Ealing Area Guide
Ealing is the Crossrail borough (now called the Elizabeth line), hosting a total of five stations from Acton to Southall; the most of any borough that the route passes through. The new line has unlocked new development around the stations and other regeneration projects. At Ealing Broadway, Berkeley Homes is building 700 new homes at its Dickens Yard development. This began construction in 2011 and is due to complete in 2019. The developer is also rejuvenating the wider area which includes new shops and restaurants, and the redevelopment of the old Empire Cinema. The new cinema, which will open in 2019, will remain the largest Picturehouse cinema outside the West End, with eight screens and 1,045 seats.
Southall in the west of the borough is another regeneration hotspot, which Berkeley is also leading. Its redevelopment of Southall Waterside will create a new community in the area. The scheme will deliver 3,500 new homes along with 500,000 sq ft of commercial space, a new primary school, health centre, extensive parkland and leisure space. The development will be completed in several phases spanning the next 25 years.
Good to know:
- Three universities are located in Ealing: the University of West London, the Met Film School, and London College of Music.
- Ealing Studios is the world’s oldest film studios still in production, dating back to 1902. The remake of St Trinian’s filmed scenes on location in Ealing and many episodes of Doctor Who were filmed there.
- Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first met Brian Jones at the Ealing Jazz Club in 1962, and the Brand New Heavies formed in Ealing in 1985.
- Ealing is home to the biggest Sikh community in London and one of the biggest Polish communities in the capital.