Being only 5 miles from the centre of town, Acton is already recognised as a highly desirable residential neighbourhood which offers a wealth of amenities to those who live there, not least the delightful Acton Park, just one of the recreational spots in the area. For food, residents have the option of The Rocket and The Station House two great gastro pubs close to Acton Central plus Laveli’s, The Mill and Churchfields for coffee shop delights and English Butchers (Aussie owned obviously!) for fabulous fresh meat. Flowers from Heart & Soul, gifts from the Village Trading Store and pampering at the Nara Health & Beauty Clinic demonstrate how independent shops are flourishing alongside established high street names such as Sainsburys. The Park Club & Virgin Active West London offer residents a wealth of sporting possibilities including indoor and outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a gym, classes and other great opportunities for adults and children alike.
Whilst hard to imagine now, Acton means ‘farm by oak trees’ and originally became popular with travellers looking for refreshment on the busy Oxford London road. Despite being so close to the middle of town, the 14th century roads left something to be desired (yes, I’m sure some of you feel the same about the 21st century versions) and the journey could take more than half a day so people would stop in Acton to tidy themselves up and get some refreshment before heading for the ‘bright lights’ of central London. In the 17th century springs were discovered resulting in Acton becoming home to several health spas as well as (less glamorously) becoming famous for its laundries serving hotels and the rich in London’s West End, leading to the nickname “Soapsuds Island” or “Soap Sud City”.
Back to today and in closing, I encourage those of you who don’t know the area to become an Acton aficionado, be active in Acton and discover how amiable Acton can be! After finally discovering for yourself the amazing features of the area, there is a good chance you will look forward to moving here. The growth of house sales here continues as well as the conversion of old factories into contemporary lofts and many new build aparments.
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