Lol Emma, i feel honoured that i might be able to tell you anything about London. In fairness, for a local such as yourself, there really is nothing in particular to draw you to South Ruislip, as it’s really just another neighbourhood like many others in London. This however, is one reason why a tourist might be drawn to it... to genuinely ‘live like a local’, as i know people sometimes like to do when they are super familiar with the main areas of London; Claudia springs to mind 👋.
South Ruislip is nice, very well kept by the Council who do a great job. Lots of flowers and nice gardens, mainly houses and wider roads than usual, with grass verges that are planted with wild flowers in places. It’s fairly quiet here with lots of bungalows and older residents. I’m often walking around after dark, never a sniff of trouble.
Access to lots of amenities. Dentist, doctor, barber, beauty place, churches, pool, gym, dry cleaner, excellent car mechanics (Halfords Autocentre, but they are great, Linda is the boss), coffee shop, Timsons, Pharmacy, Argos, TK Maxx, cinema, etc.
A great Indian takeaway called Saffron that i’ve used for the last 15 years, and a great kebab shop called My Grill that uses real charcoal to grill their shish kebabs, both always reliable. Both use great quality lamb. Avoid both chippies. There is even a Nando’s... not my thing. We have a pub with a garden and five large supermarkets; still praying for a Waitrose or M&S.
We are on the Central Line (the best line as it intersects all others) and BR into Marylebone in 20mins, also stops at the Wembley Stadium Designer Outlet which is pretty good. And Bicester Outlet the other way. There are a few buses also, one to Heathrow. Easy access to central London in under 30 mins.
RAF Northolt is close and on celebration days you always get a Spitfire looping overhead which is quite exciting. Sometimes see people at the end of the runway watching the little planes land, not noisy. The Polish War Memorial and newish memorial park are also nice for those interested.
Ruislip and Uxbridge are both close for a change, and both have some history about them. Many restaurants. There is a clay pigeon shooting range here where you can rent a gun and a coach, but it’s ££££, but very nice as i’ve been. Also a Dinosaur mini golf which is great fun lol. Local park is clean and quiet with a free outdoor gym.
We have one hotel currently and i believe a Travelodge is on the way. I think it’s about £100? a night and being further out of central London the Oyster cap is about £5 higher than the Zone 1/2 cap a tourist might expect.
No doubt i’ve missed some stuff. Would be nice if others could recommend their ‘local’ areas for the more experienced tourist.