“ Hertfordshire, England „
End of the day it's never going to be a London or a New york, it is simply a town on the outskirts which is useful. I've lived there for 20 odd years and now at uni, but to be honest i miss its simplicity when not there. Nothing is far away and it's close to a lot of amenities. It has potential to be better than it is, admittedly the shops have deteriorated but that is down the economic climate not the towns fault, it is not the wealthiest of areas and therefore will not get the big brands. But it is a town which offers various places to live, some of which not so great others very pleasant it all depends on what you can afford. For example, theo walcott and Lewis hamilton have lived in felden which is 5 minutes round the corner of the train station. Vinnie Jones had a mansion there. So if it attracts people such as these its not too bad a place. The shops will get better as soon as the downturn leaves us, but for now all you whining arseholes complaining about it, you've got to realise that everywhere has shit kids that will try and harm you and threaten, all towns have the weirdos that hang around in town. No place is all laddy darrr with fairies and chocolate fountains. Am sorry but that doesnt exist. Far worse towns compared to this place, trust me!!
Hemel Hempstead. A town on hold. Itnever seems to go forward. I was born there,it used to have a cinema that became a bingo hall that became a Weatherspoons, that must rate as the worst in the country loads of plates from left meals scattered all over tables, local tramps and alki's sitting in there from about 10.30am . It had no big shopping centre when i lived there just a high street, but it did had a wide range of shops, then it got a shopping centre lots of nice new shops but only for a year and they all packed up and left, whether the rents where too high i'm not sure. Its main good point when i lived there was The Pavillion an entertainment venue second to none i saw Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Golden Earring and many more superb groups and what did Hemel council do KNOCK IT DOWN. so what do they have going for Hemel now . SOD ALL
Poor Hemel Hempstead has gotten a terrible write up. I can understand why but in more recent years there has been a lot of work done and the area is on the up. Jarmin Park houses some clubs, a water park, bowling alley, arcade, ice skating, Empire cinema, fast food outlets and a 24 hour Tesco. The facilities are ok and seem to be slowely improving. The constant police pressence has brought crime right down. There used to be a dry ski slope next to the track and field area. This is now being replaced by a real snow centre set to open in April 2009. This is said to soon be Britain's premier indoor snow sports centre. As well as providing a real snow slope the centre will also have a smaller childrens area for snowman building and such, a range of lessons in skiing and snow boarding, tobogganing, tubing, bars and restaurants, and shops. Check out the progress @ http://www.thesnowcentre.com/project-progress/webcam The old town side is a bit lacking in my view as there aren't many shops. A beautifull old town as pitured above but it seems as if every other shop is a hair salon and the rest are estate agents. I have not been to the restaurants in the old town but they have bee recommended by others. Just past the old town is a massive park. There large skating area with jumps. two different play areas for younger children and lots of flat ground to kick a football around. There is a free car park on one side of the park and the other is on the old town side and is extremely cheap. The main town centre is made up of the Marlowes shopping centre, Riverside shopping and the outside walkway. Due to the current economic downturn there are a number of shops shut. The Marlowes houses a little bit for everyone, from New Look to Mothercare. Riverside shopping is the newest area with a large Debenhams, a number of other outlets and restaurants. There are a number of car parks surrounding the town which make parking no trouble. Like anyone else I like to go to large shopping malls but Hemel usually has everything I need. The outside walkway has a handful of restaurants, Next, Primark, Boots, WhSmith and more. There is a weekly market along the walkway serving up clothes, sweets, and foods. The leisure centre (Sportspace) just outside of the town centre has a gym, indoor and outdoor swimming, tanning facilities and holds numerous events for locals such as dance and childrens activities. Other activites and facilities include: Multi Purp Sports Hall, Badminton, Squash, Tennis, Exercise Studio, Creche, Kidspace, Meeting Room, Astroturf Pitch, Martial Arts and Cafe. The cricket pitch now has a new house for team meetings. It is co-owned by the local police and has a few meeting rooms and a large clock on the buildings side. Along side the cricket pitch and canal are a few fields which are home to the Boxmoor Trust horses and cows. Kids love to go trough the fields saying hello to the animals. These fields are also where the conker festival, Music on the moor and other activities are held. If you're into fishing join the rest of the fishermen along the canal. Enjoy the beautifull walks past fields and boats and have a good look at a town that is now becoming the beautifull place it always should have been.
