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The local area guide to living in Maidenhead

Maidenhead has long had a reputation as a place for pleasure and was notorious during Edwardian times for champagne parties, drinking clubs, and ‘Ascot Sunday’ – a day for showing off one’s finery on the river. Today, the emphasis is still on the finer things in life, and the town has a plethora of art, music, drama and dance festivals. It continues to attract many affluent residents, hence its reputation as having some of the highest property prices in the UK and a high number of celebrities who make their home in Maidenhead.

Maidenhead began as a small hamlet surrounding a bridge, and by being on the route from London to the West it became an important trading point. The town sits on the banks of the River Thames in Berkshire and has excellent transport links to London, making it a very popular commuter town. It is surrounded by a selection of beautiful villages, including Bray, where the famous Fat Duck restaurant is situated, and Cookham, which is popular with artists.

Information about the local residents

The town is part of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and has a population of about 80,000 people. The average age of people in the area is 40, making it a fairly young town that’s popular with families. Maidenhead is predominantly Christian, with over 62% of people identifying as such. Maidenhead is reasonably multicultural; with around 80% of its inhabitants hailing from Britain and Ireland it has more than the national average of migrants.

The town is popular with people who commute to nearby London, Slough, and Reading, and sits on what is known as the ‘Silicon Corridor’ along the M4. As a result of its excellent transport links, Maidenhead is a very well off area with an average yearly wage of 28,000 - a figure much higher than the national average.

Nearby schools

The area has five secondary schools, which vary in attainment levels. Altwood Church of England School was classed by Ofsted as ‘requiring improvement’, Furze Platt Senior School is rated as ‘satisfactory’, and Newlands Girl’s School, Cox Green School and Desborough College are all rated as ‘good’. Maidenhead also has a large selection of primary schools and nursery schools.

There are also a large range of private schools in Maidenhead and the surrounding area. The infamous Eton College is located nearby, where 19 British Prime Ministers have been educated, and the list of so-called Old Etonians is highly impressive.

Getting around

Maidenhead is heaven for commuters, with regular train services zipping into central London at a journey time of just 20 minutes. By 2018, the town will be the terminus of Crossrail, adding an extra speedy route into London and routes that extend to Kent and Essex.

Maidenhead is close to both the M4 and M1, providing easy access to both the west and the north of the UK by road, as well as a quick route to the M25 and into central London.

Local shops

Maidenhead is a great destination for high street shopping and features Nicholson’s Shopping Centre, which incudes many well-known national stores such as Poundland, Next, Tesco, Topshop, and Argos. The town also has a good selection of independent and specialist stores, and hosts a large variety of regular and visiting markets, including farmers’, continental and arts markets.

In nearby Windsor is the Royal Shopping Centre, a covered area that occupies the site of an old railway station and has an impressive array of upmarket brands including Jaeger and Hobbs.

Maidenhead has a good selection of bars, cafes and restaurants, plus an Odeon cinema, an arts centre, a theatre and a bowling alley. Heston Blumenthal’s renowned restaurant, The Fat Duck, is also situated nearby and has been awarded three Michelin stars. The restaurant is usually very busy, so booking far ahead is recommended.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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