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Skyline of Perivale; the steep slope in the background is part of Horsenden Hill
Perivale is located in Greater London
Population 15,339 (2011 Census. Ward)
OS grid reference TQ165835
London borough
Ceremonial county Greater London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district UB6
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament
  • Ealing North
London Assembly
  • Ealing and Hillingdon
  • Munir Ahmed, Labour
  • Tariq Mahmood, Labour
  • Charan Sharma, Labour
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51°32′18″N 0°19′09″W / 51.5383°N 0.3192°W / 51.5383; -0.3192

Perivale is an area of Greater London, 9.5 miles (15.3 km) west of Charing Cross. It is the smallest of the seven towns which make up the London Borough of Ealing.

Welcome to Perivale
Sign at the entry to Perivale, Bilton Road (as approached from Alperton, London Borough of Brent).

Perivale is mostly residential, with a library, community centre, a number of parks and open spaces, as well as a large industrial estate. Landmarks include the grade II* listed Art Deco Hoover Building, as well as St Mary's Church (c. 12th century), Horsenden Hill park and Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve run by the Selborne Society. Perivale forms part of the UB6 postcode area, along with Greenford.


Perivale (parish) population
1881 34
1891 55
1901 60
1911 95
1921 114
Absorbed by Ealing parish
source: UK census

Until the 18th century Perivale was called Little Greenford or Greenford Parva, to distinguish it from Great Greenford.


Perivale is an ancient parish in the historic county of Middlesex. It formed part of Greenford Urban District from 1894 to 1926, and was then absorbed by the Municipal Borough of Ealing. Before the residential building expansion of the 1930s, the fields of Perivale were used to grow hay for the working horses of Victorian London, a scene described in the ending of John Betjeman's poem 'Return to Ealing':

"...And a gentle gale from Perivale/blows up the hayfield scent."


Although mainly residential, there are some office blocks and parades of shops on Bilton Road, the A40 slip road and in the Medway Village. Perivale has two golf courses: Ealing Golf Club and Perivale Golf Course.

The BBC Archives are in Perivale.

The River Brent runs through Perivale. On 30 November 2009 the Environment Agency warned residents of a flood watch along the River Brent from Hendon to Brentford, after a day of notably heavy rain. Several premises were flooded in Brentford and Perivale.


St Mary's Church, Perivale, view with porch
St Mary's Church
The entrance to Perivale Industrial Park
Entrance to the Perivale Industrial Park

The 2011 census showed Other White to be the largest ethnicity within Perivale at 22%. This is followed by White British, 20% and Indian at 15%. Perivale has the highest number of Polish residents in London. As such, the widest spoken foreign language in Perivale is Polish, the primary language of 2,024 residents.

Perivale has a relatively high rate of home ownership. 62% of households own their own home. 27% of homes are privately rented with just 9% of households living in rented social housing.

Literature and the media

Perivale is one of the settings of Anthony Trollope's novel The Belton Estate (1865).

Perivale was the setting for the 1989 season twenty-six Doctor Who serial Survival as the hometown of the Seventh Doctor's companion Ace. There were several locations used in and around Perivale during filming, including Bleasdale Avenue, Medway Parade, Colwyn Avenue, Woodhouse Avenue, Children's Play Area, Ealing Central Sports Ground, Horsenden Lane South, and the nearby Horsenden Hill. Victorian Perivale was also the location for establishing shots of a manor which was the setting of another season twenty-six serial, Ghost Light.

Parts of the film Snatch were filmed in Perivale and on the nearby Horsenden Hill.

Henry Perowne, the principal character in Ian McEwan's novel Saturday, was born in Perivale. Only Fools and Horses used Horsenden Hill for location shooting in the episode where Del Boy and Rodney 'look after' Marlene and Boycie's dog (only to feed it reheated pork and give it food poisoning).

Sport, leisure and culture

Culture and leisure facilities

Perivale Library and Perivale Community Centre, are both located on Horsenden Lane South, close to Perivale Station. The BBC Archives are in Perivale.

Walking and cycling may be enjoyed along the Grand Union Canal which runs through the north of Perivale and the southern part of Horsenden Hill. London's Capital Ring, an orbital walking route, runs through Perivale along the canal (section 9, Greenford to South Kenton). Other Perivale parks include Ealing Central Sports Ground (a large park separating the Medway Estate and Bilton Road housing estates) and Perivale Park (home to an athletics track and gym, golf course with café, tennis courts, numerous ponds, the Nicky Hopkins memorial bench and an orchard garden, and through which the Capital Ring passes and Coston's brook and the river Brent flow).

