearby.

Stoke d’Abernon

It sounds fancy, and located in sought after Elmbridge it sure is.

The village has it’s own pub, a small parade of shops with Post Office, village hall, nursery, school, cricket club and Surrey’s oldest church, St Mary’s.

It’s also situated close to a number of towns, such as Cobham and Epsom, so you can easily pop to the shops.

Oxshott

Oxshott has a great pub

The cute village may have a convenient train station but that doesn’t detract from the calm silence and miles of greenery.

With beautiful landscape views across Oxshott Heath at your doorstep this is the best of both worlds – a villagey feel without being in the middle of nowhere.

Shepperton

Shepperton High Street has a lot going for it
(Image: TMS)

Situated on the banks of the River Thames but miles away from the capital, this quaint village is best known for its studio, the location of many a blockbuster film shoot.

The high street is perfect – it’s got all the bits you need – a Sainsbury’s, a Prezzo, a Costa – but all camouflaged in beautifully with the old stone and timber buildings.

Harrow on the Hill

Harrow has a lovely church
(Image: Harrow Observer)

The historic village in West London is full of independent boutiques and restaurants, complemented by beautiful old architecture.

The schools are pretty incredible too, producing alumni such as Winston Churchill, Lord Byron and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Barnes

We can totally see ourselves sitting here
(Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

You might dismiss it as being in London, but it has a distinctly village feel, and is actually considered a village in its own right.

It’s got great independent shops and restaurants, some brilliant schools and a great sense of community, and the easy link into Central London will be a major plus for some.

There’s so much greenery, and if it’s good enough for celebs such as Holly Willoughby, Gary Lineker and Ronan Keating it’s good enough for us!

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Abridge

Abridge has absolutely everything you would expect from a village in the Home Counties – huge community spirit, family festivals and a great gastropub.

You might be in Epping Forest, but you’ll feel like you’re in the depths of the English countryside.

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