Harrow: where heritage highlights meet a fresh future

Getting from A to B

Harrow is well connected by rail, road and air, with residents never far from a transport hub. The road links are ideal for those travelling to Central London or in the opposite direction to The Midlands, with direct access to the A40 for the M40 and the M25. Of particular note is the rapid road connection to Heathrow Airport, taking as little as 20 minutes.

Harrow’s public transport options are profuse, with residents able to travel by mainline train, Tube and London Overground. Choose Harrow & Wealdstone station for trains to Euston and out in to Hertfordshire; South Harrow for the Piccadilly line; West Harrow for the Metropolitan line; Kenton for the Bakerloo line and the London Overground, and Northolt Park for services to Marylebone and out to Buckinghamshire.

Bright Future

Harrow has been identified as an Opportunity Area in the Mayor’s London Plan – making it a place of rich regeneration and revitalization. Although new housing is at the plan’s heart, there is a commitment to improve infrastructure and transport, introduce new digital hubs and office space, and push forward environmental initiatives that will see the creation of new parks and green spaces. As a result, Harrow will continue to flourish as a long-term location, evolving in step with its residents and providing a place where people want to live.

Working in tandem with the London Plan is the ‘Heart of Harrow’ – a long-term council led initiative to ensure Harrow is progressive and sustainable with an emboldened leisure and arts scene.

 

Fascinating Past

Harrow’s heritage can be traced back to Roman times, later becoming an ancient parish, manor owned by the Archbishop of Canterbury and a market town, before transforming in to a commuter hub in Victorian times. Historic vestiges have become attractive landmarks, notably Grim’s Dyke – a Victorian manor house built with Elizabethan and Gothic influences; Headstone Manor – owned for six days by Henry VIII, and the buildings that comprise Harrow School, dating back as far as 1572. As well as being home to the prestigious boys’ boarding facility, Harrow-on-the-Hill conservation area provides a master class in Georgian architecture.

Creative Powerhouse

Art has home in Harrow, thanks to a trio of facilities that draw talent from across the UK and Europe. The University of Westminster chose Harrow for its £17 million cutting edge media, design and arts campus, with a 600-seat theatre, independent cinema, gallery, cafés, bars and refurbished performance spaces. Harrow Arts Centre is the borough’s professional multi art-form venue, while Usurp provides gallery space, performance areas and studios for artists looking for a collaborative environment.

The energy & convenience of city living balanced with a glimpse of the home counties countryside

Elevating the Every Day

A High Street where independent businesses thrive, a pedestrianised town centre, two indoor malls with flagship stores and an all-important Waitrose provide shopping facilities and social opportunities that make Harrow a desirable destination. Olde world charm is provided by Harrow-on-the Hill, while West Harrow is where young families fuel the café culture.

Green Belt Beauty

Harrow falls within the Metropolitan Green Belt, with over 1,000 hectares of protected land – equivalent to eight Hyde Parks – and 29 conservation areas. The Green Belt preserves Harrow’s character, provides residents with a buffer from unchecked urban sprawl and marks a gateway to the neighbouring Hertfordshire towns.

Far reaching views across London to the North Downs and the Surrey Hills can be enjoyed from the Green Belt’s ridge – especially at Old Redding Viewpoint – while eight sites of ancient woodlands also fall within the designated area.

Matrix Village

Happy in Harrow

Harrow was crowned the happiest place to live in London during 2018. Those already living in the area were asked by the Office for National Statistics to rate their life satisfaction, happiness, how worthwhile the things they do are and levels of anxiety. Harrow scored well above the national happiness average, with an above average score for satisfaction and the lowest levels of anxiety of any London borough. Now Matrix Village presents you with a chance to share Harrow’s sense of wellbeing.

Join the Rayners Lane Community

Rayners Lane lies to the west of Harrow town centre – a friendly neighbourhood in zone 5 that’s characterised by a number of original Art Deco buildings. It enjoys its own High Street, a growing food and drink scene, and direct access to the Metropolitan and Piccadilly Tube lines. Families are drawn to Rayners Lane as much as commuters, thanks to a number of respected state, private and faith schools, while Roxbourne Park is another family focal point. Its football, cricket and basketball facilities, model steam railway, play area and woodland walk are set over 26 sprawling hectares. The adjoining Roxbourne Rough Nature Reserve is another of Rayners Lane’s outdoor assets, with ample opportunity to enjoy wildlife in a city setting.