What to do when you visit Ealing.
Whether you are staying in Ealing for business or leisure, there are so many things you can do in this beautiful west London borough. Make sure you spend some time getting to know the area, as it’s a relaxing break from hectic central London, but with so much to offer.
Visit Ealing and take in the scenery
Walpole Park is a beautiful part of Ealing, housing Pitzhanger Manor House, a grade 1 listing building which offers a range of free exhibitions throughout the year. The park offers some wonderful landscaping including ornamental bridges, ponds, streams and a walled rose garden for some tranquillity away from busy city life. If you’re visiting Ealing for work, the park and gardens offer a restful space to unwind after your busy day.
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting between July and August, there are some festivals showcasing jazz music, comedy, opera and, of course, plenty of great beer to drink! The festivals are the perfect excuse to extend your stay past your week making the most of a great weekend. Walpole Park also offers a great range of kids’ activity play areas, making it a fab place for the whole family.
There’s a large Indian community in Ealing, with Southall, Southall Broadway, and market – often called ‘little India’ the area is renowned for its famous spices and sari shops. Southall Market is just a short walk from Southall Station. Ealing Broadway shopping centre houses over 80 retailers, from shoe shops to apparel and electronics stores.
Ealing’s Japanese community
Visitors from Japan can enjoy a particularly warm welcome in the London Borough of Ealing, as the area has a vibrant and long-standing community of expats who have made it their home.
London has been a popular destination for Japanese migrants since the 1860s. When the car industry brought many more Japanese people and their families to settle in Britain, Ealing became even more of a popular place to settle, as it offered specialist schools for the newly established Japanese community. This means that Ealing has proved particularly attractive to those with manager level jobs, according to the Economist magazine.
The area now offers schools, shops, and supermarkets to make Japanese visitors and residents feel even more at home in Ealing, a London borough that combines the best of both suburb and city living.
The Japanese community moving into the area have also created everything from specialist estate agents to manga book shops. Most Ealing based residents commute to jobs in banks, stockbrokers and trading houses in London’s business and financial hub.
By basing yourself in an Ealing hotel, you will be within easy access of many events and activities listed on London’s specialist website for Japanese visitors and residents. For solo travellers from Japan, there are places to go to meet people to hold discussions in both English and Japanese, and even a Japanese cookery school listed on that website.
Staying in an Ealing bed and breakfast hotel, you may also want to take in a mixture of culture, including seeing how Japanese arts are presented in the UK. The Japan Foundation London provides information about the international cultural exchange, so offers plenty of ideas.
The way that Japanese nationals who live in Ealing have integrated so well in British life, business and culture is due in no small part to the work of the Japan Society. This independent organisation based in the UK works to enhance further the British-Japanese relationship, including “promoting deep and lasting understanding between our two countries.”
If architecture is your thing, be sure to take in the famous Brentford / Hanwell brand of the Grand Union canal. The flight of locks at the canal connect three modes of transport – road, canal, and rail – which is an impressive engineering feat worth a visit. Hanwell Station boasts massive arches and famous bridges which transport trains from Ealing to Paddington.
Ealing’s diverse business community
Throughout its eventful history, Ealing has come a long way since it was a rural farming community. Transformed by the railways, it became a municipal borough in 1901 and has been part of Greater London since 1965. In that time, many interesting businesses have come and gone. Here are a few of the wide range of businesses you can find while staying in Ealing:
There are a number of accountancy firms operating in Ealing, Johnson’s Chartered Accountants, Capital Business Links Ltd, Bennett and Company and more. Whether you’re looking for a large firm to handle your affairs or a small one to help with bookkeeping there is a number cruncher just around the corner who can meet your needs.
Marketing & advertising
If you’re looking to create a buzz about your event in Ealing, then Bommiemedia might be worth a call, and for PR we have Boxed Out PR, who also handle digital marketing.
Ealing hotels are great venues for organising training or away days. Take your employees away from their usual environment and let them hear from MG Coach or The Blueprint practice and come away feeling ready for the next challenge.
There are lots of different creative businesses in Ealing; from Iconic Creative Film & Photography to Doctor John the proofreader. Ealing is home to a wealth of talent, and if you book your event at a hotel in Ealing, then you can call on them to help add a certain something to the day.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Ealing, the Hotel 55 has the perfect home away from home feel. The hotel offers a full bed, breakfast and restaurant service with delicious food served daily. Indeed, Momo hotel’s restaurant offers Japanese-style dining and dishes prepared from high-quality, fresh ingredients. Staying in Ealing is much cheaper than staying in central London, but with quick, easy, accessible transport links – the benefits of staying in an affordable hotel in Ealing make the travel worthwhile!
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