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History & heritage

Middlesex is largely dominated by the City of London… Page 10

48 hours

A few of our weekend favourites to try... Page 28

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CONTENTS Welcome...................................................................................... 09 Middlesex is a county like no other!

History all around.......................................................................10 ©NATIONAL TRUST IMAGES/JOHN MILLER/NATIONALTRUST.ORG.UK; ©ZSL LONDON ZOO; GILES ROCHOLL PHOTOGRAPHY/BRENT CROSS SHOPPING CENTRE; KIEV.VICTOR/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Middlesex is steeped in history – it’s in the very fabric of the region.

Ten things you must do............................................................ 14 There are loads of things to do here – make sure you don’t miss these.

Let’s go there...............................................................................18 Middlesex has plenty of things to do to keep the whole family occupied all day long.

London Zoo

Brent Cross Shopping Centre

If you’re only here for 48 hours.............................................. 28 You can pack a lot into a couple of days – try this itinerary to make the most of it.

Like to shop? You’ll love it here............................................. 30 Avoid the crowds of central London and head for some retail therapy in Middlesex.

Ten reasons to love this region.............................................. 38 There are dozens of reasons to love it here – check out a few of our favourites.

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L’oro di Napoli is a traditional Neapolitan wood fired oven pizzeria. Our restaurant is located in South Ealing with a second branch located in Hanwell, London.

6 The Quadrant Little Ealing Lane South Ealing W5 4EE Tel: 020 3632 5580

217 Uxbridge Road Hanwell, London W7 3TH Tel: 020 8567 9005Â

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Travel

Middlesex is easily accessible with excellent transport links... Page 54

Further afield

Uncover hidden gems in the wider region… Page 72

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A taste of Middlesex – and the world................................... 40 Top-end fine dining, adventurous independents and a great range of ethnic cuisine means you’ll never go hungry here.

Getting here and getting around............................................ 54 Thanks to its fantastic transport links, getting to and around Middlesex is easy – so what’s stopping you?

A region at the heart of art....................................................... 56 Welcome to the night............................................................... 62

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Our sporting life......................................................................... 68

Jess Glynne performs at The Camden Assembly

This is the place to be if you’re in need of a culture fix.

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An evening out in Middlesex is always fun – whatever your tastes, there’s something for everyone.

Whether you want to get involved or just sit and watch, there’s plenty of sporting activities on offer here.

Let’s explore................................................................................ 72 Although you’ll never run out of things to do here, it’s also a great base for exploring the surrounding region.

We’re open for business............................................................ 74 Historically, Middlesex has always been a business hub and it continues to thrive.

If you’re planning to stay longer............................................ 76 Properties in this county make a solid investment prospect.

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WELCOME

Looking towards London city skyline from Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath

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hether it’s a weekend break to visit some of the best attractions in England, days out with the children or a taste sensation at an outstanding restaurant, Middlesex has got it all. You can get a taste for fine dining at the end of a hard day’s shopping. Browse the local produce at the picturesque towns and villages offering all the temptation presented by independent retailers or fantastic shopping centres like intu Uxbridge. This historic county boasts a number of exciting attractions including museums, galleries, historic buildings, parks, gardens, theatre, concerts and events. One of the best-known historic houses is Syon Park. Other important buildings of note, and well worth a visit while you’re here, include Marble Hill House and Osterley Park House to name a couple. Middlesex is also a thriving region. Whether you are here to take in a little culture, theatre, shopping, sporting and music venues, or here on business, you can always be assured of finding something exciting to do, tasty to eat or interesting to explore. So whatever you do during your visit to the region, please enjoy – and come back soon! l

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“THIS HISTORIC COUNTY BOASTS A NUMBER OF EXCITING ATTRACTIONS SUCH AS MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, HISTORIC BUILDINGS, PARKS, GARDENS, THEATRE, AND EVENTS”

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HISTORY & HERITAGE

HISTORY ALL AROUND! With a fascinating past that stretches back to the Iron Age, Middlesex is steeped in history – it’s in the very fabric of the region

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Long Gallery at Syon House

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he name Middlesex dates back to the 8th century AD but people lived in the area way before that. During the Iron Age (circa 500BC) settlements existed at Brentford and Heathrow. In the 1st century BCE Belgic tribes had established themselves in south east England and Middlesex as it is known today, formed part of the Catuvellauni territory. The Romans set up outposts at what became Staines and Brentford and by the early 5th century, the Saxons began to colonize the area. Positioned between the East and West Saxons,

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the region soon obtained its modern name, meaning “middle Saxons”. The name was first recorded in a Saxon Charter of 704 AD as the “Provincia Middleseaxon” (Providence of the Middle Saxons), making it the third oldest recorded county name after Kent and Essex. Middlesex was originally part of the Kingdom of Essex until the Danes overran Essex and captured London in the mid-9th century. In 886 AD, Alfred the Great re-took London and established the boundary between the Saxons and Danelaw along the River Lea.

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Middlesex (including modern Hertfordshire) remained part of the Kingdom of Wessex until the Norman Conquest in 1066 AD. In the late 9th century the shires as we know them today were created. They were parts of kingdoms or provinces, which were trimmed away to create smaller units, thus Hertfordshire was detached from the Middlesex Province and Middlesex was never a shire. The Normans used the existing Saxon divisions of the country, calling them counties. From early times Middlesex was dominated by the City of London, and for centuries p13

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Visit Headstone Manor & Museum

Showcasing 1200 years of history in Harrow

A view into the quire at St Paul’s Cathedral

Travel back in time through Harrow's history and discover the amazing stories of its people, from the Harrow we know today to its earliest prehistory.

Egham Museum www.eghammuseum.org

Opening Times Tuesday and Thursday 10.00am - 4.30pm Saturday 10.30am - 12.30pm

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Headstone Manor & Museum is made up of five historical buildings, including a Grade I listed Manor House, I 9th century Granary and a modern Visitors Centre and Cafe.

The Literary Institute 51 High Street Egham, Surrey TW20 9EW

Temporary Exhibitions Group visits welcome Object Handling Research Events Please note that the Museum is on the First Floor, accessible only by a flight of stairs.

Headstone Manor & Museum Pinner View, Harrow, HA2 6PX 020 8863 6720 www.headstonemanor.org

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was the county retreat of royalty and wealthy London merchants. The urban area of London began to expand beyond the boundaries of the City however and into Middlesex including areas such as Tower Hamlets, Westminster, Camden, and Islington. By the late 19th century, London had grown to encompass all of South East Middlesex. In 1888 the new County of London assumed the administration of 50 square miles of Middlesex, with 2.5 million inhabitants, and the new administrative county of Middlesex governed the remaining area. The administrative county acquired its own sheriff, and the site of its traditional courthouse in Parliament Square, Westminster, was deemed still in the county

of Middlesex for the purpose of holding sessions of the peace. During the early 20th century, suburban London expanded to cover most of Middlesex. A new metropolitan county, Greater London was established on April 1 1965 and, as well as parts of other neighbouring counties, incorporated most of Middlesex. Parts of the county were also, for administrative purposes absorbed into Surrey and Hertfordshire. However, many proud Middlesaxons, who consider themselves ‘defenders of the tribe’, continue to celebrate the county and on May 16, 2003, Middlesex Day was established. The date commemorates the Battle of Albuhera when soldiers from the Middlesex Regiment fighting against Napoleon were entrusted to stop the advance of the French into Portugal to prevent the British from being trapped in ‘Dunkirk’ fashion. At the height of the battle on May 16, 1811, the commanding officer of the young Middlesaxon fighters yelled “Die hard my men, die hard”. After this tumultuous, historyturning event the Middlesex Regiment became known as the ‘Diehards’ and their regimental badge is inscribed with ‘Albuhera’. l

Tour numerous historical sites around Middlesex

“FROM EARLY TIMES MIDDLESEX WAS DOMINATED BY THE CITY OF LONDON, AND FOR CENTURIES WAS THE COUNTY RETREAT OF ROYALTY”

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OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Bobby Moore statue outside Wembley Stadium; A giraffe stretches its legs at London Zoo; Royal Air Force Museum; Tropical plants at the historic Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; BOTTOM Great Hall at Syon House

[01] STROLL THROUGH AMAZING GARDENS

Just across the river from Syon Park, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climb the newlyrenovated Dragon Pagoda, step inside the Temperate Glasshouse and view the largest and most diverse collection of living plants in the world.

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[02] EXPLORE THE HOME OF CRICKET Steeped in over 200 years of history and tradition and home to Middlesex County Cricket Club, Lord’s is the most famous cricket ground in the world. Tours give visitors the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and explore the Grade 2-listed Pavilion, legendary Long Room, Players’ Dressing Rooms with the Honours Boards, award-winning JP Morgan Media Centre and MCC Museum, home to the iconic Ashes Urn.

[06] HAVE TEA AT SYON PARK Okay so you can’t actually have afternoon tea in the house but once you’ve had a tour of this historic building and its enchanted woodlands, pop to the garden centre next door, where there is an excellent Garden Kitchen Restaurant offering tea, cakes and other light refreshments. Alternatively, Hilton Syon Park, also situated within gorgeous surroundings of the Duke of Northumberland’s estate, offers a decadent afternoon tea, complete with Champagne.

