Lying on the outskirts of west London, Uxbridge lies within the county of Middlesex. Despite being 20 miles from the centre of the city, the capital is within easy reach via the M40, as well as lying within the M25 circle too.
The town is a beautiful combination of period features, such as the Tube station which sports stunning architecture, and outdoor areas. Despite having many built-up areas of housing, Uxbridge also has green spaces and fresh air to escape the hustle and bustle.
For those who enjoy the arts, Uxbridge has two local centres. The Compass Theatre is based in Ickenham while Southlands Art Centre is in West Drayton, both very close by. These offer not just entertainment but a glimpse of more historical architecture.
Outwardly a peaceful and relaxing London suburb, Uxbridge has some thrilling history. In 1645 Charles I carried out negotiations with his opponents in Place House, now known as the Crown and Treaty pub which lies on the Oxford Road. However, more recently it was revealed that one of top figures in the Sicilian Mafia, a convicted felon, had been living in Uxbridge and escaping detection for more than two decades. Originally known as Domenico Rancadore, the Mafia boss was living under the assumed moniker of Marc Skinner.
The Grand Union Canal played a big part in the history of Uxbridge and despite no longer being such an important waterway today, is still very much part of the landscape. Providing scenic walks for hikers, Cowley Lock is an area that many enjoy visiting because of its conservation zones. Around the canal, Stockley Country Park provides more opportunities to stretch your legs and enjoy some more rural scenery.