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About Hillingdon

About the borough

Hillingdon is the second largest London borough by area, located 14 miles from central London and with Heathrow Airport in its boundaries is literally the gateway to the UK.

Parks and open spaces

Hillingdon is where town and country meet, boasting 800 acres of woodland, country parks, fields and farms, several rivers and the Grand Union Canal.

The borough maintains over 200 green spaces, totalling around 1,800 acres (730 hectares) so there are many wonderful walks.  Ruislip Lido boasts one of London's few beaches.

The borough has more land under prestigious Green Flag status than any other London borough, and there are four 18-hole golf courses.

Libraries

Hillingdon has 17 libraries and the council has invested in a refurbishment programme which is recognised as a model of best practice. The new and refurbished libraries include Starbucks coffee shops, state-of-the-art IT facilities, enhanced book stocks and community facilities which make them the hub of local neighbourhoods.

Sports and fitness

Hillingdon has some of the best sports and fitness facilities in London including Hillingdon Sports and Leisure complex with 50 metre indoor competition pool, leisure pool, outdoor lido, 100 station gym, athletics stadium and 400 metre running track, 3G floodlit pitches, sports hall and more.  

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Town centres

Town centres are receiving major investment in our town centre improvement programme. Uxbridge shopping centre, one of the top-ten shopping centres in London is located in Hillingdon. Residents have the option of dining out in the many restaurants located within the borough, and also enjoying our theatres and arts centres.

Education

Hillingdon has a large selection of excellent primary and secondary schools, and Uxbridge College which is one of the most successful further education colleges in the country.

Brunel is an internationally recognised campus-based university and Bucks New University based in Uxbridge, ranks among the top universities for nursing.

Transport

In addition to Heathrow Airport, Hillingdon contains a number of transport links including major UK motorways, the national rail network and the London Underground.

Transportation maps, routes and times for the London borough of Hillingdon »

With the coming of Crossrail in 2018, Hayes and Harlington Station will become one of the new rail network's major transport hubs with fast, efficient trains in and out of Central London.  

History

Hillingdon is also home to a number of historic landmarks including medieval churches, pubs linked to the English Civil War, and an underground operations room used during the Battle of Britain which is where in 1940, Winston Churchill proclaimed 'Never was so much owed by so many to so few'.

Manor Farm, set in 22 acres of beautiful grounds, is Hillingdon's flagship heritage and culture site. It houses a unique collection of historic buildings, archaeological remains and landscape features, and its site, including the Great Barn, offers a unique venue.

The Fountain House Hotel in Hayes was once a school where the famous writer George Orwell - author of Animal Farm - lived and taught.

The renowned Harefield Hospital, where Sir Alexander Fleming did much of his work, is one of the largest centres in the world for heart and lung transplants. In 1983, a team of doctors, led by the eminent Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, performed Britain's first heart-lung transplant.

Hillingdon's unique Blue Plaque scheme remembers and celebrates people of national or local importance who have lived in the borough, including First World War heroes Cecil Kinross and Robert Edward Ryder, actor Lord Bernard Miles, Nobel Prize winner Sir Alexander Fleming, gifted British Second World War fighter pilot Douglas Bader, leading campaigner William Wilberforce and 'the Dean of Special Effects' Michael John Stears.

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