“A TOUR OF LORD’S WILL GIVE VISITORS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO BEHIND-THE-SCENES AND EXPLORE THE GRADE 2-LISTED PAVILION, LEGENDARY LONG ROOM AND PLAYERS’ DRESSING ROOMS”

[07] VISIT EUROPE’S FIRST HINDU TEMPLE Popularly known as the ‘Neasden Temple’, the Mandir is a traditional place of Hindu worship. Designed and constructed entirely according to ancient Vedic architectural texts, using no structural steel, this beautiful temple was hand-carved in India before being assembled in London. [08] WATCH A GAME AT WEMBLEY STADIUM Another one for sports fans, whether football or rugby is your thing, depending on what p17

[03] DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF POETRY Visit the home of one of the world’s most famous romantic poets, John Keats. Now a museum and literary centre the house, in Hampstead, is open Wednesday to Sunday. [04] TRACE THE HISTORY OF AVIATION AT THE ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM See real aircraft and have a go at interactive exhibits at this extraordinary museum near Edgeware. [05] HAVE A PICNIC ON HAMPSTEAD HEATH Boasting some of the best views from some of the highest points in London, the heath was voted London’s best picnic spot in 2018. Make your way up Parliament Hill for a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline.

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Relax Breathe Repeat

Spa de Sal is the place to go to for relaxation and rejuvenation with salt therapy. Whether you have just come off a long-haul flight; had a mind-numbing day of meetings; or been on your feet all day; take an hour-long session in one of our salt rooms to help clear your mind and aid a restful night’s sleep. Get comfortable in our relaxing loungers and let the healing properties of salt ease away the daily strains of exertion and pollution. Deep breathing techniques will help raise your oxygen levels and improve your immune system. Feel your spirits lifting as your serotonin level increases through breathing in salt infused air. Salt’s anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antihistamine properties can help reduce symptoms of respiratory and skin conditions.

5 London Road, Brentford TW8 8JB enquiries@spadesal.com 020 8582 8971

07858 827945

Furthermore, if training for a sporting event, take salt therapy before the event to expand lung capacity, and after the event to repair your muscles quickly.

Make Spa de Sal your ‘go-to’ for de-stressing and relaxation.

For more information, visit www.spadesal.com


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LEFT Navigate through Land of the Lions, London Zoo; BELOW LEFT Kids’ entertainment at Brent Cross Shopping Centre BELOW Wembley Stadium

“OVER 190 YEARS SINCE IT FIRST OPENED, LONDON ZOO, SITUATED IN REGENT’S PARK, WELCOMES OVER ONE MILLION VISITORS A YEAR”

season you visit, be sure to catch a game, if fixtures allow. If not, then you can always sign up for a tour. [09] SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP AT BRENT CROSS Hailed as North West London’s premier shopping destination Brent Cross Shopping Centre is home to over 2,000 leading and designer brands and 120 stylish stores including Fenwick and John Lewis, as well as a selection of restaurants. Take advantage of free parking, great family services and enjoy free family, food and shopping events throughout the year. Alternatively, take a little time out to relax with a great range of beauty brands and treatments on offer throughout the centre.

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[10] FEED THE ANIMALS AT LONDON ZOO Over 190 years since it first opened, this famous zoo, situated in Regent’s Park, welcomes over one million visitors a year. l

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LET’S GO THERE! Middlesex has plenty of things to do to keep the whole family occupied all day long

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There’s plenty to do to fill a whole day here, from the Isabella Plantation organic woodland garden and playgrounds at Kingston and Petersham gates to golf at the two courses near Roehampton Gate and fishing at Pen Ponds. Another of London’s royal parks, Regent’s Park was designed by architect John Nash and was named after Prince Regent, who later became King George IV. Extending to over 395 acres it’s home to the largest outdoor sports arena in central London, as well as Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens, which feature more than 400 varieties of roses. That’s not to mention the boating lake, where you can hire a rowing boat or pedalo by the hour, an open-air theatre that shows plays during the summer months and Primrose Hill, which offers spectacular views of the London skyline. Regent’s Park is also where you will find London Zoo, which with 755 species of animal, is a day out in itself. Opened in 1828, London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo and was originally intended for scientific study, before it opened to the public in 1847. These days, millions of people visit each year, to get up close and personal with the p23

iddlesex’s location in the north and west of central London means the attractions of the city are all within easy reach. However, the historic county has a number of other must-see attractions. From museums, galleries and historic buildings to parks, gardens and zoos, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained for a great day out. As well as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Hampton Court Palace, which are all found within Middlesex’s historical boundaries, other historically important buildings of note and well worth a visit while you’re here include Syon Park, Marble Hill House and Osterley Park House to name a few. However, when the weather is fine, there’s nothing better than a trip to the park and Middlesex has its fair share. At 2,500 acres, Richmond Park is the largest of London’s eight royal parks and home to 650 deer. This pastoral landscape of hills and woodlands can be explored on bike, horseback or on foot and is a peaceful place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

“MILLIONS OF PEOPLE VISIT EACH YEAR TO GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE ANIMALS WHO CALL LONDON ZOO HOME. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR VISIT EXTRA SPECIAL THEN YOU CAN BOOK TO BE A KEEPER FOR A DAY AND EVEN STAY OVERNIGHT”

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CHILDREN’S INDOOR SOFT PLAY CENTRE A PLACE TO EAT, PLAY & PARTY!

Birthday parties from as little as £8.50 Entry fee from as little as £4.50

JUNGLE LASER An exciting laser tag game in our soft play centre. Great for groups and parties!

Visit the house where Romantic poet John Keats found inspiration, friendship and love. Explore his life and work through original manuscripts, artefacts and paintings, displayed in the setting of the beautiful Regency villa and tranquil garden where he lived 200 years ago.

Play only session prices starting from £5ph Laser party £15ph Suitable for 5-12yrs (Evening sessions only, T&Cs apply)

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Ham House and Garden This rare and atmospheric treasure trove is a jewel to behold. With its spectacle of formal avenues, intimate closets an luxuriant estate all shimmering on the 'sweetest river in the world', this grandest of Stuart houses is yours to experience. When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places for ever, for everyone.

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• History of Gatwick Airport display • Military aircraft displays • Gatwick Airport viewing area • Extensive aero engine collection • 1800 square metre building

Gatwick Aviation Museum ‘The Golden Age of Aviation’

• Shackleton tours by ex aircrew

Hidden gem for enthusiasts and casual visitors alike, great selection of aircraft and friendly staff! PhilG8 – TripAdvisor

• Engine run and special event days

Charlwood, Surrey RH6 0BT (near Gatwick Airport) • www.gatwick-aviation-museum.co.uk • Tel: 01293 862 417

Explore Horace Walpole’s ‘little gothic castle’ one of the world’s finest examples of 18th Century architecture.

Open weekly Sunday to Wednesday, from 1 April 2019. For more information about admission, tours, private hire and ‘what’s on’ please get in touch: www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk enquiry@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk (0)20 8744 1241

Strawberry Hill House & Garden 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST

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animals who call this place home. If you want to make your visit extra special then you can book to be a keeper for a day and even stay overnight in one of the private on-site lodges. Located just six kilometres from Trafalgar Square, Hampstead Heath is one of London’s most popular open spaces and in 2018 was voted London’s best picnic hotspot. It includes Parliament Hill, Golders Hill Park, which has a zoo and butterfly house, an open-air lido, which is even open in winter swimming ponds, splash pools, countless sports pitches and facilities, an athletics track, playgrounds and a beautiful listed pergola. However, it’s not just inner-city green parks that Middlesex has in abundance, country parks and nature reserves also prevail in this historic county. Colne Valley Park is the first large taste of countryside to the west of London. The park, which was founded in 1965, stretches from Rickmansworth in the north to Staines and the Thames in the south, Uxbridge and Heathrow in the east to Slough and Chalfont in the west. Covering 43 square miles of varied scenery, ranging from semi-urban to unspoilt countryside, the park incorporates Broadwater Lake Nature Reserve, which supports huge numbers of water birds, and the 101-acre Rickmansworth Aquadrome Nature Reserve. As well as being home to wooded walks, play areas

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and two lakes – one with a water-ski club that operates throughout the year and the other offering sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and model yachting – Rickmansworth Aquadrome Nature Reserve provides habitats for a whole host of different wildlife. Fans of wildlife will also appreciate a trip to Hanwell Zoo, near Ealing. This award-winning zoo, known locally as Bunny Park, has been home to a centre for all ages to see and get up close to a wide range of animals since 1975. From maras to kune kune pigs and lemurs to meerkats, you’ll find a whole host of characters here. Sprawling 29 acres, Hounslow Urban Farm is a jewel in the middle of an urban crown for those who don’t usually get access to farm animals. One of London’s largest community farms, here you’ll encounter pigs, goats, cows, rabbits, ducks, geese, alpacas and more. You can even ride a pony should you desire. Fans of the prehistoric era should head to Dinosaur Escape, in Northolt. While you won’t see actual dinosaurs, this crazy golf course is a must for a fun day out and you can learn a bit of history along the way. Besides, who needs a windmill when you’ve got a near life-size moving dinosaur to distract you as you attempt to make a hole in one? Where there’s an adventure golf course, there’s usually a beach nearby but in land-locked Middlesex that’s not something you’re likely to find – or is it? p25

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OPENING PAGE Asiatic lion, London Zoo; TOP LEFT Children on a swing in the garden at Osterley Park and House; ABOVE LEFT Bushy Park, Teddington, is one of London’s eight Royal Parks; ABOVE William III and May’s Privy Garden, Hampton Court

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See London from a unique perspective! With Active360 you can experience London from the water on our Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) tours and learn about its history, its prolific wildlife and how the Thames and canals have shaped the city. Paddleboarding on the Thames and the Grand Union and Regents canals is fun and great for beginners as well as experienced paddlers. Active360 has been developing SUP for 8 years on London’s waterways and our coaches are friendly, well trained and knowledgeable. Come join us on the water during your trip to London and take home a one of kind experience. We also hire canoes and SUP equipment to experienced paddlers

We have 3 base locations in Paddington, Kew Bridge and Brentford

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Ruislip Lido was originally built in 1811 as a reservoir to supply drinking water for London via the newly built Grand Junction Canal but now the 60-acre lake has a huge sandy beach spanning the whole of its southern end, complete with children’s splash pad and water jets. There’s also the Ruislip Lido Railway, offering fun train rides through the ancient Ruislip Woods. Unfortunately, the weather in this country can be unpredictable so it’s a good idea to have some indoor activities on the agenda, just in case the heavens open. Technology buffs won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to experience immersive virtual reality at ImmotionVR Uxbridge. Both adults and kids aged eight and up can don a VR headset and explore unknown worlds. From the depths of the ocean to the outer reaches of the galaxy, you’ll find something exciting to match your taste. Indoor fun for younger children can be had at Jungle Monkeyz, in Pinner. Not just your average indoor soft play, this jungle-themed playground will bring the animal out in your little ones, who can crawl, climb, prowl, leap, slide and jump around this three-tier adventure zone.

