In the 20th century, Acton marked its place on the map as the industrial centre for motor vehicles and components. It was home to Renault’s huge factory, with thousands of workers building a life there. And in 1904, a small grocery shop appeared on the high street called Waite, Rose and Taylor – destined to be known as the first Waitrose.
The industry has mostly left the area now, leaving behind a flourishing community of quiet residential avenues, lush green parks and Churchfield Road – a hub of independent shops and cafes. As you stroll around the market and putt a few balls in the park, it’s easy to forget that you’re in London.
It’s no surprise that Acton is quickly becoming a sought-after place to nest. With numerous transport links – 7 train stations to be exact! – you really do get the best of both worlds.
Read on to find out all about our favourite places to visit in Acton.
Acton Hill Church
~ The Apple Tree, Gunnersbury Lane
Just a few steps from Acton Town Station sits this little café. Not only will you find fair-trade coffee, but also smoothies, quick bites and delicious treats – all homemade. If you haven’t tried their apple crumble cake, you’re missing out.
~ The Coffee House, High Street
For award-winning Monmouth coffee, look no further than The Coffee House. It’s perfect to wash down one of their hand-crafted sandwiches and cakes with. And in the summer, there’s an outside area in which to sit and relax.
~ Laveli Bakery, Churchfield Road
Churchfield Road is becoming ever-popular for its village-like charm. And this family-run bakery is no exception. With famous jam tarts and homemade bread, be sure to visit Laveli if you can.
~ Bake Me, Churchfield Road
Whether you’re after a coffee or a green tea, once you’ve set foot in Bake Me, it’ll be impossible not to order one of their freshly-made crepes as well. The cafe is loved by locals due to their gluten free and vegan options.
Bake Me Cafe
~ Natural Natural, Uxbridge Road
For an authentic Japanese supermarket, look no further. Here you’ll discover all the fresh ingredients you’ll need to whip up an Eastern feast. They also sell fresh take-away snacks and sushi.
~ English Butcher, Churchfield Road
The owner’s surname might be English but he’s actually moved all the way from Down Under. You’ll find him on Churchfield Road selling handmade sausages and organic meats of the highest quality. It’s hard to go back to the supermarket once you’ve been here.
~ Churchfield Food Store, Churchfield Road
This dinky deli describes itself as ‘Little Italy in Acton’, selling a whole range of Mediterranean delights. Cheese, freshly sliced charcuterie and smooth red wine. What more do you need?!
~ Cake Me Baby, Churchfield Road
With a combination of French patisserie and North American cake craft, this bakery is the place to go for original celebration cakes that taste as good as they look. If you have certain dietary needs it’s not a problem, Cake Me Baby can create allergen-free cakes as well as vegan options.
~ 11 Coffee & Co., Queen’s Parade
The people behind 11 Coffee & Co. wanted to serve the sort of food they like to eat at home – all freshly cooked including their homemade cakes. The menu includes an all-day brunch with avocados, eggs and pancakes, and the shop is spacious enough to bring your laptop to get some work done.
~ Sparrow Cafe, Acton Lane
This cafe has become a firm favourite with the locals of Acton due to its delicious food that tastes as good as it looks. With exceptional prices and large portions, you’ll find yourself full for less.
~Churchfields, Churchfield Road
Don’t worry what time you make it to Churchfields, here they serve breakfast all day. In this family-run cafe, choose from full English breakfasts, omelettes, smoked salmon and eggs. Then move on to smoothies, milkshakes and Arabica coffee to wash it all down.
~Acorn Cafe, Churchfield Road
With delicious breakfasts and cakes as colourful as the local art on the walls, it’s easy to spend a few hours in this cafe. In the summer time, a garden is opened out the back so you can enjoy your eggs in the sun.
Brunch at Churchfields
Health & Beauty
~ Emilia Hair Studio, Gunnersbury Lane
Unlike many other city hair salons, the stylists at Emilia will take their time to pamper you, never rushing you out the door. The friendly, warm and peaceful atmosphere has customers returning year after year.
~ Stylish Nails, High Street
The expertise and efficiency of the nail technicians, as well as the bright and airy salon, has meant that customers have returned to Stylish Nails even after moving away.
~ Arthur Razor, Churchfield Road
A salon that’s influenced by a time gone by, but offers both contemporary and vintage haircuts as well as traditional wet shaves and facials for gentlemen. It’s a place of ultimate relaxation, complete with head massages and a little shot of something extra in your coffee.
~ Kiss Gyms, The Vale
This gym prides itself on its high specification but low price. Your monthly membership will include access to an array of classes as well as the 24 hour gym.
~ The Bark Club, Churchfield Road
Once you’ve groomed yourself, take your pooch to be spoilt, too! The Bark Club offers an experienced and friendly service that’ll calm the most anxious of dogs. And they also offer a crèche service for busy pet parents.
