Ealing

Ealing is a suburb lying in the West of London, located approximately 7.9 miles west of Charing Cross. It was originally a rural village in the county of Middlesex and formed an ancient parish. With the construction of the first railway station however, Ealing grew and it expanded in population, gradually becoming part of suburbia and a part of Greater London in 1965.

Ealing acquired the name Queen of the Suburbs in the Victorian era, because it was free of the grime and smell of industrialised London, yet the city was minutes away thanks to expanding transport links. A boon to the area was that electric trams started to operate and modern street lighting was installed. Soon grand family homes were built which had great character.

The area boasts of many parks and open spaces throughout the borough such as Gunnersbury Park, Lammas Park, Walpole Park, Hanger Hill Park, to mention but a few.

Ealing boasts great transport links and is served by 3 underground lines, the Central, Piccadilly and District lines as well as by British Rail. It is also served by many bus routes running to Shepherd’s Bush, Golders Green, Southall, Greenford and Brentford.

The area is home to the famous Ealing Studios where great English comedies were produced such as Passport of Pimlico and The Lavender Hill mob. After the studios were closed there were taken over by the BBC which produced Doctor Who and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Recently the studios have been used once again for making films such as Notting Hill.

Ealing offers excellent academic opportunities, and there are excellent schools in the area both in comprehensive and private, such as St Saviour’s, Grange, Christchurch (primary), Aston House, Notting Hill, Durston House (public).

The area offers great sporting opportunities and many foorball, rugby and cricket clubs can be found such as Old Actonians and Ealing Cricket club.

Ealing is also host to several annual festivals, such as the Jazz festival held every summer in Walpole Park, not to mention others such as the Comedy Festival , the Opera and Blues Festivals and the Global Festival.

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