Although West Drayton is often overlooked by people visiting the city of London, this area also has a lot to offer. West Drayton is a London region, which is in the borough of Hillingdon, just west of central London. The region is divided by the Grand Union Canal and the Great Western Railway, and while not traditionally viewed as a tourist area, its proximity to the capital’s many attractions, combined with 239 parks and open spaces, make West Drayton an ideal destination at which to enjoy a healthy balance of nature and urbanization.
The Colne Valley corridor is among the most notable of the various greenbelt areas, and is home to a variety of unspoiled areas including the chalk hills of the Chilterns to the north of the borough and the Thames reservoirs and wetlands to the south. Parks worthy of mention in the area include Black Park Country Park, which is home to extensive woodlands; and Langley Country Park, which offers attractive formal gardens, set in 130 acres of historic hunting grounds.
Visitors to West Drayton should also take advantage of the borough of Hillingdon’s vibrant and diverse arts scene. Neighboring Hayes offers the 600-seat Beck Theatre, home to the area’s finest live entertainment, while in Ickenham; the smaller Compass Arts Theatre is a popular community arts center. Winston Churchill Hall at Ruislip and Brunel University at Uxbridge also offer arts events.
West Drayton has a number of hotels tending towards large chain establishments as opposed to privately-owned affairs. For eating out, visitors will find a reasonable selection of restaurants, which include popular fast food takeaways, Chinese and Indian establishments and traditional English restaurants. For a night out, choices are limited to a drink at one of the area’s friendly pubs or a trip into central London, where a whole host of evening entertainment venues await.