Welcome to West London
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TO WEST LONDON Welcome Published by 2 Welcome to West London Welcome to West London 3 WELCOME to West London! If you've chosen to make this area home, you've made a great decision � there's so much to do here, whatever your age or interests. Love a walk in the park? Live to shop? Or maybe you're an arts or history buff? Whichever it is, you'll be spoilt for choice in the boroughs of West London. This is a diverse area with a community to suit everybody, so read on to discover all there is to enjoy in this part of the capital. Welcome to Hammersmith and Fulham - 4 Welcome to Kensington and Chelsea - 4 Welcome to Hounslow - 5 Welcome to Staines - 7 Welcome to Ealing - 8 Parks and gardens - 9 Museums and galleries - 10&11 Arts and entertainment - 12&13 O2 London Mela - 14 Family fun - 16&17 Notting Hill Carnival - 18 Useful numbers - 20&21 Welcome to West London West London has plenty to offer for everyone: above, big nature day at the Natural History Museum � see pages 4 and 10&11, left, a street dancer at Southall's jubilee party � see page 8 and below, Chiswick House Gardens � see page 5 Outside catering for weddings, parties, social functions etc. High Class Indian Food There is only one Priya's registered company established since 1987. "Friendly & Reliable" We are proud to be experts in the art of fine Indian cuisine & we extend our invitation to all those who share our passion for excellence. Traditional & skilfully prepared especially for you to enjoy at home. 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This huge shopping centre gives Oxford Street a run for its money with high street and luxury stores, a cinema, bowling lanes and restaurants. BBC Television Centre Palace's botanic gardens surrounding the stately home. Many know Hammersmith and Fulham for its arts and entertainment venues and LAMDA is based here. You'll find large venues that book big name acts such as the Hammersmith Apollo and Shepherds Bush Empire, but there are also many smaller theatres that are well worth a visit. There are a number of art galleries, including some specialising in Arabic and Indian work. The Musuem of Fulham Palace makes a good day out - it is the home of the Bishops of London and is made up of Tudor and Georgian architecture. You may be close to Central London in this borough, but with so much to do you'll find little need to go into town. Holland Park Lord Holland Pond in Local football teams are Chelsea, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, while The Queen's Club is near Charing Cross Hospital for tennis fans. The first half of the Boat Race also passes through the borough. Green spaces include Bishops Park which has recently resurrected the summer urban beach of Edwardian times, Hurlingham Park which has a long sporting history and is still the place to go for cricket, tennis, bowls and other activities, and Fulham T HOSE who love the finer things in London will feel right at home in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Outside of the sights of Central London, this is the number one destination for anyone visiting the capital some of the best museums and galleries in the world are here. Lined with elegant and imposing buildings and dotted with beautiful parks, this is a borough many would aspire to live in. After the City of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea is the wealthiest borough in England. It contains some of the most exclusive addresses in London and some of the most expensive property in the world. Museums include the grand buildings of the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as the Saatchi Gallery. Don't miss Kensington Palace and Gardens, which hosts a display of royal national costumes just off Kensington High Street. Shopping is big business in Kensington and Chelsea - Knightsbridge is the place to go for luxury shops and department stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols, while the famous Portobello Road market is a cut above the usual market stalls. In August, what seems like most of London flocks to Ladbroke Grove for the Notting Hill Carnival, a riot of colour, sounds and smells that have to be experienced. The English National Ballet School, the Royal College of Arts, the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London are based here, attracting students from all over the world. The borough's green spaces are equally magnificent and include Holland Park, which during the summer months hosts open air opera. Far left, Hammersmith Bridge, left, the The Chelsea Pensioner's Founders Day Parade at Royal Hospital Chelsea, and above, the now familiar sight of Westfield shopping centre above the rooftops of central London P Welcome to Hounslow 5 Chiswick House and Gardens, Gunnersbury Park Estate and Hogarth's House. The Gunnersbury Park Museum for Ealing and Hounslow displays the past and present history of these two neighbouring boroughs, while Redlees Artist Studios in Isleworth is home to local artists, exhibitions and workshops. With the borough spanning Chiswick, Hounslow, Isleworth, Brentford, Heston, Cranford, Bedfont, Feltham