One of the most westerly areas in London, Hillingdon is the second largest of the 33 boroughs. However, despite being close to the hustle and bustle of the capital, it also offers a welcome respite from the crowds and easy access to green spaces and countryside.
In Hillingdon, it’s easy to forget that you’re just a stone’s throw from the West End because of the picturesque landscape. With more than half of the borough made up of rivers, open countryside, parks, woodland and canals, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind.
However, Hillingdon is not some kind of secluded retreat as it’s also home to London Heathrow Airport and RAF Northolt, as well as being the location of the prestigious Brunel University. A number of global conglomerates have chosen Hillingdon as their headquarters, partially because of the proximity to the airport.
If you’re more interested in the entertainment on offer, the borough is full of pubs and eateries both small and large. Hillingdon is made up of several areas including Uxbridge, Ruislip and West Drayton, all of which have plenty to offer. There are several theatres catering for the arts too, such as Beck Theatre in Hayes and the Compass Theatre in Ickenham.
Hillingdon is also a great place to go exploring from as it’s conveniently situated just on the outskirts of Greater London. This means you avoid the congestion and expense of the more central areas, but they remain within easy reach. Whether it’s exhibits at the Natural History Museum, Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks and the Planetarium, or an evening of entertainment at Piccadilly Circus, you’ll never be more than a short coach journey away.