A historical town labelled ‘an old soul with plenty of mod cons’ has been crowned the best place to live in Buckinghamshire.

Amersham is officially the number one place to live in the county – according to Muddy Stilettos, a popular online guide covering best things to do in the south of England with 1.2 million followers.

Now Amersham has beaten other rival Bucks towns after readers’ voting closed, including the runner-up Marlow, Haddenham and Great Missenden.

Mayor of Amersham Mark Roberts commented: “I'm pleased to hear about this award, it confirms why so many of us are so proud of Amersham. Our beautiful Britain in Bloom winning town is home to lively shops, cafes and markets, and fabulous community activities and events. So many local people involved in improving the town as a great place to live, work and visit.”

Bucks Free Press: Amersham Museum is one of the many things making Amersham the best place to liveAmersham Museum is one of the many things making Amersham the best place to live (Image: Newsquest)

What makes Amersham great? 


Residents are likely to know the answer to this, but visitors are eager to find out all the top tips for the hottest place to live.

Both Old Amersham with its historical buildings and newer Amersham-on-the-Hill have their own distinct qualities, alongside a direct Tube connection to central London.

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The Metroland town has “all the perks of countryside living” but with a buzzy town feel, Muddy Stilettos said.

Muddy Stilettos praised Amersham’s dining out and shopping choice, attractions and culture, properties, nurseries and schools in the area.

Foodies are spoilt for choice in Amersham with Michelin-star Artichoke, Atul Kochar’s Hawkyns, The Crown Inn famous as the filming location of Four Weddings and a Funeral, award-winning Pluma, The Griffin for stylish atmosphere, Metro Lounge, sushi place Koyo, The Grocer at 15 and Sycamore for coffee, and Mad Squirrel Taproom for a pint. 

They also revealed the town’s best kept secret – The Potter’s Arms pub in Winchmore Hill village known for its comedy gigs.

Amersham’s independent shopping was commended, including fashion boutiques Heidi & Hudson, Chattertons and Fabric. Old Amersham- based Su Chases Interiors and The Leveret for kids wear were also mentioned alongside High Street big name brands such as Joules and Jigsaw.

Amersham Owned charity shop supporting The Hospice of St Francis was commended for its selection of pre-loved furniture and fashion.

Among attractions for a fun family day out, the mini pig farm Kew Little Pigs received a mention. 

Fans of the town hadn’t forgotten about Amersham Museum, Amersham Festival of Music, Chilterns Lifestyle Centre with its pool and climbing wall and Roald Dahl Museum only 13 minute drive away in neighbouring Great Missenden.  

A shout out was given to Acre Wood Nursery School, Ollie Owl nursery, Daybreak Nursery, girl’s prep school Godstowe, boys prep school The Beacon, Chesham Prep, Pipers Corner girls’ school and High March.