Ten years ago, Brentford wouldn't have made many lists for London hotspots. That's not because it was a bad area per se; more so it was to do with the fact that everything there was a bit "meh". However, that's all changed.
A riverside location has always given Brentford a fighting chance. But regeneration has breathed new life into the West London neighbourhood, to the point where companies like Sega, Glaxosmithkline and Sky have all set up shop in and around the area.
Consequently, a raft of renters now look at Brentford as a bonafide riverside neighbourhood in London. And in our latest London guide, we're looking at everything there is to do and see in the TW8 postcode of Brentford.
On a map
Brentford is located in the western part of Greater London and falls under the London Borough of Hounslow. It's located just under 13 miles from Charing Cross and neighbours areas like Kew, Ealing and Hounslow.
History of Brentford
Settlement in Brentford pre-dates Roman times, which means it came before London was officially an area, let alone a city. Over time, many pre-Roman artefacts have been found in Brentford. These include bronze Age pottery and burnt flints.There are even rumours that Julius Caesar crossed the Brentford part of the River Thames, thanks to its accessibility by foot.
Fast-forward to 1016, and the area was the site for The Battle of Brentford between the invading Canute and Edmund Ironside.
By 1900, the now residential Brentford started a local town fair which remains to this day. In 1965, an elevated section of the M4 motorway was constructed and increased transport options to improve accessibility to the TW8 pstcode.
Who lives there?
According to the 2011 census, Brentford has a population of just over 27,000. An increasing number of young professionals find the neighbourhood appealing due to its new residential buildings and increased job opportunities with well-known companies like GSK. The median age is 32.
Renting in Brentford
There's an eclectic mix of charming period homes and new-build developments in Brentford, which offer renters plenty of choices when it comes to finding somewhere to live. Expect to find properties on tree-lined residential streets and new-build developments with on-site amenities.
An increasing number of Build-to-Rent communities are appearing in Brentford, including options from EcoWorld. Concord House, on the Golden Mile, is a Build-to-Rent community with one and two-bedroom options.
A one-bedroom apartments averages around £1,400 per month, while a two-bedroom homes archives in the region of £1,850. Three-bedroom properties market for around £,2500.
Brentford train station is the primary travel hub and operates a direct service to Waterloo. Journey times take around 30 minutes, and there are five trains every hour. The introduction of the Elizabeth Line at Ealing and Hanwell will further increase travel options nearby Brentford.
Tube services are available from South Ealing, Boston Manor and Northfield, with all stations on the Piccadilly Line. A tube to Heathrow Airport takes just 19 minutes.
The M40 means motorists have convenient access in and out of London, including a direct route to Oxford. Brentford is in Zone 4.
Grab a bite at Siracusa with stone-baked pizza and classic Italian dishes. The light and bright restaurant has lock-side tables and an outdoor eating area so that you can enjoy some authentic Italian cuisine under the sun during the warmer months.
With fresh produce and Halal ingredients, Galata Pera has become a firm favourite with the locals in Brentford. Enjoy mezes, which are prepared on a daily basis, and mixed-grill with succulent lamb and tender chicken while sitting at the riverside tables and soaking up the waterside views.
Brentford FC fans love The Griffin before a game, but this pub is so much more than a stop-off before the footy. There's an award-winning secluded patio to enjoy a few drinks, plus classic pub grub to chow down on, whether Brentford win, lose or draw.
Things to do in Brentford
London Museum of Water & Steam
At first glance, the London Museum of Water & Steam might not sound like a hoot. But there's plenty of history to discover here, including how the capital supplied water through steam pumps. There's also an outdoor Splash Zone for kids.
Catch a football match at Griffin Park and watch The Championship's Brentford FC play in front of 12,000-plus fans. Who knows, with your support, they might just make it to the Premier League in the near future.
Located beside the lock that links the Thames to the Grand Union Canal, Johnson Island is an exclusive artist community in the area. Every type of creative from painters to sculptors and photographers use the studio space, which is open for public viewings twice a year.
Moving to Brentford
It's hard to beat riverside living in London, especially when it's complemented by snazzy new developments. And Brentford has you covered with both while providing a strong sense of community, a local football team, open spaces and restaurants and shops to enjoy. In other words, it has the lot!