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Made famous by the Ealing comedies, a series of films that were produced by the Ealing Studios from 1947 to 1957, Ealing is a borough of London, to the west of the capital. It was once known as the ‘Queen of the Suburbs’ due to its greenery, and, to this day, Ealing still enjoys a village feel, with plenty of places to relax away from the heart of the action, which is largely based around Ealing Broadway and Ealing High Street. Parks and open spaces include Walpole Park, Ealing Common, Lammas Park, Cleveland Park, Hanger Hill Park, Montpelier Park and Pitshanger Park – perfect for picnicking on a warm summer’s day!
Ealing has formed part of Greater London since 1965, and it is now a significant commercial and retail centre, offering a variety of work opportunities, whether you wish to commute into London or work close to home. Local employers are Catalyst Housing Group, Red Bee Media, the University of West London and Ealing Council.
The area has good transport links thanks to the A406 North Circular Road, which runs right by the area, as well as the M4 motorway and services to and from Ealing Broadway Station on the Great Western Main Line. Ealing is also served by North Ealing, South Ealing, Hanger Lane, Northfields and Ealing Common tube stations, operating on the Piccadilly line, Central line and District line. Furthermore, a total of 18 buses (including night buses) serve Ealing Broadway.
Speaking of night-time, Ealing boasts a great evening atmosphere, with numerous pubs and restaurants located on The Mall, The Broadway and New Broadway (forming part of the greater Uxbridge Road). Many of the Uxbridge Road pubs and inns have an interesting history, as they originally opened as overnight stops for merchants bringing goods into London. These stops allowed horses to be changed and travellers to refresh themselves. Popular spots included The Feathers, The Bell, The Green Man and The Old Hats (which were also favourite haunts of highwaymen at the time).
Given its cinematic history, it is remarkable that Ealing does not have a cinema anymore – the Ealing Empire sadly closed in 2008. However, there is a theatre on Mattock Lane called The Questors Theatre. Plus, if culture is your thing, you will be pleased to hear that Ealing plays host to several festivals throughout the year including the Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival, Blues Festival, Comedy Festival, Jazz Festival and the Opera in the Park.
There are countless state-funded primary schools in the London Borough of Ealing, plus around 15 state-funded secondary schools. Special and alternative needs are catered for by Castlebar School and Springhallow School. In addition, the borough is served by a selection of well-respected independent schools and colleges such as Avenue House School, Clifton Lodge School, Durston House, Havington School, La Chouette School, Ealing Independent College, Notting Hill & Ealing High School, St Augustine’s Priory School and St Benedict’s School. Ealing Hammersmith & West London College provides further and higher education, based across four campuses located in Park Royal, Hammersmith, Southall and Ealing. It has over 20,000 students on the register, from entry level through to postgraduate.
The majority of house sales in Ealing tend to be flats (as is the case for London), selling for an average price of around £501,509. Terraced properties sell for around £753,928, while semi-detached properties go for something in the region of £994,268! With an overall average house price of £728,084, Ealing is expensive, pricing most people out of the market. However, if you are looking for rented accommodation in the suburbs of the city with the leafy appeal of the countryside, do consider a flat in popular Ealing… The perfect blend of urban and suburban living!