Brentford is a town in west London and a part of the London Borough of Hounslow. It is situated eight miles south west of Charing Cross. It was built upon a fording point on the River Brent. Brentford was formally an important transport hub as it was the terminus for the Grand Union Canal. The waterway is still in use for leisure traffic. Brentford is popular with many of the country’s largest multinationals such as Kraft Foods, Sega and GlaxoSmithKline, with their headquarters located within the area. This is in part due to the fact that Brentford has excellent travel options including numerous Underground and National Railway stations. It offers easy access to central London as well as other districts of London.
When it comes to eating and going out Brentford does not disappoint. Annie’s Restaurant offers high quality British cuisine and The Old Fire Station is a European eatery which boasts top notch food and an impressive atmosphere due to its unique building. Brentford is also studded with classic pubs and trendier bars, making it ideal for residents and visitors alike. From live music venues (The Brewery Tap) to happening clubs (Park Avenue), Brentford is sure to accommodate everyone’s tastes.
There are many local attractions in and around Brentford, including the Syon Estate, which is a two hundred acre park located in the heart of west London. It is officially the residence of the Duke or Northumberland and his family, although the house’s gardens are open to the public. It borders the river Thames, overlooks Kew Gardens and is home to over two hundred species of rare trees.
Nearby is The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is the world's largest collection of living plants. The organisation employs more than 650 scientists and other staff. The living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over seven million preserved plant specimens. The library contains more than 750,000 volumes, and the illustrations collection contains more than 175,000 prints and drawings of plants. The Kew site includes four Grade I listed buildings and 36 Grade II listed structures in an internationally significant landscape.
Brentford is also home to multiple schools offering both private and state funded educations, including faith schools and non faith schools. This fact, coupled with the excellent travel options and unique and vibrant places to visit, make Brentford an ideal location for families, retiree’s and young couples.