Moving to Ealing
Are you moving to Ealing? Consisting of seven towns, Ealing has the ambience of the countryside along with modern amenities. The sense of community is strong, and it is also known as the Queen of the suburbs. The multicultural population consists mainly of British, along with Irish, Polish, Japanese and Indian as the most represented nationalities, many living here for generations. You can hear in excess of 90 different languages spoken in the streets. As the 11th largest borough in London covering 21 square miles, this includes the three and a quarter square miles of parkland and green areas, rivers, and 10 miles of canals.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Ealing report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Ealing On the Map
Situated in West London, Chiswick and Brentford are to the south, with Wembley to the North. Beautiful green areas abound, and the transport links are excellent.
- Close to Heathrow Airport, a 35-minute car trip – traffic permitting – and the same amount of time by the Heathrow Express train.
- The trip to Paddington Railway Station takes approximately 15 minutes with connections all over London, great for commuters. And trains leave every 10 to 15 minutes.
- Ealing Broadway is the main railway station.
- A new service, the Crossrail, starting in 2018 will cut existing journey times to the absolute minimum.
- The Cycling in Ealing Map is available from Underground stations and Town Hall receptions. Map numbers six and nine cover the cycling routes in
- The London Cycle Network has a web map of all cycle routes in London.
- There are nearby links to the M4 motorway.
The eclectic Ealing is a leafy and laid-back option to city life. There are several towns within the borough, all with their own unique charm. The many lovely parks and green spaces showcase one of London’s prettiest western areas. The Grand Union Canal, which opened in 1798 and links the Midlands with the capital, runs right through the borough. No longer used for transport purposes the canal is now dedicated to leisure, with lovely walks past the Hanwell Flight of Locks in Windmill Lane.
Nicknamed after the railway station and the shopping centre, housing is predominantly Victoria townhouses, many sub-divided into flats or apartments. Upon leaving the station there are shopping malls, cafes and restaurants before you reach the more residential part, offering great amenities and green spaces right on the doorstep. So, whether it’s a family home, with peace and quiet, or an apartment in the thick of the nightlife, there’s something here for everyone.
Notably the most prosperous ward in the borough, Northfield has high employment levels, home ownership and educational attainment.
This south-western corner of Ealing and its streets were named for its history of fruit-growing; Great and Little Northfields were large fields in the late Middle Ages. The Steel family planted an orchard, which became almost industrial, followed by a fruit packing facility, which survived until recently. Housing varies from large Victorian homes to converted flats, all close to Walpole and Lammas parks. The parks allow families to enjoy the outdoors, with lovely walks, running, cycling, playing ball games, kids playpark, and picnicking. In July Walpole Park hosts the Ealing Jazz Festival.
Famous for its fresh produce market, the only one in London, much of West Ealing has been rebuilt since WWII, with many of the Victorian houses being converted into apartments. Brentwood Park and Animal Centre, aka The Bunny Park, caters for children of all ages, and has a maze and an animal park.
First recorded in 1234, West Ealing was renamed Ealing Dean later on. West Ealing Railway Station was originally called Castle Hill & Ealing Dean Station when it was built in 1871.
There are really good schools in the area, including the Japanese International School.
This upmarket suburb, with its massive houses, has converted lofts and apartments including many with shared garden, good schools and excellent transport links. The leafy, tree-lined streets are home to the hugely popular Montpelier Primary School. Working on the catchment system, even if you live in the correct area, the school is over-subscribed, so applying to other schools at the same time is advisable. Rental properties are top-end and highly priced.
One mile west of Ealing Broadway, with its romantically named streets such as Cuckoo Dene, Homefarm Road and Mayfield Gardens, the earliest reference is from AD 959, when it was known as Hanewelle. The Hanwell estate, with 1586 flats and houses, lies on 57 hectares and was built between the two wars. It is classed as a London County Council cottage estate. The Central London District School, built between 1856 and 1861, was expressly for underprivileged children to be housed and schooled. Its most notable scholar was Charlie Chaplin. The Hanwell Flight of Locks has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It raises the Grand Union Canal by 53 feet.
The second largest London carnival, the Hanwell, is held on the third Saturday of June annually. The movie Bridget Jones’s Diary used the City of Westminster Cemetery, Hanwell as one of the many locations within the capital.