“RUISLIP LIDO IS A 60-ACRE LAKE WITH A HUGE SANDY BEACH SPANNING THE WHOLE OF ITS SOUTHERN END, COMPLETE WITH CHILDREN’S SPLASH PAD” Are the children acting a little excitable and hyperactive? Embrace the spring in their step and let them burn off all that excess energy at Oxygen Freejumping Acton. The trampoline park has 150 wall-to-wall trampolines, which kids (and adults!) can run riot on. Slam dunk some hoops, tackle a giant obstacle course, indulge in some free running or have a game of dodge ball – there’s no end to the bouncy entertainment on offer. Under fives can take part on the special PJ Mask fancy dress sessions and there’s also a school of trampolining, where youngsters can perfect their tucks, flips and splits with a British gymnastics qualified instructor. If that’s unleashed the competitive side of you then why not try a game of bowling? p27

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Airport Bowl is London’s largest Bowling Centre, with 36 lanes equipped with the latest QubicaAMF BESX scoring, a licensed bar, arcade area, pool tables, over 18 £500 jackpot room and a Barcelos Restaurant. We cater for all ages and group sizes, from simply just bowling, team building events, corporate events, birthday parties, family fun and moonlight bowling! We have great special offers which are constantly updated to keep things fresh. Check out our website at www.airport-bowl.com/offers-promotions for our latest deals. T&Cs apply. We are located on the A4 (Bath Road) on the north side of Heathrow Airport, London Bath Road, Harlington UB3 5AL

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Superbly connected to Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4 via a covered walkway, Hilton London Heathrow Airport offers excellent links to the capital and convenient air connections to the UK, Europe and beyond. At Hilton London Heathrow Airport there are 15 fully-equipped meeting rooms for up to 300 guests and a business centre. You can also find a fitness centre, health club, indoor pool, steam room and a sauna. The hotel offers three restaurants with varied menus, including Asian cuisine in Zen Oriental, Mediterranean dishes and views over the pool terrace at Aromi, and informal dining at Oscar’s. Whether staying for business or leisure, Hilton Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 is the perfect location for a great stay.

– KEY FEATURES – Located just a six-minute walk via covered walkway to Terminal 4. Award-winning hotel with personalised service and great recognition of regular guests. Park & fly packages available with fully flexible rates. Mix of international cuisine. Dancer’s bar boasts an extensive menu of specialty beers, soft drinks and signature cocktails created by highlyskilled mixologists using fresh ingredients.

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Airport Bowl Heathrow, in Harlington, offers classic family-friendly ten-pin bowling with gutter guards and bowling ramps to give the kids a better chance. There’s also a selection of pool tables and a video arcade with the very latest games. Sports enthusiasts have no end of options to keep them entertained on a day out in Middlesex. As well as a variety of places to watch and play sport, you can also book for tours of various grounds and stadiums, giving a behind the scenes insight into the history and traditions of various different sports. Football fan or not, a tour of Wembley Stadium is an unforgettable day out. One of the most famous football stadiums in the world, Wembley is the UK’s biggest sports and music venue. Visitors can climb up the famous trophy winners’ steps, see the changing rooms and step inside the iconic Royal Box. As of December 2018, new tour areas have been added including The Crossbar Exhibition and The Walk of Legends, which includes new and never displayed historical treasures from the Wembley archives, dating back as far as The British Empire Exhibition of 1924. Spurs fans will be delighted to hear that the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, currently under construction as part of the Northumberland Development project, is tipped for completion in 2019 and tours and a new museum is expected to be part of the new offering. Over in St John’s Wood, Lord’s – the home of cricket – also offers tours for cricket fans or anyone intrigued by the quintessentially British sport and you can also step behind the scenes at Twickenham Stadium. Whatever your interests may be, there’s more than enough to keep the entire family occupied on a day out in Middlesex. Now it’s over to you to head off, explore and enjoy all this wonderful historic county has to offer. l

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IF YOU’RE ONLY HERE FOR 48 HOURS… You can pack a lot into a couple of days – try this itinerary to make the most of it

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DAY ONE Start your visit to Middlesex with a trip to one of the historic county’s stately homes. Syon Park has been in the Duke of Northumberland’s family for more than 400 years and during the summer months, you could easily spend a whole day here, touring its rooms, admiring the large art collection, and roaming the 100 acres of parkland and gardens designed by the formidable Capability Brown. Head east to Chiswick next and walk along Chiswick High Road to browse its independent shops, such as The Old Cinema vintage store, and high-end charity shops. If budgets allow then stop for lunch at the Michelin-starred Hedon, otherwise pop into the more affordable High Road Brasserie. In the afternoon, head over to Twickenham – the home of English rugby – and, if there happens to be a match on while you’re here, take in a game. Don’t worry if there isn’t however, you can still get your rugby fix by visiting the museum or you can join one of the stadiums tours, which take place every day bar Mondays and match days. In the evening head to Camden to soak up its trendy clubs and music venues The Jazz Café and The Camden Assembly are established haunts of the young and fashionable. DAY TWO Start your second day in Middlesex with a trip to one of its markets. Middlesex incorporates some of

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London’s most famous markets. Camden Market and its associated street culture is known for its punk/alternative heritage and it remains one of the best places to pick up vintage clothes and music, while Hackney has Broadway Market, Chatsworth Road Market and Hoxton Street Market, which is great for sampling up street food and hand-made products. Golders Green is also a popular shopping destination for ethnic food and eateries. Stores include traditional grocers and butchers as well as the very popular Jewish bakeries. Once you’ve picked up some food at the market, assuming the weather is on your side, then head to Regent’s Park for a picnic. Designed by John Nash, the park extends to almost 400 acres so there are plenty of grassy spots to pitch your blanket. After lunch, take a stroll among Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens, which feature more than 400 varieties of roses and then head to London Zoo, which is also situated in the park, for feeding time. In the summer months Regent’s Park also has an open-air theatre so you could spend the evening there too but if your visit doesn’t fall in the warmer months of the year – or you just fancy a change of scenery, then head to Soho in the West End and pick from one of its many entertainment venues. The Prince Edward Theatre and Prince of Wales Theatre are just two of the most popular venues and many of the surrounding restaurants do special pre-theatre menus so you can grab a bite before a show. l

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LIKE TO SHOP? YOU’LL LOVE IT HERE! Avoid the crowds of central London and head for some retail therapy in Middlesex

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rom mammoth-sized shopping malls to trendy markets and quaint streets filled with trendy independents, Middlesex is a shopper’s paradise. One of the best places for shopaholics to start is Westfield London, which is now the largest shopping centre in Europe following the opening of a £600m extension. The opening of the extension, in 2018, came as the 2.6 million square foot mall in White City celebrated its 10th anniversary and features a new state-of-the-art John Lewis department store – set over four levels and 230,000sq foot – and a range of larger store spaces for existing brands such as H&M, The White Company, Ugg and Cath Kidston. It’s also provided a new public events space surrounded by dining and leisure outlets, providing even more to keep shoppers entertained in-between browsing. Fans of designerwear should head to The Village, the centre’s luxury section where you’ll find 35 boutiques by leading fashion houses, such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton, as well as new designers. Hailed as North West London’s premier shopping destination, Brent Cross Shopping Centre is home to over 2,000 leading and designer brands and 120 stylish stores including Fenwick and John Lewis, as well as a selection of restaurants. Take advantage of free parking, great family services and enjoy free family, food and shopping events p33

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considered the town’s ‘original’ shopping centre – and Staines, which also has two centres – Two Rivers and Elmsleigh. At Two Rivers you’ll find a good selection of High Street brands including Next and Pandora, as well as restaurants, a cinema and a gym, while Elmsleigh, the older precinct, houses fashion chains including Topshop, H&M and River Island. While its shopping centres are a big draw for many, Middlesex still loves its boutiques and smaller independent shops. From the vintage and vinyl stores north of Notting Hill Gate to the antiques shops lining Kensington Church Street, there’s something for everyone. Soho isn’t just a destination for after dark, it’s got some brilliant shopping too. From High Street brands and independent designer boutiques to vintage and second-hand buys – Soho’s network of tiny streets, including trendy Carnaby Street, have it all. With its quaint collection of boutique shops and restaurants, Chiswick High Road has long been p35

throughout the year. Alternatively, take a little time out to relax with a great range of beauty brands and treatments on offer throughout the centre. Another Middlesex mall, which has undergone a refurbishment relatively recently, is Ealing Broadway shopping centre. The £14 million revamp has seen the centre welcome a range of new high street brands, as well as a host of food and entertainment outlets. If you like the big fashion names but can’t afford the prices, then Wembley’s London Designer Outlet is the place for you. Situated in Wembley Park, next to Wembley Stadium, the outlet offers top High Street brands, such as Adidas, Gap, Kurt Geiger, M&S and Next at discount prices. There are also restaurants, coffee shops and a cinema so you can really make a day of your visit. Other Middlesex shopping hotspots with decent undercover shopping amenities centres include Uxbridge, which has two shopping centres – intu (formerly The Chimes) and The Pavilions, which is