The Bark Club
~ Hasu Sushi, Churchfield Road
If you’re after amazing sushi that’s fresh and colourful, look no further. Here they serve their dishes in a cosy atmosphere and at a great price. The soft shell crab and dragon rolls are a must.
~ Pizza x Drink, Gunnersbury Lane
This family-owned restaurant uses traditional handmade techniques and stone ovens to create pizzas with modern tastes. Sit amongst the calm interior of exposed brick walls and industrial lamps, sipping on one of their cold craft beers or a hand-pressed juice.
~ The Rocket, Churchfield Road
This cosy gastropub has been taken over by the owners of the Tailor Made Cafe that until recently also stood on Churchfield Road. If Tailor Made’s delicious Mediterranean cuisine and creative hub atmosphere is anything to go by, you’ll want to become a regular at The Rocket.
A picnic in the park is always a treat
~ Heart & Soul, Churchfield Road
This family-owned florist sees no job as too big or small. They’re experts in their field (excuse the pun!) who listen to every customer’s individual needs, making each bouquet unique. With fresh flowers that last and a warm, friendly team, the shop has made a real impact on their local customers.
~ Acton Market, Town Centre
Every Wednesday – Saturday the town centre is filled with stands and stalls selling a plethora of goods. From jewellery and crystals, to rugs and even freshly-caught fish, there’s something for everyone.
~The Village Trading Store, Churchfield Road
The owner, Laura, has filled her store with ‘original gifts that you won’t find in high street chain stores’. Bursting with candles, cups, cards and chocolate, it’s a difficult task trying to leave without buying the whole shop.
~ Park & Bridge, Churchfield Road
This is a wine shop with a difference – you won’t find these wines in the supermarket. Each tipple, from champagnes to organic wines from artisan producers have been chosen by the knowledgeable staff. They hold regular free tasting nights, and even offer free local delivery. You don’t even have to leave the house!
The Village Trading Store
~ W3 Gallery, High Street
W3 gallery has a mission to connect people and places, believing art can transform a community. Their projects seek to catalyse change and promote diversity, through exhibitions, music, classes and demonstrations. The gallery is more of a friendly retreat.
~ Putt in the Park, Acton Park
This ever-popular mini golf experience in the park suits all ages and levels of golfer. In the summer, enjoy each tee off with a cold beer and a hand-crafted wood-fired pizza.
~ Gunnersbury Park and Museum, Gunnersbury Lane
The renovation of the Grade II listed mansion has now been completed which means the museum is open once more. An amazing step back in time. The stunning landscapes of the park will soon benefit from a new sports hub with football pitches, tennis courts and cafes.
~ London Transport Museum Depot, Gunnersbury Lane
For a sneak peek at the collections that aren’t on show in the main London Transport Museum, check for open weekends and visit the depot. The work they do here means a huge part of our heritage is preserved for future generations.
~ Heathfield Nature Garden, Gunnersbury Lane
Just opposite our development on Gunnersbury Lane sits this leafy open space. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon stroll around the pond, flower meadow and orchard. A spot of peace and quiet from the bustling main streets.
Heathfield Nature Garden
~ The King’s Head Pub, High Street
The beautifully restored restaurant has a variety of delicious meals available from the a’ la carte menu, each made from the finest, freshest seasonal ingredients. The chefs have created an expert fusion of ‘modern European cuisine with hints of its combined cultural heritage and locally inspired dishes.’
~ Casereccio, Gunnersbury Lane
The Italian restaurant where the Italian’s go! After one visit you can expect to become friends with the owner and chef who have nothing but time for their patrons. Serving both authentic and well-priced food, it’s a no brainer.
~ The Swan, Evershed Walk
This art deco pub is the perfect place to enjoy some seasonal Mediterranean-inspired food and a sticky toffee pudding that’s on another level. Relax into the Chesterfield sofas surrounded by green tiles and wood panels. It’s a real treat.
~ Mythos Greek Flavours, Churchfield Road
This place is small but perfectly formed, offering simple and delicious food in a cosy atmosphere. You’re sure to get an authentic Greek experience under this roof.
The King’s Head
Late night drinks
~ The Aeronaut, High Street
With circus tricks, dancing servers and singing, this is the sort of place where your ice might melt before you remember to sip your drink. There’s a lot to feast your eyes on.
~ Vindinista, Churchfield Road
Vindinista is the sister-bar of Park & Bridge wine shop just over the road. For that reason, their wine list is extensive, with wines from off the beaten track. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and will take the time to help you find the perfect drink. And they’ve got some pretty delicious bar snacks, too.
~ The George & Dragon, High Street
Not your bog-standard pub. Here you’ll find the Dragonfly micro-brewery inside where you can taste the interesting range of homemade beers around the warmth of an open fire. They also hold frequent music nights.
We hope our guide has given you some new, exciting places to visit in the area. If you’ve fallen in love with Acton as much as we have, register your details here to receive news about our upcoming development on Gunnersbury Lane. And read more about the apartments themselves here.