The Borough of Ealing comprises Ealing Common, Ealing Broadway, South Ealing and West Ealing. That’s a lot of Ealings!
It is all with good reason, though: over the last five years, the West London borough has afforded a certain charm. Surrounded by green space, quiet residential streets and a vibrant town centre, Ealing has risen to become a London rental hotspot.
There is also excellent travel connections, with several tube, rail and bus stations. Not to mention the Jubilee Line (Crossrail) on the way.
Let’s find out what makes Ealing tick.
On a map
Ealing is a district of West London and has a population of just under 114,000. It is located 7.9 miles west of Charing Cross.
Parts of Ealing have been occupied for over 7,000 years, with the earliest surviving census dating back to 1599. The list included 85 households registered in ‘Ealing Village’. Many of the settlements were on St. Mary’s Road, which is still a favourite with residents.
After the passing of the Toll Road Act, Ealing’s Oxford Road became a prominent thoroughfare running from east to west. After architect John Soane (1800) and the Duke of Kent (1802) bought property in Ealing, the area became known as an affluent place to live.
Renting in Ealing
There is wide range of properties available in W5 and W13, from period homes to new developments. Over the last few years, a number of residential developments have sprung up, including the popular Dickens Yard.
Property prices in the W5 postcode of Ealing command more than West Ealing’s W13 postcode. Ealing Common and Ealing Broadway are the most desired, thanks to their central location to local shops and restaurants.
Expect to pay just under £2,000 per month for a two-bedroom apartment in Ealing Broadway and Ealing Common. West Ealing, with its W13 postcode, is cheaper than other sections of Ealing. The average price for a two-bedroom property is around £1,600 per month.
What is it like living in Ealing?
Initially, Ealing was popular with families thanks to a good selection of local schools and good-sized, affordable houses. As the area grew in popularity, so did the house prices, yet apartments were still reasonably priced. This led to investors buying flats in Ealing.
The result saw a surge in rental accommodation and, thanks to excellent transport links, Ealing become a rental hotspot with single professionals. Nowadays, a good mix of both makes up the fabric of W5 and W13.
If good travel connections are at the top of your list, Ealing has you covered. Let’s start with Ealing Broadway tube station (Zone 3), which is located minutes away from the main shopping area. Situated on the District and Circle Lines, Ealing Broadway offers direct access to the West End in around 20 minutes.
South Ealing tube station (Zone 4) is on the Piccadilly Line and affords access to Heathrow in 20 minutes, while Covent Garden is about half an hour away. West Ealing (Zone 3) is serviced by a train station with services to Paddington. Nearby Northfields also benefits from a tube station, also located on the Piccadilly Line.
Ealing Common tube station (Zone 3) is on both the District and Piccadilly lines. For those with a car, Ealing is moments away from the A40, meaning a trip to Oxford is a little over an hour away. Heathrow airport is also easily accessible by vehicle.
Those who prefer to keep the pots and pans in the cupboard and instead head out for tasty meal are in luck. There is a fine selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs in Ealing, including chain establishments and family-run delights.
Located on the corner of Ealing Common, Charlotte’s Place has peaceful interiors that represent the sereness of the area. The family-run restaurant has been a mainstay since 1984 and offers food for all seasons. The eatery is set over two floors and provides traditional British cuisine and a menu that changed on a monthly basis.
Head to Limeyard to experience an authentic US breakfast in the heart of West London. From pancakes covered in maple syrup to bacon and blueberry waffles, the breaky choices are quite something. There’s also a weekend brunch menu and a selection of super smoothies.
Continuing with the relaxing theme, the Japanese meaning of Kiraku is ‘relax and enjoy’. Situated in Ealing Common, the restaurants offer a selection of Japanese food on a izakaya-style dining. There is a range of hot and cold dishes, including zensai (appetisers), agemono (deep fried) and yakimono (grilled and pan-fried).
South Ealing is well represented with the Ealing Park Tavern. The restored coaching inn offers a cosy interior and lots of natural light. There are several menus, including a main menu, bar menu and a Sunday menu. In 2016, the eatery received a mention in the Michelin Star Guide.
It was a toss-up between Franco Manca and L’oro di Napoli for best pizzeria in Ealing, but the latter managed to pip it in the end. A TimeOut winner in 2016, L’oro di Napoli offers delicious Neapolitan style pizzas and traditional Italian ice cream.
Things to do and see in Ealing
Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre
Not many residential towns in London offer a large selection of shops. Ealing, however, is different. Ok, it might not be a Westfield (although the Shepherds Bush branch is only a 15-minute drive), but it does offer a selection of retail establishments. If a casual browse around a few high street favourites, combined with independent stores, is your thing, you could easily spend a few hours at Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre.
Ealing Studios is the oldest functioning studio facility for film production in the world - some feat. It was initially set up in 1902, is located on Ealing Green, and is famous for classics like The Lavender Hill Mob and The Ladykillers. More recent feats include Shaun of the Dead.
Green is serene
The leafy surroundings in Ealing mean there are plenty of open spaces. Walpole Park is one of the most popular and features a water garden, rose garden and an ornamental pond - ideal for surrounding yourself in tranquillity. There are also jazz and comedy festivals held each year during the summer.
Peace and quiet with urban buzz
Excellent transport connections, along with a lively shopping area and selection of restaurants, provides a good foundation for living in Ealing. With the Jubilee Line (Crossrail) to be added to Ealing Broadway, connectivity will improve on its already high standards.
Ealing has the rare quality of appealing to a wide range of tastes. Those who enjoy scenic strolls and tree-lined residential streets are catered for. But if you want to live in a modern skyscraper with on-site amenities, the W5 postcode offers that too.
The term “jack of all trades, master of none” isn’t often used in a positive light. But for Ealing, it perfectly sums up and area that has managed to capture a bit of everything someone looks for when searching for property. And that might just be its biggest compliment.