The West London area of Hanworth is full of history, from links to King Henry VIII to pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart. It's also a pretty fun place to live, with a nice blend of old and new.
Neatly nestled between Hampton, Sunbury and Twickenham, Hanworth is home to open spaces, local restaurants and shopping amenities. Plus, you don't need to travel far to get to Heathrow Airport and enjoy a weekend (or longer) away.
If you're thinking about moving to Hanworth, you probably want to know what it's really like to live in this West London suburb. Read on, and discover everything you need to know about Hanworth with our latest London guide.
On a map
Hanworth is officially an urban and suburban district of Feltham. It falls under the London Borough of Hounslow and is located 15 miles from Charing Cross. Hanworth is located in the TW13 postcode, and its neighbouring areas include Richmond, Kew and Twickenham.
History of Hanworth
Hanworth is steeped in history that goes back centuries. It was initially a populated manor and parish held by Ulf, a "huscarl" of the King. Huscarls acted as bodyguards of Scandinavian Kings, though the majority of them were killed in the 1066 Battle of Hastings.
By 1521, Hanworth came to the Crown, with King Henry VIII enjoying hunting on the heath that surrounded the village. He gave the manor to his wife, Anne Boleyn until her execution.
Fast-forward to 1932, and pilot Amelia Earhart flew to Hanworth after landing in Ireland during her crossing of the Atlantic. In more present-day history, Hanworth saw its population expand after the construction of aM3 feeder road opened up access in the area.
Who lives there?
According to the 2001 census, the population of Hanworth is just over 23,000, with 51% female and 49% male. The average age is 42, and the proportion of renters in the area is 40%.
Renting in Hanworth
Hanworth features older period properties, homes from the Thirties and modernised developments. The result is a good mix of choice for renters when it comes to choosing their next home.
Rents are typically lower than the London average in Hanworth, with a one-bedroom apartment achieving slightly over £900 per month. Two-bedroom homes average £1,250 and three-bed-and-up properties market for between £1,500 and £2,000.
The nearest transport stations to Hanworth are Feltham railway and Hampton and Kempton Park, all of which provide a direct line to London Waterloo. The closest tube station can be found at Hanwell East, which is on the Piccadilly Line.
Stella's Cafe and Restaurant
Sample delectable delights in the form of authentic Portuguese cuisine at Stella's Cafe and Restaurant. This family-run eatery provides an extensive menu that includes favourites like Prego no Pao, which is grilled garlic butter sirloin steak served in a ‘Bolo do Caco’ Portuguese roll.
Enjoy a range of cakes, milkshakes and some of the best coffee in town at Cups Love. This is the perfect spot for getting some important work done with a cake and coffee, or simply relaxing for a few hours with a hot brew in hand.
La Familia Restaurant
Head to Hampton Hill, which is a huge favourite with the locals, and dine at La Familia Restaurant. Cuisine comes in the form of Mediterranean delights. There's also a cocktail menu on hand too. Make sure you attend on the last Friday of the month so that you can listen to lives music at La Famillia.
Things to do in Hanworth
Get back to nature at Crane Park, and discover two nature reserves and the building that was once home to Hounslow's Gunpowder Works. During a scenic stroll, soak up the ponds, wildlife and forests.
Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway
Known as "the secret railway", Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway is the only operational 1915 heritage steam narrow-gauge railway ‘loop’ within the M25. There's plenty of history to learn about the world of steam railways.
Have a fun day out at Tenpin and test your bowling skills with 24 lanes to choose from. There's also a few pool tables, just in case you beat everyone at bowling. A fully licensed bar is on hand too.
Moving to Hanworth
Hanworth offers more affordable rents than inner-London neighbourhoods while providing a community-driven area with plenty to do and see. If you're on the move, Hanworth could just be the next neighbourhood you call home.