CBRE Borough Guide: Hounslow
Bounded by the Thames to the south, the London Borough of Hounslow snakes from Chiswick out to the western edge of the city at Heathrow. Through it, acting as a backbone, is the Great West Road, the A4, as well the early junctions of the M4. Historically it has therefore been the gateway to the Thames Valley and the West of England. The presence of these key roads has enabled the growth of specific office clusters along its length. The international nature of business in the borough is testament to the proximity to both Central London and Heathrow Airport.
At the east end of the borough is Chiswick Park, the awarding winning urban business park. Numerous business have their UK headquarters here including Swarovski, Starbucks, Tullow Oil, Aker, Discovery and CBS News. The shopping channel QVC also broadcasts from here. Head west and there are further clusters of office space. Osterley is home to the impressive new Sky Central headquarters building and the GlasxoSmithKline HQ is in nearby Brentford. Other key business parks further west include Bedfont Lakes.
Good to know:
- Hounslow Heath was once one of the most dangerous stretches of land in London, famous for highwaymen and robbers including Dick Turpin. Today, it is one of London’s largest nature reserves, home to 132 bird species and several rare insects and plants.
- The first English strawberry is said to have been cultivated in Isleworth in 1806.
- There are over 120 languages spoken in Hounslow.