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the choice of those looking for a calmer London shopping experience. Here you’ll find The Old Cinema – one of London’s best antique shops with its warren of rooms displaying vintage furniture, fabrics and accessories – as well as a host of other small independents and high end brands. Hampstead village isn’t just the place to go to be wowed by its picture postcard setting but the shops are also good fun to browse in. The High Street has a good selection of upmarket chains, while some of the smaller cobbled streets offer a glimpse Hampstead’s bohemian past. Heath Street has some attractive independent shops such as Keith Fawkes, which is a charming second-hand book shop and La Coqueta Kids, a great independent Spanish children’s clothes store. Teddington has a wealth of independent retailers

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“NOTTING HILL, ONE OF LONDON’S MOST CHARMING SHOPPING AREAS, REMAINS A POPULAR SPOT FOR SHOPPERS TWO DECADES AFTER THE FILM WHICH SHOT THE AREA TO FAME WAS RELEASED”

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specialising in designer and vintage clothing. Among the other unusual shops there is a cigar emporium, a well-stocked kitchen shop and a children’s boutique. When you need a bit of rest and relaxation, you can take a short break at one of the many wine bars or cafes or relax by the river near the famous Teddington Lock. Kensington High Street has left its grungy roots behind and is now more akin to Oxford Street – albeit in a much more manageable-size. Running from Hammersmith all the way through to Kensington Gardens, the street’s wide variety of brand name stores are interspersed with cafes, restaurants and London’s largest Whole Foods branch. Just northwest of Kensington Gardens, one of London’s most charming shopping areas, Notting Hill, remains a popular spot for shoppers two decades after the film which shot the area to fame was released. Everything revolves around Portobello Road, a lengthy lane packed with antique shops selling everything from silver tea sets to old books and, in market days, the road

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and its adjoining streets overflows with stalls – it’s a great place to find a unique buy. By contrast, nearby Westbourne Grove is the place to head if you like upmarket brands with branches of Smythson, Le Crueset, Joseph, Zadig & Voltaire and more. You’ll also find Whiteleys shopping centre, which was once a big department store but now houses shops, restaurants, a spa and cinema. Westbourne Grove also has arguably two of the best charity shops in London. As its name suggests, The Oxfam Boutique is much more boutique than charity shop with vintage finds, designer labels and donated goods that focus on organic, Fairtrade products. Meanwhile at Mary’s Living & Giving Shop, a charity shop set up by Save the Children with retail expert Mary Portas, a revolutionary concept merges the best of high fashion, generous giving and local talent with a distinctive interior, which has been designed to create a truly unique shopping experience. The shop appeals to the fashion industry to donate press samples and end of season stock so you could end up with a real find. If you’re a fan of charity shops then Middlesex has plenty more worth visiting, including other Mary’s Living & Giving Shops in Chiswick, Hampstead, Highgate Kew, and Teddington. The branch on Chiswick High road has a courtyard area with a sculpture garden, which provides the backdrop for its fundraising events. Further along Chiswick High Road, you’ll also find Octavia Foundation, which supports those suffering from social isolation, ill health and unemployment. Other charity shops of note include Trinity Hospice in Kensington, which is great for pre-loved designer bags and accessories; the Cancer Research UK shop on Portobello Road, which has a section dedicated to vintage clothing and a men’s section; and FARA Kids and Baby, also in Notting Hill, for, you guessed it, kids clothes. While you’re in Notting Hill, it makes sense to check out Portobello Road Market but bear in mind Middlesex has plenty more markets to explore, in fact the historic county is home some of the country’s most famous markets. Camden Market and its associated street culture is known for its punk/alternative heritage and it remains one of the best places to pick up vintage clothes and music. From its humble beginnings comprising just 16 stalls back in 1974, it has grown to become London’s biggest market with 1,000 plus shops, stalls, bars and cafes. p37

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While Camden may be London’s biggest, Shepherd’s Bush Market is one of the city’s oldest and has operated in the in the same railway arches for over a century. The market contains over 100 stalls, many of which have been passed down through generations, and is known for its fabrics and haberdashery, although it has also been named the best falafel spot in London! Hackney is also renowned for its markets with Broadway Market, Chatsworth Road Market and Hoxton Street Market all great places for street food and hand-made products. As home to Heathrow Airport, Middlesex also provides the perfect opportunity for some duty-free shopping (as long as you happen to be flying somewhere!). Each of the five terminals has at least one World Duty Free shop, offering the very latest products at great value prices, as well as a number of independent branches of stores, where you can buy products without having to pay the VAT – just be mindful there are allowances you must adhere to. So, whether you’re after a designer purchase, a unique item from a local retailer or a charity shop find to remind you of your visit, you’ll be sure to find it in the shops, markets and malls of Middlesex. l

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10 REASONS

OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Big Ben; Mannequins on display at Camden Market; a wild stag in Richmond Park; Almond mousse at Michelin-starred Kitchen W8; LEFT The nave of St Paul’s Cathedral; BOTTOM Lord’s Pavilion

[01] BUILDINGS

From the homes of our royal families past and present to Big Ben and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Middlesex has an abundance of striking and historically important buildings. Some of the region’s most notable buildings well worth a visit while you’re here include Buckingham Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Westminster Abbey, Middlesex Guildhall, Syon House, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London.

[02] HISTORY Middlesex won its name in the history books for being the first county ever recorded. Since then, it has continued to earn numerous more entries, evidence of which can to this day be seen dotted around the county.

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[03] EDUCATION Middlesex University can trace its roots back to 1878 and the establishment of St Katherine’s College in Tottenham, North East London. The Hendon Technical Institute, located on what is now Middlesex’s flagship campus in Hendon, opened in 1939 and it gained university status in 1992. [04] SHOPPING Middlesex is home to Europe’s largest shopping centre – Westfield London – but the historic county is also famous for its many markets, including London’s biggest market, in Camden. [05] FOOD As well as offering a host of delicious street foods at its aforementioned markets, Middlesex boasts some amazing restaurants, including a number of Michelin-starred offerings. [06] LOCATION Middlesex can certainly be considered as the most urban county in England. Being almost

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wholly covered by London and its outgrowths, the region has fantastic transport connections allowing you to easily reach some of the south’s most famous attractions. The county is also home to London Heathrow airport, making it an ideal base for those wanting to travel further afield. [07] PARKS AND OPEN SPACES Middlesex has a host of green parks and open spaces but one of its most famous has to be Hampstead Heath. Located just four miles from Trafalgar Square, Hampstead Heath is one of London’s favourite picnic spots with some of the best views and highest points in London.

“MIDDLESEX HAS A HOST OF GREEN PARKS AND OPEN SPACES BUT ONE OF ITS MOST FAMOUS HAS TO BE HAMPSTEAD HEATH”

first ‘Middlesex Day’. Each year on this day – the same day in 1811 that the Middlesex Regiment fought in the battle of Albuhera – the Middlesex flag is raised across the county and all things ‘Middlesex’ are celebrated. [10] CRICKET Since its official foundation over 150 years ago in 1864, Middlesex County Cricket Club has been one of the most successful and wellrespected county cricket clubs in the English domestic game. The club has played at the ‘home of cricket’ – Lord’s Cricket Ground, in St John’s Wood – since 1877 and has developed the careers of some of the country’s greatest cricketers. l

[08] FAMOUS FACES A whole host of celebrities and notable figures have called Middlesex their home (and many still do). Comedian Jimmy Carr was born in Hounslow, while director Steve McQueen grew up in Hanwell and rocker Ronnie Wood is from West Drayton. [09] IT HAS ITS OWN DAY! While Middlesex was absorbed into Greater London when its county council was abolished in 1965, many proud Middlesaxons refuse to acknowledge the county no longer exist. To this end, on May 16 2013, the Middlesex Foundation was successful in launching the

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A TASTE OF MIDDLESEX – AND THE WORLD! Top-end fine dining, adventurous independents and a great range of ethnic cuisine means you’ll never go hungry here

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hether you’re stopping off on your travels for a quick bite, fancy a long leisurely lunch or want somewhere to celebrate that special occasion, Middlesex does not disappoint in terms of its food establishments. A good place to start when searching for decent restaurants is to look for those rated by Michelin and, perhaps thanks to its location in and around the capital, Middlesex has Michelin-starred restaurants in abundance. One restaurant which has recently entered the fine-dining ranks with an award of two Michelin stars in the 2019 list is Core by Clare Smyth. The only female chef to bag three Michelin stars in the UK when she formerly worked at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Clare recently opened her own place in Notting Hill and is already wowing critics. However, hers is not the only two-star restaurant in Notting Hill. The Ledbury, at Westbourne Grove, serves up seasonal British ingredients from a menu designed by Aussie chef, Brett Graham, so it’s safe to say that this area of Middlesex is a good bet if you’re after the best of the best. Meanwhile, over in Chiswick, Swedish lawyer-turned-blogger-turned-chef, Mikael Jonsson has taken the London foodie scene by storm with his skilfulbordering-obsessive ingredients selection, at Hedone. As well as holding a Michelin star, the chef’s restaurant, on Chiswick High Road, sits in The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Despite the high level of cooking here, the atmosphere is very casual with an open kitchen allowing diners to see the chefs at work. p45

