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This week's #BecauseImALondoner article focuses on the London Borough of Ealing.

Our local ambassador is Diogene De Souza, Heathrow’s Aircraft Operations Duty Manager. Diogene said: “I’m a Londoner by choice, after growing up and going to university abroad I decided to move to the UK in 2017, and then London in 2018 when I started at Heathrow.

Despite being minutes from both the A40 and Ealing Broadway, it is remarkable how quiet my locality is. You could be forgiven for thinking you weren’t in London! For a city boy like me, the convenience and buzz of being in London coupled with a quiet neighbourhood was a pleasant surprise, and really the best of both worlds.”

Ealing has the convenience and buzz of being in London coupled with the quiet neighbourhood, it is the best of both worlds.'

Diogene De Souza , Aircraft Operations Duty Manager , Heathrow


What places of interest do you recommend colleagues visit? 

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery is a Grade 1 listed country house that is really impressive and worth visiting. It was designed, built and lived in by Sir John Soane, one of the most influential architects in British history. It now serves as a museum and art gallery, currently on display in the gallery are William Hogarth’s series of paintings named ‘London Voices: London Lives’. It is £7.70 to visit the gallery and they offer discounted entry for Ealing residents. 

It is very easy to spend a whole day here as the building has the adjoining grounds of Walpole Park, click here for suggestions about how to plan your visit to this interesting building and surrounding area.

Ealing also plays host to a variety of festivals, most are cancelled this year but they are great fun for next year. The Beer Festival is definitely one not to miss. There is also the July Comedy Festival and Blues Festival, and many others – all of which come with the added benefit of visiting one of Ealing’s numerous parks.


What’s your favourite restaurant in the local area and why?

I’ve got to back my local lovely pub, The Duke of Kent, especially as its right across the road. They have Ealing’s best beer garden and a good menu that changes seasonally.

Having grown up in Abu Dhabi, I’m glad to have Abu Zaad down the road for when I need my fix of Arabic food.

Finally, Santa Maria Pizzeria serves up authentic wood-fired pizzas and their tiramisu is absolutely brilliant.

Ealing Pizza
Pitshanger Park

What about local coffee shops and cafes?

I’m not much of a coffee shop person if I’m honest. The Pitshanger Village Bakery however is an absolute gem – they have a large selection of fresh bread, and they also do a selection of rolls, cakes and pastries. You have to get there early though, most things are sold out by noon.

Any unique small business in your area that colleagues should come and visit?

All Original is a gift shop near Ealing Broadway that stocks products from local artists. It’s a great spot for finding one-off, interesting gifts ranging from the sentimental to the cheeky.

Do you spend time in your local park? If so what is it called and do you recommend colleagues visit it?

If there’s one thing Ealing isn’t short of, it’s parks! 

When I go running or cycling, I try to go through Pitshanger Park, which is closest to me – there are trails that link to Perivale, from where you can access the canal towpaths and Horsenden Hill too which has great views over West London. Walpole Park also plays host to a lot of Ealing’s festivals and backs onto Pitzhanger Manor.

Thanks to Diogene for these great local recommendations for the London Borough of Ealing.