Riana lives in the Chiswick side of the Borough of Ealing and we love to hear her slightly different perspective on the local amenities.
At what stage in your life did you first move to Ealing?
I actually only moved to the Borough of Ealing in December 2022 when I bought my first house, although I have lived in West London for five years.
If you were telling someone about Ealing who had never visited, how would you describe it?
Ealing is a beautiful residential part of London with stunning parks and restaurants. Homes are occupied by families, young professionals and older residents who have lived here for decades - because people don’t ever want to leave once they’ve put their roots down here! The great thing about Ealing is you get all the benefits of living out of Central London, with its bountiful greenery and local neighbourhood vibes, yet you’re only a tube ride away from the bustling streets of Oxford Street or even the great financial district Canary Wharf.
Do you have a favourite Ealing watering hole?
Wine bar Vindinista is a great place to wind down on a Friday evening and catch up with friends over a glass (or two!). I’m no wine connoisseur, but there’s a reason this bar was crowned ‘London’s Best Neighbourhood Wine Shop’ in 2021.
Where have you had your best Ealing meal?
My ideal weekend consists of café hopping - then café hopping some more - so I’m always on the hunt for a new lunch spot. I enjoy visiting Maryam’s Kitchen; their shakshuka is to die for. Another favourite haunt of mine is Fed and Watered, a great al fresco eatery and bar which happens to serve the most divine Sunday roast.
Is there a part of Ealing that you find particularly inspirational or where you find peace?
As I mentioned previously, Ealing certainly isn’t shy of beautiful parks and public gardens, which is perfect for someone like me who loves to get outdoors and enjoys running. Some of my favourite routes take me through Gunnersbury Park; I adore the grand architecture and landscaped gardens.
Tell us what you're up to & what's next for you.
I am currently in the early stages of developing a campaign that advocates for all children to receive free school meals. I work with a charity that supports families experiencing poverty and marginalisation, and we see first-hand the impact that food insecurity has on children and teens’ education.
In addition to this, I am concentrating on building my career as a freelance journalist and presenter. I have some exciting jobs coming up this year, including hosting my own show with a radio station!