Kingston in Sussex is one of UK’s ‘poshest towns’ with houses more expensive than London | UK | News

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Kingston in Sussex is one of UK’s ‘poshest towns’ with houses more expensive than London | UK | News

A quaint village just two hours away from London is so posh that its houses are as pricey as those in the capital. London is known for being one of the most expensive places to live in the UK.

With house prices soaring and the cost of living on the rise, many people are choosing to relocate. However, there are some spots around the country where house prices are even higher.

One such place is Kingston-near-Lewes, a civil parish nestled in the South Downs in East Sussex. It’s easy to see why it’s so sought after.

The village is surrounded by the area’s famous chalky hills, offering beautiful walking routes. As you wander through Kingston, it feels like stepping back in time.

At the heart of the village is a 13th-century church, and traditional cottages and gardens line its peaceful streets. So, it’s no wonder that Kingston has been named by the Telegraph as one of Britain’s poshest villages.

The village description says: « Just one mile from the South Downs Way, and two miles from Lewes, this village is green in more ways than one. There’s a community energy project under way and a pavilion with a living roof.

« The calendar is packed with yoga classes, bridge nights and whisky tastings. There’s a 13th-century church and the Juggs makes for a great second living room. »

Kingston has been recognised before as it also made the same list in 2022, celebrated for its ‘chocolate-box appeal’. According to estimates by the Telegraph, buying a property here isn’t cheap, with the average house price standing at £782k.

This is more than £70,000 more than London, where Rightmove states the average house price is £708,000.

Explaining why Kingston and other posh villages are so popular, Frances Clacy, an analyst at Savills, told MyLondon: « People want villages that have a bit of everything, from schools to stunning countryside, with accessibility to cities and transport infrastructure. »

Kingston is relatively easy to get to by both car and public transport. A direct train from London Victoria to Lewes takes just over an hour, followed by a short bus ride. Driving to Kingston via the M23, A23 and A27 takes roughly one hour and 50 minutes from the capital.

Train travel can be booked through Trainline, while offers a range of accommodation options in the wider South Downs area.

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