Close to central London, Isleworth combines commuting convenience with riverside living.
Isleworth is in the west London borough of Hounslow. It sits beside the River Thames and boasts tree-lined streets and elegant period properties, making it perfect for commuters who want to live in a greener setting.
It’s in the path of Heathrow Airport, but this means that Isleworth is a more affordable alternative to some neighbouring areas. House prices are currently £470,000 on average, well below those seen in Richmond and Chiswick.
Living in Isleworth: what to expect
Wealthy nobles built their country mansions in Isleworth after the Royal family took up residence in nearby Kew in the 18th century. As a result, the area still has large parks and grand residences.
Osterley Park has acres of parkland to explore and is now held by the National Trust. Many streets are tree-lined and some houses have communal gardens.
The hub of the town is on the river, where you can find listed Georgian houses and a monthly market.
For shopping, head to the independent outlets found on St John’s Street, or jump on the Tube to nearby Hounslow. You can also make use of the town’s library and leisure centre.
Isleworth is set to benefit from a £151m regeneration scheme, with improvements to Duke’s River and a new riverside walk planned.
New housing developments are also updating Isleworth’s waterfront. Modern apartments and townhouses are being built on restored riverside parkland and some listed properties are being converted into luxury flats.
The area’s other big draw is its commuter connections. You can easily access the Tube and rail network, as well as major roads, making it ideal if you work in the City.
Where to start your property search
Isleworth boasts many period and character homes, some of which are listed. Development in the early 20th century also means that you can find many comfortable family homes.
Osterley puts you within walking distance of the National Trust estate of Osterley Park. Look on streets such as Burlington Road for a 1920s or 1930s semi-detached or detached home that’s just a short distance from Osterley Tube station and the A4.
For a substantial Victorian home, look to the Syon Lane area. The tree-lined streets of Woodland Road and Jersey Road feature bay-fronted houses, some of which are now apartments with communal gardens. Isleworth train station is a short walk away and Thornbury Park is across the road.
Riverside properties are sought-after and can be very expensive. Church Road is particularly popular and features many Georgian properties. You can also find contemporary flats further down the river.
In the centre of Isleworth runs Twickenham Road, where you can find purpose-built flats and substantial family homes.
If you’re searching for a new home and have a large budget, take a look at developments like Fitzroy Gate. Located in Old Isleworth, this new estate has two- and three-bedroom family houses and apartments. Some are in the Grade II listed White House and all benefit from an extensive garden.
A five-minute walk down the road from Isleworth train station is London Square, where there are one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments available, with access to private balconies, a winter garden or terrace.
Getting around Isleworth
Train: Isleworth has two train stations: Syon Lane and Isleworth. There are six trains to London Waterloo every hour with a journey time of 30 minutes.
Take a Tube train from Osterley station or Hounslow East to jump on to the main Piccadilly line. Tubes to Kings Cross St Pancras take 40 minutes and Leicester Square can be reached in 35 minutes.
To get on to the District line, use Richmond Tube station. Paddington train station is a nine-minute journey away.
Car: The principle road is the London Road (A315), which tracks across London. Access to the M4 is also convenient and the nearby A316 leads to the M3, which in turn heads towards the M25.
Air: Heathrow Airport is just a 20-minute drive away or a 15-minute Tube ride on the Piccadilly line.
Things to do in Isleworth
Isleworth is full of green spaces, so make the most of your resident’s discount and visit Syon Park. It is the home of the Duke of Northumberland and has 40 acres of gardens to roam.
At the National Trust’s Osterley Park, take a tour around the neo-classical house and admire the 18th-century formal garden and winter garden. As well as enjoying the many walking routes around the estate, you can also take to the river in a hired canoe.
Get in the community spirit by shopping at the Riverside Artisan & Farmers Monthly Market. Located on Church Street, this open market sells everything from jewellery, toys and flowers, to hot food and bread.
Test your sporting skills against other residents by joining the Thistleworth Tennis & Social Club. Or if you’re inspired by nearby Twickenham’s love of rugby, join the Old Isleworthians Rugby Football Club on Wood Lane.
Tuck into traditional pub classics and a glass of beer at the London Apprentice Pub, which dates back to the 15th century and has a terrace giving you a fine view of the river.
If you fancy more global cuisine, try the food at Hei Hing Café & Noodle Bar. Order a laksa or pad thai or take advantage of the lunchtime specials.
Nestled in the river beside Old Isleworth is Isleworth Ait. This small island covers nine acres and is now a nature reserve managed by the London Wildlife Trust.
Exploration is not usually allowed so make sure you take advantage when supervised visits are permitted. In the meantime, keep watch from the riverbank to spot the kingfishers, herons and bats that inhabit this small Eden.
5 reasons to live in Isleworth
More affordable housing than Richmond or Chiswick
National Trust park and gardens
Access to the river