We're very excited to welcome our special guest blogger Liz Pilgrim. Liz is not only a successful entrepreneur but also a consultant, mum and an Ealing resident. Liz has agreed to share her favourite spots in Ealing to enjoy with the whole family!
Guest blog by Liz Pilgrim:
As a local mum and business owner in Ealing, I want to share some of the hidden gems to be discovered in Ealing if you are not already familiar with the area. Ealing in West London offers the best in family life – it’s got its own bustling town centre with child-friendly cafes and restaurants, really good schools, has fantastic transport links but also has amazing open spaces and parks, perfect for family life.
I’m going to share my favourites but there are many more I won’t have time to mention, so pop into Ealing and have a look for yourself. We moved to Ealing nearly 15 years ago from Clapham and it was the best decision we made.
Shopping –Ealing is going through a huge amount of development at the moment, if you just look upwards you can see the array of cranes and building sites where developers are getting our town centre ready for the new CrossRail project which will link Ealing and West London with the City of London, meaning a very quick commute difference from West to East by 2017. Ealing Town Centre currently has a large shopping centre boasting high street shops such as Marks&Spencer, H&M, New Look & Tiger as well as some fab independents such as Rumbles, Kaboodles and All Original.
The Arcadia shopping centre is being revamped with a newly refurbished TKMaxx & Morrisons. Dickens Yard boasting penthouse apartments is due to open in 2015 with high end boutiques. Early Learning Centre, Argos and Toy Galaxy all great for toys.
Eating out with kids? Ealing has a great range of cafes and child-friendly restaurants – check out the Asian fusion at Wagamama, Fat Boys, Hare&Tortoise, grab a burger & milkshake at Bills, Maggies, Gourmet Burger or TinselTown, modern European at Carluccios, Café Rouge or CoteBrasserie, La Tasca. Ealing also has the coffee chains Pret a Manger, Café Nero, Starbucks, Harris & Hoole & Costa but also boasts a great number of independent coffee shops with passionate owners – Electric Coffee Company, Munsons.
On the go and need a light bite? Try FarmW5 or Green Mango Café for healthy options. Firm family favourite with both our kids – they love Santa Maria Pizza (voted the best pizza in London by TimeOut) and Pizza Express. Every Saturday morning, there is a large Farmers Market in Leeland Road – great for organic veg and homemade treats.
Out and about – make use of all the open spaces and local parks in Ealing! Every corner of Ealing has a park and we’re lucky enough to even have animals! Visit the affectionately-called Bunny Park (Brent Park) with animals & maze (free to visit) and grab an icecream in the fab café. Gunnersbury Park is vast and has a great cycling track all the way round, & Gurnell Skate Park is great for older kids.
Anyone for tennis? Ealing is very proud of its sporting heritage. Did you know that Fred Perry and Peter Crouch both grew up in Ealing? Ealing Cricket Club, Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club, huge range of football clubs, martial arts, dance (Ealing Street Dance, Dance Studio) and Tennis – Will to Win at Lammas Park and Pitshanger Park as well as Gurnell Swimming Pool. Family health clubs include Virgin and The Park Club, all of which have swimming pools.
Baby & Child classes – lots of choice in Ealing but check out PitterPatter.com who offer a range of different babyclasses and parenting groups every weekday throughout Ealing including BabySteps, BabyCalm and Gymboree as well as support groups such as NCT Ealing and Ealing 135.
Liz Pilgrim is a local resident, mum of 2 and business owner. She owns babye boutique www.babye.co.uk selecting the best and unique baby gifts, as well as running www.babyagency.co.uk wholesaling maternity & babyproducts, guest lectures at University of WestLondon Business School and runs her own courses www.IWantToOpenAShop.com building on her own wealth of experience from having her own retail chain of boutiques in West London. Liz is a passionate supporter of Ealing and has a wide interest in the business community and a keen supporter of The Ealing Civic Society and CENF (Central Ealing Neighbourhood Forum)
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