Ealing

Ealing is not far from Heathrow Airport, and as a result the population is a mix of established long-term residents, house-sharers in their 20s and 30s, foreign students and visitors/immigrants from other countries. Like all London boroughs, it is a multicultural society, with shops and restaurants reflecting the different waves of immigrants that have settled here over the past 70 years. You will hear a variety of languages everywhere. There are numerous hotels and guest houses. Visitors often remark on the leafy avenues – we seem to have trees everywhere.

park ealing londonEaling Broadway station is in Zone 3 of the London underground map, on the central and district lines, about half an hour’s tube journey into central London. It is also on an overground line to London Heathrow Airport, which goes into London Paddington and out to the West Country. The Piccadilly line is about 5-10 minutes away by bus (Ealing Common (bus nos 607, 427, 207), Northfields (E2) or South Ealing (65) stations. The Piccadilly line also goes to Heathrow, and into town via Knightsbridge (Harrods). Ealing is also served by two or three night buses, which run every half hour from the centre of London throughout the night.

There are numerous parks in Ealing, but for a real treat take a 65 bus to Kew Gardens or Richmond-on-Thames. Local parks worth a visit are Gunnersbury (E3 bus), Walpole, Northala Fields (E10 bus) and Belvue aka Northolt village (E10 bus).

Ealing has a summer festival every year (July-August), beginning with a carnival in Greenford and encompassing a beer festival, comedy week (featuring national stars), a classical music evening, a blues weekend, and five days of jazz. the festivals take place in Walpole Park. There are two marquees for the music and the standard is amazing. There’s also a free Asian mela in Gunnersbury Park in Acton, which draws coachloads of people from all over the UK, has many stages for music and dancers. Food stalls are available, also craft/fashion booths.