W3 (Ealing) area guide

The northern boundary of W3 is the railway line almost parallel to Western Avenue. Scrubs Lane and Wood Lane form the eastern border, whilst the southern border goes beyond the Vale to follow Fletcher Road, Bridgman Road and Weston Road down to Gunnersbury Park. The western border then initially follows Gunnersbury Avenue north before joining Corringway and Hanger Green.

The W3 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Acton, Acton Central, Acton Central Station, Acton Station, Acton Town Station, Askew, Brentford, College Park and Old Oak, Ealing, Ealing Common, East Acton, Hammersmith And Fulham, Hanger Hill, Hounslow, London, North Acton Station, South Acton, South Acton Station, Southfield, Turnham Green, West Acton Station, Wormholt and White City.
The name ‘Acton’ is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for ‘Oak Farm’.

Acton, at the heart of W3, developed as a small hamlet, and was used as a resting place by travelers moving between London and Oxford. As a result, the area had a number of taverns and inns. It gradually grew from a hamlet to a village, and for a period in the 1600s became a popular spa resort with rich city dwellers. However, as Bath and Tunbridge Wells flourished, Acton as a spa town was surplus to requirements. The area did, however, remain popular amongst city workers, many of whom chose to build country retreats in then rural Acton. However, improvements in the road systems and then the arrival of the railway in the nineteenth century meant that it was possible to commute from Acton to the city.

The area began to expand rapidly during the twentieth century, as industry moved out of central London, to areas with good transport links and room to expand. It was particularly known for its motor industry, with 80 per cent of workers being employed in this field.
Acton is a popular area with a varied housing stock. Some of the streets with substantial family homes include Creswick Road, Perryn Road and Cumberland Road, all of which have detached homes with four or more bedrooms and substantial gardens. Asking prices is these roads can reach almost £2 million. For those looking for a substantial property on a lower budget, Acton and its surrounding area can offer good value for money. Gunnersbury Avenue has spacious four bed 1930s terraced homes, with gardens, which reach asking prices of under £450,000. Western Avenue and Horn Lane also have period terraces with four bedrooms and a garden for less than half a million pounds. A similar amount could also buy a two bed period home in the Poets Corner area of Acton, on Shakespeare Road, or a three-bedroomed Tudor style property on Princes Gardens.

For first time buyers looking for a smaller investment, there are some ex-local authority blocks, such as Charles Hocking House, on Bollo Bridge Road, where a one bed flat would reach an affordable asking price of approximately £135,000. Brouncker Road and Strafford Road also have low rise purpose built blocks with one bed flats, which reach asking prices of around £150,000. For £200,000 it is possible to secure a two bed flat in purpose built Burghley Tower, whilst for an extra £25,000, buyers could own a two bed period conversion flat on Emanuel Avenue.
Public transport links in W3 are good, with a number of underground stations, including Acton Town Tube on Gunnersbury Lane, which operates on the Piccadilly and District lines, North Acton Tube on Victoria Road, which runs on the Central line, and West Acton Tube on Noel Road, which also operates on the Central line. Additionally, a number of bus services serve the area.

There are a few green spaces in W3, such as The Green, which is lined with mature trees, with a central lawn area. Other local parks include Gunnersbury park and Hanger Hill Park.

Gunnersbury Park Museum on Popes Lane displays the area’s history with a number of artifacts and exhibitions. As well as the history, the museum boasts other attractions including the Regency building it is situated in and the grounds, which include sports facilities, lakes, ornamental gardens and some woodland.

Another place of interest is The London Transport Museum Depot at Acton, which can be found on Gunnersbury Lane. This store holds a huge collection of interesting displays that are not on show at the main museum in Covent Garden. This museum is open on a limited basis to members of the public, primarily for special events and open weekends.