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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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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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.'