West London doesn’t just attract tourists. More people are looking to live in the area, especially in districts such as Hammersmith. With ample entertainment, shopping and greenery, it’s no wonder that it’s been named one of the property hotspots for 2019.
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There’s never a dull evening in Hammersmith. Plenty of traditional pubs are scattered along the riverside; ideal for a summer evening. A particularly popular choice is The Dove, which has an interesting history – it was where Charles II would often take his mistress. There’s also some very classy cocktail bars too – Smith’s being one of the best.
It’s hard to pick the best of food and drink in Hammersmith. The old-fashioned pubs offer traditional British grub, and there are some incredible international tastes to be had at restaurants like Indian Zing and 101 Thai Kitchen. Curtains Up has a weekly pie shop on a Saturday, and if you venture downstairs to their cellar, you’ll experience a touch of culture too. The Barons Court Theatre is located there, providing an intimate setting for plays.
Similarly, Lyric Hammersmith offers tasty gourmet burgers, a roof garden with pleasant views and contemporary theatre. And plays aren’t the only culture to be had in Hammersmith. You can explore history at the Hammersmith Bridge, a Grade II listing. Whilst most of the houses from the Industrial Revolution have been demolished or redeveloped into offices, some still remain.
On top of this, you can set eyes on the works of the renowned William Morris at the William Morris Society Museum, as well as have a great night at music and comedy events at the Hammersmith Apollo.
As for retail, it’s simply bustling in Hammersmith. King Street, the main shopping street, boasts a cinema and well-known brands. It’s also home to Beauty By Honey – the ideal spot if you’re looking for some personal rejuvenation.
On the north side of the street is Kings Mall, which was recently given its own facelift. The redevelopment has made it the one-stop-shop for everything you need. The stores here are endless, and include those for homeware, beauty, and, of course, fashion.
It’s not the only shopping centre – Broadway is also popular. Chocoholics often venture here to savour the award-winning treats at Hotel Chocolat. If you need a break from shopping, then there are plenty of places to dine at the Broadway Centre. Get a bite to eat at the Dragon Cat Café or for something different, head to Wasabi. Plus, there’s the independent London flower shop – Mrs Florist – so you can adorn your new home with eye-catching bouquets.
Here, green space is in abundance. Ravenscourt Park has wildlife, tennis and basketball courts, play facilities, along with a teahouse and garden centre, making it perfect for a day out with the kids. During the summer, there is a paddling pool and children’s beach – so you can experience that family holiday vibe!
In 2018, there were four new community parklets opened in Hammersmith Grove. This is part of a wider plan to improve the environment and boost air quality, as well as make Hammersmith and Fulham the greenest borough in London. It offers both shoppers and those working nearby a green backdrop that they can visit.
Strolls are often had at these, as well as at Bishops Park, where there are stunning rose and sculpture gardens. And of course, you can’t beat a walk along the Hammersmith riverside. The Thames setting is simply irresistible. Here you’ll see the sights of not just the bank, but the nature at Furnival Gardens.
Hammersmith is well-connected. The underground is a particularly popular method of transport, and links to the city via four lines. It’s speedy to get to the centre of London, as well as internationally, with Heathrow Airport only 30 minutes away.
There are two Hammersmith tube stations – one will connect you to the Piccadilly and District lines, and the other to the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines. Hammersmith’s Broadway Centre also has a bus station offering 16 routes:
- 9 (Hammersmith-Aldwych)
- 27 (Hammersmith-Chalk Farm)
- 33 (Fulwell-Hammersmith)
- 72 (East Acton-Roehampton)
- 190 (Oxford Circus-Stoke Newington)
- 209 (Hammersmith-Mortlake)
- 211 (Hammersmith-Waterloo)
- 220 (Wandsworth-Willesden Junction)
- 266 (Brent Cross-Hammersmith)
- 267 (Fulwell-Hammersmith)
- 283 (East Acton-Hammersmith)
- 295 (Clapham Junction-Ladbroke Grove)
- 391 (Sands End-Richmond)
- 419 (Hammersmith-Richmond)
- 485 (Hammersmith-Wandsworth)
- H91 (Hammersmith-Hounslow West)
There’s also plenty of walking and cycling routes available, for those who want to explore the Hammersmith and Fulham area at no cost.
Did you know…?
Hammersmith has quite a broadcasting heritage. It was home to BBC’s Television Centre between 1960 and 2013.
Properties in Hammersmith
With such history, plus experiences suitable for families and young professionals alike, it’s no surprise that Hammersmith is so up-and-coming. It boasts affordability too. The properties available are wide-ranging and include studio flats as well as large period properties.
Whether you’re a landlord looking to achieve high rental yields, or someone searching for a place they can build an action-packed family or social life, Hammersmith is ideal. You’re certain to find a property that suits you.