You might know Uxbridge as Boris Johnson’s constituency. But after a walk along the Grand Union Canal or a trip to one of the restaurants in town, politics will be the last thing on your mind. That’s because the West London neighbourhood of Uxbridge has plenty going for it in its own right.
There’s also a pretty major university in the form of Brunel, which makes Uxbridge a popular choice with students. Brand new homes, many of which are Build-to-Rent properties, have also created a buzz in the UB postcode, making it an appealing postcode with modern-day renters.
So, if you’re looking for a vibrant London town with a selection of modern homes, scenic areas and plenty of local amenities, read on. In our latest London guide, we’re focusing on Uxbridge and everything it has to offer.
On a map
Uxbridge is a town in West London and falls under the London Borough of Hillingdon. It’s located 15 miles from Charing Cross and is situated within close proximity to other popular London neighbourhoods like Ealing, Wembley and Greenford. It’s also nearby Buckinghamshire and just over five miles to Heathrow Airport.
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The town of Uxbridge is steeped in history. The Parliamentary Army used the area as its headquarters during the civil war of 1642, and King Charles I stopped at Red Lion public house to rest for several hours in 1646.
The Grand Union Canal opened in 1794 and linked Uxbridge to Birmingham. Fast-forward to 1841, and the town received its first police station. It included three cells and stables and was in use up until 1988.
During the late 19th century, Uxbridge saw plenty of urban development and was well connected for electricity by 1902. Then, in 1955 it became a municipal borough before joining as part of Greater London in 1965.
Who lives in Uxbridge?
Uxbridge has a reasonably young median age at 28 years old, which makes it one of London’s younger areas. Plenty of professionals are moving to the area, thanks to excellent transport links and modern renter-exclusive homes. The overall population of Uxbridge is 70,000.
Renting in Uxbridge
There’s an abundance of period properties from the twenties and thirties in Uxbridge, many of which feature three bedrooms. As a result, they’re often popular with students and renters who are looking to share rather than have their own place.
Regeneration in Uxbridge has seen an increase in new homes, especially in the Build-to-Rent sector. Renters can choose from homes like Greenford Quay, which is set to the backdrop of the Grand Union Canal and features lifestyle amenities like a private cinema and fully-equipped gym.
On average, you can expect to pay around £1,050 per month for a one-bedroom apartment and £1,350 for a two-bedroom home. Properties of three bedrooms and up range between £1,650 and £2,000 per month.
Uxbridge has tube station on the Piccadilly and Metropolitan lines. Services go to Heathrow in just over 15 minutes and into the West End in around 40 minutes. Public transport services will improve further with the opening of the Elizabeth Line at West Drayton.
Drivers also have plenty of options thanks to Uxbridge’s proximity to the M25, M40, and M4. So a country escape is always an option. There are several local bus routes, which further underline the area's excellent travel options. Uxbridge is in Zone 6.
The Red Lion is steeped in history, which is reflected with its Grade II listed status. The pub serves up delicious pub grub and a range of mouthwatering ales. It even has a hotel, so you can always stick the in-laws in there for the night if your spare room is “full” with your stuff.
Relax in cosy settings and tuck into classic British and European cuisines at Martin’s Place. Set in the scenic Windsor Street, Martin’s Place has been going strong for more than 20 years and specialises in succulent steaks that are the pride and joy of the menu.
Ottimmo Bao Bao
Sample the best Asian bao buns in town at Ottimmo Bao Bao. The relaxed cafe set-up makes Ottimmo the ideal setting for a casual bite, where you can chow down on Asian bao buns with a range of creative toppings.
Things to do in Uxbridge
Grand Union Canal
Most of the areas around Uxbridge feature rivers and canals and the Grand Union Canal is one of the most scenic parts to soak it all up. It links to Birmingham and is 137 miles long, but you only need to walk a few of those miles to appreciate the waterways and green space.
The Uxbridge Intu, otherwise known as The Chimes, has more than 70 shops that provide the chance for a spot of retail therapy. There’s also an Odeon cinema with an IMAX screen, so you can watch the latest flick in style.
Make a splash in scenic art deco surroundings at the Uxbridge Lido. The pool is Grade II listed and a great place to cool off during the warmer months. There’s even an indoor pool right next to it, so you can take a dip when it’s cold outside too.
Moving to Uxbridge
With shopping options aplenty, independent and chain restaurants and scenic canal settings, Uxbridge is a popular choice among renters looking for something a bit further afield - though excellent travel links mean you can be right in the hustle and bustle with minimum effort. Thrown in snazzy Build-to-Rent homes, and it’s easy to see why Uxbridge is fast becoming a London hotspot.