It's not very often an area in the capital can say there's still a community feel in their neighbourhood, but Uxbridge is one of them.
Uxbridge lies 20 miles west of central London where its canalside setting and period houses attract commuters looking for a home to buy or to rent.
The Grand Union canal winds through the area, a perfect paradise for joggers; while the outstanding architecture of the 1938 tube station still draws admirers today.
Uxbridge Transport Links
Uxbridge station lies at the end of both the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines, virtually guaranteeing a seat in the morning rush hour.
For commuters travelling into Central London is swift and easy - Finchley Road, 32 minutes, Baker Street, 39 minutes, Bond Street, 43 minutes, Westminster, 47 minutes and Liverpool Street, 58 minutes.
Uxbridge is 5 minutes from the M40, 10 minutes from the M25, and 15 minutes from the M4 and Heathrow.
Uxbridge Schools and Education
Among state secondary schools, Swakeleys School for Girls, Vyners School, The Douay Martyrs Catholic School and Uxbridge High School all come highly recommended.
For younger children, the best primary schools in Uxbridge include St Marys Catholic Primary School and Hillingdon Primary School which have both been rated as ‘Outstanding’ and St Helens College which is the local independent.
Uxbridge is also home to Brunel University London.
Out and About in Uxbridge
The pedestrianised town centre is a busy shopping destination with two retail complexes – The Pavilions and the ‘intu’ shopping centre. Here all the high streets names can be found in addition to a multi-screen cinema complex at the intu centre. Small, independent shops thrive in the historic Windsor Street area.
Just 10 minutes to the south of Uxbridge is Stockley Park. This landscaped business park is home to numerous large international companies and many of their employees live in Uxbridge and the surrounding areas – it even boasts its own golf course.
The Grand Union Canal passes to the west of Uxbridge and many locals enjoy visiting Cowley Lock, a delightful conservation area from which canal cruises can be taken. Bordering the canal is Stockley Country Park a popular destination with 270 acres of walks, cycle paths, lakes and one of Uxbridge’s two golf courses.