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Old Isleworth

Old Isleworth, TW7

Area overview

Isleworth is a town located within the London Borough of Hounslow in West London. Isleworth's original area of settlement, alongside the Thames, is known as “Old Isleworth”. The north-west corner of the town, bordering Osterley to the north and Lampton to the west, is known as “Spring Grove”.

Old Isleworth has Anglo Saxon roots, but did not adopt its modern name until the 18th century. Much of Isleworth became orchards in the 18th century, and then market gardens which supplied London in the 19th century. Lower Square and Church Street, which front onto the Thames, still have buildings dating from these periods.

Shopping in Old Isleworth is centred around the South Street area where small, local shops and plenty of patisseries, delicatessens and cafes can be found. Gelataria Supremo is a traditional coffee shop serving up delicious homemade ice creams and cakes. A wider range of shops can be found at nearby Richmond and Chiswick. 

Redlees Park offers great receational space with a large green, tennis courts  and play areas.

Nightlife in Old Isleworth is laid back, with the focus on traditional pubs and small restaurants. The London Apprentice, with its large outside terrace and beautiful river views, is one of London’s most famous riverside pubs and well worth a try. Next to Church Street is The Hilton Hotel at nearby Syon Park with a stylish bar, Marco Pierre White steakhouse as well as a state-of-the-art pool, gym and spa all open to non-guests.

Property in Old Isleworth

The majority of Isleworth was developed in the 1920s and 1930s when art deco factories were springing up along the Great West Road, so there is a good supply of semi-detached houses from the era. Old Isleworth is a picturesque area with an impressive collection of period homes dating back to both the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Church Street, which fronts directly onto the Thames, is one of the most sought-after and expensive streets in the area. Recently, luxury apartment blocks have been built along the riverbank at nearby Brentford and Chiswick, and these are attracting a young, professional crowd.

The River Thames at Old Isleworth

There are plenty of activities and attractions to be enjoyed along this stretch of the River Thames. Some highlights include:

  • The Grand Union Canal Walk, which you can start at Old Isleworth
  • Syon House and Gardens, a short stroll along the river path
  • The Boat Cathja, a barge which is home to a mental health charity which helps people through art and creativity. Onboard is Martin Cotts’s famous sculpture, The Heron, as well as many other pieces by local artists

Transport in Old Isleworth

  • Rail stations at Isleworth and Syon Lane
  • Nearest tube stations at Osterley, Hounslow East, and Richmond
  • Regular bus services include the 110 to Twickenham, the 117 to Staines, the 237 to Chiswick and a night bus from Aldwych
  • Easy access to the M4

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