Hounslow is famous for its excellent transport links – not just into London, but worldwide (it's home to Heathrow Airport). Although it's really easy to get out of Hounslow, there are plenty of reasons to hang around. For one, house prices in Hounslow have jumped by more than 20% since 2013.
Today we're looking at what makes Hounslow so special.
Hounslow has a long history of talented musicians. National treasures Freddie Mercury and Phil Collins have lived there, with the ethnically diverse borough also giving us urban artists MIA and Jay Sean. The borough does a lot to foster musical talent – the council launched its Music Service in 1980, which gives nearly all primary school aged children the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. The council also runs the Saturday Morning Music School and has set up a range of extracurricular orchestras and ensembles for children to join. One of Hounslow's biggest attractions is the massive collection of self-playing instruments in its Musical Museum.
Hounslow's secondary school pupils tend to perform better than the national average in GCSEs, but the borough has some excellent primary schools too. Spring Grove Primary School is the hardest primary school to get into in England. The school is rated "outstanding" by Ofsted; last year, nine out of ten pupils achieved level four in reading, writing and maths. No wonder 13.5 people were vying for every one place. Another notable school in Hounslow is Edison Primary School – a brand new school dedicated to science and outdoor learning. The school was given the go-ahead in 2014 and its motto is "‘igniting young minds today for a brighter tomorrow".
Another famous Hounslow resident is Mo Farah, who has a gold postbox in Isleworth in honour of his Olympic credentials. As the second man ever to complete the Olympics "double double", he's obviously inspired the borough. The whole of Hounslow will be invited to take part in a free fitness challenge from 21st September, for six weeks. Borough residents will go up against each other to see who can walk, cycle and run the farthest.