An Area Guide to Pinner
Pinner is a suburb in Greater London, situated in the borough of Harrow. Locals will tell you that it is the first true village you reach out of central London. Picturesque and charming with a wonderful community feel, Pinner is a world away from the busyness of central London.
The name Pinner originates from the word Pinorra, meaning a “hill surrounded by oak trees”. Pinner was originally an Anglo-Saxon settlement and it is thought the name was coined as far back as 900AD.
Pinner was one of the ten hamlets of the medieval Harrow Manor and stands as the most distinguishable to this day.
Pinner is on the affluent side of Harrow and is a highly desirable area. With one of the lowest crime rates in London, excellent schools and friendly folk, Pinner is a particularly attractive area for young families.
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Commuting in Pinner
Pinner is well connected to other parts of Greater London and is within commutable distance to central London. Pinner Underground Station is on the Metropolitan line in London fare zone 5.
A direct underground from Pinner Station to Baker Street Station takes less than 30 minutes, and Aldgate Tube Station can be reached in 40-50 minutes from Pinner Station.
There are also regular bus services taking you through Pinner and into Harrow, Ruislip, Northwood and other surrounding areas.
The motorways surrounding London are easily accessible from Pinner, including the M25, M1 and M40.
If you are looking to travel further, you can reach Heathrow Airport in less than half an hour from Pinner.
What is it Like to Live in Pinner?
Pinner is an ideal location for young families and those looking for a more rural lifestyle away from central London. Pinner has managed to retain its identity and warm sense of community, in spite of its geographical position as part of suburban London.
Pinner is blessed with magnificent buildings and architecture. Pinner is home to many buildings dating back more than 700 years, giving residents and visitors alike a sense of the village’s historic past. A number of impressive Tudor buildings can be found in old Pinner too.
Built in the fourteenth century, the parish church of St John the Baptist sits in the historic part of Pinner. The church is a splendid landmark, which also hosts a community centre offering a range of classes and activities for all ages.
Pinner also boasts a large number of homes built in 1930s Art Deco style too, including the impressive Grade II listed Elm Park Court. It was also around this period that a series of garden estates, including Pinnerwood Park Estate Conservation Area, grew around the historic core of Pinner.
For those interested in the history and architectural delights of Pinner, the Pinner Local History Society, formed in 1972, meets on the first Thursday of the month, September to May.
Adding to Pinner’s keen sense of identity, Pinner is also one of the few places in the United Kingdom which still holds an annual street fair. The Pinner Fair has been running since 1336, when it was granted by Royal Charter by Edward III. Expect a colourful and extravagant affair, with people of all ages in attendance.
The Pinner Music Festival, Sketch Club exhibition and the Pinner Village Show are just three more of the many events held annually in Pinner.
Shops and Restaurants in Pinner
Pinner is blessed with a wonderful variety of boutique shops and fantastic restaurants, as well as supermarkets including Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s.
High Street, Bridge Street, Marsh Street and Hatch End are where you will find the main concentration of popular spots.
The main shopping street in Pinner is along Bridge Street, which imparts a more everyday feel. There are a number of charity shops here, mingled alongside familiar high-street stores including Boots, WHSmith and Clarks.
High Street, dotted with charming 18th century buildings, is where you will find many of Pinner’s most loved eateries including Friends, a 500-year-old restaurant offering a delicious menu, The Queens Head, a much-loved local pub, and FoodieWuwdies, where you can take your pick from a great selection of sandwiches, salad boxes and homemade cakes.
Also, worth a mention are Osteria Modigliani and Sougtani. Osteria Modigliani creates a distinctive ambiance, almost drifting you away to another country. Fantastic staff are at hand to make your time there a truly memorable one. Sougtani is a Lebanese restaurant, where you will be warmly welcomed and served by friendly staff. Great wine and beautiful platters are plenty here.
For those with a sweet tooth, Shake Tastic, an award-winning milkshake bar, is well worth a visit, serving up delicious Cherry bakewells. At Indulge, located on Marsh Road, mouth-watering ice cream, pancakes and waffles are all on offer.
The more popular names can also be found here, including Pizza Express, Prezzo, Café Rouge, Starbucks and Café Nero.
Pinner Outdoor Spaces
Pinner is also home to a number of parks and outdoor spaces, many of which are just a short distance from the main hubs of activity in Pinner. Pinner Memorial Park is a peaceful spot located in the heart of the town. The park is ideal for families with children, or if you are just looking for a quiet spot to sit whilst overlooking the lake, where inquisitive ducks and geese swim along. A play area for children and a café serving up hot drinks and cake make Pinner Memorial Park a favourite spot for Pinner residents looking for a calm and leisurely time.
Pinner Park Farm is a 230-acre working farm just south of Hatch End. Celandine Walk is a 12-mile walk along the River Pinn, starting from the centre of town.
Pinner is close to wonderful open countryside too, including the Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Leisure and Activities
Harrow Arts Centre is a popular multi-function arts centre in Hatch End. Ballet, comedy, plays and children’s theatre clubs are all held here.
There are two swimming pools in the area – Hatch End Swimming Pool and Highgrove Pool & Fitness Centre in Ruislip. There are also two local golf clubs in the area too, Pinner Hill in Southview Road and Grim’s Dyke in Oxhey Lane. In central Pinner, you will find the popular Better Gym at 69 Bridge Street.
If you are looking for something extravagant, keep in mind that London’s West End is just a 30-minute tube away.
What are the Schools Like in Pinner?
Pinner is home to a number of excellent schools, some of which have some of the best academic results in the whole of Greater London. Most schools in Pinner are rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Oftsed, including West Lodge, Cannon Lane, Pinner Wood and St. John Fisher Catholic primary schools. Some of the highly regarded secondary schools in the area include Nower Hill, Haydon and Northwood. Independent schools in Pinner include St Helen’s and John Lyon.
It is important to keep in mind that houses for sale within the catchment areas of West Lodge and Cannon Lane are typically snapped up extremely quickly.
There is also an excellent choice of private, single-sex and faith schools in Pinner and the surrounding area, both at primary and secondary level.
Where is the Best Place to Buy in Pinner?
Whilst being seen as a quintessentially ‘middle England’, there is a surprising range of property on offer in Pinner. If you are looking to buy a house in Pinner or rent, it is worth considering its different areas.
In Pinner Village, Edwardian houses and modern flats can be found. One-bedroom flats, ideal for the city commuter, are mainly above shops and in modern blocks. You will also find many two-bedroom flats, period cottages and bungalows, with prices varying considerably.
Pinnerwood Park is an ideal area for young families, with footpaths and bridleways leading through small residential estates.
The leafy roads of West Lodge are extremely popular for families seeking the absolute middle England lifestyle. Acres of open parkland is right on the doorstep of West Lodge residents.
Pinner Hill is the most exclusive and desirable area of Pinner, with wonderful aspirational country homes commanding high prices. Hatch End, with its wide, tree-lined roads is another highly desirable area of Pinner, with quality houses on offer.
Eastcote Park is a distinctive, upmarket area of Pinner, which almost feels like a village within a village.
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We have a fantastic range of properties for sale in Pinner, from semi-detached residential homes and idyllic cottages to purpose-built modern flats and apartments.
As well as Pinner, we cover the following local areas:
- Hatch End
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