The London Borough of Ealing is an area in West London. Ealing actually encompasses many different areas, such as, West Ealing, South Ealing, Northfields, Ealing Broadway, Ealing Common, and Hanwell.
Ealing has superb transport links to and from central London as well as to and from Heathrow. Ealing is served by various different tube stops on a number of different lines. A wealth of Bus routes run through Ealing, to places such as Shepherd's Bush, Uxbridge and Golder's Green to name but a few.
In terms of housing, Ealing has it all, from reasonably priced studio flats, to luxurious six bedroomed houses with gardens so big they could be easily mistaken for fields.
For those who want to be near the centre of everything, Ealing Broadway is the place for you. A large shopping centre is home to all the shops you could need and Ealing Broadway station provides the means to travel into central London for a shopping spree when the budget allows.
West Ealing is also served by a local library, perfect for families with children who need access to books for school.
South Ealing is located ten minutes walk away from Ealing Broadway station. It contains many charming pubs such as the Ealing Park Tavern, a wonderful gastro pub which has been praised in many good pub guides.
Northfields and Hanwell sit next to each other. Both are served by the Piccadilly line of the London underground which serves such parts of London as Leicster Square and Covent Garden. Both areas have many local pubs which serve a good selection of beers and wines from around the world.
History of Ealing
The earliest known residents in Ealing were Saxon settlers in the twelth century, even the name Ealing comes from the Saxon place-name Gillingas.
Originally, Ealing was part of a dense forest to the west of London. However, as London developed, so did Ealing, becoming predominantly an area used for market gardens.
Ealing became the area we know today around about 1850, when due to improved travel villages grew into small towns, until they developed into a single residential area which we today know as Ealing.
More recently, it has been predominantly Ealing Studios which has placed Ealing on the map. The well known "Ealing Comedies' such as The Ladykillers and Passport to Pimlico were sterling examples of the studios fine work in cinema.
In 1955, Ealing Studios was taken over by the BBC and soon, scenes of Ealing were being broadcast to the nation in benchmark pieces of British broacasting such as Doctor Who and Monty Python's Flying Circus
Community Life in Ealing
Residents of Ealing have always noticed a strong sense of community, be it in the street in which they live or amongst a group with which they share similar interests. Ealing has a long list of community groups and societies. Groups such as the Ealing Community Voluntary Service and the Ealing St. John's Ambulance team do sterling work in the community and societies such as the Ealing Friends of the Earth and the Ealing Outdoor Club allow residents the oppurtunity to get involved with new and exciting activities.
Security is an obvious concern of all residents in a community and Ealing is no different. Ealing has many branches of the neighbourhood watch scheme which is supported by the Metropolitan Police Force. Several smaller independent residents also exist who strive to make Ealing a better place for all who live there.
Ealing Travel Links
Ealing is extremely well served by London Transport with its Crossrail, Central and District Lines and Heathrow Connect.
Served by Ealing Broadway tube station, which serves as one end of the District line and the Central Line. Many Main line trains to Central London and the areas surrounding Ealing also stop at Ealing Broadway Station, including Heathrow Connect mainline from Paddington to Heathrow.
Ealing Broadway is a veritable hub for London's buses. From the Uxbridge road, it is possible to get buses to Uxbridge, Shepherd's Bush, Brentford, and Kingston and from there onto the rest of London.
Northfields and Hanwell
Northfields and Hanwell are served by the E2 and E8 bus routes respectively. Both of these routes run from Brentford to Greenford via Ealing Broadway, taking slightly different routes.
Northfields is also served by the E3 bus route which runs from Chiswick and Acton to Greenford via Northfields and West Ealing.
Northfields and Hanwell are both served by Piccadilly line tube stations. Northfields and Boston Manor (Hanwell) stations provide tubes to all Heathrow Terminals as well as a large portion of central London.
South Ealing is served by the 65 bus route which runs all the way from Ealing Broadway to Kingston, via Richmond. This is a twenty four hour service and is exceptionally handy for young people wanting to stay late in Kingston's various clubs.
South Ealing also lies on the Piccadilly line, which provides excellent transport to Heathrow as well as central London.
West Ealing is served by five different bus routes, the E8, E3, 83, 207 and the 607 express routes. These routes run to Uxbridge, Brentford, Greenford, Shepherd's Bush and Golders Green.
West Ealing is also served by a main line train station which accommodates trains running to central London as well as areas such as Hayes and Slough.
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