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A stone’s throw away, in Turnham Green, La Trompette is widely considered as the Chiswick neighbourhood’s favourite ‘posh’ restaurant thanks to its starched white tablecloths, gleaming glassware and polished service. As an area frequented by the rich and famous, Kensington & Chelsea is unsurprisingly also home to a number of top eateries – two-star Claude Bosi at Bibendum being one. Aptly taking up residence at Michelin House, on Fulham Road, the restaurant (complete with stained-glass window of the Michelin Man) is regarded by many as the godfather of ‘grandiose’ restaurants. Around the corner, at Elystan Street, a hook-up between Phil Howard (ex-The Square) and Rebecca Mascarenhas (of Sonny’s Kitchen fame), is providing understated Michelin-starred elegance with low-key décor, personable staff and prices that are slightly easier on the wallet. Phil and Rebecca also own Kitchen W8, in Kensington, which they like to refer to as ‘Kensington’s Michelin-starred neighbourhood restaurant’ and they’re quite right in doing so. With the intention of being a ‘home from home’, this friendly restaurant sends you back out of its doors feeling 10 times better than when you entered. One of London’s most historically well-known areas for socialising, Soho is making a comeback when it comes to the hip-lists, and consequently is awash with great places to eat. The Michelin-star offering is perhaps more adventurous and quirky here but that doesn’t mean it’s any less refined. Inspired by the buzz surrounding said resurgence of Soho, Social Eating House is a place for diners to enjoy the key elements of the current London dining scene in an informal yet vibrant setting and where the surroundings are as vibrant as the food. The restaurant, by Jason Atherton, is split across three levels, with The Blind Pig cocktail bar on the first floor for pre-dinner cocktails, the restaurant on the ground floor and an exclusive chef’s counter dining space in the basement, if you’re after something a bit more intimate. Having moved from Frith Street to a new location in Dean Street recently, the queues outside Soho’s branch of Barrafina remain just as long as ever as punters clamber for a taste of this no-bookings star of London’s tapas scene, run by brothers Sam and Eddie

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Hart. Much like traditional tapas restaurants in Spain, you sit around the bar and food comes as and when it’s ready, with nibbles and drinks served as you wait for the chefs to cook and plate up their creations. From the man behind Japanese Wagamama and Thai, Busaba Eathai restaurant chains, as well as the more expensive Hakkasan restaurant, Yauatcha is a modern reinterpretation of the traditional Cantonese teahouse. Serving up dim sum and other Chinese delicacies, this place is also one for the dessert lovers – it’s renowned for its selection of petits gateaux and macarons. Of course, it’s not just Michelin-starred restaurants that offer fine dining, Middlesex has plenty of other classy eateries where you can enjoy an exquisite meal. At The Barn Hotel’s Hawtreys restaurant in Ruislip, head chef Colin Buchanan has brought with him all the culinary skills that earned him a Michelin star at Amaryllis in Glasgow. Fashioned after a Jacobean Baronial Hall, the restaurant has rich mahogany panelling adorned with fine oil paintings, while fine bone china and crisp white tablecloths set the tone. There’s a six-course tasting menu and prestige wine tasting menu if you really want to push the boat out but they also offer a good-value two-course and three-course set menu. A fixture of the Pinner scene for over two decades, Friends is situated in a crooked half-timbered house full of character with low, beamed ceilings, smartly laid tables and a traditional menu from chef/ proprietor Terry Farr. Think cheese tart, grilled p49

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Fine dining restaurant in the Wembley area Situated opposite Wembley Stadium, La Regina offers authentic Italian cuisine and a carefully selected wine list, in beautifully relaxing surroundings. So, whether you need to take a break from shopping in London, are looking for quality pre-theatre food, or just want to share some time with friends, join us at La Regina for a unique blend of Italian hospitality and delicious food. For Afternoon Tea please book in advance.

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The White Hart This 17th century British pub is in the centre of Harlington Village, offering a traditional range of local real ales and lagers. The Best of British menu embraces daily specials, pub classics, homemade bar snacks, delicious desserts and of course a Sunday roast. Our chefs only use the finest British ingredients and as a commitment to your food and the environment, all of our produce is environmentally sustainable. This means that our chefs only use seasonal local produce. To book a table, visit our website or give us a call on 0208 759 9608

quality food and traditional ales

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We invite you to join us for a coffee because it’s always coffee time!

Time Coffee House is situated by the River Brent in the heart of Brentford. We are an independent, family-run business bringing the true coffee shop culture to the area. If you are looking for a place to unwind and escape the daily stresses, Time Coffee House is the place! We have a warm and inviting atmosphere decorated with a mix of industrial and luxury designs with a fireplace and cosy armchairs. We are also dog-friendly! Coffee is our passion and our baristas take pride and time to ensure every cup of coffee is flawless. At Time Coffee House you will find a great variety of food options offered. You can start your day with our morning bakes, brioches or granola. For lunch we have a range of sandwiches, salads and soup along with the offerings that are respectful to various dietary needs. You can satisfy your sweet tooth by indulging into one of our heavenly afternoon treats. If you are into arts, you can support local artists by buying one of the paintings displayed in Time Coffee House on behalf of the Brentford Art Gallery.

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with the locals thanks to its simple yet soulful vibe. As well as offering typical pub classics such as burger, fish and chips and sticky toffee pudding, it also has a ‘tapas-style’ menu of smaller dishes, such as popcorn chicken and nachos. Twickenham’s world-famous rugby pub, the Cabbage Patch is also a great place to grab a bite pre or post-match. The food here is traditional with a local twist, for example the fish is battered using London Pride from Fuller’s Griffin Brewery, just minutes away in Chiswick. Talking of which, the brewery is a great place for beer lovers to visit with tours and tastings available, plus you can stop for lunch at Mawson’s Arms next door, where head chef Christopher Duffy serves up an array of signature dishes. Chiswick isn’t the only area in Middlesex that is home to a brewery; craft lager brewery, Crate, takes residence in a building next to the River Lea and has a bar-come-restaurant serving up traditional and not-so-traditional stone-baked pizzas – Kashmiri dahl topping anyone? Hackney has plenty more trendy restaurants and drinking holes to choose from including Rawduck, which is known for its weekend brunch and the Kenton Pub, which is renowned for its Sunday roasts. Hackney is also renowned for its markets, most of which offer a variety of street food to snack on. Broadway Market has been home to market traders since the 1890s and provides a unique kaleidoscope of tastes and cultures crammed into a little East End street between the Regent’s Canal and London Fields, while Chatsworth Road Market and Hoxton Street Market – the oldest market in Hackney – are also worth a visit. p53

BELOW LEFT Afternoon tea with a view at The Wharf riverside restaurant and bar

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calf ’s liver, roast lamb rump, chocolate torte and alike – this simple yet robust fare has been winning the hearts of locals for years. Heathrow isn’t exactly synonymous with good food, but the kitchen is stirring things up at Steak & Lobster at the airport’s Raddison Blu Hotel. The menu offers exactly what it says on the tin, mouthwatering steak and succulent lobster in various different guises (in salads, rolls or as they come) with unlimited fries and salad. Aircraft spotters travel from miles around to get a seat on the terrace at Thistle Heathrow Terminal 5 Hotel’s Runway View restaurant – as it sits right next to the runway. View planes as they come into land while dining on an extensive menu of classic dishes. Aircraft fan or not, it’s quite a novel way to spend an afternoon or evening! Talking of views and if pubs are more your thing then head to The Old Orchard, in Uxbridge, which wins the crowds for its beautiful setting looking over Broadwater Lake Nature Reserve. The menu offers a slightly more refined take on traditional pub grub with main meals, such as honey roast ham, egg and chips and Moroccan vegetable pie, or you can opt for a sharing platter to graze on as you while away hours taking in the tranquil setting. Over in Teddington, The Wharf, a 180-seater riverside restaurant opposite Teddington Lock, offers unrivalled views of the River Thames and an eclectic menu from chef-proprietor, Ray Neve, of modern British and European cuisine with some vibrant Asian influences. Also in Teddington, the Teddington Arms, located on the High Street, is reaping the benefits of a recent makeover. This traditional town boozer is a big hit

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Easily found on one of Isleworth’s key roads, The Rising Sun is a pub with a real community spirit. It’s a traditional ale house and the pub pulls some of London’s best beer – and provides a lovely patio garden for you to enjoy it in! The Rising Sun Isleworth is proud to serve a mix of Mediterranean and traditional pub food which is all home-made from fresh ingredients. We are also proud to be serving Torelli coffee providing a fine blend of the highest quality coffee beans, evenly roasted to produce a superior cup of coffee with a rich and distinctive taste.

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THE HARLINGTON TANDOORI Established since 1994 as a take away and then converting into a fully-licensed restaurant in 2001, The Harlington Tandoori is a family-run restaurant specialising in Indian cuisine. Located just a short distance from Heathrow Airport, you can find us hosting local families, frequent flyers, business clientele as well as airport staff. Whether you choose to take out to the comfort of your home or dine in with us, we have the capacity and experience to make all occasions special.

