OXFAM Music & Audio: music store
This is a small store that sells second hand vinyls, cds, dvds but also electrical audio equipment.
They don’t have thousands of titles but the prices were great so I gave it a try and checked inside and didn’t regret it.
Most of the cds/vinyls are pop&rock, jazz/blues and soundtracks but I noticed many 12’singles (probably from DJs). The cds were really cheap and the vinyls cheaper than in other stores in UK.
I bought some jazz vinyls, they were in perfect condition which is always important when you buy second hand vinyls.
several: Buy a house in Ealing!
Well, I don’t suppose anyone reading this tip really plans to buy a house here, but I thought it would be interesting for you to know how the prices compare with those in your own town or country.
What to buy: Much of the housing here is Victorian and Edwardian (late 19th to early 20th century), reflecting the huge expansion of the suburb at that time - see my General history tip. Our own home is a small terrace dating back to 1891 and is very typical (see the photo on my intro page), while others are quite grand villas, many of which have been converted into flats. But there are also more modern houses and blocks of flats, and a little to the west, in the Northfields area, lots of 1930s houses in the classic English suburban style.
What to pay: Where we live, in South Ealing, house prices lie between the high extreme of Ealing Broadway and cheaper (because it’s not got a tube station) West Ealing. I checked out some recent sales in our immediate area. A terraced three bedroom house similar to our own was sold for £490,000 in the autumn of 2009 (it would be cheaper now because of the recession), while a one bedroom flat in our street cost £280,000 last summer. A three bedroom flat very near us is currently (April 2010) being advertised at £425,000.
Ealing Farmers' Market: Fresh produce
Every Saturday morning in West Ealing there is a Farmers’ Market. It’s been operating since 2001 and claims to be London’s only street market dedicated to farm produce, although that sounds unlikely to me!
It certainly has a good range of products: bread, cheese, eggs, organic meat, hand-made soups, organic vegetables, seasonal shellfish and even honey made by Ealing bees! All the produce is guaranteed grown, reared, raised, baked, caught, or produced by the seller.
various: Specialist shops
As well as the two shopping centres there are a number of interesting specialist shops in Ealing Broadway. Some that we like are:
Whisk Cookshop ~ for high-quality cooking utensils, pots and pans, recipe books and other tempting kitchen items
For Art’s Sake ~ for original paintings and pottery, hand-made jewellery and greetings cards; also a picture framers, and have made an excellent (though not cheap) job of the several we have had framed there
As Nature Intended ~ organic produce, including a comprehensive selection of Green & Blacks chocolate, organic wines and beauty products
Ealing Broadway Centre: High street shopping
This shopping complex was built in the 1980s, soon after we moved to Ealing, and has had a big influence on the town’s recent development. It used to be quite a good place to shop, but in the last few years the turnover of shops has been rapid and several of my regulars have disappeared, leaving empty shells that the owners of the centre obviously find it hard to fill (I suspect the rents are thought too high). Nevertheless there is still a reasonable number of the high street chains and we come here regularly. Among others, you’ll find branches of Monsoon, Next, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, Burtons, Waterstones, Boots, Whittard, several sportswear shops and more mobile phone shops than anyone can need! There’s a Marks & Spencer and a smallish (but well-stocked) Tesco, and a large Primark is due to open soon (unfortunately replacing what was once a very good department store, Bentalls). At the heart of the centre is a square which is well-supplied with seating and in good weather is a popular place to take a break from shopping. Quite often there are craft stalls here, or occasionally live music, and in December Father Christmas pays a visit (complete with reindeer some years) and gives out presents to excited children.
Across the Broadway from here is another smaller shopping centre, the Arcadia, where you’ll find HMV, Robert Dyas, Cargo Homestore, T K Max, Mothercare and a number of smaller shops that come and go rather frequently. There’s also a branch of McDonald’s and a coffee shop.
A. K. Textiles: Quality fabric, discount prices
I never expected to find such a great shop tucked away in West Ealing, but I did. As a budding quilter, I often get my fabric from online quilting shops. But at A.K. Textiles, I can get 20/80 poly/cotton prints at 2 pounds a metre, and double width 100% cotton fabric at 4 pounds a metre. Can't beat that online!
This shop is small but has hundreds of bolts of fabric in all types and colours. If you have something specific in mind, it might not have it, but it's a great place to browse for project/pattern ideas. They also have a selection of supplies like thread, buttons, elastics, patterns, and so forth.
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For Arts Sake: For Art Lovers
A great little shop that sell a large selection of Art and Craft by mainly local artists. Always look out for the featured artists.
What to buy: Great for Prints and local crafts. Artists like Martin Langford and John Duffin always worth a look for.
What to pay: Can range from £10 to £1000, depending on what your after.