Located seven miles west of London's centre Ealing Common is, as its name suggests, a rather green area, much in contrast to London's industrious city centre. Ealing has managed to acquire the unshakable nickname of Queen of the Suburbs, which it has held for over a century and which nicely encapsulates the atmosphere of the area. Despite its residential make-up, Ealing is also a popular tourist destination, probably due to the combination of its proximity to London and its relaxing, easy going nature. Hotels in Ealing are fairly eclectic and range from the one star to the four star, the unashamedly modern Hotel 55 proving to be a favourite amongst visiting travellers. Ealing Common is well placed for convenient travel, cornered between four tube stations; North Ealing, South Ealing, Ealing Broadway and Ealing Common. North and South Ealing are both on the Piccadilly Line whilst Ealing Common is on the Piccadilly and District Lines. Ealing Broadway is the largest of the stations with access to National Rail services as well as the Central and District Lines.
Ealing is perhaps most famous for its film studios, which were taken over by the BBC in 1955 and have been in their charge ever since. The surrounding Ealing area is often featured as the location for many of their productions, notable examples being Doctor Who and Monty Python. The studios have also been used to produce popular films such as The Importance of Being Earnest and Notting Hill. A few golf courses populate the area and the Royal Botanical Gardens are just south of the river. For a night out at the theatre or to capture a popular comedy show, Hammersmith isn't too far to travel on the tube.
Eating in Ealing is quite appealing as there is a good range of restaurants and takeaways, the majority of which are in easy walking distance of the Ealing Broadway station. Venues range from the obligatory Subway and McDonald's outlets to oriental buffets and restaurants consisting of a variety of worldly cuisines. Cafes and coffee shops are also centred around the Ealing Broadway station area and this tends to be where most of the town's activity takes place.
Pubs and bars tend to be more evenly distributed throughout the Ealing area, although walk along the High Street and you're bound to stumble upon one or two. The town has a few Irish pubs, the most popular of which is the Shanakee, which is a great night out even if it is an acquired taste. If you enjoy loud Irish music, don't mind a bit of grit in your evenings and can embrace the boisterous atmosphere that comes with being surrounded by Irishmen and countless pints of Guinness, then you'll love it here. There are also a few options for the clubbers, again centred around the (you guessed it) Ealing Broadway station. Aside from the above, nights out in Ealing can be pretty quiet.
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