Hounslow is a large suburban district located in West London. It is ten miles west-southwest of Charing Cross and is the administrative centre for the London Borough of Hounslow. It is one of twelve metropolitan centres identified in the London Plan. It has a multicultural population and is home to GlaxoSmithKline and British Sky Broadcasting.
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Hounslow is a multi-ethnic borough
Hounslow is an ethnically diverse borough in west London. In 2011, about one-third of the borough’s population was made up of ethnic minorities. About one-fifth of the borough’s residents were South Asian. This diverse population needs substantial support in order to flourish.
Hounslow is also home to several sports teams. Hounslow United and Hanworth Villa play football in the Osterley Sports Ground, while Ashford Town and Bedfont & Feltham play at the Robert Parker Stadium. The borough is also home to the London Irish rugby team. The borough is also the birthplace of former England international Alistair Overeem.
It is home to British Sky Broadcasting
Hounslow, West London is the home of British Sky Broadcasting, a British company. The town is also known as the ‘drug capital of the UK’, due to its high crime rates. However, the recent police crackdown on drugs has seen crime rates fall in the town. The main problem associated with anti social behaviour is the youth, which are often vulnerable to gangs. In response to this problem, the police have launched an operation to tackle this problem and prevent it from spreading.
Founded in Isleworth, Sky is one of the biggest employers in the borough. Its headquarters are located in Sky Central, a building that represents the company’s ‘believe in better’ vision. In 1989, Rupert Murdoch launched four new channels on the public. The company then merged with British Satellite Broadcasting to become Sky. In August 2016, the company relocated its headquarters to Hounslow, allowing it to concentrate its operations and grow its business in the borough.
It is a former coaching halt
Hounslow, located just north of London, was a coaching halt in the 18th century. In 1833, there were more than 200 coaches passing through the town every day. The town grew rapidly after the First World War. It absorbed neighbouring towns, such as Maswell Park and Lampton, and later, Hounslow West. Within a decade, new roads were laid, and suburban housebuilding took off.
This historic town sits between two districts of London: Richmond-upon-Thames and Ealing. Within Richmond-upon-Thames, there are several historic buildings, including the Twickenham Stadium. To the north, Hounslow is home to the London Museum of Water & Steam.
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