Discover the London oasis with a ‘village vibe’
HANWELL IS RATED ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN LONDON
A TOWN in West London rated one of the best places to live in the UK has been branded an “oasis” by locals.
Residents in Hanwell praised the area for its friendliness and sense of community, and said they liked living there because of how quickly they could get to central London.
Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, residents of the town agreed that it was one of the best places to live but that it was changing. Jenny Page, who has lived in Hanwell her whole life, said: “It’s the best place in London. It has changed though.
“Hanwell is an oasis but it does feel like it has shrunk with the high rises and all the traffic. But we’re so lucky with the trains to Paddington. It’s lovely.” Mrs Page added: “We are very happy here.”
Oliver, 30, moved to Hanwell a year ago and said he liked the town for its atmosphere.
He said: “It definitely isn’t expensive and the transport is quite good. No one is trying to sell you drugs outside the station. There’s a few nice pubs and it’s got a village vibe, it’s nice.”
The town of Hanwell fans out from the Uxbridge Road. Its main thoroughfares are packed with small businesses, ranging from cafés and speciality food shops to florists and pubs.
Aggy, who lives in Hanwell and manages the Golden Chip of Hanwell chip shop, also said he loved living and working in the town. He said: “It’s very convenient and it’s easy to get around. I have been here 33 years and most of my customers are great.
“There’s a lot of parks and people are chilled and tend to help each other out. Hanwell has been thriving for a long time but it’s people who will help you out if you’re lost or you need some help.”
Nevertheless, some residents also said that the area had changed for the worse over the years. One resident who wished to remain anonymous said: “It used to be better. There’s drug dealing behind one of the pubs now. But apart from that it’s fairly quiet.
“It used to be the most wonderful place to live. People are nice, especially during the lockdown there was a really nice sense of community. But it’s changing, there’s good and there’s bad.”
Hanwell was recently rated as one of the best places to live in London by The Sunday Times. The town is bordered by the Grand Union Canal and sits on the edge of Brent Lodge Park, known to locals as ‘Bunny Park’.
It will soon see the arrival of Crossrail, bringing shorter journey times into central London for its residents. According to property agents Rightmove, the average house price for homes in the area is currently £589,025.
Homes on one of the most sought after roads in Hanwell, Church Road, frequently sell for above the average price, with one property going for £1.25 million last summer.
Labour councillor for Elthorne, the ward which includes part of Hanwell, Yoel Gordon said: “Hanwell is a great place to live, there are open spaces and a community feel here. Hanwell is not without its challenges but the council has been working on preserving and improving the open spaces.
“It’s also about helping the shops and town centre regenerate and improve. We have Crossrail coming so we have been working on regenerating the station too. I’m very pleased we have been recognised.”