West Drayton is the ideal commuter town, with easy access to road, rail and air links, it's a great place to come and go from for business travellers looking to spend time in London and the surrounding area.
The suburban town of West Drayton is based in Hillingdon, a London Borough. Formerly part of the Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District of Middlesex, the commuter town and its local population of around 17,500 now belong to the Greater London area. They are also enclosed by the River Colne and through the Colne Valley Regional Park to the west, the Grand Union Canal running along the railway line to the north and the M4 stretching across the southern boundary of West Drayton.
These boundaries suggest that visiting corporates and the locals are ideally placed in terms of transport and commuting. Nestling just within the M25 and not far from where it meets the M4 visitors are, therefore, assured of easy car travel in and out of the town. Moreover, London Heathrow Airport also lies immediately (2.5 miles) to the south. Evidently, there is no better place to stay for international air transportation. Add the mainline railway West Drayton Station on the intercity route between Reading and London, enabling train travel across other locations in the United Kingdom, and businesspeople have got a perfect base to conduct business, whilst ultimately staying in centrally located West Drayton corporate accommodation.
With the Grand Union Canal running alongside the railway on the northern side of the town, it’s perhaps not surprising that West Drayton’s economy revolved for a long time around the two of them. The future expansion of the town’s sole train station should only emphasise this further too. After all, it’s the transport links which help enable corporates in West Drayton to access to the qualities of the borough’s entire economic qualities. Across the borough of Hillingdon, there are the headquarters of global businesses such as Coca-Cola, British Airways and Hertz, meaning there is a need for the nearby commuting population. Today, of course, West Drayton is primarily a commuter town. Aided by the fantastic road links, convenient train station and the nearby London Heathrow Airport, it would be hard for visitors to not consider West Drayton as a hub for commuters. They can also choose as well when booking stays with SITU. Guests can decide whether they want to stay in West Drayton short term accommodation or extended stay apartments based on their trip.
On the other hand, Stockley Business Park has been something of a success story for the town. Built as a forward-thinking and innovative park, it has worked hard to stay relevant particularly with sustainability initiatives. Its many amenities are designed to help corporates work and relax simultaneously. Locally to the business park there are restaurants, bars, health clubs, shopping facilities and over 160 acres of open space, all whilst adjoining a high-class golf course. There are even childcare and dog-sitting services here facilities, making family relocation relatively straightforward. We could go on about the business park’s many qualities. They are evident considering the likes of Apple, Cannon, Sharp and Marks & Spencer’s choose the Park as its workplace environment.
Archaeological findings reveal that Stone and Iron Age settlements existed in West Drayton. It was not until the infamous Domesday Book of 1086 though that West Drayton got its first mention within English history. The area was often referred to as ‘Draegtun’. Around this time West Drayton was a small settlement forming part of the Manor of Colham. This changed during the tenth century when King Athelstan granted the Manor to the Dean and Chapter of St Pauls. The cathedral clergy then remaining in control of the land for the next four centuries. They used the land as a place for agricultural production for themselves. This was all before the Manor was given to William Paget, one of the Tudor Period’s most influential individuals.
The following centuries were a period of expansion for West Drayton. It saw the rise and fall of the Paget family’s interest in the land and its constructed manor house. The timeline continues with another change in hands. The De Burgh Era saw West Drayton and the nearby Yiewsley brought closer together. Major transport links were enhanced, industries developed and the population increased. West Drayton was fast becoming a London suburb. This was only fuelled further by the later emergences of the Great Western Railway and London Heathrow Airport.
Following the town’s integration into the former Urban District of Yiewsley & West Drayton in the 1920s, the airport opening proved particularly momentous. It created countless jobs, forced the town to expand and has had a huge social and economic influence on what West Drayton has become today. Where better to view its modern-day success as well than from your own fully furnished West Drayton extended stay apartments.
West Drayton’s relatively small size means notable attractions are rather limited in the town itself. However, if corporates were to travel slightly beyond the boundaries of town from their serviced apartments in West Drayton they could come across an abundance of surrounding green space. The Colne Valley Regional Park first comes to mind. It covers forty-three square miles and a 27,500-acre area of parks and reservoirs situated along the River Colne. It is also often considered as the most significant countryside location west of London. It would only take around twenty minutes via car to reach the Park from central West Drayton aparthotels. It makes for a great place to relax after a potentially hectic business trip.
A little closer is Lake Farm Country Park in Hayes, just slightly northeast of West Drayton. Stated as a country park in 2002, this sixty-acre green space encompasses fringed trees and flowing Grand Union Canal to the south. Much like the Colne Valley, but smaller, this country park is an ideal site to take some respite.
These outsider destinations aside, West Drayton does also have some of its own attractions worth visiting. The two most popular are St. Martin’s Church and the Southlands Arts Centre. The Church is a small, yet beautiful, twelfth-century building. It is a huge part of the West Drayton community, supporting weddings, baptisms and funerals. Despite its deep integration into the local community, this should not deter visitors from going to admire the church. It really is a significant representative of the past and present of West Drayton. Those staying in West Drayton temporary housing can be within touching distance of this great, historic site.
This can be similarly said for the Southlands Arts Centre. The site is open to the public and based within a Queen Anne-style Grade II listed building. The Centre’s website reiterates that the site’s wildlife-filled, and tendered grounds provide ‘the perfect backdrop for all arts and crafts’ as well as being the ‘fuel behind the many talents artists since the centre was first established in the 1960s.' Its recognised art exhibitions, prestigious music events and craft market hosting make this site not only another centre for community engagement but a place for visitors to go to get to know the area.
At the end of the day, whichever way relocating corporates choose to spend their time in this suburban town, as the opportunities for business and leisure are numerous, guests staying in our newly refurbished West Drayton serviced apartments can be assured of a convenient, practical and relaxed stay.
Guests staying in West Drayton corporate housing know they are basing themselves within an approximate ten-minute car journey of London Heathrow Airport.
Projected as the world’s second busiest international airport by annual passenger traffic, London Heathrow is the ideal airport to have immediately south of a town. Despite the full range of flights available here, visitors to West Drayton may wish to arrive or depart from the town via Gatwick (LGW) or London City (LCY) airports, both around an hour car journey away.
Serving the town and the surrounding west London suburbs, West Drayton Station features along the Great Western Main Line.
On either side of West Drayton station along this line is Iver and Hayes & Harlington stations
There are several London Underground stations within the close vicinity of West Drayton. Amongst these are Hounslow West, Central and East stations, Osterley, Uxbridge, Hillingdon, and of course, London Heathrow Terminal stations.
Each of these stations to the south of West Drayton feature along the Piccadilly line, whilst those to the north feature on both the Piccadilly and Metropolitan lines.
There are at least five bus routes which run in-and-out of West Drayton. Buses can take passengers to the likes of Heathrow Airport, Harlington, Stockley Park, Cowley, Uxbridge, Ruislip, Hillingdon Heath, Hayes and Hounslow, with the latter enabled by a 24-hour daily bus service.
Buses stop all across the town, but the bulk of routes in West Drayton stop at the town’s railway station.