Chiswick is quite rightly one of London's most sought-after areas. Despite being less than half an hour from the centre of London, it retains a village feel and boasts great transport links, green spaces, cafes, and restaurants.
Chiswick has the perfect location. It is right on the river, there is plenty of wilderness and yet it has village feel – whilst at the same time the high road is long and wide and there are always activities along it.
Often described as a London village, Chiswick has long been popular with families and residents really appreciate how much it has to offer. It is by the river, full of bars, brasseries, and restaurants, has high-performing schools and a packed calendar of events. Being on two Tube and two train lines and convenient for the M4, getting around is easy.
A little bit of history
Dukes Meadows was home to an annual cheese fair until the 18th Century and lead to the town's name of Chiswick, an old English word for 'Cheese Farm'. Bedford Park is an area of houses designed by Norman Shaw in 1877 and is the original Garden Suburb.
Need to know
Helen Mirren, Kate Beckinsale, Pete Townshend and Sebastian Coe were all born in Chiswick.
What do you like to do on weekends?
‘There is a vast number of green spaces to explore. Chiswick House has some beautiful gardens that are perfect for dog-spotting on sunny days. Turnham Green Terrace and Chiswick High Road are great to wander along at the weekends. And the Old Cinema antique shop has all sorts of weird and wonderful knick-knacks and furniture – it’s fun to rummage through.’
Travel links in Chiswick
Despite being further away from the city centre, Chiswick has excellent travel links and is well connected via the M3, M4 and A40. Commuters will love the district line, which serves Tube stations including Ravenscourt Park and Turnham Green. A train from Chiswick station to Waterloo takes less than half an hour via Clapham Junction and Vauxhall, while a trip into central London takes just 20 minutes. It is also extremely well connected to areas further afield, with Heathrow being a short distance by car, leaving the entire world at your fingertips.
As you’d expect from a West London district, Chiswick is also well-served by buses, with routes serving Camden Town, Richmond, and Hammersmith. Buses to Piccadilly Circus operate a 24-hour service, and night buses to Heathrow and Liverpool Street are also available, so whether you have a last-minute flight to catch or you want to head into Shepherd’s Bush for a spot of retail therapy in the district’s Westfield shopping mall, you won’t have to worry about getting there.