Borough of Hounslow

Hounslow was originally part of Middlesex and was formed in 1965 from the old metropolitan boroughs of Brentford & Chiswick, Heston & Isleworth, and Feltham. It is almost entirely residential. It's chief "towns" are Brentford, Chiswick and Hounslow. Part of the borough boundary is formed by the river Thames; Chiswick, Brentford and Isleworth sit opposite Barnes, Kew and Richmond on the south bank. The eastern part of the borough adjoins the busy central London borough of Hammersmith, while the western end marks the edge of Greater London and adjoins Surrey. Heathrow Airport lays just across the northwestern edge of the borough in Hillingdon, and several important transport routes (such as the M4, the A4 and the A30) run through the borough.

There is perhaps not a great deal to attract the visitor to Hounslow save for its parks and open spaces, of which fortunately there are many. Perhaps the most significant is Hounslow Heath, a forgotten corner of London that has never been touched by development and is still pretty much virgin heathland. Other open spaces include the grounds of what were once country estates such as Boston Manor, Chiswick House and Gunnersbury Park. The bank of the Thames provides Hounslow's main riverside walk but there are others, including those of the Brent and the Crane; the latter riverside path forms part of the London LOOP as it crosses Hounslow.

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The London LOOP in Hounslow

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This page last updated 8th December 2006