London - Ealing
The London Underground station nearest to the centre of Ealing is Ealing Broadway, which is on the Central and District line, and also has a mainline rail connection (which terminates at Paddington). The journey from Paddington to Ealing Broadway on the mainline takes around 8-10 minutes.
Ealing hosts an annual comedy festival in the summer. Speaking of comedy in Ealing, in the late 1940s and 1950s Ealing was famous for a series of comedy movies filmed there.
If theatres are more your thing, you're in luck. Wonderful theatres are scattered all over the borough, including the Questors on Mattock Lane. For more info, visit Ealing Council's listing of theatres. There is also a good Empire cinema on the High Street .
Many events take place in Ealing each year, including the Ealing Jazz Festival and the Ealing Beer Festival. Christmas and Easter markets also take place in the shopping centre square.
Visit Walpole park just east of the town square for a relaxing experience. There is a small pond and an ice cream stall. There are also great playground facilites, and even a miniature zoo!
Ealing Broadway shopping centre is moments from Ealing Broadway Station. It was opened by the Queen in 1987 and is home to many shops and a library. The enormous assortment includes WHSmith, Tchibo, Marks and Spencer, Tesco Metro, Boots and Argos. Opposite it is the Arcadia Centre which, though smaller, also houses a number of shops.
Hippy Haven is a shop that sells nice trinkets, jewelry, incense, and stones. It is also a tattoo/piercing shop, with skilled artists.
The square in Ealing Broadway is often eventful, with beatiful decorations at Christmas time and musicians performing in the Summer.
There are numerous restaurants within minutes of Ealing Broadway Station serving cuisine from all around the world.
The Okawari is famous for its wonderful Japanese food, and with Takara plum wine on the menu it is worth a trip. There is also a local Haha's, and The Green Cafe and Bar has an extensive burger menu. Some alternatives include the Dutch pancake house My Old Dutch, the breakfast and dinner-serving Caffè Uno and Edwards, The Town House pub and the oriental restaurant Coco's Noodle Bar, serving delicious food from all over East and South East Asia.
Pubs in the centre of Ealing tend to be noisy - not for over 40s! However Ealing is also home to a number of homely old fashioned pubs, such as The Haven Arms near Ealing Broadway Station and The Drayton opposite West Ealing Station.
The Ramada Jarvis Hotel is an upmarket hotel on Uxbridge Road in between Ealing Broadway and Ealing Common Stations.
On the slightly cheaper end of the scale, the Caspian Hotel is on Haven Green, opposite Ealing Broadway Station.
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