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Where to Live in West London

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07.10.20

Home to some of the most beautiful and affluent areas in the capital, West London offers many desirable places for renters. From relaxing riverside views and world-renowned parklands to a bold creative and culinary scene, you’ll find a strong sense of community on this side of London.

If you’re not sure where to live in West London, we’ve handpicked eight of the best places.

Kensington

Often considered one of London’s most desirable areas, there’s much more to Kensington than its museums and royal heritage. The area is home to an array of luxury boutiques, fine-dining restaurants, green parks and period properties.

You’ll have the beautiful Kensington Gardens right on your doorstep — a quiet retreat from the bustle of the City. There are also a number of farmer markets in the area, allowing you to pick up locally grown fresh produce. For a unique dining experience, visit the Belvedere in Holland Park, a former 17th-century ballroom. Or try the Michelin-starred Kitchen W8.

There are a handful of Tube stations in the area, including High Street Kensington and Gloucester Road. With connections to the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines, you can easily reach Central London.

Fulham

With its riverside location and abundance of green spaces, Fulham is an attractive place to live in West London. Just a mile west of Chelsea, Fulham offers a residential neighbourhood vibe that is lacking in some other places in London.

The area benefits from an array of high-end boutiques and fine-dining restaurants, mixed with independent cafés and delis. Savour British gastro dining at the Michelin-starred pub, The Harwood Arms; or visit Vagabond on Fulham Broadway to experience London’s eclectic wine scene.

Located on the District Tube line, you can easily get to Paddington in just 20 minutes. Commuting to East and North London is a little trickier, but the area does have a robust bus network.

Hammersmith

The thriving creative scene and vibrant multicultural community of Hammersmith make it a lively West London location. Neighbouring Fulham, you’ll enjoy picturesque riverside views and walks here too.

A wander through the area showcases a characterful mix of historic pubs, charming boathouses and green parklands. The area’s prime dining location is courtesy of Michelin-starred restaurant, The River Café, which offers al fresco Italian dining overlooking the Thames. For live entertainment without having to head to the West End, Hammersmith is home to the Eventim Apollo and Lyric Theatre.

The area is also one of the most connected in West London, making it an ideal living destination for commuters. You’ll have access to all sides of the capital via the District, Piccadilly, Circle and Hammersmith & City Tube lines.

North Acton

Located a bit further out on the border of Zones 2 and 3, North Acton is an up and coming destination for renters. North Acton Tube station keeps the area well connected, offering a short 20-minute ride to Oxford Circus along the Central Line. Development plans are in place to transform Old Oak Common railway depot to be a critical part of the nationwide HS2 (high speed railway), which will only enhance the area’s accessibility even further.

North Acton is renowned as a recording and rehearsal hub for the BBC, with shows like Silent Witness being filmed here. In the middle of the area, North Acton Playing Fields provide a large recreational space for runners, dog walkers and picnickers. There’s a basketball court, grass tennis courts, and football and cricket pitches within the park too, making it a good place for fitness. For classic British pub grub and a pint, head to The Castle.

Shepherd’s Bush

A mile west of Notting Hill, Shepherd’s Bush is a more residential side of West London. The area is well known for its busy shopping scene, including a lively high street, the enormous Westfield shopping centre, and Shepherd’s Bush Market for fresh produce and international street food.

But that’s not all the area has to offer. Recent regeneration plans have led to an exciting number of new property developments, cocktail bars, and restaurants (including Albertine winery and The Defector’s Weld). The O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Bush Theatre are among the best places to watch some of the biggest music acts and new plays this side of the British capital.

The area is also really well connected by a number of different bus, Tube and Overground train services. From the main Shepherd’s Bush station, you can be in Central London in just half an hour via the Central Line.

Kew

Among the most picturesque of West London’s districts, Kew is bordered by the River Thames and the stunning world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew. If you’re not sure where to live in West London but you know you want a quieter and greener side of London to live in, Kew should be high on your list.

The mix of period properties and riverside apartments matches the area’s quaint charm and tight knit neighbourhood vibe. As well as offering an abundance of scenic running and dog-walking routes , the area has no shortage of cosy cafés, wineries and boutiques. Recommended hotspots include fine dining restaurant The Glasshouse, French bistro Ma Cuisine, and SIFT Bakes & Brews.

Despite being further out in the borough of Richmond upon Thames, Kew is well-connected to West London and less than an hour’s journey to Central London by train. Heathrow Airport is also just a 15-minute drive away.

Twickenham

The suburban town of Twickenham may be associated with Rugby Union, but this riverside town has many other highlights. The area has numerous historic properties and landmarks, including Orleans House Gallery and Horace Walpole’s restored Gothic castle, Strawberry Hill House & Garden.

You can expect a warming community atmosphere throughout Twickenham too. Church Street off the main high street is lined by a selection of independent cafés and restaurants. The area is also surrounded by green parklands, making it a perfect location for those wanting a bit of countryside without venturing too far outside London.

Travel into the City can take up to an hour, but a direct Overground service connects you to Waterloo in 20 minutes.

Places Near West London

If you still can’t figure out where to live in West London, then there are a few places just outside of London that are well worth considering. The brand-new Elizabeth Line that is currently underway will provide easy access to London from Maidenhead, Slough and Reading — all of which have their separate charms. The short commute will make it feel like you’re already living in London.

Maidenhead benefits from the neighbouring Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town has also become a hotspot for renters seeking an easy commute and the relaxed vibe of a traditional British market town. The mix of period properties and modern apartments (like our stylish Berkshire House) provide infinite living opportunities. You can download our essential guide to the area for more information.

Where to Live in West London

West London offers a diverse range of areas, whether you’re looking for a creative scene, delicious dining or somewhere with natural beauty. Although this side of the capital is mainly associated with the inner affluent districts, there are many attractive suburbs too.

Not sure whether West London is right for you? Read our guide on where to live in North London.

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