Brentford is a town in West London located within the London Borough of Hounslow. It is situated at the point where the River Thames and the River Brent meet.
Brentford is a historical area which is thought to predate both the Roman occupation of Britain and the founding of London itself. It is often said that Julius Caesar crossed the Thames at Brentford, and as such the area is now listed as a Site of Archaeological Interest. The nearby Gunnersbury Park Museum exhibits many of the local Roman and Viking finds.
Brentford High Street is currently undergoing major regeneration to include new shopping and leisure facilities. The aim of the pioneering project is to transform the area into one of London’s most sought-after waterside destinations. Currently, Brentford has a good mix of brand stores, eclectic independent shops and boutiques, cafes, restaurants, gastropubs, hotels and two museums. The Watermans Arts Centre is located on The Thames offering cinema, theatre, exhibitions and a riverside cafe, bar and restaurant. There is also a weekly farmers’ market.
There’s some great nightlife in Brentford, with traditional pubs like O’Brien’s, The Globe and The Brewery Tap regularly hosting acoustic jam sessions and live band nights. There are plenty of restaurants to try, including The Weir, located on the river, serving fresh seasonal dishes.
For sports fans, Brentford offers great facilities, as well as the opportunity to watch the local rugby league team, the London Broncos, or the local football team, Brentford FC. There are also rowing, tennis and athletics clubs nearby.
Property in Brentford
Brentford is a quiet, largely residential area with a mix of period properties and new residential waterside developments. There are also houseboats moored right along the river banks at this stretch of the Thames. Due to the area’s current regeneration project, property prices are continuing to rise year on year.
The contemporary apartments located at Ferry Quays offer luxury living with impressive views across the Thames towards the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Brentford Lock offers a mix of new apartments and townhouses centered around the Grand Union Canal, which meets the Thames just further along. Recently the building of the Kew Bridge development offers an exciting opportunity to live a sophisticated lifestyle within a variety of well-served and well designed buildings in a very convenient location.
Green spaces in and around Brentford
For fresh air and green space, residents take a leisurely stroll to Syon Park, or just over Kew Bridge into the world-famous Kew Gardens. The Brentford Dock area is popular with wildlife enthusiasts, and is home to a wide variety of species including Canada geese, kingfishers and foxes.
The River Thames at Brentford
Given its position, Brentford offers many activities and attractions to be enjoyed along this stretch of the River Thames. Some highlights include:
- Brentford Festival, a popular celebratory weekend held annually since 1900
- Brentford Rowing Club, which is always looking for new members
- Brentford Cruising Club, an established yacht club offering river cruising, social events and sailing courses
Transport in Brentford
- Brentford Railway Station has a regular service to Waterloo (30 mins)
- Nearby tube stations at Northfields, Boston Manor, South Ealing and Gunnersbury
- Easy access to the M4, M3, North Circular, and M40 roads
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