In the UK, Ealing is synonymous with film history. Films have been made on the Ealing Studios site since 1902, making it the oldest continuously producing studio in the world, and the Ealing comedies made primarily back in the 1950s are considered among the best British comedies ever made.
Ealing, in the centre of the London Borough of Ealing, occupies an advantageous position halfway between the city and the countryside, and it has been this way since the turn of the 20th century. Ealing is appealing – excuse the pun – for those seeking serviced apartments around the capital because it is not only pleasant but strikes a nice balance between access to Central London and a quick route out to many other important locations, including London Heathrow Airport.
In the UK, Ealing is synonymous with film history. Films have been made on the Ealing Studios site since 1902, making it the oldest continuously producing studio in the world, and the Ealing comedies made primarily back in the 1950s are considered among the best British comedies ever made. Today, feature films continue to be made in Ealing, as well as television series such as Downton Abbey, and those involved in the film industry may well seek short term accommodation there.
Although the N207 night bus does pass through, the best public transport options for guests staying in corporate accommodation in Ealing are undoubtedly on the trains. Ealing Broadway train station offers a variety of services to destinations such as London Paddington, Heathrow Terminal 4, Reading, Didcot Parkway and others, while West Ealing train station sits essentially on the same routes. Meanwhile, Ealing Broadway Underground Station is on both the District and the Central lines, making for an easy journey into Central London and perfect for those staying in furnished short lets while planning to check out the sights. There is also North Ealing Underground Station, which sits on the Piccadilly Line.
Ealing Broadway is very much the commercial heart of Ealing, with an enormous array of shops and eateries, beginning with Ealing Broadway shopping centre but then spreading out along New Broadway the High Street and The Mall. If you’re looking to eat out when staying in temporary housing, then Ealing some notable locations, such as The Drayton Court Hotel with London’s largest beer garden and Charlottes Place next to Ealing Common, which has been serving an excellent European-centred menu for almost 30 years. Or perhaps to the North Star on The Broadway, a 200-year-old pub with excellent dining, themed nights and even the occasional excellent band.
Questors Theatre is great for an excellent night out while staying in furnished apartments in Ealing. Although a local amateur theatre, it is one of the largest in Europe and often puts on 20 or more productions each year. The Grapevine Bar is housed in the same location and could be worth a visit before heading home. For daytime entertainment, Ealing is famous for its festivals, the majority being put on from June to August in Ealing’s parks; the Ealing Blues and Ealing Jazz festivals are the main music festivals, while there is an Ealing Comedy Festival and the Ealing Beer Festival, which has been running for over 25 years.
Finally, it’s worth noting that Ealing is about more than just the Ealing Broadway area. While Ealing Broadway is the busy heart, West Ealing is the slightly more upmarket suburban area and North Ealing has something of its own flavour again. Because of this, guests come seeking city apartments and aparthotels in Ealing for various reasons – to be close to local business like the film studios or Met Film School, as a leafier alternative to Central London and as a good spot close to London Heathrow. SITU can offer short or extended stay apartments to those staying in Ealing to meet all these needs.