I don't know if I should admit this looking at your reviews, but I live here! And I'm going to stand up for Hemel Hempstead. We're quite a small town. There are lots of nice little villages here, I spent 21 years growing up in Great Gaddesden. There are lots of nice walks and parks to go to in Hemel. I now live a 10 minute walk from the town centre with my fiance and two young Daughters and we're all very happy. The town has been updated and now looks more modern. We now have a big 3 floor Debenhams, TK Maxx, H&M, Waterstones, plus more. Our River Island and New Look has been updated and looks really good. I can get anything I need in Hemel with Apsley retail park another 10 minutes away from me. There is Jarmans park which is good during the day but I have to admit idiots do go here at night to the clubs. They have got a cinema, bowling, ice skating, pool, pizza hut and more. Hemel sport centre is good and I'm a member of the gym and am very happy with it. The 'Magic roundabout' which we are famous for isn't as hard as it looks, just treat it as each single roundabout and you'll be fine! There are some nice restaurants and pubs here, Aroma, Banana Leaf, Marchmont Arms, Full House, Swan Inn and lots more.
My boyfriend and I visited the Peter Percy shop in Hemel Hempstead Dec 07 for a last attempt to buy a dress shirt for a black tie event we were attending that evening, due to the time of the year, every shop previous to this had sold out or didn't have correct size. The manager took one look at us (mid twenties) and brought out many shirts in the sale (because apparently being young clearly means we have no money and are only there to waste his time....) he was very unhelpful, condescending and seemed very bored with our requests. We tried our best to ignore this as we were desperate to get a shirt. Once we had found a shirt we liked, my boyfriend asked to try it on and was advised that there was no changing facilities in the shop, so as we were desperate we bought the shirt for £39.99. Once we got home and my boyfriend tried the shirt on, unfortunately it didn't fit.... so I tried to take the shirt back, with the receipt, in early Jan 08. The same person served me and advised that they do not offer a refund on sale items...... a fact we were conveniently not made aware of at the time of purchase. I explained that as there was no changing facility in store that they gave no alternative to us, the customer, but to try the shirt on at home and take back. He refused to help me at all and was very rude. After I pushed further, he offered their tailor service but when I asked for this in writing he had one reply "No". I have never been so disgusted in all my life with the service I have received in this store and urge anyone who wants to be treated like a customer, never to set foot in this store. I will look into taking this further but meanwhile want to make others aware.
I don’t live that far from Hemel Hempstead, So last week I decided to go there for a bit of shopping and just generally see what is going on there. Damn! Why did I bother? Marlows shopping centre: Virgin Mega (mini) store- only sells charts CDs and old videos, Staff are Argos rejects. NTL shop- do not buy anything NTL related or you will suffer for the rest of your contract. Clinton Cards x2- Why? Couple of sports shops- leading the way in mass market cheap sports clothing. Chitter Chatter- selling one2one products. Orange- yeah, if you want an Orange phone. Fake gadget shop- selling rubbish versions of Gadget shop goods H.Samuel- cheap gold and china shoes ?!?!?!? (What is that all about?) The list goes on for a little while longer, but I can’t remember much else. Main Street Blockbuster Video- yeah not bad. Burger King/ McDonalds- you know about them. Peter Percy- Suit Shop, This is where those guys from the Fast show work and they will touch your nuts. Allsports- No need to shop here. All the banks- good idea. Woolworths- has one member of staff and massive queues of customers with massive bags of pick & mix. Fusion- Bar during the day, night-club at night, Never been here as it is too small for me to bust some serious Breakdancing (so I have been told) Cant remember anything else as I stopped paying attention to the shops and tried to survive walking whilst being buzzed by kids on damn scooters!!!!! Jarmen Park: Ethos/Visage Night-clubs – one for the oldies, eighties pop / one for the kids, garage and r&b Fights galore!! Not decent ones, just the shouting and rolling on the floor types, girls in bikinis shouting “LEAVE IT KEVIN, IT AINT WURF IT” Bar/arcade/bowling- local DJ playing all the popular garage tunes while the kids drink themselves into ‘fight mode’ McDonalds- Food related fighting. Best to vi sit here if you have an old Renault 5 or Ford Escort with badly tinted windows, this will ensure that you ‘fit in’ Dry Ski Slope: For all your dry skiing needs. Dacorum Pavilion: Usually for tribute bands and Pantomimes; however I saw Harry Hill here once and had a great evening. Water Gardens: Couple of lakes and benches, The flowers might be nice in the summer. Not very big and too near the road. The ‘Magic’ Roundabout: Not sure why this causes so much confusion, Its just a number of small roundabouts around a big round island, Watch out for newcomers to it!! Bovingdon Market: Go here to buy- Nokia Ringtones, Alloy Wheels, out of date chocolates, Mobile phone fascias, Candles, Cheap gold, Fake perfume, Dog Treats. Or To get a dose of listeria from a dirt burger. It gets very very busy here so please be aware that you must take with you a double push chair, half for the pack of dog food and the other half should be empty. All in all it wasn’t the best shopping experience I have ever had, so I shall not be going there again in a hurry. Please comment if you feel I have missed anything out or misrepresented in anyway.
