With the launch of Clarendon’s new serviced apartments in Ealing Broadway (Dickens Yard), we choose the top 5 attractions and things to do in West London.
1. Walpole Park
On the edge of Ealing Broadway just behind Pitzhanger Manor House, Walpole Park hosts the annual Ealing festival. The Manor House and Gallery are perfect for a browse and a potter around while Spencer’s Café is great for a coffee stop or a bite to eat. With a playground and two ponds it is an ideal destination for family days out or just a walk in the park. Spot the local wildlife or just enjoy being in an oasis of calm in the capital. The park is undergoing a 2.4 million transformation and regeneration which is set to be finished by this summer.
2. Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre
Sometimes retail therapy is what you need and where better than a centre home to over 80 retailers. High street names like Boots, Next and Argos feature. It’s easy to travel to the shopping centre with over 800 car parking spaces. There are also plenty of options for a fuel stop with Starbucks and Costa Coffee on hand.
3. The London Butterfly House
The London Butterfly House is in Syon Park in nearby Brentford. In an exotic jungle setting enjoy hundreds of free-flying butterflies as well as other creepy crawlies nestling in the tropical trees and shrubs. Expect giant spiders, leaf cutting ants and many more. The tropical houses are an extraordinary place to visit and Syon Park itself is the perfect spot for a picnic.
4. Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery
One of Ealing’s cultural hotspots the venue was designed by architect John Soane in 1800. After a restoration the home is in keeping with its traditional style and is home to artworks and a collection of Martinware pottery. Regular exhibitions by international artists and local students add colour and a vibrant event’s calendar. There are children’s workshops and activities at the weekend. Enjoy an audio tour allowing you to tap into the rich history of building and its owner John Soane.
5. Kew Palace
Just a couple of miles from Ealing Broadway is this Palace with impressive royal connections. Originally known as Dutch House, Kew Palace is the earliest surviving building in the gardens themselves. It dates from the mid-17th century and was built by a Dutch merchant, hence the distinctive carved brickwork and rounded gables. A royal residence until 1898 Kew has been painstakingly restored over the past decade and now resides in opulent Georgian splendour. Protected and under the trust of Historic Royal Palaces it is a perfect spot for day out.