Perivale Wood

Horsenden Hill woods, Perivale-Greenford
Wooded area on Horsenden Hill

Perivale Wood is one of the oldest Local Nature Reserves (LNR) in Britain, being managed since 1902. The wood was designated an LNR in 1974. Bordered by the canal on the north and Central line on the south side, the 11.6 hectare site is mainly old oak woodland, with areas of pasture and damp scrub, three ponds and two streams. The entrance is in Sunley Gardens.

Horsenden Hill

The large park and nature reserve of Horsenden Hill lies at the northern extent of Perivale (continuing into Greenford). The park has a number of children's playgrounds, The Gruffalo Trail and the old Horsenden Farm house and outbuildings which are home to a number of organisations including Perivale Brewery, Ealing Canoe Club, the Horsenden Craft Collective and Friends of Horsenden Hill. The Lower Thrifts part of Horsenden Hill, adjacent to Perivale Community Centre (accessed from Horsenden Lane South/Bilton Road), hosts Perivale's annual End of Summer Festival each September.


Perivale has two golf courses: Ealing Golf Club and Perivale Golf Course. Non-League football club Hanwell Town F.C. have been playing in Perivale's Reynolds Field since 1981, south of the A40 on Perivale Lane/Argyle Road. This is also the location of independent Ealing school St Benedict's playing field.


Perivale has four primary schools: Perivale Primary School, St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, Selborne Primary School and Vicars Green Primary School.


Perivale has excellent transport links into central London both via car and public transport. Other parts of Ealing and west London are easily accessible from Perivale.


Perivale has easy access to central London by car via the A40 Western Avenue which can be accessed via. the Perivale and Hanger Lane junctions (and various points in between). The Hanger Lane gyratory system, just outside Perivale to the east, provides access to the North Circular Road (A4006) Hanger Lane.

Public Transport

Perivale Underground Station (Central Line) is in the centre of Perivale, on Horsenden Lane South. Trains run every 3–5 minutes at most times connecting Perivale to Westfield London (11 minutes to White City station), Notting Hill Gate (17 minutes) and Marble Arch (for Hyde Park and Oxford Street, 22 minutes) all within a 25-minute travel time. Additionally, to the east of Bilton Road, Alperton Underground Station (Alperton, London Borough of Brent) lies just across the Perivale-Alperton border. This is connected to the rest of Perivale via the 297 bus route and gives direct access to giving access to Uxbridge, Hammersmith and central London via the Piccadilly line. South Greenford Railway Station, lies just outside of Perivale, southeast on the A40 (south side).

Three bus routes serve Perivale. The 297 (24 hr) service runs via Bilton Road, Horsenden Lane South and the Argyle Road (W13) via Perivale Station to central Ealing, and into northwest London via Alperton Station, Wembley and Willesden. The 95 bus runs along the A40 via Acton to Shepherd's Bush. The E5 serves the Medway Estate and Perivale Tesco, running to Southall via Greenford.


The Grand Union Canal, Paddington Branch runs through Perivale at the north of the town providing pedestrian (part of the Capital Ring walking route), cycle and boat connections to other parts of London.

Notable people

  • Sangeeta Bhabra, presenter of Meridian Tonight, was born in Perivale
  • Mike Cole, musician, bassist of 1970s pop group Mungo Jerry, was born in Perivale
  • Tina Daheley, BBC journalist and presenter, lived in Perivale
  • Alan Devonshire, former West Ham and England footballer, lived in Perivale
  • Neal Foulds, snooker player and commentator, lived in Perivale
  • Leena Gade, first female race engineer to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was born in Perivale
  • Kerry Godliman comedian, actor, was born in Perivale
  • Antony Hooper, cricketer, was born in Perivale
  • Nicky Hopkins (1944–1994), session pianist (for The Kinks, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones and many others), was born in Perivale
  • Derek Marlowe (1938–1996), playwright/novelist/screenwriter, was born in Perivale
  • Lee McQueen, Apprentice Winner 2008, was born in Perivale
  • Carole Middleton, mother of The Duchess of Cambridge, was born in Perivale
  • Tom Newman, record producer (of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and others), was born in Perivale
  • Richard Oakes, guitarist of indie band Suede, was born in Perivale
  • Jeff Stevenson, comedian, lived in Perivale
  • Janet Street-Porter, journalist and TV personality, lived in Perivale
  • Rick Wakeman, musician, Yes keyboardist, was born in Perivale
  • Robin Leach, American entertainment reporter and writer, was born in Perivale

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