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The home counties are the counties of England that surround London. The counties generally included in the list are Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex (although Sussex does not border London).

Counties surrounding London (1889 borders) 1. Buckinghamshire, 2. Hertfordshire, 3. Essex, 4. Berkshire, 5. Middlesex, 6. Surrey, 7. Kent, 8. Sussex, and County of London (yellow). (This map uses the Historic County borders)

Other counties more distant from London, such as Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire are also sometimes included in the list due to their close proximity to the capital and their connection to the London regional economy. No exact definition of the term exists and the composition of the home counties remains a matter of debate. Many towns and villages within the home counties form part of the London commuter belt from which it is practical to commute to work in the capital.


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