and Hanworth, you'll never be stuck for a delicious local restaurant, great pub or handy shopping centre. ICKING Hounslow as your new home is a great choice � this area of West London is full of beautiful parks, historic houses and lots to do. Living in Hounslow means you'll be just a short tube ride from Central London, but will enjoy many of the benefits of the countryside and lots more space to explore. Hounslow has a long and fascinating history � it dates back to Norman and Roman times. Hounslow Heath's northern boundary is a former Roman road and at the end of the English Civil War Oliver Cromwell camped his army there. James II also set up an army camp on the heath. More recent history saw the Hounslow Heath Aerodrome set up there when World War I broke out in 1914, and in 1919 it hosted the first daily international commercial flights. It has a lasting flight legacy as nearby Heathrow Airport was named after it. The borough includes a wide range of sports facilities, Welcome to West London Above, Boston Manor House leisure centres and swimming pools, as well as Osterley Sports and Athletics Centre for those inspired by the London Olympics. Parks and nature reserves offer Hounslow residents lots of green spaces � some of the best, aside from the heath, include Hanworth Park which was a royal park and palace used by Henry VIII, and Bedfont Lakes which has won national awards for excellence. Fans of historic houses will find they barely ever need to stray out of the borough to be entertained. 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Staines Bridge is something of an icon locally, a three-arch structure that was built in 1832 and is a highlight of any ramble in the area. You'll find all your favourite high street names in the town centre along with some great independent shops, a Vue cinema and a busy street market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Easy access to Heathrow means many big international employers have also set up home in Staines, including Bupa, Logica, NDS, Siemens, British Gas and Samsung. This is definitely a place that will go from strength to strength in the coming years. F you've chosen Staines as your new home then you'll have plenty of places to explore as you get to know the area. The historic town centre and many green spaces mean you'll be spoilt for choice for days out. Staines town centre's pedestrianised shopping centre is great for all the amenities you could need, but look beyond the window displays and you'll see there's more than just retail therapy to keep you occupied. If you don't know Staines or its history well, the fascinating Spelthorne Museum is a good place to start. With displays that span Staines and the Spelthorne borough in the Ice Age to the area's Roman history and on to Victorian times, you'll be a lot more familiar with your new neighbourhood by the time you leave. The museum also has town trails so you can get out and explore all of the most interesting sights on your own. Most of the oldest remaining parts of Staines are in Binbury Welcome to West London Top, the sign heralding the newly-named town and below, the three-arch bridge Row and Church Street, where many of the buildings date back to between the 17th and 19th centuries. 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Acton, Ealing and Greenford are known for their town centres, shops and restaurants, Southall offers a diverse community with a lively and vibrant centre, while those looking for a taste of the countryside should head to Northolt, Perivale and Hanwell. Parks and green spaces abound, with places to enjoy a walk in the fresh air including Lammas Park, Ealing Common, Hanwell Meadows, Walpole Park and the award-winning Northala Fields. Over the summer months, the borough makes the best of its open spaces with Ealing Summer Festivals, a programme of comedy, jazz, arts, carnivals, opera and blues, and culminating in the massive O2 London Mela. Gunnersbury Park Museum gives a flavour of the local area's history, the London Motorcyle Museum is in Ealing, and PM Gallery and House is a cultural centre. Those interested in the arts won't want to miss Southall's The London Mela in Gunnersbury Park Dominion Arts Education Centre, with a regular programme of arts activities that reflect Ealing's diverse cultures. Ealing is a great place for families and the borough's educational facilities reflect this. There are a total of 91 state schools and nurseries to choose from as well as some very successful independent schools. Some of West London's most sought-after properties are here as residents enjoy parks, great local restaurants, shops and bars, cultural events and beautiful homes. To advertise in future publications please call 01895 451000 V.Q.S Kitchens McBarbers STUDENT OFFER �1 off � GENTS HAIRCUTS Unit 1, The Green Business Centre, The Causeway, Staines (behind AVIS) Closed Sunday and Monday 01784 449723 9.00am till 12 noon with this voucher & SU card. 