Ealing

Ealing Common station interior, under Creative Commons from Ewan-Ms photostream. Click pic for link.

Ealing Common station interior, under Creative Commons from Ewan-M’s photostream. Click pic for link.

Ealing is, compared to West Ealing, somewhat glitzy. It’s the glamour girl of the eponymous borough, the headliner, the main act. Its shops are big, its bakers are fancy, its transport connections are good to very good, its houses are beautiful, its common is lovely and circus-friendly.

As such, it puts its aforementioned neighbour in perspective – one end of the street, a dusty, forlorn kind of a nowhere, the other end bombastic, full, and extravagantly better. Or is it? Despite the presence of four charity shops, there’s really little purpose in visiting Ealing. The Broadway is full of chain stores and chain cafes, a shopping centre here, a Costa there, you know the sort. There’s little to give the place any real character or individuality.

And so I don’t rate it that much, even for charity shopping. There’s two Oxfam shops here, a Fara and a Cancer Research: it’s worth a stop off maybe, if you’re in the direction, but even for the vaunted Oxfam book shop, you can do better. Now, about the bookshop. There’s a legend of a Audio and Music Oxfam in the region, and so off we went looking for it, but any questions we asked the denizens of the region seemed to bounce off empty synapses. Having referred to Google Maps upon return, we deduce that the bookshop, featuring no music at all, was the fabled store in question, so that one’s ticked off.

Ah well. It’s not bad, but it’s not so great either.

Find: Ealing on Google Maps
Transport: Ealing Broadway: Piccadilly Line
Consume with: any number of chain coffees
Visit: Gunnersbury Park always looks nice, and comes with the added bonus of having a really good wall.
Overall rating: two hot pants

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6 responses to “Ealing

  1. What is now the Oxfam bookshop did used to be music and books. I visited there last weekend for the first time in years, and was surprised that it was just books now. The prices were quite reasonable I thought, but you are right that there is nothing else there and even a lot of the chain shops are now closing.

  2. Jane

    There’s a separate music and films shop now and it is on the same road as the bookshop, only a few metres further away from the shopping centre.

  3. bambi

    How can you have missed Oxfam music and audio? It’s a certified gem only several shops down from the book shop, looking out on Ealing green! I’m a lifelong Ealing resident (West Ealing – which I’ll get to later) and I used to work at Oxfam music, and while I agree there is nothing particularly remarkable about Ealing Broadway and it’s charity shops (three of which you missed, by the way- Octavia Foundation, Oxfam (clothing & general), and a community charity shop further towards Ealing Common), the legendary Oxfam music (of which it is possibly the only exclusively music Oxfam in the UK) is in a league of its own and you missed a real treat!

    I should probably also add that while Ealing Common station is on the Uxbridge/Rayners Lane (Westbound) branch of the Piccadilly line, Ealing Broadway, being the central station serving the high street, is actually on the Central

  4. bambi

    How can you have missed Oxfam music and audio? It’s a certified gem only several shops down from the book shop, looking out on Ealing green! I’m a lifelong Ealing resident (West Ealing – which I’ll get to later) and I used to work at Oxfam music, and while I agree there is nothing particularly remarkable about Ealing Broadway and it’s charity shops (three of which you missed, by the way- Octavia Foundation, Oxfam (clothing & general), and a community charity shop further towards Ealing Common), the legendary Oxfam music (of which it is possibly the only exclusively music Oxfam in the UK) is in a league of its own and you missed a real treat!

    I should probably also add that while Ealing Common station is on the Uxbridge/Rayners Lane (Westbound) branch of the Piccadilly line, Ealing Broadway, being the central station serving the high street, is actually on the Central and district line, as well as being served by First Great Western.
    Perhaps you’ll have to revisit some time.

    • ohsimone

      I kind of felt like I was missing out on something. Patience perhaps! I think the chances of a re-visit are a bit slim at the moment I’m afraid, but I will refer to this comment if I do!

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