Park Royal, an industrial zone on the north-west edge of London, is reinventing itself as a residential area.
Lying midway between Heathrow and the West End, Park Royal’s transport credentials were behind its growth as a major manufacturing and distribution base.
During its Sixties heyday, about 70,000 staff worked there for firms such as Heinz and United Biscuits. It is still a key commercial hub —a third of food consumed in London is handled by Park Royal businesses. As well as its good road and rail links, a branch of the Grand Union Canal passes through, providing an opportunity for waterside living.
For many years, Guinness used the canal to transport barrels for distribution to pubs. The old brewery site is being redeveloped into mixed complex First Central, headquarters of drinks company Diageo.
Royal Waterside, the latest residential phase, has 265 flats alongside a 20-acre nature reserve with lakes, waterfalls and cycle paths. Prices from £355,000. Call Redrow on 020 3538 5476.