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Described as being for TV types who can't stomach Acton, can't afford Chiswick and aren't ready for a barn conversion in Godalming - Ealing is featured in The Guardian's 'Let's move to:' section this week.

The case for setting up home here appears to be the proximity to major media outlets, good schools and transport connections.

Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, too many dull chains and the 'constant plans to ram high rises and mega developments on its streets' are listed as the case against.

Local residents questioned for the article say the parks, Pitshanger Lane and a couple of decent pubs are the best bits of Ealing:

Anne Marie Ryan says : "So many lovely parks, but my family's favourite is probably Bunny Park (officially known as Brent River Park), which has a playground, maze and animal enclosure."

Valerie Coombs adds: "Go to Pitshanger Lane, which still has a fishmonger, greengrocer, real bakery, good eating places and, best of all, a splendid independent bookshop."

Meanwhile Patrick Spencer is less positive: "It probably has seen its best days. So many generic shops. Two wonderful pubs on Haven Lane, the Haven Arms and the Wheatsheaf."


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9 October 2010


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