The Hoover Building

Perivale is a suburb in the London Borough of Ealing. Landmarks in the suburb include the large Art Deco Hoover Building, Horsenden Hill as well as St Mary's Church (12th century), the River Brent, Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve run by the Selborne Society, and Horsenden Hill, the highest point in the London Borough of Ealing.


Despite having a predominantly quiet, leafy, residential - indeed almost 'quasi rural' - character Perivale is split in two by the A40 - which is a source of noise pollution, an eyesore and a physical barrier for those who live alongside it.






Perivale was an ancient parish of Middlesex. It formed part of Greenford Urban District from 1894 to 1926, and was then absorbed by the Municipal Borough of Ealing. Before the 1930s expansion, the fields of Perivale were used to grow hay for the working horses of Victorian London, as described in the ending of John Betjeman's poem 'Return to Ealing':

"...And a gentle gale from Perivale blows up the hayfield scent."




A large part of Perivale is used in the form of a business and industrial park and Perivale also has many fine examples of Art Deco style light industryunits.


Although mainly residential, there are some office blocks and parades of shops along Bilton Road, on the A40 slip road and in the Medway Village.


Perivale is home to one of the first American-style diners in the UK called Starvin' Marvin's. Perivale is also home to two golf courses: Ealing Golf Club and Perivale Golf Course.


The River Brent runs through Perivale.




Interior and exterior shots of the Hoover Building have been used in Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot dramatisation with David Suchet. Perivale was the setting for the 1989 season twenty-six Doctor Who serial Survival as the hometown of the Seventh Doctor's companion Ace. There were several locations used in and around town during filming which included Bleasdale Avenue, Medway Parade, Colwyn Avenue, Woodhouse Avenue, Children's Play Area on Ealing Central Sports Ground, Horsenden Lane South, and the nearby Horsenden Hill. Victorian Perivale was also the location of a manor which was the setting of twenty-six serial Ghost Light. Parts of the film Snatch were also filmed in Perivale and Horsenden Hill.


Henry Perowne, the principal character in Ian McEwan's novel Saturday was born in Perivale, though he lived in London during the events of the novel. Only Fools and Horses used Horsenden Hill for location shooting in the episode where Del Boy and Rodney 'look after' Marlene and Boysie's dog (only to feed it reheated pork and give it food poisoning). One of the episodes of the car show Top Gear was also set in Perivale.




Non-League football club Hanwell Town F.C. have been playing in Perivale at Reynolds Field since 1981.


St Benedict's RC Independent Secondary School, whose former pupils include Chris Patten (Baron Patten of Barnes) Chancellor of Oxford University and former Governor of Hong Kong, and comedian and TV presenter, Julian Clary has its playing fields at Perivale.




The ancient church of St. Mary's, Perivale where some notable people are buried, including John Hawkes of music publishers Boosey & Hawkes