Ian Kelly is a photography aficionado and sunset enthusiast. At Ealing Living we're huge fans of his work and his photograph of Walpole Park featured in the Editor's Notes of the Summer Issue. Ian shares with us what he loves about the area...
At what stage in your life did you first move to Ealing?
I moved to Ealing (Ealing Common) when I was 23 (I'm now 26).
If you were telling someone about Ealing who had never visited, how would you describe it?
Ealing is both the most liveable and charming part of London. It’s very diverse and welcoming and there’s so much to see and do (historical sights, markets and shops, outdoors, events and festivals).
Do you have a favourite Ealing watering hole?
I love The Grange Pub, Ealing Common - it's family run, has beautiful interior furnishings, a great beer garden and is in a fantastic location); Teatro Hall on Ealing Broadway is also an amazing bar with a wide ranging drinks menu, wonderful decor, central location, plenty of indoor + outdoor seats.
Where have you had your best Ealing meal?
I regularly eat at Meadow Restaurant in Ealing Green - they serve delicious and very well presented dishes and a wide selection of drinks in an inviting atmosphere.
Do you have a favourite Ealing independent?
I love Kanenas Coffee on Ealing Common. It's a fantastic neighbourhood cafe with really friendly staff, indoor + outdoor seating and delicious food and coffees.
Is there a part of Ealing that you find particularly inspirational or where you find peace?
Walpole Park gives me lots of space to breathe and enjoy nature. Alwyne Road Park, part of Brent Lodge Park, with the beautiful Wharncliffe Viaduct shows how important the railways are and have been to Ealing... the whole area grew up around them.
Tell us what you're up to & what's next for you.
I love living in Ealing and London generally, I work full time for a Member of Parliament in Westminster, which is an easy commute thanks to the Elizabeth Line. I have a keen interest in transport, which is one of the best things about living in Ealing because it’s so easy to get around, and would like to pursue a career working in transport. I also love running all around Ealing and West London more widely, it’s one of the best ways to explore the area, there’s so many excellent routes with beautiful scenery and architecture to explore.