SO, Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 had never heard of Uxbridge. Since then, the internet has been full of righteous indignation – and plenty of suggestions why Uxbridge is firmly on the map – from its inhabitants.

But what about its constituency cousin, South Ruislip? After all, the parliamentary seat that Boris Johnson MAY be selected for is Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

We don’t want South Ruislip folk to feel left out of it, so here we take a closer look at Uxbridge’s lesser-known neighbour.


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Uxbridge and South Ruislip was established in 2010 Landmarks RAF Northolt is prominent in air force history. During World War Two, it was home to several fighter squadrons involved in the Battle of Britain. These included airmen from Britain, Poland, New Zealand and Canada.

Today, the station handles a large number of civil flights. It receives visitors from all over the world, including British and Foreign royalty, heads of state, and Government ministers, VIPs and celebrities.

Following her death in 1997, the coffin of Princes Diana was flown from Paris to RAF Northolt.

The station also played a crucial role in the 2012 London Olympics. Several Typhoon jets were stationed at Northolt, where military exercises were carried out to test security at the Games. This was the first time fighter jets had been stationed at the based since World War Two.

The Polish War Memorial is another significant South Ruislip landmark, situated at the A40/A4180 roundabout junction. It was erected in 1948 to commemorate the 2,165 Polish RAF fighters who lost their lives during the war.

The Emerald GAA grounds are the country’s principal Gaelic games centre. Home to the London hurling and London Gaelic Football teams, it hosts several finals each year, including the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship and the National Hurling League. The female team also compete at the venue for the Ladies senior football cup competition and Brendan Martin Cup.

Interesting facts

South Ruislip has the highest percentage of young people, and those aged 30-44, than anywhere else in Hillingdon.

Last year, South Ruislip Community Association and Community Centre were the subject of intense online speculation after they released of a video of a reported ghost sighting. The grainy footage shows a transparent figure walking out of the centre, before it vanishes into thin air. The site was reportedly used as a prison camp for Italians during World War Two, which has led some to believe he is a ghost from the 1940s.

Plans are currently in place to build a shopping and leisure complex on the derelict Express Dairy site in Victoria Road. If successful, the multi-million pound development will create 650 new jobs, a multiplex cinema, a supermarket, five family restaurants and 132 homes.

Famous residents (past and present)

Actor Timothy West

NASA astronaut Gregory H. Johnson

The late singer, actor and journalist Adam Faith

British pop group Scouting For Girls