Commuter town loved by Royals constantly named one of UK’s ‘poshest places to live’

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A commuter town with connections to the Royal Family has been named Britain’s poshest place to live, but it has also been called one of the least worthy places to visit. Tunbridge Wells – a town located approximately 45 minutes from London – has many appealing features such as a polo club, private schools and plenty of pricey independent stores, The Daily Express reports. It was recently rated the second poshest town in the country by the website locallife.co.uk which surveyed 340 towns in the UK. However, Tunbridge Wells is a town with an average house price of more than £533,000, according to Rightmove – and it’s not an appealing place for everyone. Although it has some noteworthy attractions including Scotney Castle, Dunorlan Park and The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells was rated one of the least worthy places to visit near London, according to a 2021 Which? Survey. Those who have used the satirical website iLiveHere have referred to the area as a “very odd town” with a “seedy underbelly”. One reviewer said: “There are quite a few snooty people. The town also feels very small, because it is, both in terms of the area it covers and the population. There really isn’t that much to do in the town because of its small size.” Another added: “The Pantiles is pretty, but it’s only a couple of hundred metres long or so.” The Pantiles is an area of traditional Georgian buildings that acts as a shopping area, and was previously called The Walks and the (Royal) Parade. Tunbridge Wells has a rich history of links with the Royal Family, hence its official name of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The town is often thought of as a place to see and be seen at, and has witnessed a lot of royal and aristocratic visitors in previous years. Perhaps the most famous connection is with Queen Victoria, who attended church service in Tunbridge Wells with her mother, the Duchess of Kent. In addition, she visited the town as a 15-year-old in 1834. In 1909 the town’s royal connections were formerly recognised when King Edward VIII granted it the “Royal” prefix to recognise its popularity among royal family members.

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