Acton area guide

Discover all the best things to do in acton, plus the best restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels in the area

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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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Things to do in Acton

London Transport Museum Depot
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London Transport Museum Depot

A cornucopia of old school treasures from London's transport past. 

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Oxygen Freejumping
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Oxygen Freejumping

This trampoline park in West Acton boasts 150 interconnected trampolines and obstacle courses.

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Restaurants in and near Acton

Atariya
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Atariya

Just a few paces from Ealing Common station, this unassuming restaurant has a strong reputation for high-quality old-school sushi. The functional room is simply furnished with white-tiled floor, small wooden tables and a standard-issue sushi counter along one wall. It’s not much to look at, but it serves the purpose for a decent lunch or dinner. Sourcing the highest quality of fish is not a problem for Atariya as the company is also a fishmonger. This also enables it to offer a wider range than most, with more than 20 nigiri toppings to choose from – including lesser spotted varieties such as turbot fin, razor clam and botan prawn – all of which are handled well. Prices have gone up a little recently, eliciting a few grumbles from regulars, but sashimi and nigiri sets still represent reasonable value at £15-£23. The ‘superior’ selection featured 14 well-shaped nigiri pieces, though the fish slicing was a little uneven. Highlights included fatty tuna as soft as silk, and turbot with just the right level of resistance as you bit into it. Less pleasing was the overpowering ume paste in a plum and shiso maki roll.  

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Michael Nadra Chiswick
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Michael Nadra Chiswick

It’s hard to know why this Chiswick high-flyer, a hop and a skip from the chi-chi shops of Turnham Green Terrace, isn’t better known. The food, cooked by Craig Best (ex La Trompette), dabbles in the Orient (chilli, daikon, ginger, soy), while showcasing the best of European ingredients (foie gras, burrata, English asparagus, serrano ham). Our set lunch – superb value at £24 for three courses – delivered on every level: presentation, originality, flavour, va-va-voom. Fish is a particular strength. Soft-shell crab (crisply tempura-ed) with daikon and sweet chilli was vibrant and zingily fresh, as was an unusual salmon ceviche with piquillo peppers and noisettes of sweet potato. Mains showed similar verve. Sautéed king prawns served with playfully criss-crossed fillets of sea bass and herby tagliatelle had great depth of flavour; tender, flavoursome rabbit came with a sweet-sour caponata. A chocolate fondant could have done with more salted caramel, but this is a tiny quibble. Service was friendly and informed, the wine list a global affair with plenty of affordable options. The spartan room (monochrome photos, white walls, black chairs) lacks atmosphere, but the superb cooking made for a memorable meal. Get a boothed window table if you can.  

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Hedone
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Hedone

It may seem nothing more than a pleasant neighbourhood eaterie on a suburban high street, but the first restaurant from former solicitor and food blogger Mikael Jonsson is remarkable in many ways. Given that Scandinavian cooking is in the ascendancy, much is made of his Swedish background, but the menu isn’t overtly Nordic: more Modern European, with impeccable seasonality. The stall was set out by the amuse-bouches – savoury petits fours of morello jelly on a parmesan wafer, smoked haddock tart and foie gras in a sourdough crisp – and a pre-starter of seaweed on savoury custard: rich, intriguing flavours and textures. One dish, of French white asparagus with tarragon hollandaise, green asparagus and romaine lettuce purée, was gloopy and not good; asparagus was better served with crispy duck-egg yolk, egg white mayonnaise and morels, prettily arranged on a large black plate. From there it was pleasure all the way: duck on a giblet sauce with five types of beetroot was sweet, earthy and clove-pungent, beetroot at its fullest expression. Cumbrian salt marsh lamb, conversely, was served simply to allow its flavours to sing. A herb sorbet that channelled Indian chutney, a chocolate dessert layered at different temperatures with a crust of powdered raspberry, and subtle petits fours, provided more palate-stretching flavours. It’s a lot to ask of wine to keep up, and only one of our choices did: a £20 glass of small-domaine biodynamic Jura pinot noir.  

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North China
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North China

Venue says: “Mouthwatering Peking cuisine with an emphasis on quality. Try our chef's choice menu for £27 per person.”

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Pubs in and near Acton

Duke of Sussex
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Duke of Sussex

Overlooking Acton Green and with a substantial beer garden, this handsome boozer also offers Spanish cuisine.

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City Barge
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City Barge

This riverside pub's best feature is the row of tables overlooking the Kew Rail Bridge, Oliver’s Island and the trees of Kew.

 

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Dragonfly Brewery at The George & Dragon
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Dragonfly Brewery at The George & Dragon

Pouring beers made on the premises, this comfy old school pub also plays host to regular music nights.   

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Swan
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Swan

While pub-like the Swan is also rated for its food, which, while Italian heavy, traverses most of Europe. 

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Bars in and near Acton

Vindinista!
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Vindinista!

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.  

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The Aeronaut
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The Aeronaut

Quirksome brewpub with a circus-style garden and an in-house troupe of cabaret performers

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Albertine
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Albertine

‘EastEnders’ fans: you know Albert Square? Well, it’s named after this Shepherd’s Bush wine bar. Set just down the road from the old BBC Television Centre, the soap’s writers used to drink here in the ’80s. And while it’s been spruced up a bit since then – the look’s a little more chic than the Queen Vic – there’s a certain cosiness about the place that makes it feel like a local. A white-walled, wide-windowed room on the ground floor of a slender Victorian townhouse, there’s a little wooden bar at the back, and lots of low, round tables lined with dark polished church pews. Current owner Allegra McEvedy remembers going to pick out those very pews with her mother Sarah, who started the bar back in 1978 (yup, Albertine’s back in the family) and they look well-loved. Allegra’s refurbished the place but preserved its soul: the vibe is charming and understated, with the focus firmly on the excellent wine list. If you know nothing about plonk don’t panic: the staff here will hold your hand. I started with a recommendation of Rosa Del Rosa rosé from northern Italy. My waitress described this as ‘minerally’, one of those words people use about wine that I’ve always pretended to understand. Half a glass down and I finally got it: crisp, light, lip-smacking savouriness that makes you think of earth and rain. Next up was a strong, heady pinot noir from Austria, which went brilliantly with rich, paper-thin parma ham and sweet melon. Albertine’s got a restaurant proper upstairs, but th

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Jin at Dorsett Shepherd's Bush
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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.   

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Hotels near Acton

Dorsett Shepherd's Bush

Dorsett Shepherd's Bush

Dorsett's four-star, eight storey hotel in west London that has facilities to suit guests of the hotel and day visitors alike. There are two restaurants onsite – Pictures and Shikumen – as well as Jin bar and the Pavilion spa.

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Acton Hill Hotel

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.

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London Star Hotel

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.

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Clayton Hotel Chiswick

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.

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The perfect weekend in Acton

Eat: Cake Me Baby
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Eat: Cake Me Baby

Visit for top-quality French and American bakes that could rival Willy Wonka in the invention department. 

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Drink: Duke of Sussex
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Drink: Duke of Sussex

A lofty 1890s Victorian boozer with a substantial beer garden and Spanish food.   

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Shop: Harrison's Deli
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Shop: Harrison's Deli

Pick up all the supplies you need for the weekend from cheeses, cured meats and a bottle of wine to polish it all off with. 

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Discover: Park + Bridge
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Discover: Park + Bridge

An independent wine shop that, rather handily, also has a wine bar next door if the walk home is just too much.

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