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Northala Fields has won a number of awards for landscaping and innovation, and is a place for Ealing locals to be proud of. n Northala Fields, Kensington Road, Northolt, UB5 6UR. Walpole Park Another must-see in the green and pleasant borough of Ealing is Walpole Park, the biggest public open space in the area. The park backs onto Pitzhanger Manor and was once part of the manor house's estate grounds. Pitzhanger Manor was the country residence of Bank of England architect Sir John Soane. Now, Walpole Park's formal gardens are open to public use and are a lovely place for a walk or to relax on a sunny day. It's also the venue for the popular Ealing Summer Festival, a day of performances, stalls and celebrations in the borough. n Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5BQ. Chiswick House Gardens Head to Chiswick to see the inspiration behind New York's Central Park and Blenheim Palace gardens. The Beautiful Chiswick House Gardens was the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and in 2010 was restored to its full glory, making it one of West London's biggest Welcome to West London attractions. Aside from the house, there are grand vistas, hidden pathways, and a huge range of flowers, shrubs and trees. n Chiswick House Gardens, Chiswick, W4 2RP. Ravenscourt Park Looking for some relaxation in Hammersmith and Fulham? Head to Ravenscourt Park, a 13-hectare open space. The park dates back to medieval times, when the lake was part of a moat around a manor house. Now it's a public park and one of the best loved in the borough, with facilities for tennis, football, basketball and bowling, as well as children's play areas. n Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith, W6 0SL. Kensington Gardens Royal park Kensington Gardens was originally part of Hyde Park and sits just a stone's throw from busy Kensington High Street. The setting for part of J M Barrie's story Peter Pan, Kensington Gardens features a Peter Pan statue and a Diana Memorial Playground with a large wooden pirate ship. Make sure you don't miss the beautiful Italian Gardens, a Top, Ravenscourt Park and above, Walpole Park 150-year-old ornamental water garden created by Prince Albert as a gift to Queen Victoria. n Kensington Gardens, London, W2 2UH. Little Wormwood Scrubs In 2008 Little Wormwood Scrubs was chosen as one of London's 10 priority parks, giving it a grant to be improved. The park is a Site of Nature Conservation Importance for creatures such as grasshoppers, butterflies and ants, but it's also well loved by locals for a place to take children to play, or to go for a run or even sunbathe. You'll find an adventure playground alongside the One O'Clock Club and there's a large open area of grass for games and relaxing. n Little Wormwood Scrubs, London, W10 6AD. 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An excellent tea room is worth the visit alone. www.vam.ac.uk London Motorcycle Museum Bikers will love the London Motorcycle Museum in Greenford which has a huge collection from many different periods. Visitors can take a tour around motorbikes used in Eastenders and Dad's Army, and the collection is often taken to events around the UK and has even been as far afield as Rio de Janeiro. www.motorcycle-uk.com PM Gallery and House The PM Gallery at Pitzhanger Manor is a major art venue in West London, exhibiting contemporary art. It also has the largest collection of Martinware in the country and visitors can take guided tours of the house. There is a regular programme of events and the venue can be hired for weddings and civil partnerships. www.ealing.gov.uk Spelthorne Museum Another great gem is Spelthorne Museum, showcasing the history of Staines. Exhibitions span vast periods including prehistoric, Roman and Victorian periods. The museum offers a fascinating introduction to the area. www.spelthorne museum.org.uk 12 Welcome to West London's arts & entertainments Enjoying a stroll in Acton Park during Acton Carnival Bottom from left, Riverside Studios, Opera Holland Park and Hammersmith Apollo Welcome toWest London Try Our Daily Buffet 7 Days a Week Veg & Non Veg Eat as much as you like Only �5.95 F or those of you looking to enjoy some culture and a visit to the theatre West London has an eclectic mix to tempt you. WindoWs � doors Conservatories � repair serviCe A local company - quality products at competitive prices Call us to discus day to s all yo ur window & require door ments Opera Holland Park Holland Park is a magical place to be on a summer's evening, when the open air theatre stages opera, dance and plays. In 2012 you can see some of West London's best emerging choreographers as well as the English National Ballet and other international dance groups. opera performances include Falstaff, Cosi fan tutte and Lucia di Lammermoor, while children will love the family-friendly opera of Fantastic Mr Fox. In August you can watch classic films at the Luna Cinema on site. London may offer some of the world's best theatre in the West End, but all West Londoners know that in the summer months it's time to step outside of the stalls and into the park. n opera Holland Park, Stable Yard, Holland Park, W8 6LU. Riverside Studios The cultural heart of Hammersmith beats Studios, an arts venu something for everyone. With a cinema, theatr space all under one r