What’s It Like To Live In Luton?
Luton is a large town, the perfect size for fun and entertainment but not so big you can’t easily get out into the countryside. Around 258,000 people live there, just 30 miles north-north east of London. It’s also a convenient place to commute to Aylesbury, Bedford, Stevenage, and Milton Keynes. And Luton is a popular place to live for commuters wanting easy access to London, with great transport links. So what’s it like to live in Luton?
There is an attractive blend of affordable flats and houses for sale in Luton, plus excellent public transport to and from the centre and beyond. Luton has three rail stations – Luton, Leagrave and Luton Airport Parkway. Being less than 30 miles from central London, it takes you just 27 minutes by train to get to St Pancras, then onwards to France and Europe via Eurotunnel. Being this close to London means the whole of the capital is within easy reach, day and night. The M1 is on your doorstep for adventures further afield, and Luton airport whisks you away with ease to exciting foreign destinations.
Luton has a good choice of unusual and unique places to explore, including the wonderful Stockwood Park Museum and Wardown House – where there’s an arboretum, museum and gallery – both surrounded by lots of lovely green spaces. In fact there are plenty of lovely calm natural spaces to enjoy, including Brantwood Park and Kidney Wood. The town is surrounded by beautiful rural landscapes to explore, with plenty of public footpaths. And the lovely Barton Hills National Nature Reserve is a great place for a romantic walk.
If you’re into adrenaline-fuelled fun try Twinwoods Adventure in nearby Bedford for thrilling indoor skydiving, surfing, climbing, and simulated BASE jumping. Then there’s the popular Luton Galaxy leisure and entertainment complex, right in the centre of town. It offers a cinema, restaurants, bars and bowling. And don’t forget the zoos – both Whipsnade Zoo and Woburn Safari Park are on your doorstep.
Luton’s shopping scene is great, spiced up by the town’s multi-cultural population. There’s plenty of discount shopping on tap thanks to popular brands like Lidl, Iceland, Primark and TK Maxx, plus enough independent shops to keep you interested. If you’re into sports you could watch the Luton Town Football Club play, winners of the Football League Cup in 1988. And the Luton Carnival takes place on Whitsun May bank holiday every year, Europe’s biggest one day carnival.
This is a lively town with plenty of fun nightlife to enjoy. Test drive the super-cool Bear Club just off Guildford Street, where there’s live jazz and blues nights along with a thrilling cocktail, beer and wine list. Walk over the road to Ray’s Place for pool tables, TV sports and a warm welcome. Or treat yourself to the sports bar experience at Off The Wall, a stylish bar and restaurant with a great cocktail menu and all the latest sporting action on big screens. The pubs are excellent and there’s the Flame Bar to discover, Luton’s leading LGBT venue, as well as The Edge nightclub, home to a quirky alternative music scene you’ll love.