Hanwell is blessed with plenty of quirky, independent pubs, cafés and restaurants. The Fox (est. 1848) and The Dodo (with its own micro-brewery) are everpopular local watering holes, while The Golden Chip has been serving superb fish suppers since 1896. Drop into Fade to Black for a steaming flat white, or pick up a fresh sourdough loaf from The Little Wonder artisan bakery.
Hanwell is ideally placed — away from the city hustle, yet only a short ride from the heart of London.Connections are excellent: Crossrail will take you to Paddington in 12 minutes and Bond Street in 17 minutes. International travel is also within easy reach, with Heathrow Airport only 11 minutes away.
As far as education goes, there’s quality as well as quantity in and around Hanwell. St Mark’s Primary School and Oaklands Primary School are of high calibre, while ‘Outstanding’ local secondary schools include Elthorne Park High School and grammar-turned-academy Drayton Manor High School. Thanks to Crossrail, the cream of London’s universities — including UCL, Imperial College and London School of Economics — are a short ride away.
There’s lush green space and a beautifully landscaped public square right on your doorstep. And you don’t have to wander far from Hanwell Square to find an abundance of nature, parks, trees, walks and cycle paths. Brent Lodge Park, with its tranquil riverside meadows, zoo and Yew-tree maze is just around the corner. The ancient Elthorne Park, and the Victorian-built Grand Union Canal, lie to the south.While a swathe of playing fields, allotments and two golf courses skirt the banks of the nearby River Brent.