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14 things we love about Uxbridge as London named best city in the world

London has been voted the best city in the world to live in - here's some of our favourite west London Uxbridge gems

Randalls is an Uxbridge staple - and of course Boris Johnson, who the constituency voted in with a sweeping majority

London has been named the best city in the world for quality of life - but just how much do we appreciate our surroundings?

Culture, entertainment and infrastructure all determined which capital emerged the winner in the survey by consultancy firm PwC.

But between commuting grumbles and overcrowding complaints, Londoners might not always get the chance to take in some of the best things about their west London neighbourhoods.

Step in a few observations about Uxbridge . Situated in the outer borough of Hillingdon, this Metropolitan line spot is one of the area's busier locations, but has still managed to keep a local feel.

And although there's plenty to improve, like in every neighbourhood, getwestlondon thinks it's time we acknowledge the community for its good things and point out what makes people proud to be Uxbridge residents.

1. It has a community feel, even though it's a London borough

Uxbridge town centre has a host of community events going on throughout the year

It's not very often an area in the capital can say there's still a community feel in their neighbourhood, but Uxbridge is one of them.

Although it's within commuting distance of the heart of the city, people can still get to know their locals in the town centre.

2. It's on the Metropolitan line

Three cheers for the Met line!

Cool carriages, wider trains and being able to walk through the whole train to get a seat - who doesn't want all of those things on a hot summer's day during rush hour?

Thanks to Uxbridge being on the Metropolitan line, all these perks are within reach.

OK, there can be signal failures at Harrow on the Hill which make the journey hellish, but for the most part, this is one of the better trains to be on.

3. The Grand Union Canal is pretty beautiful

Cyclists pedal down a stretch of the Grand Union Canal which has already enjoyed a tidy-up

Have you had a stroll down the canal recently? It brings some of the most scenic views to Uxbridge and best of all, you can really explore your local area - and pubs - by taking those waterside routes.

Whether it's on a bike, with the family or taking the dog, this is the perfect way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon and get outdoors. And it's free!

4. It now has a literary festival

The launch of Hillingdon Literary Festival saw people gather at Uxbridge Waterstones

Quietly but confidently on the rise, the area now has a brilliant programme of events which is part of the newly founded literary festival.

Supported by Brunel University London, the fest draws in local talent (of which there is plenty), including authors, comedians and lecturers.

5. There are - wait for it - TWO shopping centres in the centre

Ventured inside intu Uxbridge? Your necessities are here

Intu and The Pavilions, between them, have got residents covered. It's not just the coffee shop chains, or books and clothes shops, but also the indoor market which brings a whole host of little gift ideas perfect for Christmas.

Plus, Intu regularly hosts events for children and students, so keep your eyes peeled for further discounts.

6. It's not far from Heathrow Airport

Fancy a quick getaway? You're not far from Heathrow Airport(Image: Heathrow Airport Limited)

Want to jet away during the colder months? Heathrow is right on your doorstep. No extra trek to the airport to make the jet lag worse, you can just jump on a local A10 and be there in no time.

7. You can escape to the countryside easily

Long Meadow and the River Pinn, Eastcote. The area won the Conservation Area category in this year's London In Bloom competition.

London can be hard work. Hours are long, work is fierce and just when you are feeling your most tired, you can expect to stand on your way home because a seat is as common as gold dust.

But one huge advantage of living in the Hillingdon borough is that you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and escape to the country.

Not only do spots like Ruislip Barn during the farmer's market make you feel like you're in the countryside, but it borders Buckinghamshire where you're spoilt for choice where rural scenery is concerned.

8. The variety of restaurants is endless

Bar Italia, an upmarket restaurant-bar, opened in High Street, Uxbridge and hasn't looked back since

Fancy a swanky Italian setting? Or perhaps a deliciously spicy tandoori dish? What about grabbing a burrito on your lunch break? Uxbridge residents have it all covered when it comes to restaurant choice.

With new places opening up on a regular basis, there is always something to tickle the tastebuds in the town centre. Not to mention the fantastic selection of pubs a short drive away which are perfect for a Sunday lunch.

9. Randalls has been a staple of the area

What are they filming here at Randalls this time? Photo by @balconyshirts

Not only has Randalls been a part of Uxbridge town centre for years, it has also been transformed into various sets for filming, including for period dramas and, more recently, Winnie the Pooh .

The family owned department store which has borne former MP Sir John Randall's name since 1891 on Vine Street is one residents have been familiar with for generations.

10. Boris Johnson is MP of Uxbridge South Ruislip

Boris Johnson visited an Uxbridge care home, and helped officially open a children's ward

The now Foreign Secretary won with a clear victory in the 2015 general election, keeping Uxbridge firmly Conservative.

Boris Johnson has been the representative for the constituency for over a year now and still continues to entertain the crowd, most recently whilst visiting schools and care homes in the area.

11. There is a teashop with a very interesting name

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

The Wonky Teapot in Windsor Street has drawn a significant amount of attention for its interesting use of a teapot on the shop exterior.

It's not every day you come across a teashop like it. Only in Uxbridge.

12. Brunel University London is an asset to the area

Brunel University in Kingston Road, Uxbridge

The students might hit the town late at night, but there's also a lot of other things going on.

Students are carrying out volunteering work across the area, working part-time in the retail sector, representing Uxbridge against other London universities and generally championing the town.

The university also hosts a whole calendar of both academic and non-academic events, and brings in celebrities such as Usain Bolt to the fantastic sporting facilities .

13. It's steeped in fascinating history

Battle of Britain Bunker RAF Uxbridge - which the Government spent £1million renovating

Did you know that until 2010, the town had its own Royal Air Force station? It's also central to all the history surrounding the Battle of Britain, being the hub of all activity during the period.

The operations room - now the Battle of Britain bunker - has seen many visitors throughout the years.

And this is just scratching the surface of what the town has witnessed, including key events of the English Civil War.

14. Liquid nightclub provides entertainment when central is too far

Liquid, where many clubbers end their night

Admit it - who hasn't ended up in Liquid at the end of their office night out or university social? Sometimes, it's just too much effort to head out further where there is multiple floors of music right on your doorstep.

With different club nights being hosted on weekdays, you can guarantee if all else fails, you can head to Liquid for a boogie before grabbing some food in the takeaways next door and heading home.

Have we missed any staple Uxbridge characteristics out? Let us know in the comments below and we'll keep adding to our list!

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