Haven Green is a little green oasis in the heart of Ealing!
Its freshly lawn mowered grass, with lovely trees and beautiful flower beds. It has green park benches with bins provided. It also has paths through it for pedestrian and cyclist alike.
I don't know what it is about Haven Green that attracts the pigeon population here, but you see a lot of them.
People come here on to rather chill, eat lunch, sit with friends, picnic read a book, listen to music or attempt to play football (I don't know why the green is small).
Across Haven green you will find a lot of independent eateries here. (cafes, restaurant, takeaways.) The only chain is Tesco Express and Starbucks. Ealing Broadway shopping centre and the high street shops are not far away as well.
Haven Green its situated near Ealing Broadway station. Haven green has bus stops near it, taxi ranks and cycle parking as well, so their is a lot of traffic going on here, but despite that it is still a lovely place to chill. If you want real calm and time to spare go to Ealing Common, but if you are short on time or you just waiting for someone Haven Green is the best your bet.
I can't disagree with Timinator more strongly, 10 or 12 years ago, it was how he describes it. However, it is now a large bus terminus, a open air toilet (night and day), a very large bin and a gathering area for beggars, vulnerable homeless people, people with mental health and incoming/newly arrived Euro-migrant workers, waiting to be collected with their cases! Lastly, its a play ground for pretentious, privileged teenagers (with names like Toby, Marquis, Molly, Aurelia, Siminie and the likes) from the 3 private schools in Castlebar. These kids don't talk to each other, they scream, try to swear convincingly and all require lessons in good manners and public deportment.
Lunchtimes and weekends are hell, during the day and early evening, these lovely children, scream their greetings and fare thee wells, to their friend half way across the Green, shout out their request for others to only come back if they have a tall, skinny, extra frothy, chilled Mocha with straw from Starbucks they then spit the contents of these drinks over each other (with more, screaming and swearing) and discard the empty cups on the grass or paths.
The evenings are then filled with groups of people drinking (who again, often just leave their crap laying about), youths fighting, sizing each other up for a fight, or get in your way as you pass along the path ways, and then turn on you!
At night, you take your life in your hands straying onto the paths. This from various homeless people from the new hostels that surround Haven Green, general muggers and low life's or from those who realise that they can't make it as far as the station because they are to drunk/doped up, but they want a fag off of you! Yeah you! slur slur
The west side and behind the taxi rank hut has became a public toilet, passing here about 10pm or later, the stench of urine attacks your senses and is really sickening. DON'T STOP TO USE THE PHONES! The taxi drivers refuse to sit inside the hut, because the wood at the rear has become rotten/smelly from the constant attack of urine, they used to sit inside and have refreshment/sandwich breaks.
The newly fitted benches carry the scars of graffiti, some smell from the people who spent the night sleeping on or under them, the bins are emptied once a day, and then become overflowing, the debris then gets spread throughout the area.
The bus stops/shelters, what a joke. Ealing Council spent a fortune re-siting these, cleverly, placing them in the middle of the pavement? those, waiting for buses have few manners, stand in your way and rarely allow anyone to pass, the effect is, those not willing to fight their way through, have made troughs behind the bus shelters, which fill with water and mud when it rains, or just become filled with all the other crap that people throw away.
For all the CCTV and deployment of the occasional PCSO its a complete mess, concidering that for many, this is the entrance way to Ealing Broadway, its disgusting.
Ealing used to be called the Queen of London boroughs, its becoming a joke..
I've sat here a few times to read a book or whatever. I've got free tickets to see pre-screening of Borat whilst sitting here one summer. It's ok.
I HATE the fact people just leave their rubbish behind though. What the hell is that all about?! There's a bin - USE IT!
It's not big, it's not quiet, but it's well-kept. Haven Green is just outside Ealing Broadway train station, and it's got benches and flowers and lots of clean, well-kept grass to sit on. It's ringed by traffic, especially buses, but if you can't make it over to Walpole Park (qype.co.uk/place/79344-W…) this is a nice spot to eat your sandwich or lay in the sun during a free moment.
Great place for a bus spotter. Roads on 3 edges and 1 through the middle. Not sure how it will change if the proposed redevelopment of Ealing goes ahead. Couple of pubs close by and of course Ealing Broadway station is seconds away.
Come Christmas you may find a temporary ice skating rink. Of all the green spaces and parks in Ealing, it's not high on my list
I'd be inclined to agree with you about Haven Green, but I'd also like to add in the fact that during the Winter months, Ealing council has decided to situate a gigantic ice rink in the middle of it. The area already has enough people, and this structure takes up all the empty space that was once there. Even worse, the rink seems to leave a massive marsh in its wake when they remove it.
If you like ice skating, why not just travel to Queensway?
It's just another way for the council to rake in money
Boring with a capital B. Just some grass, a few benches, a sprinkling of not too exciting flowers (think pansys) and some unhelpfully placed paths. Not worth going anywhere near unless you are really desperate for a sit down!
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