Ealing, or ‘The Queen of the Suburbs’ as it’s fondly known, strikes a happy balance between city and countryside living. Its numerous train and tube stations offer fantastic connections to the heart of the capital, but it’s managed to retain a rural, characterful look and feel. The borough has numerous parks (Gunnersbury, Brent Lodge Park and Walpole are three of the best), a 40-something acre common, and quiet, leafy avenues.
Restaurants & bars
Away from its peaceful green spaces, Ealing offers plenty in the way of hustle and bustle. It’s got an impressive music scene, with an abundance of pubs regularly hosting live bands, plus a good selection of wine bars and coffee shops that could give East London a run for its money. And when it comes to eating out, you’ve got the world on your plate here. Move away from the chain favourites in central Ealing, and you’ll find quirky independents dishing up everything from Iranian to Italian cuisine.
A sense of community
Ealing’s most loveable attribute is its infectious community spirit. Newcomers have plenty to get involved in, such as exhibitions, amateur theatre groups and an annual summer festival. There’s also a real ‘shop local’ mantra, so lots of long-established, family-run businesses remain, selling the likes of fresh flowers and fruit and veg. Alternatively, high street names like Boots and Argos are in good supply at the Ealing Broadway shopping centre.
Ealing Studios, the world’s oldest working film production site, can be found overlooking Ealing Green. It’s set the tone for the area’s love of the arts since 1902, and provided a backdrop for cinematic and TV greats like Notting Hill, St Trinian’s and Downton Abbey.
Ealing’s occupants vary just like its homes do. Families are drawn by the reputable schools and the spacious Victorian houses, while young professionals relish the transport links and luxury flats (several new developments have sprouted in recent years). The arrival of Crossrail will mean Ealing is even better connected, too. With journey times to Central London predicted to be around just 11 minutes, prices here are set to soar.
HomeViews reviewer says…
“The local neighbourhood plays host to a string of atmospheric bars and restaurants, along with traditional Victorian pubs and quality cheese and wine delicatessens.”