About Hemel Hempstead
The verdant town of Hemel Hempstead was designed to be both efficient and a peaceful place to live and, because of this, it is faintly reminiscent in its layout and feel to that other famous New Town, nearby Milton Keynes.
One major similarity are the towns' main road systems, which are designed to connect all important urban areas whilst avoiding disturbing the locals by not passing directly through any residential districts. In fact, perhaps the best known local landmark in Hemel Hempstead is the so-called 'Magic Roundabout' - an initially confusing six-route junction made up of a network of mini-roundabouts. However, Hemel Hempstead grew in a much more organic way than Milton Keynes and, as such, offers a far more varied architectural palette to the visitor.
Aside from its modern layout, Hemel Hempstead has a variety of shopping and recreation areas to offer, such as the new Riverside shopping centre which already has a number of major retailers open for business.
If you seek more peaceful pursuits, then maybe an afternoon amid the clipped lawns, floral displays and fountains of the town's renowned Watergardens might be more to your taste.
Bringing prosperity and local jobs with them, a sizable number of huge multinational companies make their homes in Hemel Hempstead - names such as BP, DuPont, Kodak and British Telecom.
Hemel Hempstead is perfectly placed geographically to be easily accessible from just about anywhere: the town has links to the nearby M1 motorway, as well as being in close proximity to the M25, and the main railway line from London to the Midlands also passes through.