Some say Ealing is one of the most underrated areas of London, but the borough is garnering attention for its community spirit, hip new hangouts and regeneration plans. So while Chiswick may currently be the place to settle down in west London, now is a good time to buy in Ealing
Ealing might just be one of the most underrated parts of London. It has got plenty to shout about after all, with the Central Line directly connecting you up to some of the most important and historic landmarks in London, the green spaces of Walpole Park and Ealing Common, plus enough independent shops and cafés to feast in for years.
With its great community spirit, social media campaign and a commitment to supporting local retailers, Pitshanger Lane absolutely delighted our judges,’ says The Great British High Street organisation.
It’s certainly got some history to it as well, and famous faces such as Sophie Ellis Bextor, Julian Clary and Mo Farah once called the area home, proving it as a desirable hotspot that boasts huge talent. Ealing Studios, too, has helped to bring many a famous face to the area with Johnny Depp reputedly sighted there. Perhaps Ealing is not so underrated after all.
And with the scheduled arrival of Crossrail in 2018, there is becoming more and more to talk about. Put simply, Crossrail will transform the lives of thousands of west London commuters. From cutting journey times to elevating property prices along the line, and providing the catalyst for new retail and commercial projects, Crossrail is one of the most influential infrastructure upgrades to hit the capital in decades – making Ealing Broadway hot property in the process.
Crossrail is one of the most influential infrastructure upgrades to hit the capital in decades – making Ealing Broadway hot property in the process
On the subject of property, one such development that is drawing all eyes to Ealing is Southall Waterside. Overlooking 95 acres of country park and with 1km of canal frontage, it’s one of the largest and most important regeneration projects to happen in the area.
‘The Southall masterplan represents the most significant regeneration scheme for west London in terms of scale and ambition,’ says Sean Ellis, chairman of the property developers St James.
‘Our vision will see the transformation of this derelict brownfield site, and deliver much needed housing and an exciting mixed use destination that brings numerous benefits to the existing local community and new residents.’
Transformation and regeneration is brilliant for the area, but let us take a step back to an older Ealing haunt, and when Pitshanger Lane delighted the judges and won London’s Best High Street of the Year award. This was in 2015 and now there is even more of an abundance of pubs, restaurants, delis and boutique shops that are having a huge influence on the area. It is village living in the city and ‘that’s how it should stay’, vouch the locals.
As Property Week reported in November, Ealing Broadway has emerged in the ranking as the third most prominent retail hot spot in the UK for investment
Central Ealing might be quite chain heavy when it comes to food offerings, but head west (always the best thing to do in London, of course) and you’ll find all sorts. It’s fair to say that Ealing is basking under the well-deserved spotlight.
Watch this space; it could soon be one of the most sought-after locations in the west of London. It’s all about the nuances in this part of the city, so go out and enjoy the small boutique offerings on the High Street of the Year.
The RESIDENT’S TOP
Perhaps the perfect place to indulge in the effortless style of Pitshanger Lane, this delicatessen and vintners with wine bar is combines all of my favourite things in wine, cheese and pies.
Hook & Cleaver
Originally just a two-man show, this independent butchery operated on the principle of good honest quality produce for a fair price. And they have obviously done something right because they are a firm favourite with the locals.
Electric Coffee Co
This one’s a rustic cafe with exposed brickwork, serving barista-made coffee and Mediterranean style light bites. They have been included in the Independent’s Top 50 Coffee shops, too.
The Village Inn
If you want somewhere that is perfectly laid back to head to, but you don’t want to miss out on the glamour of a restaurant, then head to The Village Inn pub for the best of both worlds.