How does a neighbourhood with affordable rents on the Crossrail line sound? If your answer is "exciting", then welcome to West Drayton, a West London area that's only 30 minutes to the West End and a few couple of miles from Heathrow Airport.
Once the Crossrail (Jubilee Line) goes live, those travel times will reduce further, with direct services to Bond Street taking just 23 minutes. Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf will also be directly accessible.
But what's it like actually living in West Drayton? In this London guide, we're bringing you everything there is to know about the UB7 postcode. So read on and find out all about this little slice of West London.
On a map
West Drayton is a Greater London neighbourhood located in the London Borough of Hillingdon. It's just 1.9 miles from Heathrow Airport (though not on the flight path) and 14.8 miles from Charing Cross.
West Drayton History
The first record of West Drayton was in 939 when the King of the English gave the manor of West Drayton to the Dean and Chapter of Cathedral church St. Pauls. By 1086, it had a population of more than 100 people.
By 1525, St Pauls started leasing West Drayton Manor to tenants. One of those tenants was English Statement William Paget, who held the high office of state in King Henry VIII's court. He remained in West Drayton until his death in 1563.
Fast-forward a few hundred years, and West Drayton station opened, providing more access to the area. Then, in 1965, the town became an official area of the capital after joining Greater London.
Who lives there?
There is a population of around 36,000 in West Drayton and a median age of 33. About 61% of residents rent their home, and it's particularly popular with those working at the nearby Stockley Business Park, where companies like Apple, Canon and Marks & Spencer operate their headquarters.
Renting in West Drayton
A variety of homes await if you're thinking of moving to West Drayton. Parkwest is a popular residential development constructed in 2007. It features a concierge service and an on-site gym, as well as free residents' parking.
Other new builds keep popping up, with interest growing thanks to the soon-to-be Crossrail link. There's also a selection of period homes from the twenties and thirties, as well as cottages and Victorian and Edwardian properties.
Expect to pay around £1,000 per month if you're renting a one-bedroom apartment in West Drayton, £1,250 per month for a two-bedroom home and £1,400 per month for a three-bedroom property.
West Drayton travel
Currently, residents can use West Drayton train station, which services Paddington in just 30 minutes. However, the Elizabeth Line is set to open this year and will offer direct services to Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Liverpool Street, Farringdon, and Canary Wharf, to name a few.
Heathrow Airport is also just a couple of miles away, and you can be at the departure lounge in just a few minutes. West Drayton is also a stone's throw away from the M40, one of the UK's major motorways.
West Drayton eateries
Get cosy in a traditional pub with exposed brickwork and enjoy a few drinks and some top-notch grub. The Plough could just be your new local once you've moved to West Drayton.
Enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal at Poppins, a family-run chain with an all-day menu. Tuck into traditional British dishes by poppin' into Poppins.
Sipson Tandoori Indian Restaurant
Taste authentic Indian cuisine at Sipson Tandoori Indian Restaurant, a local favourite with residents. It has been going strong since 1997 and serves plenty of traditional Indian dishes that will delight your taste buds.
Things to do in West Drayton
Head to Station Road and shop at the independent stores that provide West Drayton with a genuine sense of community. You'll also find a good selection of eateries here too.
Colne Valley Park
With 43 square miles, Colne Valley Park offers an escape into the wilderness for West Drayton locals. There's plenty of green spaces to admire, and you can really get back to nature with a wander around Colne Valley Park.
Harmondsworth and Sipson
The nearby areas of Harmondsworth and Sipson offer a country vibe with quaint cottages and local pubs. Grab a bit after strolling around the scenic villages.
Moving to West Drayton
If you're looking for a well-connected neighbourhood with affordable rents, then West Drayton could be the place for you. With its diverse selection of homes, community feel and brilliant travel connections, the UB7 postcode is somewhat of a hidden gem in the capital. But it won't stay that way for long.