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Harrow is one of the most elegant suburbs of London, with a history that dates back to the days of the heroic Queen Boadicea of the Iceni tribe. These days, Harrow is known more as the home of the famous public school that dates back to the 16th century. Harrow is the last borough of northwest London, with extremely easy access to the M1 and M25 motorways.
Who to Book With
There are dozens of places to hire a car from in Harrow, including the top firm of Enterprise, most of which are located around Wealdstone railway station. To find your most convenient location and secure the best price, it is recommended that you book online in advance.
Best Time to go
Harrow is a suburb of London, and although it can feel a little sleepy at times, it certainly is part of the city that never sleeps. Accommodation prices are usually consistent throughout the year, although summer affords the best weather for sightseeing.
Need to Know Essentials
To pick up your rental car, you must provide the following documents:
- A British or European driving license or an International Driving Permit
- A photo ID, such as your passport, alongside your regular licence
- Credit card details used in the booking
- A printed receipt of your booking, if possible
As Harrow is in suburban London, traffic can be thick at times, particularly during the peak hours, when the side streets can get clogged with vehicles transporting students on the ‘school run’. Navigating the residential streets of Harrow can be a little confusing, so it’s always best to use a SatNav to avoid getting lost.
Harrow is well connected to the arterial roads of London. To get onto the A40 for westward routes, follow the A312 south. The A40 links to the M25, or you can take the A40 east into the centre of London. To go north, head for junction 4 of the M1, a journey that takes fewer than 20 minutes with no traffic.
Harrow, a suburb of London, benefits from being on the underground network and having national rail and local buses services. It is also possible to use taxis; you can either pre-book a minicab or use a London black cab.
There is a mainline train station just north of Harrow called Harrow & Wealdstone, with trains headed to Euston station and destinations to the north of London. This station is also served by the Bakerloo line of the London Underground (brown on the map).
Otherwise, the main underground station is Harrow-on-the-Hill, which is on the Metropolitan line (purple on the map). National rail services also go towards Aylesbury from here. You can check London-wide routes on the TFL journey planner. For national trains, check the National Rail Enquiries website.
You will see a line of traditional Black Cabs, which operate on a meter, at the taxi rank at the train station. If you see a vacant one in the street, you’re free to wave it down for your journey. Otherwise, a more cost-effective way of getting from door to door is to call a minicab for pick-up.
There are six buses that run from Harrow-on-the-Hill underground station to other places in the local area. Check timetables and routes by visiting the TFL website. Bus fares are around £2.40 for a single journey, London-wide, or £1 less if using an Oyster prepaid card.
Harrow sits at the tip of London, meaning it conveniently benefits from both the country and city worlds. You can be in central London in less than 40 minutes, or go the other way to visit the royal residences of Windsor Castle in the same driving time. Harrow is also close to a particular historical and cultural relic that helped shaped industrial Britain - the Grand Union Canal. The drive around the nearby protected parklands is also not to be missed.
Grand Union Canal - The parkland around the west London section of the historic Grand Union Canal is well worth a visit. From Harrow, go south to connect with the A40 and then head west. You’ll pass the listed 1930s Art Deco Hoover factory. Keep going west until the turnoff at Denham Road (A412), then head to Rickmansworth. On the way, back loop round to the other side of the canal to take in more of the greenery, whilst remembering to stop at one of the traditional bankside pubs to soak up the authentic atmosphere.
London - Harrow could not have better access to central London. Just take the A40 eastbound until it turns into Euston Road. Alternately, follow the road right at this junction and you’ll be driving down Park Lane. You can also drive to Mayfair round the corner, but you’ll have to pay a congestion charge.
Windsor - Harrow boasts an amazingly fast connection to Windsor. It is already on the correct side of London, but access is made especially easy thanks to the A312 and the M4. The M4 will take you all the way to Windsor, where you can drop by the castle. Total journey time is around 40 minutes.