London Borough of Ealing
Official logo of London Borough of Ealing
Progress with Unity
Ealing shown within Greater London
Ealing shown within Greater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Created1 April 1965
Admin HQEaling Town Hall, Uxbridge Road, Ealing
 • TypeLondon borough council
 • BodyEaling London Borough Council
 • Leadership
  • Leader and Cabinet - Cllr Peter Mason
  • Chief Executive - Tony Clements
 • MayorCllr Mohinder Kaur Midha
 • London AssemblyOnkar Sahota AM for Ealing and Hillingdon
 • MPs
 • Total21.44 sq mi (55.53 km2)
 • Rank239th (of 296)
 • Total366,127
 • Rank21st (of 296)
 • Density17,000/sq mi (6,600/km2)
Time zoneUTC (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Area code020
ONS code00AJ
GSS codeE09000009
PoliceMetropolitan Police

The London Borough of Ealing (/ˈlɪŋ/ ) is a London borough in West London, England. It comprises seven major towns: Acton (W3), Ealing (W5, W13, NW10), Greenford (UB6), Hanwell (W7), Northolt (UB5), Perivale (UB6) and Southall (UB1, UB2).[1][2] With a population of 367,100 inhabitants, it is the third most populous London borough.

Ealing is the third largest London borough in population and eleventh largest in area, covering part of West London and a small part of Northwest London. It bridges Inner and Outer London.[3] Its administrative centre is in Ealing Broadway. Ealing London Borough Council is the local authority.

Ealing has long been known as the "Queen of the Suburbs" due to its many parks and tree-lined streets; the term was coined in 1902 by borough surveyor Charles Jones.[4] This is reflected by the tree emblem on its council logo and its coat of arms.[5][6]


The London Borough of Ealing borders the London Borough of Hillingdon to the west, the London Borough of Harrow and London Borough of Brent to the north, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to the east and the London Borough of Hounslow to the south.

The modern London borough was formed in 1965 under the London Government Act 1963.[7] At the same time, the act abolished several local councils, some of which had covered areas now covered by the newly created London borough of Ealing. These were: the Municipal Borough of Ealing (which included Ealing, Greenford, Hanwell, Perivale, Twyford Abbey and Northolt), the Municipal Borough of Southall and the Municipal Borough of Acton.

Ealing is also the primary setting for The Sarah Jane Adventures, being the location of Sarah Jane Smith's home.

Within the borough are two garden suburbs, Brentham Garden Suburb and Bedford Park.

330 hectares within the borough are designated as part of the Metropolitan Green Belt.


Main article: List of districts in Ealing

Map of the London Borough of Ealing showing the seven major towns within it
A map showing the wards of Ealing since 2002

Ealing borough is made up of seven major towns:


UK Parliament

The London Borough of Ealing is represented by three Members of Parliament (MPs), elected in the following constituencies:

Greater London representation

For elections to the Greater London Council, the borough formed the Ealing electoral division, electing four members. In 1973 it was divided into the single-member Acton, Ealing North and Southall electoral divisions.[8] The Greater London Council was abolished in 1986.

Since 2000, for elections to the London Assembly, the borough forms part of the Ealing and Hillingdon constituency.

London Fire Brigade

There are four fire stations within the London Borough of Ealing. Southall and Northolt have similar-sized station grounds and both house two pumping appliances. Southall attended[clarification needed] some 700 incidents more than their Northolt counterparts in 2006/07. Ealing, with two pumping appliances, and Acton, one pump and two fire investigation units, are the other two appliances in the area. The ward of Northfield had over forty malicious calls made from it, more than twice as many as any other ward within Ealing.[9]


See also: List of schools in Ealing

Ealing has a total of 91 state-run schools and nurseries. There are 13 high schools under the domain of the local education authority, 12 of which are either comprehensive, foundation or voluntary-aided, and one city academy.

A number of successful independent schools, including St Benedict's School (co-ed), the Barbara Speake Stage School (co-ed, ages 4–16), St Augustine's Priory (girls) and Notting Hill and Ealing High School (girls), are also located within the borough.

