Marlow, Buckinghamshire, is one of Britain’s trendiest towns.
This year, it was ranked in the top three “coolest” places to live.
At a glance, Marlow has it all: a riverside location with a fashionable high street, great eateries, and plenty of green space.
Not only this, but the sleepy little town has some of the country’s most loved celebrities among its residents including Chris Evans, Ricky Gervais and celebrity chef Tom Kerridge.
Just a stone’s throw away from London and a population of only 14,000, many would give it all to call Marlow their home.
Naturecan, a CBD health business backed by ex-England cricketer Freddie Flintoff, listed the town as one of the country’s coolest.
It ranked multiple UK towns through a strict calculation process that involved 5,000 people with panels in every county in the country.
Marlow was hailed for its rich source of entertainment and dining options, among other things.
Locations were ranked according to a number of things, like how many independent shops they had per head of the population, the range of cultural events, how ‘Instagrammable’ were the best features and their popularity as a location for films and TV shows.
“Bagging third place is Marlow in Buckinghamshire, which is without a doubt, one of the nicest locations on the River Thames,” said a Naturecan spokesperson.
“Known for its natural beauty, Marlow has a lovely town centre made up of historic streets, offering an array of shops, restaurants, wine bars and pubs, which all add to Marlow’s charm.
“You’ll know you’ve hit Marlow when you see the town’s landmark – the graceful suspension bridge with joins Buckinghamshire and Berkshire across the Thames.”
The town is pretty as a picture and occupies a prime position on the ancient River Thames.
It boasts good schools, a sense of community, and, as Richard Maby, the head of office at Savills estate agents in Marlow told Buckinghamshire Live, “a fine selection of top-notch pubs and restaurants and a variety of independent and national retailers”.
Because of its close proximity to London, Marlow has been the first pick for many directors when scouting out quaint English villages to film in.
It was the backdrop to the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall, as well as the 1969 Bond flick, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Mr Kerridge, who has become a favourite of the nation for his down-to-earth hearty meals, owns and runs one of the most exclusive restaurants in the town, the Hand and Flowers.
Such is its popularity that past patrons have reported waiting for up to a year to book a table on high days and holidays.
While some note that it is an expensive place to live — the average house price is £931,082 — for those who can afford it, Marlow offers a village lifestyle coupled with the fast-paced metropolis of London close by — the best of both worlds you can’t get anywhere else.