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Open the first and third Sunday of the month, Duck Pond Artisan Food and Craft Market, in Ruislip, is another vibrant marketplace to visit if you’re interested in sampling local produce, while Uxbridge’s Flavours of the World market comprises up to 20 carefully-selected international stalls selling artisan-produced foods around the world. From fresh baguettes and mille feuille to rustic saucisson and cheeses not easily found in the UK, you’re likely to find something from every corner of Europe. If foreign fare is your thing but you favour flavours from the East, head to Indian Zest in Sunbury on Thames. Like its sister restaurant in Hammersmith, Indian Zing, Zest balances traditional Indian cuisine with contemporary technique – think strong flavours and eye-catching presentation. A bit further south, in Shepperton, The Ivory Tusk, has been bringing some of India’s most authentic dishes to Middlesex for 40 years. Established in 1979 by Mr Ahmedur Rashid, the restaurant is now run by his children Musa and Ameena, who continue to maintain his legacy in providing gastronomic excellence with traditional flavours. If you like things done the old school way then head to Esarn Kheaw in Shepherd’s Bush, which is one of West London’s original Thai restaurants and has been serving up authentic Thai dishes

for almost three decades. The express lunch River Thames in 1987, originally as the staff menu is really good value but its catfish dishes restaurant for Richard Rogers’ architectural and home-made Thai sausages from the main practice, this restaurant is famous for menu are also definitely worth a try. kick-starting the careers of Jamie Oliver and Those with a milder palate could always opt Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Over 30 years for a Mediterranean menu. Izgara restaurant in down the line is till impressing with the simple Hatch End, Harrow, prides itself on being ‘The yet attentive care the chefs give to the beautiful home of Turkish cuisine’ and serves a selection ingredients they serve. Veggies and vegans of hot and cold starters don’t have to worry about and mezze dishes, grilled the often-limited and house specials, which selection of dishes “PUREZZA, FAMED can be washed down with available on restaurant a glass (or three!) of Raki. menus either as there is a FOR BEING THE UK’S Italian fare never fails host of eateries dedicated FIRST VEGAN ITALIAN to impress so if that’s to meat and dairy-free RESTAURANT, your bag then head to diets. Purezza, famed for OPENED A BRANCH Santa Maria, in St Mary’s being the UK’s first vegan Road, Ealing. The Italian restaurant, opened IN CAMDEN IN aptly-named, traditional a branch in Camden in MARCH 2018” Neapolitan pizzeria March 2018, while the restaurant, which was plant-based vegan burger opened by owners Angelo bar, V Burger, can be and Pasquale in 2010, features a wood-fired found in Camden Market. But these new kids oven imported from Italy. It regularly appears on the block have nothing on Manna, in in the Sunday Times top restaurant lists so is Primrose Hill, which has been serving up well worth a visit if you’re a true Italian-style veggie and vegan classics since 1966. pizza fan. Whatever your favourite foods are, you’re Another iconic Italian restaurant, which bound to uncover an exciting new eating should be on your bucket list (if you can afford experience in Middlesex, as well as plenty of the rather hefty price tag), is The River Café, in familiar and traditional tastes, if that’s what Hammersmith. Opened on the banks of the you crave. l

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TRAVEL

GETTING HERE AND GETTING AROUND! Thanks to its fantastic transport links, getting to and around Middlesex is easy – so what’s stopping you?


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BY AIR By far the best place to land in Middlesex if you’re arriving by air is London Heathrow Airport, which is situated in Hillingdon, within Middlesex’s western boundaries. The airport already offers travellers a choice of 81 airlines that fly from 194 destinations scattered across 82 countries around the globe. Expansion plans for a third runway are in progress. Situated just over 20 miles from the North Middlesex border, London Luton Airport is also easily accessible by road and rail and has flights to and from more than 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

On the London Underground, the Northern Line runs through south and central London and forks off at Camden Town to Edgware and High Barnet while further westwards, the Piccadilly Line serves locations such as Ealing. Both lines benefit from overnight services at weekends. The London Overground is also easily accessed and many areas will benefit from the new Crossrail line, which will have stations at Acton, West Ealing and West Drayton. BY BUS Gone are the days when you could hop on and off London’s renowned, open-backed, red double-decker buses. While the famous Routemaster buses are still in service, the new versions have electric doors on the back, operated by the driver. Conductors have all but been abolished on most bus services in London, meaning you can no longer buy a ticket on board either so make sure you have a valid travel or Oyster card before you attempt to board.

BY CAR Middlesex is easy to reach using the UK’s motorway network with major roads including the M1, M2, M3, M4, M11, M20, M23, M25 and M40 all heading through the county. Each of these roads also intersects with the M25 orbital motorway, making travel into Middlesex from further afield, incredibly easy. Note that the London Congestion Charge applies to drivers of most vehicles in central London and parts of Middlesex fall within this zone – check the TFL website for more details.

BY BIKE If the weather is fine and you have time on your hands then the humble bicycle is a great way to explore Middlesex above ground, without having to worry about getting caught in a jam. In parts of the historic county, you can take advantage of the Santander Cycles pay as you go scheme, allowing you to rent bikes by the hour and drop back at one of the hundreds of the 750 docking stations – visit the Transport for London (TFL) website for exact locations. l

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GETTING AROUND BY RAIL Once here, by far, the quickest and easiest way to get around most areas of Middlesex is by rail – overground or underground, depending on which part of the county you happen to be in.

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rom poets and painters to inventors, architects and gardeners, Middlesex has nurtured and inspired the minds of many greats and has also been home to some of the most influential people throughout history. Celebrated illustrator William Heath Robinson lived in Middlesex for some time and it was in Pinner that the finest of his book illustrations were made, as well as much of the work that established him as a humourist. There is a museum dedicated to him in the village, where adults and children of all ages can learn about Robinson’s life and art, including his illustrations for children’s stories and classic Kipling artwork. In 1813 England’s great landscape painter JMW Turner built a small villa, Sandycombe Lodge, on a large plot near the Thames at Twickenham. Here, the painter became an architect, guided by the hand of his friend John Soane. Almost 200 years later, in 2010, charity Turner’s House Trust became the owners of Sandycombe Lodge and raised £2.4m for its restoration, which was completed in the summer of 2017. Now, the house and its collections of artwork are open to the public. The house is small however and visitor numbers are restricted, so it’s always best to book in advance. It is also possible to visit the Hampstead home of romantic poet, John Keats. The Regency house, in Keats Grove, is where he lived between 1818 and 1820 and wrote some of his best-loved poetry. The property, which was opened as a museum in 1925, now features paintings, prints and p58

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relics belonging to Keats and his contemporaries, including his death mask and the engagement ring he gave to Fanny Brawne. When it comes to houses of significance, you can take your pick of stately homes in Middlesex. One of the best-known attractions in the historic county is Syon Park, which has been in the Duke of Northumberland’s family for more than 400 years. The house is rich in history and culture, with a number of impressive collections on show and during the summer months, visitors can tour its rooms, admire its large art collection, and roam the 200 acres of parkland and garden designed in the 18th century by Capability Brown. Syon boasts one of the finest Robert Adam interiors in the country – the Great Hall and State Dining Room forming the highlight of any visit. Both the house and gardens feature frequently in TV, films and costume dramas such as Vanity Fair, Silent Witness and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Back in Twickenham, Strawberry Hill House is the Georgian neo-Gothic villa built between 1749 and 1776 by art historian, politician and son of Britain’s first Prime Minister, Horace Walpole. Looking much like a Disney princess’ castle, the house is the first recorded example of the gothic revival in London and was where Walpole had a

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dream that inspired him to write The Castle of Otranto, heralded as the first Gothic novel in literary history. Indeed, step inside the house and you may well feel like you’ve been transported to Hogwarts! While you’re in the area, why not also visit Marble Hill House is a beautiful Palladian villa set in 66 acres of outstanding riverside parkland? Built for the remarkable Henrietta Howard, mistress of King George II when he was Prince of Wales and friend and confidante of some of the cleverest men in England, the house and gardens were intended as an Arcadian retreat from crowded 18th-century London. Now looked after by English Heritage, the house’s grand interiors have been exquisitely restored and include a fine collection of early Georgian paintings. Another of English Heritage’s properties can be found in Chiswick. Designed by the third Earl of Burlington, who drew inspiration from his Grand Tours of Italy, Chiswick House is among the most glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture. The gardens here are also something to behold, being the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and feature original vistas, statues and garden buildings revealed following a major restoration. The cafe is pretty impressive too – it won three RIBA awards for architecture in 2011.

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A short hop from central London by tube, Osterley Park House, in Isleworth, is one of the last surviving country estates in London. Once described by Horace Walpole as ‘the palace of palaces’, Osterley was created in the late 18th century by Syon Park interior designer, Robert Adam, for the Child family. Today the impressive mansion is presented as it would have looked in the 1780s; the 130ft Long Room features a range of historic collections and furniture and the Tapestry Room provides a great spectacle with its notable ceiling. The gardens and parklands surrounding the house stretch to 350 acres with lawns (complete with deckchairs in summer), lakes and a range of shrubs and historic trees. There are plenty of other places to absorb some of the county’s magnificent history, including in its many museums. Travel back in time through Harrow’s history and discover the amazing stories of its people at Headstone Manor and Museum. The Grade 1-listed manor house now tells the many tales of the people who once lived there, as well as the history of the whole Harrow area. After several years of Heritage Lottery Fund restoration work, visitors can also now explore the Small Barn and discover what Harrow was like before the Headstone Manor we know today was built in 1310.

