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Living in West London: Where to Eat, Drink & Play - Essential Living

Living in West London: Where to Eat, Drink & Play

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Living in West London you’ll benefit from a vibrant social scene and some of the trendiest spots in the whole capital. Often considered the sophisticated side of London and home to the most magnificent parklands, you’ll always find a stylish hangout in West London.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic fine dining restaurant, a laidback place to enjoy a drink or a quiet spot to escape the bustle of the city, we’ve found some of the best places to visit whilst living in West London.

Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew

One of West London’s nature gems is the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew. The UNESCO World Heritage site is located to the west of the picturesque district of Kew. Home to the most diverse and largest botanical and mycological collection in the world, the gardens are an important hub for international botanical research and education.

Wander the sprawling gardens and across the Treetop Walkway to witness nature from all over the globe. There are a number of glasshouses across the park, including the giant Temperate House, which showcases a fascinating kaleidoscope of plants from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australasia. The best time to visit is in the spring months when all of the flowers bloom into life.

Address: Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE
Phone: 020 8332 5655
Follow: @kewgardens

The Belvedere

Indulge in modern dining in a unique setting at The Belvedere. Situated in the centre of Holland Park, the restaurant is richly atmospheric. The building is a former 17th-century ballroom, originally belonging to the Jacobean mansion that was Holland House. Dine among original features, enjoying views across the beautiful park through the tall arched windows.

The dinner menus change with the seasons, letting you sample a diverse array of fine dining dishes. Whether you want a meaty lamb rump, a hearty vegetarian pasta or a healthy fish plate, the restaurant caters well for all palates. Visit on Sundays to choose from their special roast menu.

Address: Holland Park, Abbotsbury Road, London W8 6LU
Phone: 020 7602 1238
Follow: @belvedere.holland.park

Portobello Road Market

One of London’s busiest and oldest markets, Portobello Road Market is a haven for antiques and groceries for those living in West London. The market has evolved over the years since opening in the 1800s, but you can always expect to find something unusual or one-of-a-kind here. That’s why the market has become so famous worldwide. The stalls meander all the way from Westbourne Grove to Golborne Road.

Look out for a unique ornament or art print to decorate your home, or find a stylish vintage outfit to update your wardrobe. There are also a number of stalls serving fresh fruit and vegetables, plus hot street food if you want a bite to eat.

Address: 306 Portobello Road, London W10 5TA
Phone: 020 7361 3001
Follow: @portobello_road_market

The River Café

Hammersmith’s Michelin-starred restaurant, The River Café, offers delightful al fresco Italian dining overlooking the Thames. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as savouring excellent cuisine with a picturesque view. The restaurant has earned quite an acclaimed status across the capital owing to its association with now-famed chefs. Since opening in 1987, the restaurant has been at the epicentre of fine dining, but with a warming and lively atmosphere.

The menu changes daily to reflect the very best seasonal produce. From rich panzotti di zucca (pumpkin ravioli) to an elegant dish of chargrilled Scottish scallops, you can expect authentic Italian flavours and generous portions. Ask the expert waiters to recommend the perfect Italian wine to pair with your meal.

Address: Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA
Phone: 020 7386 4200
Follow: @therivercafelondon


Don’t be fooled by the modest frontery of Albertine. Situated just outside Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, the winery is the birthplace of the BBC soap drama, EastEnders, which took the name of Albert Square from Albertine.

The chic winery serves an array of fine wines from all over the world. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or novice, the bar staff can expertly recommend a glass to suit your taste buds. Inside, the relaxed atmosphere makes it an ideal meeting spot for friends or for a more romantic evening. There’s also a restaurant upstairs serving a mix of Italian and French-inspired cuisine. Nibble over a charcuterie board with friends or choose a more filling linguine or stew dish.

Address: 1 Wood Lane, Shepherd’s Bush London W12 7DP
Phone: 020 8743 9593
Follow: @albertineldn

Electric Cinema

With locations in both Notting Hill and White City, Electric Cinema is the perfect place to watch arthouse and old films if you’re living in West London. The cinema in Notting Hill is one of the oldest in London and definitely the most romantic. Designed to evoke the comfort of your own home, both cinemas are decked out with cosy armchairs, footstools and blankets.

You can enjoy a full bar service where waiters will bring cocktails or champagne to your seat. There are also plenty of cinema snacks on sale before the show, including classic pick ‘n’ mix and American diner food.

Address: 191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED
Phone: 020 7908 9696
Follow: @electriccinemas

Sipsmith Distillery

Gin enthusiasts can visit the birthplace of Sipsmith at their Distillery in Chiswick. The famed London gin brand lets you go behind-the-scenes for guided tours of the distillery. Learn more about the gin making process, enjoy tutored tastings or book a gin cocktail masterclass – a fun and alternative way to spend a weekend or mark a special occasion with friends.

If you’d rather not make the journey, you can enjoy the gin from the comfort of your own home courtesy of their Sipping Society membership club. Or try your hand at crafting some of their speciality cocktails with the easy-to-follow recipes on their website.

Address: 83 Cranbrook Road, Chiswick, London W4 2LJ
Phone: 020 8747 0753
Follow: @sipsmith

Richmond Park

Richmond Park is London’s largest Royal Park. If you’re living in West London, it should be your number one choice for an escape into nature without leaving the capital. Spanning an incredible 955 hectares, the park is not only a national treasure for wildlife, it also has a rich history having been created by Charles I in the 17th century.

The park is ideal for runners and dog walkers, offering multiple different routes to follow. On sunnier days, enjoy a picnic with friends on one of the many secluded spots of grassland. The park is no longer used as a hunting ground, but it’s still home to hundreds of roaming red and fallow deer. In late spring to early summer, the park truly comes to life for birthing season – a sight not to be missed for any Londoner.

Address: 83 Cranbrook Road, Chiswick, London W4 2LJ
Phone: 030 0061 2200
Follow: @theroyalparks

Living in West London

There’s no denying West London offers an opulent assortment of chic hangouts. Have we missed your favourite dinner spot or haven in West London? Tweet us @EssLiving.

If you’re thinking of moving to West London, read our guide to the best places to live west of the capital.

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