Ealing Travel Guide

  • Old Fire Station in South Ealing
    Old Fire Station in South Ealing
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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  • Things to Do
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Ealing Things to Do

  • THE BUNNY PARK

    Bunny Park in Hanwell (off the Uxbridge Road) is a great way to spend 2-3 hours. It has 2 swing parks,a maze, animal enclosures (including monkey/ snake/ spider house and lots of open space. It also has a Tea room which is very reasonably priced & has garden seating opposite one of the swing parks. There is also lots of free parking.

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  • Explore Ealing Green

    This is the more southerly of Ealing’s two remaining Greens, and is a relic of the old village that once straddled St Mary’s Road between the Uxbridge Road (now the Broadway) and St Mary’s Church about a mile to the south. It’s a long thin Green with a number of lovely old chestnut trees, though several more were lost in the so-called Great Storm...

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  • Town Hall

    Ealing’s main Town Hall is a classic example of Victorian Gothic architecture. It is a Grade II listed building that dates back to 1887 when Ealing was fast becoming the “Queen of the Suburbs”, and has a 1930s extension. In recent years the local council has outgrown the premises, and most departments are located in the modern Perceval House just...

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  • St Mary’s Church

    There has been a church on this site in South Ealing since medieval times, although the current building is anything but medieval! That older church was ruined beyond repair by Cromwell’s troops during the Civil War, and later pulled down (in the late 1720’s). In its place a simple Georgian church was erected, and consecrated in 1740, and this...

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  • Christ the Saviour, Ealing

    The church was dedicated by the bishop of London in 1852 and hence the name. Sir Gilbert Scott designed the church and funded by Rosa Lewis, a local resident and daughter of a Liverpudlian merchant. This listed church, at the time, was modified including a new sacristy and additions of the rood screen, the chapel screens, statues of Saints and...

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  • Pitzhanger Manor & Walpole Park

    Since I studied about John Soane, an architect in the 19th Century, in one my humanities modules I always wanted to visit Pitzhanger Manor House. I had already visited his house (Sir John Soane's Museum) in central London so I thought it would be nice to make a trip out to Ealing to visit his former villa.John Soane purchased Pitzhanger Manor House...

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  • Visit Pitzhanger Manor

    Pitzhanger Manor is easily the grandest of the old houses that still remain in Ealing from its pre London suburb days. It was originally the home of the architect John Soane. He demolished the original manor house on this site and set about building his own home, which he saw as a sort of portrait or advertisement for his own idiosyncratic...

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  • Architecture

    Outside the train station you can see a lot of shopping malls, restaurants and cafes but if you walk a bit further inside the picture changes to some roads with rows of Victorian houses. I’ve been told that these houses are one of the most expensive in the Greater London area. Most of the houses were built after the Great Western Railway company...

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  • Ealing Studios

    Although we didn’t know much about them it seems that a lot of films were produced at Ealing Studios, but it was back in time, during the 50s so I’m sure even some Londoners maybe wont recall them except maybe some famous ones like The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), Passport To Pimlico(1949) etcOur local friends remember a lot of comedies that were...

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Ealing Restaurants

  • Something for everyone?

    Bill's is a growing restaurant chain and a branch has recently opened in Ealing. Chris went there with friends, liked it, and so suggested that the two of us tried it out which we did a few evenings ago. The name suggests to me a US-style diner perhaps, or maybe an English fish and chip shop, so the dried chilli peppers strung up and hung from the...

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  • For juices and smoothies

    Update May 2014: this cafe unfortunately was one of the victims of the August 2011 riots, which led to this whole block being set on fire. It eventually reopened a year ago but as a Pakistani restaurant, albeit still with the same name. We haven't eaten there since the change. Another new addition to the café landscape in Ealing is this...

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  • Great gastropub

    Update May 2014: the pub is currently closed for refurbishment. I will monitor and update this tip when I see what happens We returned to the Ealing Park Tavern for dinner recently, having not visited for several years, and immediately wondered why we had left it so long. The atmosphere is cosy and friendly, the food excellent and the prices not...

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  • Postscript

    Update May 2014: the coffee shop closed along with the restaurant so again this review is left only for my own records Eatalien also has a coffee shop section which is very welcoming in appearance (soft leather sofas, a collection of Italian cook-books on old wooden shelves and quirky ornaments), so a week or so after our dinner here we decided to...

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  • Below par Mexican

    Update May 2014: this restaurant has now closed down, perhaps because another livelier Mexican restaurant opened nearby? Anyway, I leave this review only for my own records. We have tried this well-established Mexican restaurant twice now, and on both occasions been somewhat disappointed. It always seems to be busy, so maybe we’re in a minority,...

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  • Mexican favourites

    Ealing now has a branch of this popular chain of Mexican restaurants, and we tried it for lunch earlier this year. It’s an attractive space in a former pub, decorated with mock Mayan statues. The menu has all the usual Mexican suspects – nachos, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, etc. There are also steak, chicken, fish and veggie dishes and a...

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Ealing Nightlife

  • Summer festivals

    Every summer Walpole Park is the venue for a series of festivals – comedy, jazz, blues and beer! We have not yet managed to make it to the Comedy Festival, despite resolving every year to get tickets, but we have previously been to the Blues Festival and this year (2012) made it to the Beer Festival for the first time. The latter took place in July...

