Situated only 16 miles from central London, this desirable commuter town boasts impressive transports links to the capital via the Metropolitan Line. For many newcomers, Northwood is a welcoming destination where attractive residential pockets overlook large expanses of greenery. Victorian-era properties sit alongside modern houses, offering a wide choice to suit all tastes.
That said, these developments have done little to spoil the integrity of this once rural area. Nestled alongside the Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve, a serene backdrop provides the setting for leisurely walks and outdoor activities. The area is home to three golf courses, as well as tennis, football and cricket facilities.
The local shopping scene is just as impressive, with a selection of boutiques and major supermarkets dotted throughout the area. There is a great choice of eateries offering everything from Argentine steak to oriental cuisine and gastronomic pub food. For all the major high street retailers, the Watford Shopping Centre is only four miles away.
Finally, an excellent choice of both state and private schools can be found in and around Northwood. Providing assurance for families, this continues to attract those relocating from the capital.
Transportation in Northwood
Northwood Underground station sits on the Metropolitan line, with four trains per hour between King’s Cross, Baker Street and Aldgate. The nearby Carpenders Park – approximately one mile from Northwood centre – is another convenient option for commuters. Here, trains depart every 20 minutes on the Euston to Watford line, which takes approximately 35 minutes to reach central London.
Northwood is surrounded by the M25, M40 and M1 motorways. As such, those travelling by car have quick access to London and many of its surrounding boroughs, as well other cities across the UK. Both London Luton Airport and Heathrow Airport can be reached in under 35 minutes.
Primary and secondary schools in Northwood
Northwood is well known for its schools, with an exceptional choice for children of all ages. At primary level, many opt for Eastbury Farm Primary School. According to The Good Schools Guide, it’s among the top 50 fee-paying and non-fee paying primaries in outer London.
Alternatively, parents have the choice of independent schools for those aged three to 18. St Helen’s School and Northwood College are renowned establishments for girls, while Merchant Taylors’ School is the alternative for boys.
Other separate establishments for those starting higher education courses include the London School of Theology and nearby Uxbridge College. Both offer postgraduate and undergraduate courses with state-of-the-art facilities.
History of Northwood
As its name would suggest, Northwood was once an area of forest and woodland. It was referenced in the Domesday Book, but despite its proximity to London, it remained a vast woodland until the 19th century. During this time, the Holy Trinity Church – which can still be visited today – was opened to serve the local residents, many of whom were farmers and agricultural labourers.
Development slowly continued, with the arrival of the Metropolitan railway in 1888. With transport to the capital now easily accessible, Northwood made the transition from rural hamlet to an urban residential area.
Although much of the woodland has now been replaced with housing developments, large pockets of greenery have been preserved. It gives an insight into the area’s past and provides a rural haven for the residents of Northwood.
Things to do in Northwood
Northwood boasts a wide range of attractions, both locally and across the Borough of Hillingdon. From leisure facilities to child-friendly attractions and shopping, some of the highlights include:
Haste Hill Golf Course
The Northwood Club, Darwin Wellness
Hollywood Bowl Watford
Dinosaur Escape Adventure Golf
Sandy Lodge Golf Club
The Pavilions Shopping Centre
Moor Park Mansion
The Body Studio
How to get to Northwood
By road: From the M25, Northwood can be reached by taking Junction 16 and exiting onto the M40 East. From here, continue onto the A412/A413 and follow signs for Denham and Watford, then for Northwood. Alternatively, those travelling from the M1 should take Junction 5 and continue onto the A4008 before following signs for the A411 and then the A4125. After turning right onto Batchworth Lane, follow signs for Northwood.
By rail: Northwood is served by an Underground station and the nearby Overground Park Carpenders station. Both offer mainline services to London, as well as linking to other cities within the UK.
Below, you’ll find a selection of links to organisations and businesses serving the local area.
Chancellors Northwood branch is based in the heart of vibrant Northwood town centre, just a short distance from Northwood tube station and the London School of Theology. Our enthusiastic and motivated staff have all the experience needed to advise and assist buyers and sellers on Northwood house prices, and we also offer lettings services for landlords and tenants.
Our in-branch team are on hand seven days a week to answer your questions on property values in Northwood.
The wide range of sales and letting services available at our Northwood office include free, no-obligation market appraisals, an extensive portfolio of residential and commercial properties, land and new homes, property management support, and expert investment and market advice.
Northwood, Watford, Pinner and Hatch End with postcodes HA5, HA6 and WD3.