Brentford Area Guide

If you want riverside living without the eye-watering prices, then up-and-coming Brentford – like its football team The Bees – is a real contender. Period houses have been complemented in recent years by terrific new apartments along the water’s edge. And you’ll be in good company, Syon House has been the London home to the Dukes of Northumberland for over 400 years.

The heroic rise of Brentford FC (The Bees) to the Premier League in 2021 has brought renewed pride and prosperity to the area, and the transformation in recent years has been remarkable. The cultural hub remains the Watermans Art Centre – built on the site of the old gas works – providing independent cinema, children’s theatre, cabaret, dance, music, talks and creative workshops since 1979.

It’s a resurgence that has been long overdue – the area has a rich history. Immerse yourself in Brentford’s industrial past with a visit to the London Museum of Water and Steam, or head to the impressively grand Syon Park, House and Gardens. Built in the sixteenth century, history meets culture here, with live orchestras playing film scores by candlelight, and art exhibitions throughout the year. And the river views are truly breathtaking.

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Brentford FC

Lionel Rd S, TW8 0RU

Since 1889, the Brentford Bees have gone from strength to strength, recently putting their name on the map with a heroic promotion to the Premier League in 2021. The team moved into the brand-new Brentford Community Stadium from their original home at Griffin Stadium, known for having a pub on each corner. You may find yourself in either The Globe or The Lord Nelson before a game, offering great food and even greater beer.

Syon Park and House

Syon Park, TW8 8JF

Being the London home to the Dukes of Northumberland for over 400 years, the views are breathtakingly beautiful. Live orchestras playing film scores by candlelight and various art exhibitions are held here, making Syon Park and House a definite must see when around the area.

Watermans Art Centre

40 High St, TW8 0DS

Catch a movie (£6 tickets on a Monday), see a piece of theatre, or take a look round one of the many exhibitions they hold throughout the year. Watermans Art Centre is a great place for families, and offers fun and innovative ways of bringing the community together. You can also grab a bite to eat here from Guru Tandoori Kitchen who offer fantastic Indian-inspired cuisine.

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