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Hammersmith area guide

Discover our favourite restaurants and pubs in Hammersmith, find out what’s on at Hammersmith Apollo and find plenty of things to do, see, eat and drink in W6

Hammersmith is an established west London entertainment hub, and the international nature of its residents is reflected in the area. Hammersmith restaurants showcase cuisine on a global scale, with Indian, Italian, Polish and Vietnamese places serving top-notch food. It's also the location for some of London's most famous theatres, which attract acts and visitors from around the world. The international influence of the area and the stacks of things to do make Hammersmith a great place to eat, drink and be entertained.

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Carpenter's Arms

But for the tables outside, you might think that this was a shop. But a pub it is, and a popular one at that: head here on a Friday evening, and you’ll probably find ‘reserved’ signs hanging on most of the dozen or so tables that hug the edge of this intimate venue. A stripped-down menu of simple mixed drinks (Stoli or Smirnoff with ginger ale, Gordon’s and grapefruit, Captain Morgan and Coke) cuts nicely to the chase, but most stick to reliable wines or the beers, which might include Adnams on draft. As those ‘reserved’ signs make plain, food’s a big part of the appeal, and with reason: it’s both excellent and keenly priced. The staff who serve it are absolute darlings, genuinely delighted to see you. Little images of The Sweeney and the Duke of Edinburgh provide offbeat levity.

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Artisan

At time of writing, the sunny, sky-filled view from this large corner room was quite a treat – despite its location on a busy west London intersection. Residential construction will eventually remove some of the view, but that’s no reason to avoid Artisan. This is an exceptionally enjoyable place to drink, eat and while away the hours. The clientele, whether alone or in small groups of all ages, seems entirely local and children are most welcome. Beans come from Allpress and are used to excellent effect. Closing your eyes and sipping a perfectly made espresso, you wouldn’t know you’re in Stamford Brook rather than Allpress’s HQ in Shoreditch. The room has a very pleasant look and feel, with enormous windows on two sides, high ceilings and down-home furnishings (many homemade). Food consists of sprightly sandwiches and attractive baked goods, with a strong line in cakes. This is the second branch (the first is in Putney) and the owners say there might be one more – but that’s it. Too bad. Every neighbourhood would benefit from an Artisan.  

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Ravenscourt Park

Ravenscourt is less a traditional park, more a secret garden. While larger than your average private acreage, it has a refreshing local feel and is suitably off the beaten track. Even in the height of summer it remains blissfully calm, part of the reason being that west London is awash with big-name parks with Hyde and Holland being the main attractions. Ravenscourt Park's Walled Garden is an extra hidden gem. Tucked away in the north-east corner, it exudes a Zen-like charm and is the perfect place to wile away an afternoon. If staring at plants isn't your thing, then there are passable tennis courts, a bowling lawn and a putting green. Kids are well catered for with a nature trail and four play areas which feature a paddling pool, a rope and post fitness circuit and an adventure playground with fort-style climbing frames, slides and a popular basket swing (adults are often seen commandeering the seriously fun rope slide). Annual events include a spectacular bonfire night, Carter's Steam Fair and an alfresco opera season.

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Bars and pubs in Hammersmith

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Old Ship

It’s a long walk from Hammersmith Bridge along a lazy bend in the Thames, a world away from belching buses and snarled-up traffic, but you’ll be pleased you’ve made the trek.

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Carpenter's Arms

But for the tables outside, you might think that this was a shop. But a pub it is, and a popular one at that: head here on a Friday evening, and you’ll probably find many ‘reserved’ signs.

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Dove

Several pubs stand amid the rowing clubs, dog-walkers and strategically placed park benches on the Upper Mall embankment upriver from Hammersmith Bridge; this one is perhaps the best.

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Stonemasons Arms

This light, airy, two-floor gastropub – and, on Sundays, neighbourhood film club – is a Fuller’s establishment par excellence.

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Hammersmith highlights

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7 Hammersmith Terrace

Seven Hammersmith Terrace is the former residence of Sir Emery Walker – printer, collector and friend and mentor to William Morris – and is open for visitors from April to September. 

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Hammersmith Apollo

Another live music emporium that began life as an art deco cinema, this 1930s building had a big refit in 2002 and still features the original 1932 Compton pipe organ. It now doubles as a 3,600-capacity all-seater theatre and a 5,000-capacity standing-room-only gig space, hosting everyone from Kenny Rogers to Slipknot. 

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Theatre

Lyric Hammersmith

A beacon of culture in Hammersmith, the Lyric's distinctive look is largely down to a fusion of the building's 1970s structure, the theatre's Victorian heritage and a modern interior. 

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Museums

William Morris Society and Kelmscott House Museum

On Hammersmith riverside, this small museum is where William Morris, socialist and founding member of the Arts and Crafts movement, spent the last 18 years of his life (1878-96), and which he described to his wife Janey as 'the most beautiful house in London.' 

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Restaurants in Hammersmith

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Crabtree

Situated on a fine stretch of the riverbank between Hammersmith and Putney bridges, this vast Victorian venue is within shouting distance of Craven Cottage, the homely home of Fulham Football Club.

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The Gate

When this much-loved vegetarian institution closed for refurbishment and didn’t reopen for more than a year, many loyal diners were mourning – but then perked up when its younger sibling opened in Islington.

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Malina Restaurant

Opened in January 2011 in Brook Green, West London, Malina offers Polish and Eastern European cuisine. Malina is owned and run by two partners: Beata Murphy and Jola Pinchard.

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Potli

With its beach-style wooden bar, hessian cushions, beads, and quirky curios, Potli has a tropical street-bazaar vibe. Local residents visit for the classic curries and smoky grills.

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Bar BQ S
Bar BQ S

Do you want to enjoy food with your friends in Stamford, CT ? Bar BQ Stamford is the best restaurant and pub in Stamford which serves you best quality foods so you can enjoy your eating with your friends.

lady S
lady S

Lala is the best bar/ restaurant in Hammersmith on the corner of Blacks Road.  Food is great, the huge hamburger is what I would call a PROPER hamburger, not that other one. You can taste its freshly made.

The wine list is extensive and very fairly priced.  Even on busy Appollo nights the staff have time for you, always a smile and you can make great frinds at the bar.  Try Lazlis' cocktails.

Lady


Time Out, it's time to visit Hammersmith again.

Fiona O
Fiona O

Antipode cafe/bar on Fulham Palace Rd! Best fiver you'll ever spend hungover (or not) on their Breakfast Burger. Washed down with great coffee and staff!

Alex M
Alex M

The new bakery on Askew Road, October 26, is probably the best bakery in West London

Nicola J
Nicola J

Just down the road in Stamford Brook at 387 King Street is The Stamford Larder, a super chilled out café serving fresh, organic food and Monmouth coffee.

Marie- Christine Dahlin
Marie- Christine Dahlin

The Gate is the best vegetarian restaurant in London (as far as I know). Even our non-veggie friend liked the mouth watering (some spicy) meals.

shirlee  anne
shirlee anne

thats it for hammersmith then,? not to much going on ? what about the KING STREET, THERE WAS MORE GOING ON, IN THE LATE 50s AND 60s. where i grew up . there is now, the same pubs, ok they look different now. the APPOLLO,was ther then called the GAUMONT CINEMA ,BORING FETURE YOU HAVE MADE FOR HAMMERSMITH. IF I WAS AN ALIEN, I FLY ACROSS AND NOT STOP/ COME ON GIVE HAMMERSMITH A BETTER WRITE UP.

Bobcat
Bobcat

As Charlie Sheen says, this atrlcie is "WINNING!"