The Japanese School in London is a Japanese international school in Acton.[10]


Population pyramid of the Borough of Ealing in 2021

The borough of Ealing is ethnically diverse. In 2011, 49% gave their ethnicity as white, 30% as Asian, 15% as Black and 4.5% as of mixed or multiple ethnicity, the remaining identifying as Arab or other ethnicity.[11] The main religions of the borough's population in 2011 were Christianity (44%), Islam (16%) Hinduism (9%) and Sikhism (8%); 15% stated they had no religion and a further 7% did not state any religion.[12]

Population census
1801 4,033—    
1811 4,578+13.5%
1821 5,455+19.2%
1831 6,510+19.3%
1841 10,919+67.7%
1851 11,434+4.7%
1861 24,489+114.2%
1871 37,544+53.3%
1881 50,599+34.8%
1891 67,976+34.3%
1901 105,463+55.1%
1911 163,628+55.2%
1921 190,486+16.4%
1931 221,801+16.4%
1941 259,250+16.9%
1951 303,029+16.9%
1961 301,757−0.4%
1971 300,577−0.4%
1981 278,671−7.3%
1991 281,743+1.1%
2001 300,947+6.8%
2011 338,449+12.5%


Ethnic Group Year
1961 estimations[14] 1966 estimations[14] 1981 estimations[15][16] 1991[17] 2001[18] 2011[19] 2021[20]
Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number %
White: Total 97.4% 94.3% 209,794 75% 186,377 67.7% 176,741 58.8% 165,818 48.78% 158,463 43.2%
White: British 135,139 44.9% 103,035 30.4% 89,265 24.3%
White: Irish 14,285 4.7% 10,428 3.0% 8,511 2.3%
White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller 300 0.08% 248 0.1%
White: Roma 1,430 0.4%
White: Other 27,317 9% 52,055 15.3% 59,009 16.1%
Asian or Asian British: Total 62,179 22.5% 73,851 24.5% 100,439 29.5% 111,241 30.3%
Asian or Asian British: Indian 44,200 16% 49,734 16.4% 48,240 14.2% 54,806 14.9%
Asian or Asian British: Pakistani 7,440 11,271 3.7% 14,711 4.3% 16,714 4.6%
Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi 763 1,077 0.3% 1,786 0.5% 3,685 1.0%
Asian or Asian British: Chinese 2,460 3,596 1.1% 4,132 1.2% 4,526 1.2%
Asian or Asian British: Other Asian 7,316 11,769 3.9% 31,570 9.3% 31,510 8.6%
Black or Black British: Total 19,472 7.1% 26,456 8.7% 36,860 10.7% 39,491 10.8%
Black or Black British: African 4,335 11,075 3.6% 17,299 5.1% 22,578 6.2%
Black or Black British: Caribbean 12,220 4.4% 13,507 4.4% 13,192 3.8% 12,898 3.5%
Black or Black British: Other Black 2,917 1,874 0.6% 6,369 1.8% 4,015 1.1%
Mixed or British Mixed: Total 10,880 3.6% 15,066 4.2% 19,161 5.3%
Mixed: White and Black Caribbean 3,022 1% 3,939 1.1% 4,597 1.3%
Mixed: White and Black African 1,353 0.4% 1,989 0.5% 2,446 0.7%
Mixed: White and Asian 3,629 1.2% 4,653 1.3% 5,445 1.5%
Mixed: Other Mixed 2,876 0.9% 4,485 1.3% 6,673 1.8%
Other: Total 7,229 2.6% 9,424 3.1% 20,266 5.8% 38,760 10.6%
Other: Arab 9,804 2.8% 16,105 4.4%
Other: Any other ethnic group 7.229 2.6% 9,424 3.1% 10,462 3.0% 22,655 6.2%
Ethnic minority: Total 7,743 2.6% 16,770 5.7% 70,052 25% 88,880 32.2% 124,207 41.2% 172,631 51.22% 208,653 56.8%
Total 301,646 100% 292,750 100% 279,846 100% 275,257 100% 300,948 100.00% 338,449 100.00% 367,116 100%
Ethnicity of school pupils
Ethnic group Year
Number %
White: Total 85%
Ethnic minority: Total 15%

Ethnic communities

Ealing Town Hall, completed in 1888

The borough has a long-standing Irish community which is particularly visible through the number of established Irish pubs in the borough and the popularity of Gaelic games in the community. Country flags for example can be seen flown on the outside or hung inside of various pubs in the area, especially on St Patrick's Day. St Benedict's School has also had a long term affiliation with the Irish community in Ealing, as it is a Catholic school. Many Irish members of the Ealing borough attend Ealing Abbey which is linked to St Benedict's School.

