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Borehamwood is a lively, commercial town located within Hertfordshire, surrounded by attractive Green Belt countryside, yet just outside of Greater London (only 22 minutes from London's St Pancras International station). Borehamwood is home to the Elstree film studios which is how it got named the 'British Hollywood'. Films such as Moby Dick, Superman, Star Wars and other epics were made in the town. These days, Elstree fim studios are home to the Big Brother House and Who Wants To Be A Millionnaire. Also, the main Studio Complex for BBC is situated only across the road - this is where Eastenders and Holby City are all made. The population is approximately 30,000 and the town is in the Borough of Hertsmere (whose offices are situated in Elstree Way).
The M1, A1 and M25 are all within easy reach, providing direct access to London and the rest of the UK. A First Capital Connect train service runs to London St Pancras International, St Albans and Luton at regular intervals. A comprehensive bus network provides links to neighbouring areas.
The main shopping area is centralised down the main high street, Shenley Road, and features a selection of leading stores such as Savers, main high street banks (National Westminster, Barclays, HSBC) together with a main supermarket (Tesco) plus more traditional retailers. A retail warehouse park, Boulevard 25, is located on the edge of town, which includes large stores such as Next, Marks and Spencers Food Store, Argos, JD Sports, WHSmith, Boots and Carphone Warehouse. There is a range of food retailers ranging from fast food outlets such as McDonalds and KFC, to restaurants including Nandos, Zinco and Divan). There are smaller shopping areas found in Leeming Road and Manor Way.
The Venue in Shenley Road is home to Beaumonts fitness centre, health suite, dance studio and 25-metre, eight-lane swimming pool, jacuzzi, spa and numerous aerobic programmes. Such facilities are also found at Virgin Leisuire situated further down Shenley Road in the main high street area. Nearby, the sister Venue is the Hawksmoor Centre in Cowley Hill which includes a fitness suite, squash, badminton and a bar. The A1 Golf Range is also available to keen golfers, plus there is a cinema and bingo centre.
Hertfordshire has a thriving business community, with a work force of approximately 550,000. In September 2000, unemployment stood at 8,700 (1.7% of the workforce compared to the national average of about 4%). The close proximity to London, makes the county popular for commuters working in the City.
Within the area there are many places of worship (including churches and synagogues). For further information on this subject or any other, please feel free to visit our main office to collect a through guide to the area.