something to draw in the cr At riverside Studi comedy, musicals, theatr exhibitions, or just st or a bite to eat while atmosphere. n riverside Studios, Hammersmith, W6 9 Hammermsith Apollo & Shepherds Bu Empire Love live music and comedy? You couldn't live in a better part London, with both the Hammerms Apollo and the Shepher so close by. These venues attract big name act you can see your fav hilarious comedian y minutes from your front door Make sure you keep upcoming programmes. n Hammersmith Apollo, 2 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH and Freephone: 0500 50 36 50 www.novaglass.co.uk Welcome to West London's arts & entertainments 13 THE TEST CENTRE Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8TT. Up and Coming Stars Big names of the future could be passing you in the street every day West London is home to some of the world's top arts training schools. The Royal College of Music, the English National Ballet School and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art are all based in the area. What's more, students often put on performances so you can see top class shows for a fraction of the usual price. n Go to www.rcm.org.uk, www. enbschool.org.uk and www.lamda.org. uk. Ealing Festivals Lucky Ealing residents get a summer of arts and entertainment as cultural festivals take over the borough. Look out for Ealing Opera in the Park, Ealing Blues, Ealing Comedy in the Park, Ealing Global, and the Acton and Greenford Carnivals - phew! And all that is before you even begin to think about the fantastic O2 London Mela - see page 14 for more information. www.ealing.gov.uk. Welcome to West London s inside Riverside ue that offers thing for everyone. th a cinema, theatre and exhibition e all under one roof, there's always thing to draw in the crowds. ios you can see , musicals, theatre, film, art stop in for a drink e you soak up the s, Crisp Road, mersmith, W6 9RL. 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As if summer 2012 wasn't exciting enough already, August 19 will see the city celebrating the 10th London Mela, which first appeared in 2003 produced by Ealing Council. But if you miss out this time, don't worry � the O2 London Mela is sure to be back year after year as it's a huge hit every summer. Melas originate from the Indian sub continent. They are fairs or festivals that feature music, dance and theatre performers, and stalls. The London Mela is one of the highlights of the capital's The Mela Festival of 2010 at Gunnersbury Park featured dancing, colourful characters and lots to cheer � you can be assured of more of the same this year entertainment calendar and attracts a huge amount of visitors from all cultures. It's a celebration of Asian culture and creativity and is critically acclaimed for featuring the best in classical music, British Asian urban artists, dance, comedy, cabaret, Asianinfluenced street theatre and circus, and exhibions. The action will be divided into nine zones, which include the Main Stage, the Mix Tent with DJs from BBC Asian Network, BBC Introducing, a community and kids' zone, outdoor arts, an `In Conversation With' tent, food markets and a funfair. Acts for this year are yet to be announced but you can be sure they'll be big names, based on the exciting line ups other years have seen. The O2 London Mela is a great platform for emerging British artists, and also to expose more people to the charms of traditional and classical art forms. For a fun day out you just can't beat it � keep an eye on www.londonmela.org for more information. To the rear of 6 New Park Rd Ashford TW15 1EG Come and check out our new timber yard. Top quality fencing and gates @ the best prices around the area with over 46 years experience. 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First Class Course - 18 holes of delightful golf. The course is in superb condition and the Greens are simply sensational! Open To All - As a registered Community Amateur Sports Club, membership of the club is open to all without discrimination. We positively encourage all golfers - seasoned and new, young and old to join us as members Various Membership Categories - Includes 5 day, Weekday+, 7 day, Junior, Young Adult and Social memberships. Green Fees and Societies - Visitors are welcome throughout the week, Monday to Friday and at limited times on weekend afternoons. We warmly welcome Golf Societies. Call out Pro Shop on 0208 997 3959 to book. Food & Beverage - A wide range of refreshments are available together with an excellent daily menu and restaurant service. The Club offers free Wi-Fi and is fully air conditioned. Lessons and Advice - Ricky Willison - an ex European Tour Player, together with Luke Willett, a qualified PGA coach run a number of programmes, including the junior and ladies' academies. Kids as young as 9 are learning and they clearly benefit from an introduction to this great game at an early age. Weddings, Parties and Conferences - We've two wonderful function rooms and those who come here always go away having had a great time and a truly personalied event - as testimonials sich as the one below show. "Thank you for helping to make our Wedding Day so special! The