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Guide to Kings Langley

Kings Langley is a historic village located in Hertfordshire, north-west of central London, and is now part of the London commuter belt.

The village was recorded as Langelai in the Domesday Book of 1086, and as Langel’ Regis in 1254. The name means ‘long wood or clearing’.

Landmark Kings Langley Palace is built on land purchased in 1276 by Queen Eleanor on the hill above the village. This gave the village its connection to royalty, first being renamed Langley Regina after Queen Eleanor, then later changed to Langley Regis. Part of William Shakespeare’s Richard II is set in the garden of the palace at Langley.

Kings Langley has many historic properties with traditional features to offer, as well as a variety of detached family houses and flats to rent or buy.


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Because of its regal heritage, Kings Langley is home to listed buildings and stately homes, including Old Gorhambury House – the ruins of a Tudor mansion with grazing farm animals. The (new) Gorhambury House is a Grade II listed building which was built to replace Old Gorhambury House. For those with children looking for a more hands-on animal experience, Langleybury Children’s Farm features a petting farm and playground.

Restaurants in Kings Langley are varied and plentiful. For casual dining, The Unicorn pub is popular amongst locals. For those who enjoy fine dining, Crockers Chef’s Table is hugely popular, boasting a seven-course menu and fresh, seasonal produce.

Highly rated schools in the area include Rudolf Steiner School (independent) and Kings Langley Secondary (comprehensive).

Those who work in London can enjoy an easy commute to the capital thanks to the direct train service, which takes just 27 minutes to get from Kings Langley to London Euston.

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Chancellors Estate Agents’ Hemel Hempstead branch services the Kings Langley area, and has many wonderful properties for sale and for let in and around the village. Call in six days a week – between Monday and Saturday – to find out more about buying and selling houses in Kings Langley. ‎

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