Here we take a look at why this leafy pocket of West London has secured its place on the map as a melting pot of restaurants, shops and gorgeous green spaces.Parks and Recreation: West –
Drayton Green is the place to go if you want to chill. Located just a few minutes’ walk from West Ealing train station, this sizeable park provides an oasis of calm after a long day at the office – with space to read, run and relax. The playground is perfect for the little ones to climb, jump and slide!Broadway –
Walpole Park has some amazing 19th
century landscaping; ornamental bridges, ponds, streams and a walled rose garden – an ideal spot for a romantic stroll. The park is home to many of the festivals recently covered in our ‘Top 5 Festivals in Ealing
’ post.Break a Leg:West –
What the West lacks in number of venues for theatre and live music, it certainly makes up for in enthusiasm. If local bands and beers at the weekend is your pastime, head on down to Flynn’s Bar & Diner. Good reviews all around certify this little Irish pub on the Western side as the place to be.Broadway –
Matlock Lodge situated opposite Walpole Park plays home to the Questors Theatre, regarded as the largest amateur dramatic playhouse in Europe. It serves as the perfect home to free your mind and open your soul to the arts and the residents of West London.Nom Nom Nom: West –
Syrian food you say? In the Western district of Ealing you will stumble across a highly recommended restaurant named Abu Zaad. Regarded as pioneers in a burgeoning authentic Damascene cuisine, importing ideas and dishes from the heart of Damascus, be sure to try out these traditionally prepared meals. Rave reviews reinforce our pick as the hottest place to be (and that’s not just the food).Broadway –
Anyone for coffee and pastries? Well you’re in luck as you just cannot beat a coffee and cake at Patisserie Valerie. This well-respected little chain has numerous shops dotted around the country, providing the fanciest of sweet treats as well as light meals and perfectly brewed cuppas. If you’ve never stepped foot into a ‘Pat Val’s’, then trust our recommendation and give it a try.
International foodies should head to Station Parade on Uxbridge Road, opposite Ealing Common station for an eclectic mix of world cuisines with Japanese, Russian, Iranian, and Korean foods represented!Shop ‘til you drop:West –
On Uxbridge Road you will find a flurry of your staple high street stores and a helping of independents too. The biggest draw is the newly opened Waitrose, read here
to find out more about the Waitrose effect on house prices. Oh and don’t forget Friday’s at 8pm has the biggest discounts.Broadway -
Broaden your horizons and take a trip to the stalls in ‘Little India’ based along Ealing Broadway, within Southall Market, just behind the station. It’s great for cheap fabrics and discount foods and spices to take home a piece of ‘Little India’ with you.