The most densely populated of all Great Britain’s official regions, South East England covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, The Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire and Surrey. London is also often referred to as being in the South East of England.
The region spans 19,096 square metres/7,373 square miles and is home to over eight and a half million people. It’s an economic hub that’s extremely well connected, with numerous major roads, railways, airports and ferry crossings to the rest of Europe. Visitors to the South East will never be short of things to see and do, and the region offers a huge variety of landscapes from rolling hills to expansive coastlines. Property prices here are generally higher than further North, but there are plenty of employment opportunities, areas of outstanding natural beauty and fun to be had too.
Things to see and do
South East England is a hub of activity with lots to offer visitors of all ages. The most obvious place for tourists to start is London, which has a list of things to see and do so long it’s impossible to take them all in on one holiday. From the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben to Oxford Street, Covent Garden to Saint Paul’s, the theatre district to Soho and Camden Market to The South Bank, London is packed with delights. It’s cosmopolitan, colourful, multicultural and fast, but there are lots of quieter areas to explore too, like Holland Park’s Kyoto Garden and Temple Church off Fleet Street.
Outside of London, the South East still offers countless things to see and do. Harry Potter World in Watford is a must for fans of all things wizardy, and the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden offers a great day out for the whole family. During the summer you can enjoy lots of high end activities like Royal Ascot and the Henley Regatta, or if walking’s more your thing the Chiltern Hills is fantastic for some long distance hikes surrounded by stunning scenery.
Brighton is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan places in the UK, with a vibrant clubbing scene, a classic seaside pier and some great independent shops and eateries. It’s a good place for people watching and perfect for anyone with an interest in the arts.
Oxford is renowned for its stunning architecture, culture and world famous universities. Referred to as the City of Spires, it’s perfect for strolls down pretty streets and is of particular interest to fans of Inspector Morse and Lewis.
There’s some good nightlife here too, as well as great places to eat and lazy days out on the river.
The Isle of Wight is well worth a visit and thanks to the short ferry crossing adds a sense of adventure to your trip to South East England. Offering some of the prettiest, cleanest sandy beaches in the UK and quaint picture box villages, it was loved by Queen Victoria and offers plenty for all ages. Lovers of all things nautical will also find lots to amuse them in neighbouring Portsmouth and Southsea, just a short ride across the water.
Why buy a holiday home in South East England?
The South East is one of the best-connected places in the UK and within easy reach of London and major airports Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead. The rail connections are also good and it’s easy to jump on a train to almost anywhere else in the country, as well as numerous ferry crossings to mainland Europe. The South East is home to stunning scenery including the rolling hills of the Chilterns and beautiful beaches, along with some rustic farmland and quaint, pretty villages.