Okay, here's what I personally think of Hemel Hempstead, in general. This was my first pit stop on my journey throughout England and Europe. It was extremely cold when I arrived, the squirrels would be running around and many trees were losing their leaves. It seemed such a lovely place... at first. Hemel Hempstead is the kind of place, if you were travelling, to be stayed in for a total maximum of two nights. It's different if you live here, it's close to London for work. I am stuck here through, shall we say, 'circumstances'. I've worked at 'Living Room', which is now 'Fusion', Ethos & Visage, and Batchwood (which is in St.Albans). Apart from the nightlife at 'Wollyworld', there is not a hell of a lot to do here, apart from ski on the dry ski slope just behind Jarman Park. You can find a lovely selection of restaurants in the 'Old Town', which include the restaurant 'Piggy's' & 'The Spinning Wheel', (which was used by the BBC for a tv series). The shopping, well.. there is the Marlowes Shopping Centre, which, if you like shopping, can be done and finished within a maximum of 2 - 3 hours. There isn't too many shops and you'll find the business fluctuation to be somewhat depressing. However, do not despair.. there is Watford's Harlequin massive shopping centre or the Bovingdon Market on saturdays. Hemel, I'm bored with it, but I guess you may not be...?
I live in a place called Tring which isn't that far down the A41 from Hemel Hempstead. I can't knock the place considering that it has a lot more choice for young people to do than where we are, and I used to work there. There is a place called 'Jarmans Park' which contains MacDonalds, Pizza Hut, Cinema, Bowling, 2 bars, 2 clubs, Ice skating and Swimming'. When it first opened the club 'Visage' was where most people went. However, since some one I know got his throat slashed, I've changed my mind. It is full of blokes who think they are all Hard gangsters and girls otherwise known to us outside Hemel as 'Hemel Slappers'. Too much tacky jewellery, white skirts and knee high boots oh don't forget the permed hair. The only thing that I would suggest is going to 'Jumpin Jaks', that is fun. The place is always lively and there is karaoke once a week.
Hemel hempstead is between Milton Keynes and London and has a real character to the place - there are LOADS of great shops and it's easy to get to the place from where I live - just 20 minutes by train. The most prolific part of Hemel is the Jarman Park leisure facility offering the great Swimming Pool - Aqua Splash - It's Called this I think, and then there's ice skating, roller blading, skiing - on the dry sky slope - go to MK for the real thing, and then there's all the bowling and ARCADES - some of the best arcades around.
I admit JJB has a good range of products, most of it being sports related (I suppose that's quite obvious really) and reasonably priced. The shops themselves are pleasant and airy with a tidy if a little dull decor. The problem for me with JJB is the people who run it. I was in my local store last week trying to buy a new pair of trainers and having found the one I wanted I decided to try it on. Never has trying on a pair of trainers been so difficult. There were only two members of staff actually serving people and they were dealing with four customers each. Seeing this I walked over to a group of 'supervisors' and 'managers' who were standing around trying to look important. When I asked them for help I was told that only staff on the floor could help and apparently they were not on the floor, they were infact in the customer service area. Some service. You may think that I am basing this opinion on one bad experience, but I can assure you that previous visits by myself and other that I know have brought similar stories. Sort it out JJB.
I went out for lunch today at a restaurant called Jenny's, and I really wish I haddent. I went to the one in Hemel Hempstead town centre. I don't know how big the chain of restaurants are, but I'm sure that I have seen the same place in other towns I've been to. The tables and floor were clean, so that was a good start, and the food was brought to us rather quickly once we had ordered, but it ended right there. As soon as we had all sat down(I went with Mum and Dad)the Waitress came over and asked what we wanted to order! like, give us a chance to see the menu! When we had looked and decided, We ordered our lunches and waited about 5 minutes, and all 3 meals were ready. They were no way cooked fresh as they were all luke warm, and I was appauled to find that it looked NOTHING like what the menu had. The portions of chips were 1/3 of the size and certainly not worth £3.90 with the roll and a bit of salad in it! I had a jacket potato, and it was really greasy and the salad, well there was hardly anything there, and the other meal ordered, was burger and chips with fried eggs, the burger was like a bit of rubber and tasted nasty, and the egg was the best thing on the plate! I also ordered a glass of Pepsi, and it took them 10 minutes to bring that over! how long does it take? and to top it off, when they gave that to me, It was flat. The waiter who collected our plates just lent over and took them, did not ask If we had finnished! and was really rude when I gave him my empty glass, I was only trying to help! I did not complain in person, but I have a good mind to write them a strong worded letter as I think that they were just rude and don't have a clue when it comes down to customer service. STEER CLEAR at all costs, they are not worth it! and they over charge, no way were the 3 meals and 3 drinks worth £12.00, not from there.