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There’s also a learning centre in The Granary, offering activities such as The Art Cart and dressing up box, which younger visitors can help themselves to, and an extensive Tuesday Talks programme for adults. What’s more, entry to the museum is free! Another free museum can be found nestled in the picturesque, cobbled streets of Hampstead Village, just minutes from Hampstead Heath. Burgh House & Hampstead Museum has a huge array of art exhibitions and events for the whole family to enjoy. Some of Middlesex’s historical buildings played a pivotal role in the World Wars, including Bentley Priory in Stanmore. This beautiful Grade 2-listed country house is now a museum focusing on its role as Headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. Explore the important stories of Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, those who took to the air to defend our skies and the many whose tireless work on the ground helped lead to victory, allowing Britain’s darkest hour to also be her finest. It’s somewhat apt then that the Royal Airforce Museum can also be found in Middlesex. Located inside a former aerodrome, in Collingdale, the museum is currently the only national museum in the UK dedicated to aviation. Visitors can find in excess of 100 aircraft on display, as well as exhibitions charting the history of aircraft and a Battle of Britain Hall outlining more about this critical aircraft battle. More of the country’s vehicle history can be found at the London Transport Museum Acton Depot, which holds the majority of the collections not on display in the main museum in Covent Garden. As well as vehicles, the depot has more than 300,000 pieces of transport-related memorabilia including original works of art used for the museum’s poster collection, signs, models, photographs, p61

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to a wonderful collection of self-playing musical instruments and plays hosts to a variety of musical concerts, films and dances throughout the year. Talking of music, Middlesex is awash with theatres where you can see some fantastic examples of musical theatre. Aside from the well-known theatres in the more central London areas of Soho, the Hillingdon Theatres, which encompass the Compass Theatre in Ickenham and the Winston Churchill Theatre and Manor Farm in Ruislip, has a varied programme of performances throughout the year. Another great venue for a night of comedy or cabaret is Soho Theatre in Dean Street. It’s one of the most vibrant venues in West London for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. So, whether your taste is for fine art, contemporary musings, theatrical displays or a combination of all, you’re bound to find something to suit your creative side in Middlesex! l

engineering drawings and uniforms. It opens to the public for guided tours, special events and themed open weekends – check the London Transport Museum website for details. If the two-wheeled variety is more your thing then don’t despair, as London Motorcycle Museum can be found in Greenford, Ealing. The museum’s evergrowing collection includes a 1902 Ormonde, an Austin 7 engine housed in a Norton frame and the last Triumph T140 out of the Meriden gates in 1983. Other transport-related museums in Middlesex include the British Airways Heritage Centre, in Harmondsworth, which contains over 130 uniforms from the 1930s to the present day, as well as a large collection of aircraft models and pictures. Music fans will enjoy The Musical Museum, at Kew Bridge in Brentford, which charts the history of automated music. From tiny music boxes to the mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ, the museum is home

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NIGHTLIFE

WELCOME TO THE NIGHT! An evening out in Middlesex is always fun – whatever your tastes, there’s something for everyone

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the Belowzero Ice Bar on Heddon Street. One of London’s top attractions, the bar is kept at a deliciously frosty -5°c and made entirely of ice. You’re given a designer cape and gloves before you go in and then you can sip cocktails from ice glasses and take selfies with the ice sculptures which change every year and recently included a London taxi and Trafalgar Square Lion. The venue also includes a warm cocktail bar, the Fire Bar, and the Karve Club restaurant where guests are welcome before or after their Ice Bar experience. Hailed as the best blues bar this side of the Atlantic, Ain’t Nothing But, on Kingly Street, is a great night out for rock ‘n’ roll lovers, who pack inside the small bar to soak up the fantastic atmosphere. Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat as the queue outside grows quickly every day of the week. If erupting into dance isn’t quite enough for you and you’re desperate to have a sing song, then take a deep breath and get ready to hit the high notes at Lucky Voice. Fortunately, this is a karaoke bar with a difference in that you and your friends can rent your own room – meaning only they will hear you when you massacre the greatest hits of all time. Known for its annual carnival, held every August p65

lanning a good night out is never difficult in Middlesex because there is so much choice – the historic county comes alive at night and, even if you’re staying away from the hustle and bustle, you’ll be sure to find a hidden gem to keep you entertained for the evening. So, whether you fancy dressing up for a classy cocktail in a sophisticated wine bar, want to relax by the fire in a country pub or dance the night away in a club, Middlesex has it all. The most bustling area of Middlesex has got to be Soho. Renowned across the globe for its nightlife, this is the place to be if you want to be in the thick of it. From traditional pubs and chic basement bars to lavish members clubs and outlandish burlesque shows, this happening nook of the city really has it all. New bars continually pop up in this area of town so if variety is the spice of your life then there’s plenty of diversity here. However, there are plenty of old faithfuls too. If you’re looking for a night of comedy or cabaret, Soho Theatre in Dean Street is a great place to start as it’s one of the most vibrant venues in West London for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. For something a bit different, you could always try

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Bank Holiday weekend, it’s probably not all that surprising that Notting Hill offers a pretty decent – and trendy – night out. One of the most colourful places to drink here is The Rum Kitchen, in Westbourne. Caribbean beach shack-inspired, the upstairs bar’s is filled with bright furniture, while downstairs the basement provides a relaxed after dark spot with smooth reggae vibes and copious amounts of rum. If gin is your poison then this area of Middlesex caters for you too! Gin fans should start their evening in style by booking a tour and tasting at The Ginstitute, on Portobello Road. A gin connoisseur will take you through the history of gin in a guided tour, and a tasting in which you can create your own bespoke gin flavour to keep – trendy or what? Indeed, Notting Hill is so trendy that it even has a bar dedicated to the health conscious. With the tag line: ‘Why should socialising always be at the expense of your health?’, Redemption is a no-booze bar serving up raw food and alcohol-free cocktails. Trendy clubs and music venues can also be found in Camden but here things get a little grittier. Camden has been at the heart of London’s music scene ever since the punks took over in the 70s and there are plenty of pubs and bars, where you can catch bands playing genres to suit all manner of tastes. Since opening in 1990, the Jazz Café has welcomed some of the most respected artists through its doors, including Amy Winehouse, D’Angelo, Roy Ayers, Bobby Womack and more. With a capacity of just 440, it’s the perfect setting for an intimate evening of entertainment, whether you’re on the floor or watching the show from the restaurant upstairs. Originally built in 1847 as a railway turntable, the Roundhouse – also in Camden – is one of the most

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striking and impressive music venues in the city. While vast, the grand round auditorium, which opened as a performing arts centre in 1964, somehow also manages to be intimate, probably thanks to this Chalk Farm Road venue’s amazing acoustics and great views from wherever you might be sitting. You’ll also find some of the best clubs in west London here. The Electric Ballroom is undisputedly one of the best places to spend your weekends if you’re a clubbing fan. Propoganda events every Saturday night showcase retro, RnB and disco club hits you’ll love, while Project Mayhem on Fridays attracts more of an alternative crowd. Set over two floors in Camden’s Stables Market, Shaka Zulu is a huge restaurant, bar and club all under one roof. With DJs usually playing house and RnB, the African statues and exotic décor make for an eclectic evening. As well as being one of the best settings for live music in Camden, KOKO hosts some of the top club nights you’re likely to find in this area of town. The High Street venue used to be a theatre so was built for entertaining! The usual club house, hip-hop and RnB tracks p67

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Chiswick. The Globe Bar at Clayton Hotel, on Chiswick High Road, is a stylish place for some pre or post-dinner cocktails and often has live entertainment on offer at the weekends, while The Old Pack Horse is a traditional pub dating back to the 18th century. Even more historical is The City Barge, which is the perfect place for a pint and some good food down by the river. And, if you’re not happy with what’s playing on the juke box, you can download an app and add your favourite tracks to the playlist. If you’ve got the cash to splash – or just want to hang with the Made in Chelsea gang – then you’ll want to base your night out in the royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea. One of the MIC’s regular haunts is Barts on Sloane Avenue. Hidden behind an inconspicuous black door, this speakeasy-themed cocktail bar is decorated like an old-fashioned living room with mismatched furniture and taxidermy on the walls. All being said, this place is pretty quirky, punters can even help themselves to accessories from a dressing up box should they feel their attire doesn’t quite fit the prohibition era dress code. With plenty of pubs, bars and clubs, as well as loads of great venues (both indoor and out) there’s no shortage of places to have a good night out in Middlesex, so what are you waiting for? l

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not your thing? Then head along the Camden High Steet to The Underworld, where you’ll hear heavy metal and rock blaring through the sound system every night. You’ll also find big club nights at ATIK (formerly Liquid) in Uxbridge, which has just had a huge relaunch, Karma in Ealing and Club K in Hounslow. If live music is more your thing then check out what’s on at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. From Buddy Holly and The Beatles to Christine and the Queens, many famous faces have graced the Apollo’s stage to entertain the crowds. Of course, it’s not just music you can see here, the venue is known for its televised Live at the Apollo comedy nights. A little further north, you’ll find another well-known live music venue. In its time, the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire has played host to the likes of Vera Lynn, The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Take That and many more. With a capacity of 2,000, the venue is intimate and perfect for smaller gigs and warm-up shows. Live music and other entertaining shows are also put on at Wembley Arena, as well as, from time to time, Wembley Stadium. Keep an eye out in advance for listings as tickets to these shows usually sell out well in advance but promise a night you won’t forget. Those who prefer a slightly more sedate evening out should head to the pubs and wine bars of

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If you’re visiting during the summer months then you might be able to catch a game at Lord’s (in 2019 it will play host to some of the ICC Cricket World Cup matches) but if not, you can always book a behind the scenes tour. If cricket isn’t your cup of tea then there are plenty of other sporting venues to visit in Middlesex. Football fans will be pleased to know Wembley is also on Middlesex’s patch. After Wembley, the most famous football ground locally is Brentford Football Club. Known as The Bees and founded in 1889, the team resides in the Championship League. Brentford’s ground, Griffin park, is the only English league football ground to have a pub on each corner. Home to England’s national team, the 90,000-seat venue is the largest stadium in England and, as well as playing host to football matches, including the FA Cup final each May, p71

hen it comes to sport, Middlesex is high up in the league tables; its stadiums, grounds and arenas play host to some of the best teams in the UK so you’ll be certain to get your sporting fix while you’re here. For starters, Middlesex is home to Lord’s – the home of British cricket. Steeped in over 200 years of history and tradition, Lord’s is the most famous cricket ground in the world and is also the home ground of Middlesex County Cricket Club. Since the club’s official foundation in 1864, Middlesex County Cricket Club has been one of the most successful and well-respected, first-class counties in the English domestic game. The club has played at Lord’s, in St John’s Wood, since 1877 and has a proud history of developing many of the game’s greatest known cricketers.

