On the doorstep of some of West London’s most glorious open spaces and vibrant local amenities, Ealing’s popularity has catapulted in recent years. Having undergone a huge transformation from a rural Middlesex village into a major metropolitan district, the borough is teeming with independent restaurants, coffee shops and retail outlets. Whether you are a first-time buyer, a professional couple, or a family, you will be spoiled for choice.
For children, Ealing is home to some excellent youth sports clubs including hockey, football, and swimming or for budding young performers, there are various clubs that offers drama, dance, singing and music practice.
Ealing Transport Links
With a choice of underground stations and its very own National Rail link, the London Borough of Ealing is one of West London’s best-connected regions.
In total, the borough has thirteen tube stations, all of which sit in zones three to five, as well as several train stations on the Overground lines and Great Western Railway lines.
Ealing Broadway, the borough’s primary transport link, boasts regular services to the West, with trains running to Slough, Reading, Oxford, and beyond. The station is also served by a District and Circle line and a Central line link, offering swift services into the heart of London as well as Eastbound several times an hour.
Ealing Schools and Education
It is not just the green spaces and cultural opportunities that make Ealing a popular place for young families – schools here are also very good, with many earning ‘outstanding’ ratings from Ofsted. Drayton Manor High School and Brentside Primary School in Hanwell are two such institutions with an excellent track record. In addition, there are several sought-after independent schools here, such as the Notting Hill and Ealing High School for Girls, Avenue House School, and St Benedict’s School.
Out and About in Ealing
Covering 47 acres, Ealing Common is the borough’s main park. It hosts events throughout the year and is a major attraction for locals, especially families with young children. Further west, Brent Lodge Park and Perivale Park are other excellent options for a day outdoors.
For a spot of retail therapy, Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre is home to most high street chain shops as well as a few top fashion outlets, with brands including Boots, Monsoon, and H&M.
There are outlets of major gym chains such as The Gym and Nuffield Health & Leisure throughout the borough, as well as good council-run services including the Alec Reed Academy Community Sports Centre, and Everyone Active Acton Centre, which offers two swimming pools. There are also a choice of golf and cricket clubs throughout the area.
Pleasant leafy streets of terraced, semi-detached, and detached houses give the area a suburban feel. Toward Ealing Broadway, there are many older, grand looking Victorian houses. Ealing’s numerous green spaces mean lots of locals can find homes overlooking parks. Flats on the roads surrounding Ealing Common are particularly desirable. For apartment living, there are numerous period conversions and in recent years some high-rise contemporary developments have offered upmarket flats such as The Courtyard and Filmworks.