Ealing, known as 'The Queen of Suburbs', is one of the most favoured London boroughs for housing. Culturally familiar from countless TV shows, it's hard to avoid film crews in Ealing at some point of the week. It's home to young hard-working professionals, with a settled outlook, mirrored in its relaxed high streets and open areas. Green spaces are plentiful and well used by young families and the local community. Walpole Park hosts some famous annual festivals, including Blues, Jazz, Opera, Comedy and Beer. It's a creative, vibrant area, but it knows how to take life seriously when it needs to. The proximity to the BBC makes it a favourite housing area for creatives and local arts programmes reflect that. If you want a relaxed, safe borough to settle down in, Ealing should be on your shortlist.
Prices are similar to the hip East End but nowhere near as expensive as Richmond, which is its immediate neighbour. What attracts house hunters and tenants is the safe feeling of the area, with its predominantly leafy streets and Victorian townhouses. Many of these are split into flats and rental accommodation is plentiful and largely populated with young professionals and office workers.
There are some excellent state schools, with most primaries and secondary schools judged either 'good' or 'outstanding' by Ofsted. There are also a large number of independent schools in the area.
Shopping and restaurants
The new Westfield shopping precinct at Shepherds Bush is within easy reach, but many prefer the independent local shops in the Ealing area. Pitshanger Lane, Ealing's busiest street, still has a fishmonger, greengrocer and an old-fashioned bakery, good restaurants and cafes and a splendid independent bookshop.
Ealing's many open green spaces are a great asset for those with families and there are yearly events to look forward to, as well as the annual festivals. The parks include Walpole Park and Lammas Park to name but a few. A full list of open spaces and environmental activities can be found on Ealing Council's website.
Local attractions include the Gunnersbury Park Museum, London Motorcycle Museum, London Transport Museum Depot and the Pitshanger Manor-House Gallery and Cultural Centre. There are a good number of sports centres and swimming pools available throughout the borough.
There are fifteen places of worship available within Ealing across different faiths, including Church of England, Roman Catholic, Polish Roman Catholic, two synagogues and a Quaker Meeting House. Four mosques can be found in the surrounding areas of Acton, West Ealing and Southall, which have large Sikh and Muslim communities.
Transport to and from Ealing into central London is fast and efficient. The Central Line from Ealing Broadway station can get you to Central London within half an hour. There are three additional tube stations – North Ealing, South Ealing and Ealing Common. North Ealing is on the Piccadilly Line, whilst South Ealing and Ealing Common are on the Piccadilly and District Lines. Ealing is in London Fare Zone 3.
It's easy to get to Heathrow Airport from all Ealing stations on the Piccadilly Line, with additional National Rail services running from Broadway and West Ealing stations. Bus services are regular and frequent, with good access to nearby Northolt and Southall.
For more information about schools, religious centres, activities and groups you can get involved with in Ealing visit Ealing Council's website.