Zoos, historic religious temples and more double-decker buses than you could shake an Oyster Card at. Our guide to the best activities in Ealing has it all!
Activities in Ealing
While the four 22-metre-tall mounds in Northala Fields might look like something from an ancient Aztec ruin, they’re just one part of the park’s ultra-modern design, built to reduce noise pollution from the nearby A40. The huge conical mounds were created using the leftover waste from the nearby Wembley construction with views from the top taking in central London and Canary Wharf. The 27-hectare park is also home to six fishing lakes, streams and wetlands, several playgrounds and a visitor centre. Perfect if you want some time out from the hustle and bustle of central London.
Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha
Small but packed with a diverse range of wildlife, Hanwell Zoo is located a mile west of Ealing on the banks of the River Brent. Founded in 1975, the zoo is home to meerkats, lemurs and porcupines, amongst others, as well as a butterfly house, a large yew tree maze, a café, play area and plenty of free parking spaces.
London parks are like slivers of green gold in the hectic, built-up city, and Ealing Common is one of the simplest but best. With over 40-acres of wide-open spaces, it’s the perfect place for sunny-day picnics, a quick game of football or for catching a travelling show, fun-fair or circus. If you’re visiting during the summer and school holidays then be sure to check out their schedule of family-friendly events.
Osterley Park and House
A National Trust property comprised of a vast Georgian House and sprawling landscaped gardens, Osterley Park and House is a majestic slice of history. As you pass the grazing cattle and secluded woodland at the entrance you’ll struggle to believe how close you are to central London. As well as regular daily tours, the house hosts frequent events including weekly yoga sessions and outdoor summer theatre, with a café, gift shop, farm shop and second-hand bookstore also on-site.
The closest park to our Ealing hotel, Walpole Park is a large public space boasting several ponds, a waterfall, an art gallery, a children’s playground and a popular cafe bar. The park is also the setting for the Ealing Summer Festivals held every June and July spanning comedy, jazz, beer festivals and more.
Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha
Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha is an impressive Sikh temple in Southall, a few miles east of Ealing. Gurdwara (pronounced ‘gur-dwa-raa’) means ‘through the guru’, and is a holy place built in the 1950s to help Sikhs live a spiritual and moral life. The largest Sikh temple in London capable of holding up to 3,000 worshippers, the grand building also has a community centre, cross-language library, prayer hall and gallery and is open to all visitors.
London Transport Museum Depot
With over 320,000 items spanning vintage vehicles, road signs, photographs, uniforms and historical posters, you’ll never get bored or see the same thing twice at the London Transport Museum Depot in Acton. While the depot’s primary purpose is to act as storage space for the main museum in Covent Garden, you can take in over 100 years of transport history via several open weekends through the year: check ahead for dates and book your tickets.