West and North Acton are very residential, with tree-lined streets, East Acton is more run down, and South Acton is close to the main street. Acton High Street has numerous independent shops, a big supermarket, a smallish shopping mall, and lots of pubs. This is a party area, so best suited to singles and young couples. The large Gunnersbury Park offers a museum, a pitch ‘n putt and often hosts sporting events. Acton Park is central, on the way to Shepherd’s Bush, with its playground, basketball courts and green spaces. Large old houses, many renting out rooms and doubling up as party houses make the area quite noisy, but very festive. Away from the madness, there are more family-oriented choices, but at a cost. The largest houses are found in North and West Acton. The transport links are excellent, with four underground lines, two national railway stations, plenty of bus routes, and a few night buses.
Growing from hamlet status, Perivale boomed in the ’30s with the advent of manufacturing in the area, including Hoover and Sanderson’s. These were followed by residential estates such as Perivale Park with its 20 different styles of elevation. This multicultural suburb is split between 46 percent white, with a quarter of that segment being Polish, and fifteen percent of Indian birth. Its socio-economic profile is much like the rest of the borough, but slightly more affluent.
Mainly residential, Bilton Road has some shops and office blocks, as does the A40 slip road and Medway Village. Perivale Golf Course and Ealing Golf Club contribute to the green areas. Perivale Wood is an ancient woodland which is occasionally open to the public, but there are also other extensive green areas.
Who Lives and Works in Ealing
With a population of 342,500 in 2013, the breakdown was as follows: 49% white, 30% Asian, 15% black, 4.5% mixed or multiple ethnicities, and the balance, Arab. It is the third largest borough in London in terms of population.
The 2011 census stated that the largest commuter inflow to an outer London borough was 49,000 into Ealing, with 85,000 commuting from Ealing to the rest of London, and 22,100 to other local authorities.
There are numerous industrial and manufacturing businesses in Ealing, including clothing and fabric manufacturers, steel fabricators, tea and coffee merchants, and joinery manufacturers.
Ealing Studios dates back to 1902 and is the world’s oldest film studio still in production. Many well-known series were filmed here such as Doctor Who episodes, the kids show Rentaghost, Downton Abbey, Miranda, My Family, and many, many more.
The Best Bits
With slightly lower crime rates than other Metropolitan Police Force areas in London, normal accommodation costs for the capital, plenty of nightlife and pubs, this is a good family area with large parks and great schools.
- Walpole Park is home to the grand Pitzhanger Manor House. This grade 1 listed building showcases art exhibitions continuously throughout the year, in addition to the 19th Century landscaped gardens, ponds, streams, ornamental bridges and a wall rose garden. Jazz, comedy and opera are featured in July and August.
- With a large Japanese community, the Station Parade opposite the Ealing Common Station is the best street for Japanese restaurants, frequented by the locals.
- Open Ealing, on the Uxbridge Road, is an old office block which has been converted into 5 floors of workshops, book clubs, classes, exhibitions and a café. This art initiative was developed in order to make Ealing famous for more than just pubs and supports local talent and emerging artists.
- Kite flying at Horsenden Hill includes panoramic views of the nearby towns.
- Southall, Southall Market, Southall Broadway and Uxbridge Road sell everything from saris to cosmetics. Southall is known locally as Little India, and the Indian restaurants are destination eateries for curry lovers.
- The Grand Union Canal and the Hanwell Flight of Locks. Escape from the city for a scenic meander to the Three Bridges.
- The original Ealing Club, now known as the Red Rooms, closed its doors in 1966. But the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, The Who, Cream and Fleetwood Mac all performed here. It still has regular musical events today.
- And, in the unlikely event of boredom setting in, then a quick 15-minute train ride takes you into London, with all it has to offer.
Bringing the Kids
With its 91 state schools and nurseries, 13 high schools come under the local education authority, with 12 comprehensive, foundation or voluntary-aided, and one city academy. State-run schools do not charge fees. However, most of them insist that you live in their catchment area for your kids to qualify.
There are a number of independent schools for all ages, and one international school, the Japanese School in London, in Acton. Private schools may require the student to sit an entrance exam and are quite costly.
Ealing Art College started in 1957 and had a notable alumnus, including Freddie Mercury, Ronnie Wood and Pete Townshend. No longer in operation, the University of West London is now on the site.
Relocating to Ealing
With its proximity to London, great transport links, plenty of period accommodation from flats to spacious houses with gardens, massive green spaces and good schools, Ealing has areas that favour younger couples and singles, to quieter family areas. However, in order to find the right suburb in a particular school catchment area, or close to the trendy nightlife, using the services of an expert relocation agent – who will help negotiate rental leases, enrolling the kids in school and offer spousal assistance – will be invaluable.
Average Monthly Rents in Ealing