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Ealing Travel Guide: 85 reviews and 181 photos

Ealing Film Studios

This is where I introduce all of you to the London suburb that I call home: Ealing. It’s not really a tourist destination, though there a few things worth seeing as I hope you’ll learn on this page, but it IS a pretty good place to live.

Neither countryside nor city, it has some of the benefits of both (and, it has to be said, some of the downsides of both too). There are plenty of restaurants and pubs to suit all tastes, reasonable shops, a cinema (currently closed) and other facilities – and there are also several parks and lots of trees, giving the town a greenness that you don’t always find in other parts of the city.

Although this area has been inhabited for thousands of years, Ealing really came into its own in the nineteenth century, when the Great Western Railway company opened a station at Ealing Broadway.

The suburb mushroomed from a sleepy back-water into what the Victorians crowned the “Queen of the Suburbs”, and most of the houses here (including ours) date from that period. You can read more about the history of Ealing in my General tip.

September 2013
Off the beaten path: The Ealing Club and the Old fire station in South Ealing
Restaurants: Chimichanga and some new coffee shops
Local customs: a Midsummer Fayre

October 2012
Nightlife: Summer festivals in Walpole Park
Things to do: See the Town Hall and St Mary’s Church
Favourites: Parakeets
Transport: Bike hire and parking in Ealing Broadway [a tip for my VT friend Don]

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Green spaces, lots of facilities
  • Cons:The same as any other urban area, I guess
  • In a nutshell:Still the Queen of the Suburbs?
  • Intro Updated Sep 14, 2013
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  • travel.mania's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    Thanks for the information

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Its been interesting reading about where you live. I love that you have plenty of green areas and that there is enough history for a historical walk. Sad that lots of the Restaurants have closed!

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Jul 27, 2014 at 2:50 AM

      Thanks Dee. Yes, restaurants close but new ones usually spring up in their place so that gives us an excuse to try them!

  • Ekaterinburg's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    My first serious boyfriend was from Gordon Road in Ealing. Though my preferred areas of London are from NW 3 to NW 11, Ealing always struck me as being a pleasant leafy suburb. Interesting to read a little about it after all these years.

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Sep 15, 2013 at 3:50 AM

      Thanks Katherine :-) I know Gordon Road though it's about a mile from where we live

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Hello, Sarah! It would be great to pay a visit to Ealing some day!) Thanks for your wonderful story and photographs!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Marvellous updates :-)) Next time ... this Mexican restaurant sounds delicious :-)))

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Sep 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Oh yes, you would like it I think! Thanks for checking out the updates :-)

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Sep 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Welcome welcome dear Sarah :-)

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    It looks absolutely wonderful place! Thanks for sharing!

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Nov 11, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      It{s a nice place to live, but wonderful is stretching it a bit!

  • painterdave's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    See you Saturday... Hope the weather holds out. Dave

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    a year later and i am back in Ealing with you ;-)));-)))

  • spidermiss's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Looking forward to visiting Ealing soon!x

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Hello, Sarah!~ I like your details and pictures! It's a nice place to live in and to explore! Thanks for your story! ><><><><><

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