Ruislip - Five Tube Stations And Nothing To Do
Ruislip appears in the Domesday Book as Rislepe, which means 'leaping place on the river where rushes grow' and probably refers to a place where The River Pinn could be crossed. During the time of Edward The Confessor's rule (1042 - 1066 in case you were wondering) it was valued at £30 (or as we like to think of it, two-and-a-bit t-shirts) although this was reduced to £12 (nearly a whole t-shirt) by the time Ernulf de Hesdin took over. Would this have happened if they'd known that one day Ruislip would have no less that five London Underground stations? We think not. And it's also home to Hillingdon Borough Football Club, The Emerald Gaelic Athletic Association Sports Grounds and the splendidly-named Mad Bess Woods - the lady herself was apparently the wife of an 18th Century gamekeeper who prowled the woods at night looking for poachers.
If ever a place deserved a cool retro-styled t-shirt then it's Ruislip. Now - can you name the five tube stations?