Following the news the old Randalls store will be replaced by flats , the changing nature of Hillingdon borough has once again hit the headlines.

Cafés, restaurants, chains and even factories have come and gone - some as part of ongoing regeneration efforts, others simply because they could no longer keep the business open.

The loss of Randalls is undoubtedly the sad departure of an Uxbridge institution - but it is not the first and it certainly won't be the last.

Here, we take a look back at some of the things we miss which have been a part of Uxbridge and Hayes.

1. Randalls of Uxbridge

Randalls department store was an iconic part of the town centre and its closure in January 2015 was seen as the "end of an era" .

Former Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP John Randall said letting go of the business was "like bereavement" after its long history.

Sir John's great-grandfather, Philip, founded it in 1891.

Filming at Randalls in Uxbridge (Picture by @balconyshirts

The part-Grade II listed building with its distinctive neon letters on a Modernist facade of brick faced has been the pride of joy of staff members who had worked there decades .

It has even been used for filming , the most recent occasion being Winnie the Pooh starring Margot Robbie.

2. Wonky Teapot

Twitter user Tony White says he snapped this picture in Windsor Street, Uxbridge

How can anyone forget the controversy behind the Wonky Teapot when its sign was first erected?

The photograph of the café in Uxbridge did the rounds on social media after someone highlighted the logo.

Often used as the town's "hangover breakfast" spot according to TripAdvisor, it closed down in 2016.

3. Wyevale Garden Centre

The Wyevale Garden Centre in Uxbridge

Hillingdon 's only Wyevale Garden Centre closed its doors for good in January 2017 after the landlords of the site planned to build on the land.

The centre in Pield Heath Road closed down and the company thanked customers and staff for their "dedication and commitment".

Regular shops were sad to see it go, with the nearest Centre being in Harrow.

4. The Nestlé Factory

The Nestlé factory has stood in Hayes for more than a century

The Nestlé factory in Hayes was sold to property developer SEGRO plc, who bought the 30-acre site in Nestles Avenue at the end of 2014.

The factory opened in 1913 , when it made chocolate, and was bought by Nestlé in 1916. It began producing Nescafé in 1939.

In its heyday in the 1950s, the factory employed some 2,000 people.

Many of those currently working there have done so for more than 25 years.

5. BHS Uxbridge

How could popular chain store BHS be forgotten?

The store, soon to be replaced by sports store Decathlon , was part of intu Uxbridge shopping centre before it closed in August 2016.

British Home Stores was replaced after London expansion manager at Decathlon, Ricardo Rodriguez, said their aim is to "make sports accessible to as many people as possible".

6. The Blue Anchor Pub

Situated on Printing House Lane, the pub in Hayes shut its doors in 2008.

Since its closure, Hillingdon fire services raised public safety concerns following vandalism and break-ins at a derelict pub.

The site came to a sad end after being near destroyed in a fire which saw six fire engines on the scene in September 2013.

7. The George Orwell Pub

The popular drinking spot on the outskirts of Hayes town named after a modern literary genius closed down in 2013 .

The George Orwell, in Broadway Parade, Coldharbour Lane pays homage to the influential writer’s brief spell in Hayes.

Between April 1932 and July 1933, Orwell – real name Eric Blair – taught English at The Hawthorns High School for Boys.

So what west London spots do you miss? Which ones are sad losses to the community? Let us know in the comments section below.

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