What makes living in Acton so great?

Published: 26 July 2019

A local’s guide to Acton

Acton is a lively town in the heart of West London and is known by some as one of London's best-kept secrets. The name Acton was registered as a borough in 1921 and translates to “Oak town”. Historically, Acton was a place well known for providing refreshments for travellers on the busy road from London to Oxford. At present, the fantastic town is a well sought-after area to live due to its well-connected transport links and its numerous cafes and eateries serving delicious food.

Another remarkable fact about Acton is that it’s one of the few places in London with evidence of Stone Age worship. Precious relics have also been unearthed indicating that the town has two phases of Roman activity.

Acton is a fascinating town, rich with history and many other benefits, making it a wonderful place to call home.

Things to do

Acton has tons of things to do. If you’re bored, why not visit the London Dungeon, a terrifyingly popular attraction retelling the most horrifying and grime tales of Medieval history? But be warned, this tour is not for the faint of heart. If you like your weekends to be adrenaline-fuelled, then we suggest racing at the Indoor Go Kart centre which offers team sport go-karting on a multilevel 600m track with slick corners and 40mph karts. For a more relaxing sport, try playing a game of golf at Putt in the park, it's great entertainment for kids and adults, with the added benefit of a clubhouse that serves wood oven-fired pizza.

Foodies also have their pick of fantastic restaurants. Enjoy freshly prepared Sushi at Ezo Japanese Noodle and Sushi, they offer a fabulous range of Japanese dishes including katsu curry, ramen, and chicken teriyaki. If you love wine, have a drink at Fed & Watered, a trendy bar run by a husband and wife team that hosts events sampling the best rums and cocktails. They also serve beautifully crafted artisan dishes. It’s a must-dine!


Acton is a great area for getting around London and beyond with District and Piccadilly line trains at Acton Town, Overground trains at both Acton Central and South Acton, trains going to Paddington, and the benefit of the Central line train at North Acton, West Acton, and East Acton. Driving is also easy with the M4 corridor in proximity.


Your children will have a first-class education. There are 10 schools with an inspection rating of “Outstanding”. Children from the ages of 4-11 will love Ark Conway Primary Academy, they aim to create a happy and respectful environment where children develop self-awareness and embrace learning and growing from their mistakes. Children from the ages of 11-18 can attend the faith-based secondary school, Gunnersbury Catholic School. They pride themselves on providing a “thriving, vibrant and caring learning community within which pupils are stretched intellectually and foster a love of learning, whilst feeling valued, happy and safe.”

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Written by the SO Resi In-House Team.



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