To Do List Local – Acton
Acton doesn’t just have stations (seven at last count), it’s also a bustling community full to the brim with great pubs, cheap eats, coffee, a huge park and much more!
Illustrator Lisa Moldau has put together a fab list of Acton must-visits for your delectation – so stick these great places on your To Do List and have a jolly time in West London!
From 25 February until 5 March, 181 Contemporary Artists from 51 countries are exhibiting at W3Gallery in The Big Mural from The Gioconda Project.
All contributing artists have joined a not-for-profit experiment to bring Contemporary Art to everyone through one of the most famous works of art in history “La Gioconda” (better known to us as The Mona Lisa!). Traditional painting and drawing will be showcased next to illustration, collage, mark making and digital art.
You can’t fail to miss the park on the other side of Acton Central Station. Acton residents without a back garden, frankly, don’t need one with this undulating, dog-friendly grassy arena that also has a separate kids play area and cafe. Public art regularly sneaks into the park’s trees and bushes so keep your eyes peeled for these.
Part pub, part brewery, part circus, this place is entirely unlike anything you’ve seen before. Thursday, Friday and Saturday it hosts staggering £5 circus performances from 9pm. The venue is full of amusing curiosities, a friendly bunch behind the bar and a multi-themed (heated!) beer garden. The Aeronaut is also the home of the state-of-the-art Laine’s Brewery, which is turning out adventurous new ales as we speak.
TV Chef Angela Malik’s combined shop/deli/school is a great little place to get amazing Asian sandwiches and salads for less than £5. Budding chefs can take cookery workshops here and the deli is worth a nose around whether you’re a serious culinary type or just culinarily curious.
Conveniently right next door to the W3 Gallery. If you like your pubs to have a bit of history, how’s a 17th Century Pub and Kitchen for you? This place has an epic grand hall to enjoy your beer in and, conversely, intimate nooks for a quiet gossip. Oh,and a squidgy red sofa right in front of an open fire, so if you’re thinking about bedding in the choice is yours!
You know you’re going to get a great coffee when you can also get Matcha Latte, hazelnut steamed soya and electric-strong espresso. It’s not an overstatement to call Laveli an Artisan Bakery and therefore lets talk ‘Mini Viennoiserie’ too – wicked mini pastries from £1.80.
You don’t have to be a neighbour to get the most out of our independent wine shop. Park and Bridge regularly support the artists at the W3 Gallery and they know what’s what when it comes to tasty wine. They have lots of information on the vino, plus nibbles of cheese and olives to share. SPECIAL TIP: Find out if Lucy is in and ask her for her current recommendations…
Aptly named, flanking the station, this pub seduces me personally with classy 1920’s arcade card prints behind the bar, a smattering of contemporary art and their comedy table number plaques that are based on Mills and Boon novels (no numbered spoons here, oh no) – but go for the lunchtime pizza deals if nothing else.