Home counties

The home counties are the counties of England that surround London. The counties are not precisely defined but Buckinghamshire and Surrey are usually included in definitions[1] and Berkshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent are also often included.[1][2] Other counties further from London — such as Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, East Sussex and West Sussex — are not normally regarded as home counties,[1][2] although on occasion may be thought of as such due to their proximity to London and their connection to the London regional economy.

Home Counties
Country United Kingdom
Constituent country England
RegionEast of England
South East England
CountiesUsually includes:

Sometimes added:

Time zoneUTC0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
The former geographic counties (1889–1965) surrounding London: 1. Buckinghamshire 2. Hertfordshire 3. Essex 4. Berkshire 5. Middlesex (now part of Greater London) 6. Surrey 7. Kent 8. Sussex. (County of London shown in yellow)

Since the origin of the term "home counties" is uncertain and no exact definition exists, their composition is a matter of debate.


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