Area Guide: The Hertfordshire Village of London Colney

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08h45 June 23, 2022



A large village on the outskirts of St Albans, London Colney is best known for three things: for its shopping park, its aviation museum and its children’s activity farm. We learned more…


High Street, London Colney. Photo: Jane Howdle
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First recorded in 1555, London Colney takes its name from the River Colne and refers to ‘Colney on the London Road’.

The High Street was once one of the main gateways to the capital, with its range of hostels proving a popular stopover for travellers.

With a population of around 10,000, London Colney offers an excellent balance: it is a cosmopolitan area with easy access to London, while offering plenty of opportunities for people who enjoy nature.

There are many walks associated with the village, as well as a number of open water fishing areas in and around the River Colne, including the Broad Colney lakes.

The village also offers supermarkets, hairdressers, several takeaways and a variety of different businesses including a tattoo artist and several estate agents.


Carmelo's cafe and restaurant is one of the attractions on Haseldine Road.  Photo: Jane Howdle

Carmelo’s cafe and restaurant is one of the attractions on Haseldine Road. Photo: Jane Howdle
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Additionally, there are doctor’s surgeries, a library and a handful of popular pubs.

The shopping park, Colney Fields, offers a selection of supermarkets and shops, including Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer’s and Next.

Story

London Colney is steeped in history, being the area in which the Romans captured Alban, before executing him at Verulamium.

In more recent history, London Colney was the landing site of German spy Karel Richter on May 12, 1941. After landing, Richter hid in a forest, too nervous to travel to London. After finally emerging from hiding, Richter was approached by two lorry drivers asking for directions to London.

When he was unable to give instructions, they became suspicious and reported him to a policeman who took him to the local police station. Eventually, Richter confessed the true purpose of his mission.

Tourist attractions

While there is obviously much more to London Colney than planes and animals, these are the key elements of the village’s most popular attractions.

The de Havilland Aircraft Museum, established in 1959, is the UK’s oldest aviation museum dedicated to preserving de Havilland’s aviation heritage and is located in Salisbury Hall on the south side of the M25.

Those with young children can also enjoy a day at Willows Activity Farm, which offers a diverse set of attractions including cow milking demonstrations, funfair rides, JCB rides, indoor games and farm animals.

sport

Sports fans, especially football fans, will be able to watch non-league team London Colney FC, who play at Cotlandswick Playing Fields.


Arsenal training ground in London Colney.  Photo: DANNY LOO

Arsenal training ground in London Colney. Photo: DANNY LOO
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They can also appreciate the proximity to the training grounds of Arsenal FC and Watford FC, which are side by side on Bell Lane.

Transport links

Located in North London, close to Junction 22 of the M25, London Colney enjoys excellent transport links.

Bus routes connect London Colney to various destinations including St Albans, Barnet, Watford and Borehamwood.

Thameslink trains then serve London from St Albans and Borehamwood.

Property

House prices in London Colney are slightly more affordable than those in nearby St Albans.

Homes currently on the market in the village include a three-bed boutique property on the High Street for £650,000 and a first-floor two-bed apartment on Wyedale for £255,000.

Schools

There are three primary schools in the village, all of which are rated ‘good’ by Ofsted: Saint Bernadette Catholic Primary School, London Colney Primary and Nursery School and Bowmansgreen Primary School.


Bowmansgreen Primary School, London Colney.  Photo: DANNY LOO

Bowmansgreen Primary School, London Colney. Photo: DANNY LOO
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Pupils from London Colney often attend secondary schools in St Albans, including St Albans Girls’ School (‘outstanding’) Samuel Ryder Academy and Verulam School (both ‘good’).


This regional guide is sponsored by Frost's, which has offices in St Albans, Marshalswick, Wheathampstead and Harpenden...

This regional guide is sponsored by Frost’s, which has offices in St Albans, Marshalswick, Wheathampstead and Harpenden (www.frosts.co.uk/branches)
– Credit: Archant

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