Harrow Area Guide

Harrow is a huge area in north west London and very much a standalone town with a pedestrianised town centre. It's probably most famous for being home to Harrow School, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country with such distinguished alumni as Winston Churchill and any number of royals, politicians and aristocrats.

Harrow-on-the-Hill contains a conservation area with a large proportion of listed buildings with a residential and institutional array of Georgian architecture and a few 17th century examples. It's a very well-connected area with two tube stations on the Metropolitan Line which take commuters into Baer Street in about 17 minutes. It's not just a commuter suburb though, there are enough jobs in the immediate vicinity for it to be a fairly self-contained economic entity.

Harrow contains the following neighbourhoods defined by Rentonomy:

  • Harrow On the Hill (HA1 1)
  • Hanbury Court (HA1 2)
  • Sudbury Hill (HA1 3)
  • West Harrow (HA1 4)

Shopping and Culture

As a shopping destination Harrow caters for all tastes. With a large selection of well-known national retailers mixed up with a wonderful range of independent traders, it’s a place where you can find all that you want with some hidden gems to discover along the way. From arts and crafts to high street fashion, Harrow offers both modern convenience shopping and fascinating quirky shops.

Some shopping malls enjoyed by locals are:

  • St George’s Shopping Centre - St. George’s shopping centre hosts a unique combination of retail and leisure including great cafes and restaurants like Nando’s, Frankie & Benny’s, Pizza Express, Prezzo, Starbucks and Bru, alongside high street brands including TK Maxx, Monsoon, Boots and Wilko. The centre, located at the end of the high street, also offers a superb 12 screen Vue cinema, and a Better Gym. The Safer Parking award-winning car park has recently been refurbished and offers 640 spaces easily accessed from Headstone Road.
  • St Anns Shopping Centre - Located opposite Harrow on the Hill station, St Anns is home to over 40 high street brands including H&M, Primark, M&S, Boots and WHSmith along with a dedicated food court on the first floor for a quick spot of lunch during the week or as a place to catch up with friends over the weekend. Open 7 days a week, accompanied by its own secure car park of 940 spaces, and within easy reach of bus and train connections from central London, it is a convenient destination for all your shopping needs.

Food and Drink

Harrow is home to a wide range of restaurants, cafes and eateries. Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner, quick lunchtime bite, a sweet treat or a coffee and a catch up, there will be something for you.

For a bit of light refreshment, local favourite The Dolls House on the Hill is a cafe and restaurant behind a Georgian shop front serving up afternoon tea in vintage cups.

For something a tad stronger, try The Castle pub on West Street, a classic Victorian pub with open fires, wooden floors and period lamps, clocks and fittings. 
Incanto on the High Street is also a beloved contemporary Italian restaurant with an in-house deli set in a modern refit of an old Post Office

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Sports and Leisure

If you’re a big golf fan, there’s Playgolf London nearby, a 9-hole ‘Majors’ course with golf coaching, a fitness centre and it’s one of the rare places in London where you can play baseball.

Harrow has many sports and leisure facilities to offer such as:

  • Better Gym
  • Headstone Manor and Museum

Things to do with Children

There is a wide range of fun to be had in Harrow and the local area. Children can enjoy Harrow Skate Park, Playgolf, Harrow Arts Centre, Safari Cinema along with other parks and open spaces.

Primary and secondary education

Primary Schools:

  • Bishop Winnington-Ingram CoFE Primary School
  • Bourne Primary School
  • Deanesfield Primary School
  • Field End Primary School
  • Lady Bankes Junior School
  • Newnham Junior School
  • Ruislip Gardens Primary School
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
  • St Swithum Wells Catholic Primary School

Colleges and Sixth Form Schools:

  • Bishop Ramsey CoFE Voluntary Aided Secondary School
  • Queensmead School
  • Ruislip High School


Harrow is served by the Tube and Overground trains. From Harrow & Wealdstone, trains to Euston take 14 minutes, while trains from Harrow on the Hill take 16 minutes to Marylebone.
Harrow & Wealdstone is on the Bakerloo London Underground line with trains to Oxford Circus taking 37 minutes. North Harrow, Harrow on the Hill and West Harrow stations are on the Metropolitan line, with the trip from Harrow on the Hill to Baker Street taking 21 minutes, and a scheduled 33 minutes to Moorgate. South Harrow and Sudbury Hill are on the Piccadilly line with trains from South Harrow taking 40 minutes to Piccadilly Circus.
All of the stations except for Sudbury Hill are in Zone 5 and an annual travel card to Zone 1 costs £2,136. Sudbury Hill is in Zone 4 and an annual travel card to Zone 1 costs £1,800.


Harrow has three — HA1 covers Harrow on the Hill and is the most desirable; HA2 covers North and South Harrow, and HA3 covers Harrow Weald, Kenton and Wealdstone.

Harrow is a minority Tory administration and Band D council tax for the 2014/2015 year is £1,509.28.