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  • See a play

    Ealing is home to the Questors Theatre Company, the largest community theatre in Europe, which stages around 20 productions a year, and runs a variety of courses and workshops. There is an excellent modern “in the round” theatre (the Playhouse) and a smaller studio, and the productions here are always of a very high standard. There is also a bar,...

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  • Going to the pub

    There are more than enough pubs in Ealing to satisfy every taste, but this is a particular favourite of ours. It seems to attract a more mixed clientele than others near us, which tend to be either very young and studenty (most of the Ealing Broadway ones, in the evenings at least), or at the opposite extreme a bit “suburban” (the Rose &...

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  • Great beer and friendly staff!

    it's a fantastic place, especially on a Sunday night when they have live Irish music. Staff are friendly so too are the owners. Always made welcome. this pub serves real ale as well! it's a good pub to start the nights drinking off in. casual

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  • Irish Bar in West Ealing

    Superb atmosphere combined with probably the best tasting pint this side of West London! However it's a bit like the scene in American Were!wolf in London, when the guys walk into the Slaughtered Lamb, and the place stops. The pub is the size of a large dining room. Nice staff and atmos when you and they get settled!! Casual

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  • An English Pub with Grub.

    A Fullers Pub. Excellent food especially Sunday roasts. Large beer garden. Warm atmosphere, but sometimes feels like a local only pub at times. They sometimes have a really pub quiz night during the week. casual

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Ealing Transportation

  • Ealing bus network

    Ealing has a great bus service allowing you to get around the local area and also further afield.For example the 207 and 607 buses go to Shepherds Bush for the giant shopping centre called Westfield and the number 83 bus goes from Ealing hospital to Wembley.

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  • Getting around by tube

    Ealing has an abundance of tube stations and lines enabling you to get to and from Heathrow airport and the Centre of London in good time.For example , Ealing Broadway is on the Central ( red) line and Ealing Common and South Ealing stations are on the Piccadilly ( dark blue) line.

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  • Bike parking & hiring

    [A tip for my VT friend Don]A new feature on Haven Green in recent months is this helpful bicycle parking area, opposite Ealing Broadway station. It’s a very practical innovation for commuters especially who can now cycle to the station from home and then get the train to London. As Ealing is quite a large scattered suburb, and the best choice of...

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Ealing Shopping

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  • 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...

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  • 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. 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...

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  • 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...

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Ealing Local Customs

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    by toonsarah Written Sep 14, 2013

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    In 2013 an old tradition was revived in Ealing – a Midsummer Fayre on the Green. This event had not been held for over 100 years and the aim this year seems to have been to create a historic atmosphere as something of a contrast to the more contemporary events that take place each summer in nearby Walpole Park. So we had demonstrations of medieval crafts and some traditional rides such as swing-boats. But most of the attractions were standard ones such as a bouncy castle for the kids and a variety of market stalls. There was a beer stall too, and several selling food from different cuisines.

    We most enjoyed watching the demonstration of medieval pottery-making. The man doing it was very informative, not only describing the techniques he was using but also giving some interesting facts about the history of pottery in the London area – the different clays that resulted in different types of item being made in each locality, and the uses to which these were put.

    We also tried out the refreshments on offer, naturally – a refreshing beer and later, some summer strawberries. The weather was good, local families were out to support the new initiative and, although it felt like a small event compared to those to come later in the summer, it appeared to be enough of a success for us to hope that it will become a regular fixture in the Ealing calendar.

    Pottery demo Pottery demo Chris at the Fayre
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Ealing Off The Beaten Path

  • The Ealing Club

    In the 1960s Ealing became for a while the “home” of British Blues, with the opening of the Ealing Blues Club by Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies in March 1962 in a basement under a tea-shop opposite Ealing Broadway Station. It was here that the Rolling Stones were formed (when Alexis Korner introduced Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to Brian Jones...

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  • The Old Fire Station

    Near St Mary’s Church in South Ealing is a small square, St Mary’s Square, which today is bisected by busy South Ealing Road. A group of pretty cottages remain here dating from the early 19th century village. At the end of the terrace is this old Victorian fire station, now forming part of the offices of TransIndus, the tour company. This square...

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  • The Hoover Building

    Yes, this tip is about an industrial building! But this is a rather special building for anyone who admires Art Deco design, and its importance is recognised in its Grade 1 listed building status. The Hoover building is a stunning example of the Art Deco style, otherwise known as 1930’s “Moderne”. It was built for the Hoover company, makers of...

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Ealing Favorites

  • Parakeets

    In recent years an unusual sight has been spotted in the skies over Ealing – bright green parakeets. This exotic (for England) bird first appeared around here some ten years or so ago, and when our neighbour first told us he had seen a small flock, we thought he must have had one glass of wine too many! But no – a few days later we saw them...

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  • Some facts and figures

    Ealing: • covers 55 square kilometres in West London• is the 11th largest London borough by size• is the 10th least densely populated of all boroughs • had 301,800 residents in mid-2005• is the 3rd largest London borough in terms of population • has 41% people belonging to black or minority ethnic groups• is the 3rd most diverse borough in London •...

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  • A vibrant community: Polish and other...

    One of the reasons we like living in Ealing is the great mix of people that also live here: 41% of residents, for instance, belong to black or minority ethnic groups, and 31.0% of the population were born outside the European Union (EU). In fact it is the third most diverse borough in London (after Tower Hamlets and Hackney). Apart from English,...

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