Retirement homes - North of London

Within an hour of the myriad sights just north of the Thames are a number of retirement homes and a wealth of beautiful green spaces and fascinating attractions.

There’s so much to see and do in the city

From the lively markets in Camden Town to the rich musical history of Abbey Road and from the theatres, bars and restaurants of Islington to the leafy charms of Hampstead, retirement in North London is brimming with diversity.

As well as bustling village-like communities, North London boasts some exceptional urban green spaces, including Hyde Park, St James’ Park and Hampstead Heath. Plus, with a wealth of world-class museums and galleries, not to mention an abundance of world-famous attractions and sights, retirement in the North London area won’t ever be dull.

Treasures just an hour north of the city

There’s a healthy choice of McCarthy & Stone retirement homes within an hour of the city and so much to see and do in the wider North London area.

Many of the regions towns and cities are as old as London itself. Colchester Castle, for example, is built on the foundations of a Roman temple, the town being Britain’s first Roman city. And, in St Albans, you’ll find remnants of a Roman wall, plus much of the Cathedral’s architecture dates from Norman times. While in St Albans, you’ll have a host of choice for a pint in the local, as it is purportedly home to more pubs per person than any other town in the UK!

For a look back through several centuries of the country’s military history, head to Tilbury Fort. Situated on the Thames estuary, this dramatic and imposing structure was built by Henry VIII and protected London’s seaward approach right up to the Second World War.

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Retirement Living - The ideal choice for many buyers aged over 60. You will have your own apartment, with exterior maintenance taken care of and plenty of opportunities to socialise.

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Retirement Living PLUS - Designed for the over-70s. All the benefits of Retirement Living, plus an on-site restaurant or bistro and care and support available if you want a little extra help.

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Lifestyle Living - An ever-expanding portfolio of luxurious homes for active over-55s. Take your pick from rural and coastal retreats, city-centre apartments and bustling market towns.

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Wide open spaces on London’s doorstep

The newly opened Walthamstow Wetlands are Europe’s biggest urban wetlands and can be reached within just 15 minutes of London. Enjoy stunning vistas and connect with nature in this peaceful urban haven.

For idyllic English countryside, head to the Chiltern Hills. With over 300 square miles of stunning scenery and quintessential uncrowded rolling green hills, its not hard to see why it has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.And if its some fresh sea air you’re after in your retirement, a host of typical English seaside resorts line the coast, from Southend to Clacton. Southend is the proud home of the world's longest pleasure pier and you’ll find all of the classic seaside amusements in Clacton. Yet if it’s something a little more laid back you’re looking for, head to Frinton-on-Sea. This seaside resort has gone out of its way to remain as uncommercialised as possible and is the perfect place for a quiet stroll along the shore, having been awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness.