Postal District: HA7
Population: 7,427 (2011 Census)
Underground Station: Jubilee line (Zone 5)
London Borough: London Borough of Harrow
Stanmore in Middlesex is a peaceful residential area between Watford and Wembley, near Edgware and Bushey. While it’s inside the M25, the area feels more like a village, dotted with country clubs, sports fields and tree-lined streets. It’s both friendly and multicultural.
There is a wide range of different types of property in Stanmore. It has the grander houses you would expect of an affluent suburb of London, especially as move up towards Bushey and Pinner. There has also been substantial development around the area, focusing mainly on luxury flats with stunning interiors, spacious outdoor areas, associated garages, and extensive views out over the greenery of Stanmore. Unlike many other areas of London, there are also bungalows available.
Stanmore is home to some amazing schools. In the immediate vicinity of Stanmore there is a nursery, two junior schools, and two primary schools all of which have received five stars from Ofsted:
For older children, there are senior schools, high schools and colleges nearby:
Many children from Stanmore & Bushey are in the catchment areas of two of the UK’s best state schools:
There are also excellent private schools:
The name ‘Stanmore’ stems originally from 'stones by the mere', the stones and mere being all that was left after the Saxons had destroyed Sulloniacae; the Roman city on Brockley Hill.
Stanmore started out as a small parish that was unchanged for several centuries, the very picture of a countryside village. That atmosphere has remained in place despite being enveloped in London’s expansion. Stanmore has a long history with the Royal Air Force, especially during the war. It was home to facilities that supported the Bletchley Park codebreakers, and RAF Stanmore Park was the base for the Battle of Britain and Balloon Command. In 1997, RAF Stanmore Park was closed and was developed into a mix of both privately owned and social flats and houses.
Large mansions and manor houses have always featured prominently throughout Stanmore’s history, some of which have been converted into flats over the last 15 years. Properties were frequently developed in a neo-Georgian style, some of which still remain from when Stanmore was a small village.
Stanmore is a tranquil area of London with a lot to offer. It’s very multicultural, with some of the largest places of worship in North West London – there is a large Reform Synagogue in Stanmore, and the large Swaminarayan Satsang temple and large Hujjat Mosque, situated next to each other on Wood Lane. There are of course also many restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars but not so many that it ever becomes loud or raucous.
The Bentley Priory Museum is one of the grandest buildings in England. Once the headquarters for the Battle of Britain, it is now a museum dedicated to the RAF’s bravery and victory. There are regular memorial events every September, with an increase in open days and other associated events. There’s also something fun to enjoy with the kids, from paper plane competitions to biscuit decoration workshops. On the site of the former RAF Bentley Priory, new luxury houses were built in 2014 on the grounds of the Grade II listed mansion that had originally been used by the RAF as the Headquarters for Fighter Command.
Stanmore Country Park is a tremendous nature reserve immediately north of the town centre. The reserve is open all year round, constantly ringing with the noise of either summer picnics or winter birdsong. It’s an incredible slice of unspoiled nature, hidden in Stanmore.
There are many sports facilities in the area, from the William Ellis Sports Ground to the Stanmore Golf Club. The Stanmore Golf Club is situated on one of the highest points in Middlesex, overlooking the landscape below, which a magnificent view from hole 7.
Ranked the top restaurant in Stanmore by TripAdvisor ratings, Pecking Order, as the name would suggest is a restaurant offering chicken alongside burgers and cocktails. It’s a really rather new concept thriving in area where dinners have a discerning palette.
Spice Rack Lounge is an Indian cuisine restaurant and has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence. The restaurant is known for its lively atmosphere and turning up the music on a Friday night!
Delisserie is a New York-style deli that offers all day breakfast, sandwiches and steak and is famous for its salt beef and homemade chicken soup. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed with a friendly environment.
Tube: The Jubilee line starts and ends at Stanmore station, which runs down through the length of the city to Westminster, London Bridge, and Canary Wharf.
Train: On the other side of Stanmore there are two train stations, Hatch End and Headstone Lane, which runs services to London Euston. There is also easy access to Bushey and Watford Junction.
Bus: The main bus route is the 340 to Edgware Station.
Road: Running past the outskirts of Stanmore is the M1, straight down to Brent Cross. The M25 is very close, just past Watford. The A41 also gives great access to London through Hendon and Finchley.