Great Britain is one of the top destinations for expats; American expats alone number at least 155,000 in Britain at any one time. Your choice of where to live will most likely be determined by your job, or if you’re moving to be with a British partner they may already have settled in one area. If your location is predetermined then you won’t be disappointed because Britain has many fantastic places to live: beautiful coastlines, ancient forests, wild moors, farmland lined with hedgerows and fascinating cities, including one of the best cities in the world, London.
However, if you have a choice of where to set up home while in Britain one of the best places to choose is Essex. Essex is a county to the east of London. As with most counties, it is a mix of all kinds of people, but Essex is especially popular with the City workers, the people who work in Finance in the City of London. This is because most places in Essex provide very easy access into the City.
Essex also has many features that make it an ideal place for an expat who wishes to make the most of their experience living abroad, including quick transport links to London, all London airports, and Eurostar. Also, driving to other parts of Britain is easy with links to main motorways.
Essex lifestyle and culture has the best mix in Britain. Within an hour and a half at the most you can be sitting down at a Michelin star restaurant, London theatre, events and shows, as well as concert venues and world famous sports grounds. Because of its location, Essex also has a fascinating history: Celtic, Roman, Saxon, Viking, Norman, Tudor, even American. In 2012 Essex will be best situated for access to the main Olympic venues.
Well-known artists Constable and Gainsborough chose the Essex countryside for many of their landscapes. Essex has the least amount of rain in Britain, which makes outdoor activities more accessible. The ancient forests, country parks, interesting coastlines, and many miles of walking, cycling and horse riding paths provide plenty of opportunity for the active residents. For people moving with families, Essex boasts excellent schools (both free and fee-paying), including schools with the International Baccalaureate.
Many well known personalities have chosen to live in Essex, including Clive Owen (actor), Frank Bruno (boxer), Prodigy and Depeche Mode (bands), Germaine Greer (author), Barbara Erskine (writer), Martina Cole (writer), Tony Benn (politician), Jamie Oliver (TV Chef) and many others. Pop star Leona Lewis has recently shown an interest in an Essex property because of the beautiful location and it’s excellent transport links.