In spite of being only 16 miles from London within the M25 and with Watford on its doorstep, Bushey has the feel of a small rural town with a duck pond and church and is largely surrounded by the Green Belt. London Euston can be reached by train in just 20 minutes and a bus network can also take commuters to the nearby towns of Watford, Harrow and Stanmore for tube services to the capital. Bushey High Street has a range of local shops, cafés and restaurants with the larger regional shopping centre of Watford on its doorstep.
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Annual events such as the Bushey Festival and quarter marathon which is held each July and the Horticultural Society’s flower and produce show offer residents the best of both the city and the country. The Bushey Rose Garden is on the site of one of the town’s most famous residents Hubert Herkomer, a German-born Victorian artist who settled in the town in 1883 and opened a world-famous art school and built a Bavarian-style mansion Lululaund after his first wife where he directed several historical costume dramas. Close to the film and television studios at Borehamwood, many of the town’s locations feature on screen including scenes from Harry Potter and Little Britain. The Warner Bros Harry Potter World is nearby. Hartsbourne Golf and Country Club is one of the country’s most prestigious private members club in England. Bushey Country Club offers golf, gym and fitness classes.
Bushey is in Zone 8 on the London Overground network and national rail with connections to Central, East and West London. Intercity services can be accessed a Watford Junction two stops to the north.
There are many good primary schools including Bushey Heath Primary School awarded “outstanding” in its last Ofsted inspection. State secondary include Queen’s School, Bushey Meads School and the famous Purcell School for young musicians. For a full list visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk.
There is wide range of property styles in Bushey and nearby upmarket Bushey Heath from period cottages to Victorian terrace houses and impressive detached houses from the 1920s to contemporary new build flats. The most expensive roads are in the Lake conservation area off Bushey Heath High Road, with its Arts & Crafts properties, Warren Road and The Comyns. Royal Connaught Park is a large luxury development of new homes.
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The late singer and former Wham! Member George Michael attended Bushey Meads sixth form and the school has recently added a blue plaque to the building to honour his memory.
Bushey comes under the Hertsmere Borough of Hertfordshire. The annual council tax rates for 2021/22 are:
- Band A: £1,249.02
- Band B: £1,457.20
- Band C: £1,665.36
- Band E: £2,289.88
- Band F: £2,706.23
- Band G: £3,122.56
- Band H: £3,747.08