Midway between Heathrow and the West End, its transport credentials were the main reason for it becoming a major manufacturing and distribution base. During its Sixties heyday, about 70,000 people worked there for big-name companies such as Heinz and United Biscuits, and a third of all food consumed in London is still produced by Park Royal businesses.
The old brewery site is being redeveloped into a complex of offices and homes, called First Central, headquarters of drinks company Diageo. Redrow’s Royal Waterside, pictured, the latest residential phase, has 265 apartments alongside a 20-acre nature reserve with lakes, waterfalls, bridges and cycle paths. Prices from £352,500. Call CBRE on 020 7182 2477.
Developer Bellway, meanwhile, is launching a scheme in April. Prices from £299,995. Call 0845 018 0716.