From the east (Chiswick) to the west (Feltham and Bedfont), the borough covers five major towns: Chiswick (W4), Brentford (TW8), Isleworth (TW7), Hounslow (TW3, TW4, TW5), and Feltham (TW13, TW14). In addition to Richmond upon Thames, it borders the boroughs of Richmond, Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing and Hillingdon.
Parks and Open Spaces
Among the many parks and recreation spaces in the area are: Chiswick Gardens, Chiswick Common, Turnham Green, Gunnersbury Park, Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve, Carville Hall Parks, Claypond Garden, Boston Manor Park, London Playing Field, Syon Park, Osterley Park, Thornbury Park, Lampton Park, Inwood Park, Heston Sports Ground, Hounslow Heath, Avenue Park, Crane Park, Letrim Park, Hanworth Park, and Bedfont Lakes Country Park.
A few of the parks within a short distance of Hounslow are Ravenscourt Park (London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham), Acton Green Common, Acton Park, Ealing Common, Elthorne Park in Ealing, Cranford Park in Hillingdon, Hampton Common, Fulwell Golf Club, Crane Park (Whitton), Murray Park, Kew Gardens, Old Deer Park, Marble Hill Park, Richmond Park, Ham Lands, Bushy Park and Hampton Court in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames.
Located between Richmond-upon-Thames and Hounslow, the River Thames runs through Chiswick, Brentford and Isleworth. There are several tributaries and distributaries of the Thames that flow through the borough, including the River Crane, the Brent and Grand Union Canals, the Duke of Northumberland's River, the Longford River and Feltham Hill Brook.
GlaxoSmithKline and Sky plc both have headquarters in Brentford along the A4 Great West Road, which is known as the 'Golden Mile'. There are several supermarket outlets in the borough. It is renowned globally for its factories and offices, and it is currently being redeveloped with new apartment blocks and offices. There is also Fuller's Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, within the borough. Feltham was the home of Aston Martin for several years before they moved to Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire.
The headquarters of Air France-KLM for United Kingdom and Ireland operations, including KLM and Air France facilities, are located in Hatton Cross. The UK commercial team, sales team, and support team are based in Plesman House near Heathrow Airport Terminal 4.
Sega Europe has its headquarters in Brentford. Menzies Aviation has its head office by the airport in Feltham. JCDecaux UK has its head office in Brentford.
British Mediterranean Airways was headquartered near London Heathrow Airport before it was wound-up at Hetherington House
According to a 2017 study by Trust for London and the New Policy Institute, Hounslow has the second highest pay inequality of all London boroughs. It also has a poverty rate below London's overall poverty rate, at 25%.
The majority of the residents of the borough are white, 34.4% are Asian, and 6.6% are black. Among the South Asian population in the borough are Hounslow, Heston, and Cranford, all of which also have significant Eastern European populations. Brentford, Isleworth, and Feltham are the most populous areas in the area for Afro-Caribbean, West African, and East African populations.
Approximately 40 percent of the district's White British population lives in the east and west (Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth, Osterley, Hounslow East, Hanworth, Feltham and Bedfont), with the majority residing in affluent areas including Chiswick and Osterley.
A majority of the population identifies as Christian, 14% as Muslim, 10.3% as Hindu, 9% as Sikh, 1.4% as Buddhist, and 0.3% as Jewish; 18% are non-religious. After Slough and Wolverhampton, Hounslow has the third highest proportion of Sikhs in England at 9%.