Where to Live in North West London #4: Harrow on the Hill

How to get there? Harrow tube station is in zone 5 on the Metropolitan line. From there it’s a 10mn journey to Wembley Park, 20mn to Baker Street and 30mn to the City. However, to get to the station from Harrow-on-the-Hill is a bit of a journey: you can either walk (15mn), take the bus or drive (5mn). There is a car park adjacent to the station but it gets very full during the week.

What does it look like? Harrow is a very large city. It includes several areas: South Harrow, North Harrow, Harrow Weald… each with its own train station and different features. All are linked via the central but station. Harrow-on-the-Hill is at the top of the hill from Harrow town centre and has a village feel. It houses Harrow School , one of the oldest English private boys school. It is amazingly picturesque, with 16th century Elizabethan buildings all along the main street; and with students, teachers and priests wandering around in robes.

The houses close to the main street tend to be traditional Victorian and earlier architecture – very pretty but not very large. A bit further, there are a number of private roads with newer and larger houses, often with large garden. Roxborough Road is technically not on the hill, but 2mn walk from the tube and a very nice street of mainly Victorian semi-detached houses – and you will definitely be in the catchment area of St Anselm’s.

Which schools? There are two catholic primary state school in the area: St Anselm’s on Roxborough Park, rated Outstanding by OFSTED (http://webfronter.com/harrow/stanselms/); and St Georges in Sudbury, rated Good (http://www.stgeorgesprimary.org/index.php/en/). On the private side, Orley Farm Primary School in located on South Hill Avenue (http://www.orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk/about/). For younger children, St Georges’ Dragons Nursery is adjacent to St George’s school in Sudbury Hill and accommodates children between 2 and 4yo (http://www.stgeorgesprimary.org/index.php/en/dragons-early-years/about-dragons/about-st-george-s-dragons); Northwick Park Nursery accommodates children aged between 3m and 5yo ([email protected]).

Where to shop and eat? Shop-wise, the hill itself has limited amenities – two small grocery shops, one cash dispenser, a chemist. Harrow Town centre down the hill, although far less charming, has all the shops you need with two shopping centres, St Ann and St George (where you will find M&S, Debenhams, TK Maxx, various bank branches etc). Several large supermarkets are accessible by car: Tesco, Waitrose, Morrison.

On the restaurant side, there are many restaurants on Harrow-on-the-Hill main street – the best ones being l’Incanto ; Dolls on the Hill for breakfast and brunch; and Battels Art Café for pancakes. There are also two good pubs, White Horse and Old Castle .

What to do? Outside of school hours, Harrow School Sports Club opens to non-school members for swimming, badminton, gymnastics, tennis, etc… Kidology Dance Co offers dance lesson in Roxeth Hill, South Harrow. And Harrow College (close to the tube station) offers English classes for adults.