Why move to Ealing?
It is highly popular with commuters due to its proximity to central London, which can be reached by train in under ten minutes, and families are also drawn here by the great schools, array of amenities and ample green space on offer. Ealing is a unique area overflowing with a rich history and vibrant culture, playing host to a number of lively festivals throughout the year.
A little bit of history
There has been a settlement on the site since Anglo-Saxon times, but Ealing first became a town and a fashionable shopping destination in the 19th century with much development resulting from the arrival of the railway in 1838. The area is also known as the home of Ealing Studios, the world’s oldest film and television studio to be in continuous use, where a range of classic movies have been filmed from 1955’s The Ladykillers to 2014’s The Imitation Game. Annual Jazz and Beer Festivals are held at Walpole Park, with many other events and fairs throughout the summer.
Architecture and property
The properties in Ealing are varied, offering everything from studio apartments, period conversions and charming cottages through to substantial double fronted detached residences on the area’s prime roads. Notable buildings include the grade I listed Pitzhanger Manor which was home to the influential neoclassical architect Sir John Soane in the early 19th century, the striking Benedictine monastery Ealing Abbey and Ealing Town Hall with its instantly recognisable clock tower.
Shopping and amenities
Ealing Broadway is the place to go for shopping in the area, with many fashion brands and major high street retailers including Boots, Waterstones and Argos. Other facilities include restaurants, a library, post office and Nuffield Health fitness centre. The many supermarkets in the area include Waitrose, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, but for the best in fresh sustainable produce residents can browse the stalls of Ealing Farmers’ Market on Leeland Road every Saturday morning. For more extensive shopping it is only a short hop on the tube to Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush or the renowned shopping districts of central London.
Ealing has a great mix of restaurants, cafes and bars, including popular national chains like Côte Brasserie and Pizza Express alongside more exotic independent eateries such as Sidi Bou serving traditional Tunisian fare and Boof for delicious Iranian dishes. Ealing Broadway shopping centre is home to such favourites as Wagamama, Itsu and Turtle Bay. Local pubs include the Drapers Arms, The Grove gastropub and Drayton Court Hotel and Pub with its substantial beer garden.
Leafy Ealing has an abundance of green space for residents to enjoy. Historic grade II listed Walpole Park is home to Pitzhanger Manor which occupies a commanding position amidst lush lawns and gardens. Lammas Park boasts a play area and tennis courts, while Ealing Common offers 47 acres of wide open space. To the south are the manicured lawns and boating lakes of Gunnersbury Park.
Ealing has many great schools in both the state and private sector catering for all families. For primary children there are North Ealing, Montpelier, Little Ealing, and Fielding Primary to name a few, while secondary schools include Ealing Fields, Twyford CofE High School and Drayton Manor High School. Independent schools on offer include Avenue House, Durston, Harvington, St Augustine’s, Notting Hill and Ealing High, St Benedict’s School and Ealing Independent College. The International School of London has two local campuses serving students of all ages and over 60 different nationalities.
Ealing is well-connected to the city centre, as well as the south and west coast. Numerous local underground stations include Ealing Common, North Ealing, South Ealing, Northfields and West Acton, while Ealing Broadway and West Ealing offer swift overground services to the transport hub of Paddington. In addition, Crossrail stations at both Ealing Broadway and West Ealing will provide a high-frequency suburban passenger service crossing London from west to east, by connecting two major railway lines terminating in London, the Great Western Main Line and the Great Eastern Main Line. At peak times, trains will run every 5 minutes. Black cabs and various bus routes cut through Ealing, with strong road links to central London and the surrounding areas.