About Harrow, London
Harrow Painters and Decorators are proud to be the local decorating company serving the great community of Harrow. We have been decorating houses and other properties for the last 20 years.
When you want an affordable yet high-quality painting or decorating service in Harrow, we are here for you. All of our painters have a lot of experience providing their services throughout the local community. They will work hard to make sure that your job or project gets done right!
Harrow is a large town in the London Borough of Harrow which is part of the Greater London area. It is a suburban commuter town, with easy connections to London and other surrounding areas. It has been rated as the 10th best place to live in London by Time Magazine. We are proud to provide our professional decorating services for shopkeepers, homeowners, landlords, and other property owners alike within this great area.
Harrow is about 10 miles from Charing Cross in Central London. It shares a border with Watford in Hertfordshire. Harrow's population is approximately 149,246 making it one of the largest settlements in London. Pinner and Stanmore are part of a wider borough with a population of over 250,000.
Harrow grew out of two separate towns, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Harrow Town, which joined together in the 17th century. The two were formally united as one town in 1932, Harrow on the Hill remains a residential area of the Borough of Harrow while Harrow Town is now a commercial and retail centre.
There are three tiers of government that provide for the people of Harrow, which are:
The main tier would be a central government which is led by Her Majesty's Government and which comprises Ministers appointed by The Queen on advice from the Privy Council. This Ministry of Justice (MoJ) department is responsible for some aspects of local governance along with other Departments within the United Kingdom.
However, the majority of public services such as education, transportation, emergency services and so forth are under the control of this layer since these areas have been devolved to them from the central government. These services are provided in each area by various public bodies also known as Public Service Providers (PSPs).
It has a rich history and was voted as one of the best places to live in England. The town's roots date back to Anglo-Saxon times and Harrow has been an important location within the county ever since. It was where William the Conqueror convened a meeting that led to his crowning as King of England on Christmas Day 1066 at Westminster Abbey.
The largest green space in Harrow is Harrow Nature Reserve at 1,400 acres. The area has many wildlife areas including ponds and a haven for birds with 217 recorded bird species; it is also home to over 20 different types of orchids.
Faith, Hope & Love Inc (2015) reports that over 30% of Harrow is covered by Green Spaces, parks & open spaces making it almost double the national average! This fantastic statistic shows how well they are cared for and maintained; thanks to local community groups such as ASBHG John Lyon House which provides affordable housing for those who are in need and supports people with mental health issues to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
Harrow is well-known for its excellent schools and its academic achievements, it has the highest GCSE results in London. The Harrow School is one of England's top independent schools and ranks among the most famous schools in the UK with a reputation for attracting high achievers. Some of the famous schools include Harrow School, Lord Wandsworth College and Queen Eleanor's School.
There are also good parochial schools located: The John Lyon School in Wealdstone and the St Alphege primary school in Pinner are highly ranked by Ofsted and have been awarded outstanding results, Harrow has a lot to offer regarding education as it is home to some of the best state-funded schools rated "outstanding".
Harrow publishes its own quarterly magazine called 'The Harrovian'. It was first published in 1894 as a means of communication between Harrovians and to highlight school news. The magazine has been published continually since then, with the exception of a brief period during World War II when the publication was suspended.
The magazine contains a mixture of articles from students and teachers, along with news about various events in the school. In addition, there are reports on sporting achievements as well as photos of activities around the school. The editorial staff is made up entirely of pupils, who select topics they wish to write about, organise submissions and edit articles for inclusion in each edition. Year 8 pupils are invited to join the editorial staff at the beginning of each academic year; those that do so will contribute to every issue during their time in School House from the age of 12 till they are 16 years old.
Harrow School Library has a notable collection of published and manuscript material relating to local history produced by famous authors such as Rudyard Kipling, Hilaire Belloc, Walter Besant and Algernon Blackwood among others, which was collected between 1910 and 1929 from the former site of the Harrow Museum. (now 'The Castle' building on Schoolfield Road, owned by Harrow Council).
The collection comprises correspondence between many of these authors and the museum's curator/curators along with their publications, including Leila Hyams' "Famous forevermore", about the life of Rudyard Kipling; Belloc's poem "Harrow Weald"; a letter from Blackwood about his book Ghost Stories of an Antiquary; articles by Besant and sundry other manuscripts and pamphlets that include poems, stories, specific local histories or memoirs.
Harrow is also home to The National Archives at Kew, where 20% of the world's population are registered! It contains 83 million records relating to births, deaths and marriages dating back to the 11th Century; making it a great place for historians and genealogists alike.
