The Relocation Bureau

Area Focus - West London

 

Most visitors to the Capital will only experience West London en-route to or from Heathrow Airport, confined either to a train, the tube, or the motorway. However, in the 5 mile stretch from Ealing to Shepherd’s Bush, you will find a thriving economy and an equally vibrant environment in which work and live. The area has a dynamic mix of nationalities, cultures and ethnic backgrounds with over a quarter of its residents born outside of the EU.

Getting around West London is relatively easy, being served by 6 tube lines as well as having many bus services. For those commuting into Central London, the A40 to the north, and the M4/A4 to the south are the most popular, with two-thirds of residents commuting to work by car, rather than public transport. The new Crossrail service (also known as the Elizabeth line) is scheduled to commence services in 2018 and the core route will see it travel through West London with key stations at Acton Main Line, Ealing Broadway and West Ealing. The new line will mean a sharp decrease in travel time for many commuters into Central London.

West London has very good schooling which includes a number of international schools, most notably the French Lycée in Wembley to the north and the International School London (ISL) in Gunnersbury to the south. This has led to the area being very popular with expats, particularly French families looking for a more spacious property with a garden at an affordable rent.

Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush are located to the east side of West London. These central areas are busy, bustling hubs with a lot to offer. Full of shops, bars and restaurants as well as popular locations such as Westfield shopping centre and the Hammersmith Apollo, the thriving area is reflected in its rental prices, though average rents are still cheaper than neighbouring Notting Hill.

Chiswick, located to the south and guarded by the River Thames is popular with affluent families who flock to the area to enjoy the safe atmosphere and relaxed way of life. Attractive period properties, generous green spaces and a vibrant mix of restaurants and shops persuade residents to stay here long term. Despite being quite far out from Central London, Chiswick is still well connected by transport links, making it a commuter paradise.

Acton & Ealing, located to the north of Chiswick and the western edge of West London, provide a buffer between life in the urban outskirts and rural bliss. Home to wide leafy streets and large Victorian homes, the area is popular with families looking for a more affordable property whilst still being a short commute from Central London. Acton has for some time been considered as the lesser neighbour when compared to Chiswick & Ealing, however Acton is currently undergoing large regeneration projects which are sure to attract further families and couples to the area.

Moving to the UK and still unsure on where to live? As well as home search programmes, we also offer orientation and school search services which will allow you to make an informed decision on where best for you and your family to live.

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Feb 2017