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Harrow London Guide

10 June 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

Harrow School might be a Very British School, and one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country. But the wider northwest London area of Harrow is celebrated for its diversity, culture and local landmarks that include St Mary's Church.

Whether you're in the bustling town of Harrow (there's north, south and west to choose from) or the quieter, somewhat more quaint village of Harrow-on-the-Hill, you won't be short of things to do. Browse shops and embrace the area's bustling atmosphere, or take in narrow, winding streets and period properties that are surrounded by country-like lanes.

Harrow's size makes it feel like a miniature city within a city - outskirts and all. And if you're thinking of calling the HA postcode home, we've got an extensive area guide about this London gem. So read on and discover everything you need to know about Harrow.

On a map

Harrow on Goolge Maps

A suburban area of Greater London, Harrow falls under the London Borough of Harrow and is located around 11 miles from Charing Cross and just over eight miles from Watford. Neighbouring London areas include Wembley, Edgware and Pinner. 


Historical picture of Harrow                          Image credit: mylondon.news

The name Harrow derives from Old English Hearg, which means heathen temple and probably comes from the hill of Harrow where you'll find St Mary's Church. Initially, the area was known as Greenhill and was a small hamlet of farms at the bottom of Harrow Hill.

By the late 19th century, it developed considerably, and the Metropolitan railway was constructed in 1880. This gave Harrow a new lease of life, and the population increased significantly as the town became connected to other parts of London.

Harrow was on the receiving end of heavy bombing during World War II and was one of the first places targeted during the Blitz. During the 1980s, it underwent serious regeneration with the pedestrianisation of some parts and the construction of a bus station.

Who lives there?

According to the 2011 census, Harrow has a population of 149,000, and the wider borough has around 250,000 people. The area attracts a raft of young professionals, thanks to convenient transport links that have direct services into central London. The median age is 36.

Renting in Harrow

Bradstowe House exterior in Harrow

There's an eclectic mix of properties in Harrow, with many residential roads featuring detached and semi-detached houses from the thirties. There's also a smattering of Victorian and Edwardian homes, as well as purpose-built flats from the sixties.

Harrow also benefits from renter-exclusive homes, which can be found in Build-to-Rent communities. Buildings like Bradstowe House offer modern apartments and social spaces with amenities such as a cinema room, parcel collection and an on-site gym.

Rents in Harrow compare well with other neighbourhoods in London, especially for an area that's so well connected. A one-bedroom property averages around £1,100 per month, with a two-bedroom home achieving in the region of £1,400. Three-bed-and-up properties fetch between £1,700 and £2,500.

Harrow travel

Harrow-on-the-Hill tube station

Harrow-on-the-Hill benefits from a tube station on the Metropolitan Line with direct services to Baker Street and the City. A local train station also provides services that go straight into Marylebone in just 15 minutes. North Harrow, West Harrow and Rayners Lane are also on the Metropolitan Line.

South Harrow and Sudbury Hill also feature tube stations, which are located on the Piccadilly Line, while nearby Kenton and South Kenton offer Bakerloo Line services. Harrow & Wealdstone has Overground trains to Euston that take 15 minutes. Harrow is in Zone 5.

Harrow eateries

The Old Etonian Restaurant

The Old Etonian Restaurant exteriorImage credit: Tripadvisor

Heavily influenced by a French menu, The Old Etonian Restaurant is situated in a conversion area and is a big favourite with the locals. There's a terrace outside, so you can enjoy a bite to eat under the sun during the summer months. Stop by on Sundays for a special menu.

Doll's House

Visit the Doll's House for a quaint cup of tea. Sip back on a hot brew and enjoy a breakfast and lunch menu at this vintage cafe and restaurant. Or simply enjoy an afternoon tea with a baked item from the original Victorian bread oven.

Miller & Carter Harrow

Miller & Carter Harrow exterior

Fancy a steak dinner? Get down to Miller & Carter Harrow, one of the best steakhouses in Harrow. The menu includes 30-day aged British and Irish steaks that will leave your mouth watering for more. Don't forget to order a tasty side sauce. Did some say peppercorn or bearnaise?

Things to do in Harrow

St. Anns Shopping Centre

Shop from 40 high-street brands at St. Anns Shopping Centre and indulge your retail desires at one of Harrow's Primary shopping spots. There's also a food court on hand, so you can work up an appetite with all that browsing and then grab a bite.

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium at night

The UK's largest sports stadium is just a hop and a skip away from Harrow, so take the opportunity and catch a live sporting event. From football matches played by the men and women's England national team to NFL games, there's always something going on at Wembley's 90k seater Stadium.

Harrow Arts Centre

Harrow Arts Centre is a professional arts venue in the listed former Royal Commercial Travellers Schools building. There's a wealth of entertainment on offer, including theatre, music, dance, family events, film, classes and workshops. Embrace your inner creative. 

Moving to Harrow

With excellent travel links into the West End and the City, Harrow is a solid option for those who want to live in a vibrant neighbourhood that's well connected. From village vibes in Harrow-on-the-Hill to the hustle and bustle of the town centre, the HA0 postcode caters to all.

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