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Greenford London Guide

14 April 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

The surrounding areas of Park Royal and Ealing have seen major investment over the past few years. One of those places is the West-London neighbourhood of Greenford, which is now an appealing commuter hotspot. 

Located in the London Borough of Ealing, Greenford has been the focus of significant regeneration. The result is a plethora of snazzy new residential developments, such as Greystar’s Greenford Quay, with a wealth of five-star amenities. 

Even before regeneration, Greenford appealed to many with its small but spirited high street and a strong sense of community. With the open spaces of Ealing nearby, not to mention excellent travel connections into the centre of London, Greenford is quickly cementing its position as a vibrant London neighbourhood. 

On a map

Google map of Greenford

Greenford is a suburb in the London Borough of Ealing and lies 11 miles west of Charing Cross, London’s most central point. It has many neighbouring areas, including Ealing, Park Royal, Uxbridge, Harrow and Wembley. 

History

Historical picture of Greenford

Greenford’s roots lie in innovation, and is believed to be the birthplace of the modern organic chemical industry. William Perkin’s chemical factory in North Greenford is where the world’s first aniline dye was discovered. 

It was also the home of bread makers, Hovis. Local folklore even suggests that Queen Elizabeth I would only eat bread made from Greenford. J. Lyons and Co., a pioneer in electronic machines and computing, purchased a site in Greenford in 1921 and went on to revolutionise factory automation in the 1950s. 

As a result, Greenford went on to become a place that was regularly visited by the press, media and academics as its innovation pointed towards the future. The area is also the birthplace of the legendary rock band, The Who. 

Who lives in Greenford? 

According to the last census, the population of Greenford is just over 17,000 — though the number has grown significantly since the arrival of new developments such as Greenford Quay. Around 51% of Greenford’s residents are female, and 49% are male. Their average age is 34. 

Renting in Greenford

Social area at Greenford Quay

Greenford mostly features period properties in the form of Victorian housesOver the last 20 years, many of these have been converted into apartments. However, the area’s largest appeal comes in the form of new residential developments, which offer an enhanced living experience in the area. 

Greenford Quay is the primary development and features a range of tastefully designed apartments set to the backdrop of scenic waterside settings. With a focus on co-living, Greenford Quay features plenty of on-site amenities. 

Residents enjoy pet-friendly properties, 24/7 services, a fully-equipped gym, roof terrace, gaming room and a private cinema. Studio options start at £1,535 per month, one-bedroom apartments cost £1,705, two-bedroom homes are £2,130 and three-bedroom apartments market for £2,556.  

Greenford travel

Greenford on London underground map

Greenford is well-connected travel-wise, meaning residents can get around London with ease. Greenford tube station has a stop on the Central Line and offers direct services to Notting Hill, Marble Arch, Bank and Liverpool Street. 

Sudbury Hill Harrow is a train station that offers direct services to Marylebone, in the heart of the West End, in just 15 minutes. Easy access to the A40 means that drivers can be at Heathrow airport, as well as other West London destinations, in no time at all. 

Cyclists will enjoy a direct cycle route from nearby Greenford Quay, which takes them to Paddington Basin in just 45 minutes. There are also several local bus routes in the area so that residents can easily get to other nearby neighbourhoods. 

Greenford Eateries

Lahori Bites

If you’re looking for local cooking, head to Lahori Bites. The Pakistani restaurant serves up a treat with favourites like Biryani dishes, Tandoori grills, and a range of authentic desserts that include Gulab Jamun and Gajar Halwa, a sweet dish made with shredded carrots. 

Coda di Volpe Pizzeria

Exterior of Coda Di Volpe restaurant

Named after the relatively obscure golden-yellow grape variety, Coda di Volpe Pizzeria provides a little slice of Italy in the heart of Ealing. Led by Stefania D’Orsi, this family-run restaurant is one of the area's best-kept secrets and features an extensive pizza menu that will leave your mouth watering. 

Big Moe's Diner

You can’t beat some grub cooked by Big Moe, which is why you should head to Big Moe’s Diner in Wembley and enjoy a treat or two. The American-style restaurant offers all your favourites dishes from across the pond, including ribs and burgers. And it’s all staged in a 1950s diner. 

Things to do in Greenford

Wembley Stadium and Arena

Wembley Stadium at night

Living in Greenford means you’re just a short journey away from Wembley Stadium, the home of the England national football team. Watch a game and be part of the 90,000-strong crowd. Alternative, head to Wembley Arena and take in a performance from the likes of Rhianna, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. 

Greenford Quay private cinema

If you’re living at Greenford Quay, why not indulge yourself in the luxury cinema room? Stage a private viewing or catch a flick on the weekend while enjoying some popcorn and snacks. There are regular viewings of a range of movies, from all-time classics to newer films. 

Greenford Quay gym

Greenford Quay gym

If you’re all about the #goals, hit the on-site gym at Greenford Quay and get that heart rate pumping. State-of-the-art equipment means you can test your ability, whether it’s cardio in the spin room or pumping some iron with the weights. 

Grand Union Canal

Enjoy a relaxing and peaceful walk along the Grand Union Canal while you take in the local scenery. The canal links London to Birmingham and is 137 miles long (we don’t suggest going the whole distance!). The Greenford part of the canal features scenic waterway settings and plenty of green surroundings. 

Moving to Greenford

Once an ignored area, the regeneration at Greenford has put the neighbourhood firmly on the map. Brand new developments like Greenford Quay have provided a new lease of life, offering a first-class living experience for modern-day renters. Greenford has arrived, and it’s all happening at the Quay.

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