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it’s also the home of Saracens Rugby Club. But that’s not the only stadium in Middlesex for rugby fans. Twickenham Stadium, the home of the RFU, is also here and hosts England’s home Six Nations matches each year. There are also more than 150 rugby clubs in the county, playing everywhere from Premiership to social level so there’s bound to be a game to see while you’re here. Golfers should take the time to visit the challenging selection of courses in Middlesex. Ealing, Fulwell, Muswell Hill, Sudbury, Northwood, Crews Hill, Enfield and Finchley are some of the toprated courses in the area according to Golf Monthly. If the weather is hot and you want to cool off while at the same time enjoying the sunshine, then you can always go for a dip in one of Middlesex’s outdoor pools. There’s the bathing ponds and lido at Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath for example, which are open every day of the year! Middlesex also has an abundance of indoor leisure centres and complexes offering all sorts of undercover sports activities, should the weather take a turn for the worst, including Botwell Green Leisure Centre in Hayes, Dormers Wells Leisure Centre in Southall and Queensmead Sports Centre, in Ruislip. So, whether it’s taking part that’s important to you or you’re happy to spectate from the sidelines, Middlesex has plenty on offer for sports fans. l

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hile Middlesex has plenty to offer in its own right, its position envelopes much of North West London, making it the perfect base for exploring the rest of the city. Whether you fancy dinner and a show in London’s West End, a day touring the sights or a trip to East London’s markets, it’s all just a short train, tube or bus-ride away. However, Middlesex is also a great place from which to explore other parts of South East England. The M4 bisects the area, starting in Chiswick and heading westwards towards Berkshire. If you’ve soaked up all London has to offer in terms of Royal residences then Berkshire is the place to head next. The Thames-side town of Windsor is where you’ll find The Queen’s weekend retreat and the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Berkshire is also famed for being the county with the most Michelin-starred restaurants in England (outside of London) and so a trip here is a must for foodies. Nine of the county’s restaurants are crowned with a star (or two, or three) including The Blackbird and The Woodspeen, both in Newbury; L’Ortolan in Shinfield; Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, The Hinds Head, and Waterside Inn, all in Bray; Coworth Park in Sunningdale; The Crown in Burchett’s Green and The Coach in Marlow. Continue further down the M4 and you’ll reach Reading, with its championship football club, go a little further and you will reach the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you can explore 670 square miles of protected countryside. To the north of Middlesex, the M25 Orbital connects with the A1(M), which runs through Hertfordshire and gives access to the north of the country. On the opposite side of the county, Middlesex borders Surrey (there are even areas which have been formally adopted by Surrey that Middlesaxons would still claim as their own) giving easy access to a

number of other quaint towns and villages situated in and around another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Surrey Hills. A land-locked county, you’ll be hard fetched to find any coastal scenes to explore in Middlesex so the easiest place to head to in order to breathe in some sea air is to take the M3 and then M27 towards Bournemouth. Alternatively, with Heathrow Airport on Middlesex’s western border, it’s easy to jump on a plane for a beach break abroad. If flying isn’t your forte however, then Eurostar services from St Pancras Station are easily accessible from Middlesex, meaning you can be in Europe within less than two hours. Similarly, if you don’t want to drive further afield to discover what’s on the doorstep, Middlesex offers a comprehensive rail network, which will be further enhanced by the introduction of the Queen Elizabeth line, expected in late 2019. Wherever you decide to head to on your travels, there’s always plenty to see on route, ensuring the journey is just as pleasurable as the destination. l

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WE’RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Historically, Middlesex has always been a business hub and it continues to thrive


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ith Westminster and the City of London at its heart, it could be argued that Middlesex is at the epicentre of UK business. Westminster and its various government offices is, after all, where ministers vote on which business deals our country should enter into. The City of London – the prestigious ‘Square Mile’ as it is known – is home to more than 140,000 businesses. Dominated by the finance, insurance and legal sectors, around 75 per cent of jobs in the city are in these and their associated fields. It’s here where you’ll find the London Stock Exchange. Throughout most of the 20th century the majority of the British national newspapers also operated from the City until they moved out to various other ‘cheaper’ enclaves of London in the 1980s. While the journalists may have left however, many of the pubs they frequented on Fleet Street are still open for business! With the majority of Middlesex sitting in London, tourism also plays a big role in the county’s economy – Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and St Paul’s Cathedral are all among the top 20 most visited attractions in the UK. Wider Middlesex has also nurtured a number of thriving businesses over the years. In the 1970s, EMI – the now defunct record label – was based in The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, where a number of The Beatles albums were manufactured. Now the site – like many others across the county – is part of a big regeneration project, which will see the art deco buildings reimagined into new homes, restaurants, office space and, playing homage to its roots, a live music venue. While EMI may have vanished from Hayes, the town is still a thriving business hub and remains the UK

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OPPOSITE PAGE The iconic ‘Big Ben’ at the Palace of Westminster; ABOVE LEFT Heathrow Airport is a key player in the business world, thereby making Middlesex attractive to travel companies

headquarters of companies including Heinz and Pladis, which is responsible for well-known brands McVitie’s biscuits and Godiva chocolates. Another business district currently under regeneration is the Middlesex Business Centre in Southall, Ealing, which is being transformed into a mixed-use scheme with 2,000 new homes, 50,000 sqft of office space and 25,000 sqft of retail, all in anticipation of the new Crossrail station nearby. Out of town trade parks are also transforming the world of business and Middlesex is no stranger to these. At Uxbridge Business Park, a community is being developed encouraging workers to enjoy a great work/life balance with all sorts of services from car valets through to yoga classes and sports pitches on offer. Hendon is home to the county’s namesake university (although there are other universities in Middlesex), which teaches a range of subject fields but can be credited for teaching a number of well-known creative and sports people. Among its alumni are actor and comedian Johnny Vegas, comedian Alan Carr, Olympic boxer Joe Joyce and television and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary. Heathrow Airport, in Longford, is a key player in the business world and therefore many key travel businesses are based in Middlesex inlcuding Menzies Aviation and British Airways, the headquarters of which are in Hillingdon. With an expansion now cleared for take-off, more companies could well be attracted to the area, creating even more jobs in what is already a thriving county for business. l

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PROPERTY

IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO STAY LONGER… Properties in this county make a solid investment prospect


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rom Victorian terraces and Georgian townhouses in London’s sought-after suburbs to modern apartments slap bang in the centre of the city, Middlesex offers a good variety of property to suit the needs of a variety of buyers and renters. Excellent transport connections, access to swathes of green space and plenty of shopping and entertainment hotspots make Middlesex a great place to call home. With much of this historic county now set within Greater London, it’s not surprising property holds its value here and, although prices aren’t cheap, it’s well worth exploring if you want to live in some of the capital’s most favoured postcodes. You’ll find homes at both ends of the budget here but those with the cash to splash at the top end of the spectrum should head to Camden Town, Hampstead, Chiswick and Twickenham. Home to towering Edwardian and Victorian terraces, attractive cottages and mews-style homes, Hampstead is one of Middlesex’s most exclusive addresses and has a lovely community feel so be prepared to pay top whack here. The once-small riverside village of Chiswick is now a desirable and affluent town and its elegant red-brick properties and stately Georgian homes command high prices. If new build is more what you’re after then Berkeley Homes’ Chiswick Gate on Burlington Lane is worth a scout. The affluent town of Twickenham also has some fine property, particularly in its most popular area of St Margarets, which has lots of Victorian and Edwardian houses. It’s easy to find grand four-storey Georgian and Victorian properties in Camden also, although some of these homes have been converted into flats. If your budget is very flexible, look at the high-end properties on Primrose Hill. For those who really like to be at the centre of it all then Soho, with its trendy bars, restaurants and private members clubs will be top of the wish list. Homes in this trendy neighbourhood don’t hit the market often however and when they do, they generally go for high prices. While space is at a premium here, new developments are being built but get snapped up quickly so you’ll need to act quickly. If your budget isn’t very flexible however, there are more affordable options in areas

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such as Acton, Brentford and Hounslow. For a riverside postcode without the central London price tag, Brentford is a good choice. Regeneration, coupled with period properties on leafy streets and prices slightly cheaper than nearby Ealing, has made it particularly sought after by young families. However, there are also many new residential developments overlooking Grand Union Canal and its quaint riverboats enhancing the appeal with young professionals. Hounslow has also undergone a great deal of regeneration and is becoming increasingly popular. With the introduction of the Elizabeth

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Line (formally CrossRail) in the near future, Acton is a good choice for those who might want to make a return on their investment as the area is only going to increase in value. The most desirable locations are North and West Acton. Whether you’re looking for a family home near good schools, a character property in a quaint village within the commuter belt or an investment opportunity in an up-and-coming town, Middlesex has it all. l

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