Roehampton University Hospitals NHS Trust has its main premises here, over 3,000 people are employed at the trust's main site at St Mary's Hospital. In addition to many other health care facilities situated here, there are four medical centres: The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM), The Royal Masonic Hospital (RMH), St. Andrew's Healthcare and Priory Group.
From its location in North London, Harrow has excellent transport links. There are also several coach and bus stations which make Harrow a very popular commuter town for anyone commuting to London or the surrounding area.
Harrow is served by three London Underground lines namely; The Metropolitan, Jubilee & Piccadilly lines. The five Underground Stations in Harrow include; Northolt, Harrow on the Hill, North Harrow, Wealdstone & Kenton.
As soon as you walk into any of the five Underground Stations that exist in Harrow, you are greeted by signs and maps wishing you welcome to the borough with an image of Harrow's most famous landmark; its clock tower situated on top of Darwen's (now known as Friern Hospital).
This iconic building was designed by W H Woodin, who also constructed Kings College Chapel at Cambridge University. Its exterior is made up entirely of terracotta reliefs depicting historical scenes from the bible which have been crafted lovingly by Charles Walter Chapman, a local sculptor whose work is also on display in the library at nearby Ruislip Manor. The tower itself holds 4 clocks that are unique as they are constructed to tell the time on each of the four cardinal points of the compass.
They were originally designed to be completed with bells but due to complaints about noise from residential areas, these were removed before completion. Despite this lack of harmonious tinkling, it has been heralded by many as one of Britain's greatest feats of engineering from its time and can be seen for miles around.
Just a short walk southwest from Harrow-on-the-Hill station brings you along Uxbridge Road, or 'The Pink' (as it is known locally).
Harrow is a major shopping destination for West Londoners with millions spent every weekend during the summer months by tourists visiting the Borough. Major retailers such as Topshop, ZARA, H&M, River Island, Primark and House of Fraser have opened stores in the Metropolitan Centre which attracts 10 million shoppers every year and Hanger Lane Gourmet Food Hall where celebrity chefs cook live in front of shoppers once a week. There are two major shopping centres in Harrow, both of which are visited by thousands of West Londoners every day. These include The Parkway and The Metropolitan Centre (formerly St Ann's shopping centre).
On the border of South Harrow, Nags Head is a regeneration project designed to bring a touch of urban life back into the area. This includes trendy bars such as 'The Square' above Nags Head tube station, cafes and restaurants lining Hatch End High Street and two hotels.
Harrow is home to a lot of famous people including DJ Jay Sean and England rugby player Jonny Wilkinson. Celebrity chef Rick Stein's restaurant The Seafood Restaurant serves fish sourced from Newlyn in Cornwall and Mulberry House in Laceys Spring, Alabama.
The BBC Drama series 'Holby City' has been filmed at the St Bernardine Medical Centre on Station Road since 2004. Notable residents of Harrow include former Mayor Sir William Bullock; film and television actor James Bolam; comedian Vic Reeves; journalist George Alagiah who presented the BBC News at Ten for many years until 2012; as well as the father of modern computing, Charles Babbage.
Harrow is home to many events throughout the year including the Harrow International Music Festival at Roxbourne School in Stanmore from July bank holiday weekend through to the end of August each year with artists such as Marina Prior, Claire Martin, John Dankworth & Cleo Laine, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia etc.
The Harrow Arts Festival happens in September each year. Every May bank holiday weekend there is a two-day antique watch fair held at Roxbourne School. This event is known as the "Roxwatch", with around 60 different stands of vintage and collectors' watches plus clocks. There is also a "Bizarre Bazaar" in Stanmore Village Hall which is an antique fair on Sunday morning. This is usually followed by a local flea market in the afternoon along with refreshments, bric-a-brac and craft stalls.
In July, the annual three-day Harrow Festival takes place every July Bank Holiday weekend in various venues including Harrow School and Harrow-on-the-Hill. The Festival has been running for over one hundred years. Over 30 professional classical music concerts, choral recitals, chamber music concerts, jazz gigs happen across the town covering a wide range of musical genres from rock to folk.
The seventh Harrow International Guitar Festival was held in September 2011 at The John Lyon Centre. This two-day festival featured guitarists from all over the world who performed either single pieces or an entire programme lasting many hours each day.
This annual event takes place every October usually on the second Saturday at Vyners school in West Harrow with about 1,000 children taking part in fancy dress costumes performing African dance routines as well as playing the drums.