Ickenham is very much West London commuter belt territory, with its own Tube station, but it has wonderful qualities of a village. There is a village hall – known to hold barn dances and ferret racing – a village pond and a community festival that knits the neighbourhood together.
Ickenham was originally divided into four manors and although united today, there is still evidence of the old divisions. Swakeleys Estate is one of those – a 17th century Jacobean mansion house with 25 acres - and Ickenham Hall is another, surviving as part of the Compass Theatre. As far as landmarks go, Ickenham has one of the most unusual. The Grade II listed Ickenham pump – dating back to 1865 and most ornamental in appearance – is protected by an equally interesting shelter.
Transport in Ickenham
Looking to reach London’s West End in under the magic hour? You’ll love living in Ickenham, as the Metropolitan and Piccadilly Underground lines run from the town’s Tube station, with a journey time of around 53 minutes to Leicester Square. For overground rail services, take the short walk (around 13 minutes) to West Ruislip station, for peak-time journeys of 22 minutes to Marylebone via Northolt Park.
Property in Ickenham
Ickenham is a place you trade up to, with second steppers and families being spoilt for choice. The Drive is one of Ickenham’s premier addresses, lined with super-sized residences and a development of luxury apartments – some set within a restored Georgian building. Court Road, Warren Road, Thornhill Road, The Avenue and Highfield Drive have some of the most sought-after properties for sale in Ickenham, many set back behind electronic gates. Don’t despair if you love the town but need to downsize as there are plenty of bungalows for sale in Ickenham.
Living in Ickenham
The Compass Theatre is one of the most popular places to go in Ickenham, acting as a base for shows, theatre schools, film showings and many clubs. You can also spectate or participate in Ickenham – with a rugby club and a cricket club. Pynchester Moat is a local scheduled ancient monument, medieval in origin and set on the River Pinn just east of Copthall Road West. Restaurants and pubs in Ickenham have loyal patrons, with classic community pubs such as the Tichenham Inn and the Soldiers Return, sitting cheek-by-jowl with more modern alternatives, including Home Bar & Kitchen for cocktails and DJs, and The White Bear on the Ruislip border, for French brasserie-style dining and drinks.