Acton is close to a number of luscious green spaces, which is handy because Acton folk love a good park. Nearby Gunnersbury Park is gorgeous and houses a museum which was the one-time residence of the Rothschild family, while Chiswick and its Thames-side walks are close by. But if you want to keep it super-local, head to Acton Park and then on to Acton Market (Crown Street), which is on every Friday to Sunday, where you can pick up fresh bread, local art and some proper fruit and veg.
If all the green space and walking leaves you feeling peckish, you’ll find English Butchers (manned by an Aussie called Tim) up Churchfield Road. And if you don't fancy cooking, Acton and its surrouding areas have a bountiful selection of restaurants to visit. Finish things off with a drink in one of the area's gastropubs or bars, or head to Park + Bridge, an awesome little wine shop — there’s a wine bar next door, too.
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Restaurants in and near Acton
There certainly seems to be plenty of longevity to this Chinese restaurant on Uxbridge Road - it's been going for nearly 40 years. Throughout that time it's been in the Lou family, with Lawrence Lou - son of the original owner - currently holding the reins. The menu options are flexible, with a number of set menus alongside traditional Chinese hors d'oeuvres, soups, rice dishes, noodles and mains. Dishes include sweet and sour chicken, Peking duck, chicken in yellow bean sauce and twice cooked pork belly with chilli bean sauce. There are four desserts, too.
Pubs in and near Acton
Bars in and near Acton
This Acton wine bar might be a little too tucked away for some but it looks like it could be one worth hunting out. Most of the intrigue comes from a wine selection that goes big on interesting drops from small producers - with a good number available by the glass for good measure. There's bar food to soak up the booze, too. Expect small plates such as potted shrimps from Upton Smokery served with toasted sourdough, plates of fennel salami, posh cheese toasties and free-range duck rillettes with cornichons and more of that sourdough toast. Don't be surprised to hear albums played in their entirety (if you're averse to late '70s and early '80s new wave then you might want to check what's lined up before you head down). Keep an eye out, too, for supper clubs and special events.
Jin at Dorsett Shepherd's Bush
An all-day bar located within Shepherd's Bush four-star, eight-storey Dorsett Hotel. The elongated lounge, known as the Golden Atrium, is surrounded by the numerous floors rising up like an art deco cruise ship or Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim in New York. The stylish environment is suitably matched by a well-curated cocktail menu, with wines, beers and softies to boot. During the daily happy hour (6-8pm) visitors to Jin can get two-for-one cocktails, or a little earlier (2-5pm) you can enjoy afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, cute cakes and a bit of bubbly.
Hotels near Acton
Acton Hill Hotel
In a convenient west London location, Acton Hill Hotel is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Acton Town and Ealing Common Tube Stations. Near an array of restaurants and shops on the Uxbridge Road, it offers a garden and terrace, multilingual staff, and free parking and Wi-Fi.Each room at Acton Hill Hotel features en suite bathroom facilities with shower and complementary toiletries. There is also a TV with Freeview channels, hairdryer and tea and coffee facilities.You will find Chinese, French, Thai and numerous other restaurants within a 5-minute walk, along with supermarkets, world food stores and cafés.You can travel directly from Heathrow Airport to Acton Town on the London Underground, with a journey time of just over 30 minutes. It’s little more than 20 minutes from Acton to the centre of the capital, with direct links to Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
London Star Hotel
The modern London Star Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Acton town centre and offers an airport shuttle service on request. Free Internet and tea and coffee are all available in the rooms.Heathrow Airport and the M4 motorway are less than a 20-minute drive away. Wembley Stadium is just over 4 miles away. Acton Town London Underground station is under 15 minutes’ walk from the hotel and provides access to the Piccadilly and District lines.All rooms feature dark wood furnishings and have private bathrooms with free toiletries.
Clayton Hotel Chiswick
This newly refurbished 4-star hotel is on the popular Chiswick High Road, which offers boutique shops, restaurants and vibrant bars. The Clayton Hotel Chiswick is less than 1.5 miles from Kew Gardens and 0.2 miles from Gunnersbury Tube Station and the M4 motorway.The hotel offers modern air-conditioned luxury rooms, a stylish bar and restaurant, meeting facilities and a gym. Guest rooms include a flat-screen TV, work desk, safe and small lounge area with a choice of magazines. Bathrooms all have a bath with shower or walk-in shower, toiletries and a turbo hairdryer.The retro-style bar offers signature cocktails and bar food in a relaxed setting. Modern British food made with fresh seasonal ingredients is served in the Napa Restaurant.Clayton Hotel Chiswick offers free Wi-Fi in rooms and in public areas, 24-hour room service and a fitness room with modern cardio equipment. The Thames path is 0.5 miles away and is popular for jogging and walking. Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby is 11 minutes' drive away.