Situated 13 miles west of Charing Cross, Hounslow is an area which has been traditionally a stop off on the way into the centre of the city. However, its close proximity to the airport as well as easy access to London means that it’s undergone a vast amount of regeneration in recent years. This is still ongoing with lots more development pencilled in for the foreseeable future, particularly in the High Street Quarter.
There’s great shopping at Hounslow with a wide variety of shops so if you don’t want to head all the way into town, you’ll find plenty of choice here.
Hounslow is more than just a miniature version of the city though, and if you’re looking for history, culture and open, green spaces you’ll find it here. Hounslow Heath was originally a 4000-acre estate but much of the land was gobbled up; today just 200 acres remains but it still offers a tranquil oasis of calm.
Osterley Park and House is another standout site for the area, offering a glimpse into what 18th century life would have been like. This is one of the few surviving country estates located in or near London and has stunning grounds and farmland, as well as a beautiful interior. Osterley Park is just one of the five stately homes within Hounslow, making it a delight for history buffs and architectural fans.
For a more modern, hands-on experience, visit Hounslow Urban Farm. Children will love the chance to get up close to the animals which include peacocks, alpaca, pigs and much more.
In the centre of Hounslow, you’ll find no shortage of adult entertainment with a good choice of bars, pubs and restaurants.