Faith in Ealing (2021 census)[21]

  Christianity (37.8%)
  No religion (19.1%)
  Islam (18.8%)
  Sikhism (7.8%)
  Hinduism (7.7%)
  Buddhism (1.1%)
  Judaism (0.3%)
  Other religion (0.7%)

Ealing has a large British-Polish community that owes its origins to the World War II refugees and Polish armed forces finding both cheap accommodation and work in the Acton area, which then had a high proportion of London's light engineering companies involved with government war contracts. This community has grown considerably including more shops with authentic Polish food since Poland joined the European Union and its migrant workers have been able to come to the UK freely; in 2011 the borough had the UK's highest proportion of Polish speakers at 6% of the population.[22] This has also led to an increase in Polish social centres in the borough. The population is highly concentrated in Acton, Greenford and Perivale.

Southall in the west of the borough is home to one of the largest South Asian communities in the UK, the majority of whom are Sikhs.[23][24][25] The community first developed in the 1950s. The Asian population makes up 80% of Southall Broadway ward as of 2011, a contrast compared to the 8% of Southfield ward in the borough's east.

The most noticeable Afro-Caribbean populations in the borough are in the areas of Northolt and Acton. Of the residents in the Northolt West End ward (as of 2011), 19.4% of them were of Afro-Caribbean heritage, with a relatively large proportion of these being Somali. 16.1% of the South Acton ward was black, whilst 15.9% of the East Acton ward was black. The Caribbean population of Ealing Borough is also mostly concentrated in these two wards of Acton.

In a speech to mark the 70th anniversary of the Indian Journalists' Association and of Indian independence on 15 August 1947 North Ealing MP Stephen Pound said: "There is North Ealing, South Ealing and Darjeeling" referring to the relatively large Asian population.[26]

There are also churches and centres for London's Hungarian[27] and Assyrian communities in South Ealing.

Other demographics

As of the 2011 census, Hanger Hill had, at 13%, the largest proportion of people aged 65 and over. The lowest were East Acton and Southall Green, at 8% each.[28]

Sport and leisure

Ealing is home to Ealing Studios, and was a major centre of the UK film industry. Brentford F.C. draw a large amount of local support from the borough, although Griffin Park is situated just outside the borough, in the neighbouring London Borough of Hounslow.

The borough is represented in Rugby Union by Ealing Trailfinders, Wasps RFC, Hanwell RFC, Old Priorian, Northolt and West London RFC.

The borough has four non-League football clubs Hanwell Town F.C. and Southall F.C. which both play at Reynolds Field in Perivale. the other two clubs are London Tigers F.C., which plays at the Avenue Park Stadium in Greenford and North Greenford United F.C., which plays at Berkeley Fields.

The borough is also home to one of the country's top athletics clubs, with Ealing Southall and Middlesex AC based at Perivale Athletics Track. The club has a successful history, with many national and international honours, including the double Olympic gold medallist, Kelly Holmes. In 2020 the club celebrated their 100th anniversary.


Rail and London Underground

The numerous National Rail and London Underground stations in the borough are:

Travel to work

In March 2011, the main forms of transport that residents used to travel to work were: driving a car or van, 21.8% of all residents aged 16–74; underground, metro, light rail, tram, 18.0%; bus, minibus or coach, 9.2%; on foot, 4.7%; train, 4.0%; work mainly at or from home, 3.0%; bicycle, 2.0%.[29]

Transport development

In April 2009 the council voted to call on Transport for London to look into the proposal for a North and West London Light Railway.[30]

Town twinning

Ealing is twinned with:


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