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Harrow on the Thrill

So I live in this sleepy town of Harrow, North West London. It’s getting an unfairly bad reputation for crime, lots of rats and too many chicken shops… While this is kinda true, it makes the area seem bad to live in, however there are also some good things happening here. The borough spans over 50km covering all the smaller districts and towns and there is also a town centre. I’ve taken some time to do a bit of research and create a guide of this not-so-bad place to live.

I’m going to keep shopping and nightlife to a minimum because in my opinion there isn’t really any…there isn’t!


Sports & Fitness:

  • Ok so I love boxing, If you do to and want to get involved then get down to Harrow Amateur Boxing club for a session. Whether you want to get in the ring or just do the classes to build up your fitness. Sweeney will sort you out. See https://www.facebook.com/HarrowABC

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  • MMA – Two main centres here in Harrow which will allow you train and level up in Kickboxing, Muay Thai, BJJ and martial arts. See MCMA http://moderncombatmartialarts.com




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  • Harrow Leisure Centre – This is a really good multi centre for swimming, gym, weight lifting, rock climbing, badminton, trampoline and quite a lot more by all accounts. https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/harrow-leisure-centre/ There is also a partner swimming pool and athletics track at Bannister and Hatch End.


  • Harrowall – As Bouldering is going to be an official sport in the 2020 Olympics, I’ve included it under this section. There is a newly built ginormous climbing centre installed in Harrow – Get involved https://www.harrowall.co.uk




  • Skating – Did you know there is a monthly roller disco in Harrow? Our best kept secret. It starts in the afternoon for the kids and then adults in the evening,  and it goes on till 2am!. Hire is available although queues are long. See –  https://www.facebook.com/sk8citylondon/

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  • Golf – Swing or drive? Down near Northwick park hospital, you can play golf. Proper golf or silly golf. There are also batting cages if you want to practice your baseball swing, food and drink is also available. See – http://playgolf-london.com/ There is also another option available here; http://www.harrowgolf.co.uk/



  •  Bowling: There is ten pin bowling up in Stanmore, they also serve fast food and drinks. See – http://www.m18.co.uk/


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  • Well lets start with the historic ”Harrow on the Hill”. Home to the famous Harrow school, where the some of the wealthiest and most famous Harrovians have attended. Some of us don’t really know these guys, but we’ve all served them at some point during our Saturday jobs!. The school and surrounding buildings are renounced for their architectural merit and good walks.



  • Art Gallery & Studio: A space in West Harrow where Multidisciplinary Artists can host and display their work. See – http://www.usurp.org.uk/



  • Harrow Arts Centre – Platform for all of the arts, music, dance, film. They even have small theatre productions showing. See – https://harrowarts.com/whats-on

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  • The Market – Cheap household and electrical goods sold every Thursday morning behind Debenhams in the car park.


  • Headstone Manor & Museum – Small museum but large collection of items relating to this History of Harrow. See – http://headstonemanor.org



We’ve got the basics. Two Shopping centres and a department store. Everything you need is here, everything you want isn’t.


Nightlife: There really is none anymore. Pubs are nice in the afternoons and they are very quiet. Sometimes the beers are flat, and the music is not to my taste. I also find the sports are really hard to watch in these pubs as the screens are often not bright or loud enough.


Food: We have a plethora of Chicken shops just waiting for you to tuck into!. They are scattered all over, but the majority are in Wealdstone and South Harrow. Some can come with a meal deal, inc drink and fries, be sure to look out for lunchtime offers.

But the really nice places to eat and some local gems id recommend are:


  • Everest Lounge – Pricey and Spicy Indian food in Wealdstone, but very good and have Guinness on draught. See – http://everestlounge.com/