Neatly nestled between Ealing and Wembley, Park Royal is a northwest and West London neighbourhood that provides a mix of old and new. Shiny residential developments continue to appear as regeneration picks up pace in the area. While period homes from a variety of eras offer choice for residents.
Then there are the excellent travel connections, with Park Royal serviced by a tube station that goes directly into central London and beyond. A lack of high street is a mark against the NW10 postcode, but large shopping stores and close links to areas like Ealing and Acton mean you're always well connected.
So what's it like to really live in Park Royal, a place with London's largest business park? In our latest London guide, we're unpacking the West London neighbourhood with details about rental prices and all the things to do and see.
On a map
Park Royal shares a postcode with NW10 and W3, meaning it crosses over between West London and northwest London. It falls under both the London Borough of Brent and the London Borough of Ealing.
History of Park Royal
Park Royal got its name from the Royal Agricultural Society exhibitions that were held in the area between 1903 and 1905. Before that, it was known as a quiet village in Twyford.
During the First World War, extensive factory building took place, making Park Royal a significant industrial estate in London. There was also greyhound tracks and football stadiums. That was until the 1970s, when many of the factories closed down.
The area was derelict until high-technology business parks brought companies back to Park Royal, along with several successful industrial businesses that continued in the vein of what came before.
Who lives there?
There is a population of just over 5,000 in Park Royal, and the median age is 34. Families tend to opt for nearby Ealing, though Park Royal holds plenty of appeal with single professionals who desire modern living and easy travel links.
Renting in Park Royal
Housing in Park Royal is varied, with a good selection of modern new builds. Regency Heights offers studio, one and two-bedroom apartments, while Royal Waterside provides 265 homes set within open green space. There's also First Central, which is developed on the site of the old Guinness Brewery.
Expect to pay around £1,100 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in Park Royal, with a two-bedroom home fetching around £1,400. Three-bedroom-and-up properties achieve in the region of £1,800 to £2,800.
Park Royal transport
Park Royal station is the primary transport option in the area. It's on the Piccadilly Line and features direct services to King's Cross, Covent Garden, South Kensington and Heathrow, to name a few.
Other notable nearby stations include Hanger Lane (Central Line) and Stonebridge Park Station (Bakerloo Line and Watford DC). Motorists will be pleased to know that Park Royal is well connected to the A40, which has direct links into Oxfordshire.
Park Royal eateries
Experience authentic West African cuisine at Jollof Mama. This West London family business provides a welcoming atmosphere and delicious foods from Nigeria that includes peppered oxtail, stewed goat and more.
It's all about the location at, ahem, The Location. The menu offers a range of dishes that include tasty burgers such as The Location Special (cheese, onion rings and burger sauce) and homemade wraps such as chicken shawarma.
Enjoy Middle Eastern delights at the Bamboo Lounge, where you can tuck into small plates and an array of thirst-quenching cocktails. There's also shisha to enjoy before or after your meal.
Things to do in Park Royal
Pitch & Putt
Bask in views of Wembley Stadium as you strike a few golf balls on the course at Pitch & Putt. It's also a peaceful green space to enjoy and go for a wander after you've got yourself a birdie.
Living in Park Royal means you're just a stone's throw away from Wembley Stadium, the 90,000 home to the England international football team. Watch a match or go on a tour and marvel at the UK's largest stadium.
Visit neighbouring Ealing and enjoy the vast selection of restaurants and shopping options on offer. Whether it's chain favourites or local boutiques, Ealing has a range of amenities for you to enjoy.
Moving to Park Royal
Once an industrial site with little else going for it, Park Royal is growing into a vibrant residential neighbourhood. With a good selection of stylish new homes and excellent travel links, it's easy to see why an increasing number of people are moving to one of London's latest neighbourhoods.