Local area guide

Living in Harrow

Just 15 minutes from the heart of the capital, Harrow is a bustling, diverse suburb of London with excellent local amenities and lots of luscious greenbelt nearby.

Harrow is part leafy village and part London suburb - and Harrow on the Hill, where Harrow School can be found, is stunning, with beautiful homes and property prices to match.

Your guide to moving to Harrow

Why Harrow is a good place to live

Harrow is a diverse and multicultural area, with a rich history and a vibrant community.

Away from bustling South Harrow, with all of its great eateries and cafes, sits Harrow on the Hill, a calm and leafy affluent part of town with a villagey feel, where you'll find the renowned Harrow School.

Harrow as a whole is teeming with period properties and is one of the capital's more affluent areas.

There are restaurants featuring practically every cuisine you can imagine here, while for shoppers, the winding High Street of Harrow on the Hill has independent stores, while St George's has some high street faves.

Parents are spoilt for choice when it comes to education in Harrow. Aside from its most famous school, the town also offers a wide range of Outstanding state schools to choose from.

What's Harrow famous for?

Harrow is probably most famous for its iconic Harrow School, a prestigious private school founded in 1572, whose alumni include Lord Byron, Winston Churchill and more recently, movie director Richard Curtis, actor Benedict Cumberbatch and singer James Blunt.

Harrow is also famous for its beautiful old buildings and fabulous architecture. One such example, the rather uncheery sounding Grim's Dyke, was bought by Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan fame in 1890.

Sadly Gilbert died at the residence after saving a woman who was swimming in the ponds there. The exertion of rescuing her l brought on a heart attack.

In Stanmore, there are two manmade ponds dating back to Roman times. Colloquially known as Caesar's Ponds, legend has it that Boudicca and her rebel army camped here.

The area's famous medieval church, St Mary's in Harrow on the Hill, is built upon an old place of pagan worship. The church was created in an attempt to convert non-believers to the Christian cause.

Things to do in Harrow

Tour Harrow School: this stunning collection of buildings has appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Crown and ITV's Endeavour, as well as Ed Sheeran's music videos and countless magazine shoots for the likes of Tatler, Ralph Lauren and Burberry.

The school organises regular public tours throughout the year and it's well worth a visit.

Harrow arguably has the most museums of any borough outside of the center of London.

Check out humorist and illustrator William Heath Robinson's work at the Heath Robinson museum, The London Motorcycle Museum, the RAF Museum and Harrow Museum, which delves into the borough's past.

For shopping, Harrow-on-the-Hill's High Street has some lovely independents and a villagey feel, while St George's shopping centre has H&M, TK Maxx and Boots among others.

And for foodies, Harrow caters to every possible taste and cuisine. Check out Bonoo for Indian tapas, the Eighty-Six Restaurant and Bar for modern European and Grove on the Hill for a delicious Italian.

For a great coffee and cake, lunch or brunch, head to Bru Coffee & More, Battels, Rara's Corner or The Doll's House on the Hill.

And if takeaway's your thang, you are literally spoiled for choice with too many options to mention.

Average asking prices in Harrow today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£570,000

112 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£1,000,000

64 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£665,000

198 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£340,000

571 properties for sale

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Local pubs in Harrow

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  • Royal Oak

    Greenhill, Harrow, HA1

    We are comfy & lively and have a great sporting atmosphere. It's like being at the ground watching the game, when in fact you're in your local with your mates.

  • Market Place

    Harrow, London, HA1

    Market Place Harrow, Offers 8 street food vendors, halal menus and vegetarian options.

  • Moon On The Hill

    Greenhill, Harrow, HA1

    The ‘moon’ part of this Wetherspoon pub’s name links it with the ideal pub described by George Orwell. The well-known writer called his fictitious pub ‘Moon Under Water’. The Moon on the Hill opened here, on Station Road, in 1991.

  • Trinity

    Harrow, Middlesex, HA1

    Trinity is a late licensed music venue/pub/club in Harrow, North West London. For 25 years now Trinity has bought a bit of Camden into the suburbs.

Transport in Harrow

Trains

Harrow-on-the-Hill, West Harrow and North Harrow are all on the Metropolitan line, while Harrow and Wealdstone is on the Bakerloo line. Services from all three stations reach Baker Street in 20 minutes and Oxford Circus in around 25 minutes.

Harrow on the Hill is also served by Chiltern Railways, with regular services running into London Marylebone in 20 minutes - and out to Aylesbury in around an hour.

Harrow and Wealdstone also has a railway station, with regular services running to Croydon, Watford Junction, Elephant and Castle, Euston, Tring and Milton Keynes.

Buses

Harrow is served with a regular bus network that serves the local area in beyond.

Services link Harrow to Watford Junction, Ealing Broadway, Edgware, Brent Cross, Golders Green, Wembley, Heathrow Airport, Ruislip, Northolt, Greenford, Trafalgar Square, Bushey Heath and Northwood.

Roads

Harrow is half an hour away from the M1, linking it to Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes and beyond, and 45 minutes from the M25, linking it to Surrey, Kent, Brent and Watford.

The A409 and A404 are major roads within Harrow, facilitating local travel and connecting to the wider road network.

Airports

Heathrow is 12 miles away, and can be reached by Tube, train or car in around an hour.

Transport connections

Harrow on the Hill
0.2 miles / 0.3 km
Harrow-on-the-Hill
National Rail
0.3 miles / 0.5 km
West Harrow
0.5 miles / 0.8 km
Harrow & Wealdstone
National Rail
0.8 miles / 1.3 km
Harrow & Wealdstone
0.9 miles / 1.4 km
North Harrow
0.9 miles / 1.4 km

Schools in Harrow

The first school everyone will think of when they think of Harrow is of course the iconic independent boys school: Harrow School

Set in a dreamy village-like setting in Harrow on the Hill, and considered on a par with Eton, Harrow School is renowned for its prestigious history and commitment to academic excellence. While traditionally a boarding school, it also has day students.

John Lyon School is also a respected independent boys' school with a strong academic record and a commitment to providing a well-rounded education.

However, there are also a whole wealth of excellent schools in Harrow within the state sector.

For primary aged children, St Anselm's Catholic Primary School, Vaughan Primary School, Marlborough Primary School, Pinner Park Primary School, Alexandra School, Belmont School, and Mount Stewart Junior School are among those rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and there are many more schools rated Good.

For secondary students, St Dominic's Sixth Form College, Nower Hill High School, St Gregory's Catholic Science College and Pinner High School are among those with an Outstanding Ofsted rating, while Harrow High School and the Salvatorian Roman Catholic College are among those rated Good.

For further education, The University of Westminster also has a campus in Harrow. The University specialises in undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses spanning a range of subjects including Architecture, Interiors, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Business, Management, Journalism, Digital Media and PR.

Schools in Harrow

Norbury School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
St Anselm's Catholic Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2012)
Alpha Preparatory School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Red Balloon Learner Centre - Northwest London
Ages: 11 - 17 years old
Saint Jerome Church of England Bilingual School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Vaughan Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2019)