Blossoming Brentford

Brentford is blossoming into one of west London’s trendiest suburbs thanks to the huge regeneration programme which is well underway.   A number of high-profile developers have already completed the first phase of their build programmes with many residents now enjoying the benefits the complex has to offer. 

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The local authorities have worked closely with the developers to ensure that the towns heritage and waterside location is celebrated.  Many of the new streets have been named after the buildings which once stood in the very same place.  New retail shops, leisure and entertainment services have been incorporated into the design build.  A plethora of restaurants and eateries to satisfy your taste buds have opened along the promenade too, meaning all of the above amenities are at your fingertips.

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The waterways are plentiful, and you can enjoy water activities such as canal boat rides, paddle boarding and kayaking down the River Thames from one of several commercial spaces nearby.  Edge Progressive Paddling Kayak Club found at Brentford Lock base, offers an all year-round kayak and canoe club and has two further bases which operate seasonally.  The club welcomes and supports new beginners looking to develop the skill to those who are more experienced.  Active 360 is also another highly recommended club with the locals.

Photo credit: Active 360

Cocooned by thriving neighbouring suburbs, Brentford is undoubtedly the centre of attention.  The surrounding areas offer a great selection of weekend activities at your fingertips.

Directly south across the river you are met with outstanding views of Syon House and Gardens.  Beyond this is the tranquil Kew Gardens in Kew.  Both of which are very popular with families and individuals alike who enjoy the fresh air and countryside feel. The Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park is very popular with residents and quite spectacular.  Tickets are available through the Enchanted Woodland website direct.  Kew Gardens offers an exciting adventure above the tree line along the Treeptop Walkway.

Photo credit: Enchanted Woodland

The vast array of amenities in the town centre of Richmond upon Thames and the leisure facilities in the immediate area add to the undoubted appeal.  Herds of deer roam Richmond Park which is a popular picnic spot, whilst the quadrant main street and nearby roads have eclectic shops, casual and upscale dining and performances at Richmond Theatre.

Spectacular views of deer in Richmond Park

To the north of Brentford lies Ealing, a town famous for its film studios and the popular historic British drama Downton Abbey.  On the other hand, if sport is your forte, you may wish to visit Ealing to watch the London Broncos Rugby league team.  In the summer, Walpole Park plays host to a variety of festivals from Blues, Jazz, Comedy to the much-loved Beer Festival.  This annual event is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale and offers over 200 real ales to sample from.   

Real Ale Festival in Walpole Park

Chiswick High Street is situated to the north east of Brentford and runs straight through the residential area acting as the hub of activity.  The bustling streets, the lovely literary annual festival, the street parties, the selection of cosmopolitan bars, the boutique shops and romantic restaurants…what more could you ask for only a stone’s throw from Brentford.   Chiswick Bridge is the finishing post for the Boat Race, an annual set of rowing races between the Cambridge University Boat Club and the Oxford University Boat Club. So far Cambridge have pipped Oxford to the post with 84 wins to 80, with only one dead heat ever recorded in 1877 for the men’s team. The Cambridge Ladies team are also ahead with 44 wins to 30.  Which team will you cheer on?

Cambridge and Oxford Boat Race

Overall, when you consider the location of Brentford and all that is going on in the surrounding neighbourhoods, it manages to find the right balance between being close to central London whilst having access to enjoy all the outdoor parks etc have to offer.

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