venue and it's surroundings are lovely and we would definitely recommend it to others. Thank you all so much!" Give Ealing a try...as your local club, we warmly welcome new members, visitors and those who wish to use our excellent function halls. For further information please contact the office on 02028 997 0937 www.ealinggolfclub.com Ealing Golf Club, Perivale Lane, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 8TS Tel: 0208 997 0937 Email: email@example.com Welcome to West London's family fun THE COMPLETE MADE TO MEASURE BLIND & CURTAIN SERVICE 17 Welcome to West London dows" "Our Reputation Hangs on your Win CHOOSE IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME OR OFFICE WE COME TO YOU, MEASURE DESIGN AND FIT � FREE MEASURING This year Bishops Park launched London's only urban beach, an idea that grew from the park's Edwardian history. Families across the Capital used to come down to `Margate Sands' in Bishops Park every summer, and now Hammersmith and Fulham Council have reopened the urban beach to give families a day at the seaside without leaving the borough. n Bishops Park, Bishop's Avenue, SW6 6SX. South Kensington You can't beat the attractions of South Kensington for a funpacked day out. 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Crowds flock not just from all over London but from across the world to this colourful spectacle that's become an icon of the area. The first ever Notting Hill Carnival took place in 1964 meaning it is coming up to its 50th anniversary soon, and each year the party atmosphere keeps on getting bigger and better. Europe's largest street festival transports you to sunnier climes for two days whatever the weather � even if it's held in the traditional British rain, you can't help but get into the carnival spirit. Steel bands are Notting Hill Carnival's biggest tradition because in the first year it was held to showcase the steel bands that played at Earls Court every weekend. The sound of steel drums is something most people will always associate with the event, but it has now branched out to include calypso, soca, samba, local bands, international artists and huge static sound systems, too. Aside from great music, one of the biggest reasons many come to carnival is to see the flamboyant dancers and parade, with amazing costumes and dance routines. And of course there's the food � come hungry, as Notting Hill Carnival is famous for its traditional Caribbean dishes such as jerk chicken and curried goat. This is where Levi Roots' Reggae Reggae Sauce started out before it took off as a brand. Many of the nearby tube stations close on carnival weekend (it is in the Ladbroke Grove area) so those lucky enough to live close by will be able to saunter down to the parade with little fuss. Notting Hill Carnival is simply unmissable for West Londoners � keep up to date with all the news and acts at www. thenottinghillcarnival.com. 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Take part in our knock out tennis competition and WIN prizes! www.ealingbroadwayshopping.co.uk @EalingShopping Mon-Sat 9:30am to 6:00pm Sun 11:00am to 5:00pm /ealingbroadwayshopping 20 Welcome to West London � useful numbers POLICE Ealing station: 0300 123 1212 Hounslow, Feltham, Chiswick & Brentford stations: 0300 123 1212 Kensington, Chelsea & Notting Hill stations: 0300 123 1212 Staines & Walton stations: 0845 125 2222 COUNCIL Ealing: 020 8825 5000 Hammersmith & Fulham: 020 8748 3020 Hounslow: 020 8583 2000 Kensington & Chelsea: 020 7361 3000 Spelthorne: 01784 451 499 HEALTH Ashford Hospital: 01784 884 488 Central Middlesex Hospital: 020 8965 5733 Charing Cross Hospital: 020 3311 1234 Chelsea & Westminster Hospital: 020 8746 8000 Ealing Hospital: 020 8967 5000 Queen Mary's Hospital: 020 8487 6000 Royal Brompton Hospital: 020 7352 8121 Welcome to West London 5 good reasons to join The only Public Venue in the Pitshanger & Brentham Estate area to show Sky Sports The best view in Ealing from our balcony terrace FREE WIFI throughout the main building facilities � Your community, � Your club, � Your place for social, sports and family events � Sport for all ages plus coaching for Colts in tennis, football, and cricket Members get a 10% Discount on our already cheap food and drink prices, plus discounts on most events WHO WE ARE You will find this little gem in the heart of Ealing set in 16 acres of conservation land beside the River Brent and fringed with deciduous woodland. The Brentham Club was established in 1911 to provide sport and leisure opportunities including cricket, hard court and lawn tennis, football and bowls to the Brentham and Pitshanger community. This past year we have been celebrating our Centenary. However, the Club's facilities extend beyond pure sport with a cosy restaurant, coffee shop, vibrant bars, freshly cooked food and ample space for conference and event hire. 100 years of serving the community. The Brentham Club provides a choice of membership to suit your needs whether you want to relax, meet new friends, celebrate special events or play one of the many sports available in and around the club grounds. 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