Leafy Chiswick is a welcome retreat from bustling central London. From its idyllic riverside properties to its High Road, packed full of great places to eat and drink, it’s an area popular with anyone from families to media types and celebrities. For a day out, Chiswick House is one of the prettiest tourist attractions in London, and as a bonus, you’re never far away from a good pub (Fuller’s brewery is located in the area) and a decent restaurant.
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16 reasons to go to Turnham Green Terrace, W4
Head west from Hammersmith, jump off the District Line at Turnham Green and you’ll step straight out on to the Terrace: a small street which links busy Chiswick High Road at one end to Chiswick Common at the other. This green and leafy road looks at first like the picture-perfect west London of a Richard Curtis movie – in fact Colin Firth’s house in ‘Love Actually’ is nearby. (Okay, and Colin Firth’s actual house.) But there’s a lot more to TGT than celebrity sightings. It’s a mish-mash of styles, both swanky and simple: the neat Victorian terraces and slightly grim office blocks face a run of small, single-storey shops. As well as being home to Chiswick’s pram-pushers, yoga mat-carriers and media types, Turnham Green Terrace has nurtured a healthy brood of independent businesses. There are cosy, candlelit wine bars, fancy gift stores and restaurants, a tiny pub theatre and a coffee shop with a basement full of pinball machines – as well as some traditional butchers, bistros and delis. You’ll also find a smattering of the obligatory high street chains: it wouldn’t be west London without a local Sweaty Betty, after all. But in this busy street the Oliver Bonases of the world are outnumbered by independents, and it’s a rare and lovely sight. Drink this A photo posted by Chief Coffee (@chief_coffee) on Dec 15, 2016 at 2:28am PST An ace flat white from Chief Coffee, before heading downstairs to the basement pinball lounge. A large glass of pinot noir at Hack &
Five reasons to do your food shopping in Chiswick
You've gotta love a good high street. Somewhere with a butcher, a baker and maybe even a candlestick maker. A street that's lined with independent shops selling top quality goods, and is bustling with market stalls in between. Somewhere that's actually a pleasure to go and do your food shopping, rather than the freezing, trolley-filled aisles of the local supermarket. Luckily for west Londoners there are a few spots that offer this great alternative to the big brand shops, and Chiswick is one of those. Want freshly baked bread and pastries? They've got some of the top bakeries in London. Want game that's just come in season? You've got two butchers to choose from. Want a one-stop shop where you can get coffee, lunch AND your weekly groceries? Well, there's a farmers' market too, where you can do just that. Here are a few more reasons why food shopping in Chiswick is the way to go. 1. Quality fruit and veg Whether you want a pound of apples for a pound or one trombetta courgette, Chiswick's got it covered. There's at least three fruit and veg stalls along the high road, and if they don't have what you're looking for (edible flowers?!) then Natoora on Turnham Green Terrace certainly does. Just make sure you get what you can from the stalls, otherwise you'll walk out of Natoora and won't be able to afford your bus home. Or if you can't be bothered to even get the bus there, Natoora also does a weekly veg box delivery service. 2. Marvellous meat &lt;img id="7a5e507
Restaurants in Chiswick
A short amble from the Thames, this long-standing Chiswick evergreen is big on quirkiness and romance, with its vintage rococo interiors, floral bouquets, twinkling fairy lights and flying cherubs on ornately framed mirrors. Families drop by early doors for breakfast and brunch, while the all-day menu brings eclectic brasserie-style options ranging from paella to sticky pork belly with Vietnamese salad. Cocktails and fairly priced wines go well with bar nibbles.
Part of a mini-chain that has successfully colonised south-west London, this Aussie-rules café doles out a cheery all-day offer ranging from juices, coffees and lingering breakfasts to globe-skipping dishes echoing the venue’s laidback feel (no one will judge if you order chips with your sweetcorn fritters, salmon teriyaki or mussels spaghettini). By day, it’s like a Bugaboo showroom; at night, baby-free locals pile in for booze, pizzas and pide from the wood-fired oven. There’s a nice outdoor terrace too.
A Chiswick fixture for good reason, this swanky joint has built a reputation as a classy neighbourhood drinking den – although it’s equally renowned for its punchy seasonal food. The stylish yet homely bar makes gin a star ingredient in its cocktails, while the elegant dining room (all sleek lines and skylit neutrals) specialises in Euro-accented dishes like confit duck with white beans, spiced onion and wild garlic. Early suppers include a free aperitif and Sunday lunch is worth knowing about.
Every London borough now seems fully caffeinated with sustainable, single-origin beans and cult blends, so any local contender needs to find a way to stand out from the crowd. Chief Coffee goes with... pinball machines. Load up on caffeine, cakes and Rinkoff ‘crodoughs’ in the ground-floor café (Workshop and Allpress provide the beans), then take that chemical high downstairs to the subterranean lounge and reacquaint yourself with your ’90s self via old-school games such as Monster Bash or Cactus Canyon.
Richard Boyle, the third Earl of Burlington, designed Chiswick House, a romantic 18th-century villa and gardens, to evoke classical Italian themes. The house was a show piece, used for entertaining and to display the Earl’s collection of paintings, many of which remain. Next door was an older house, now demolished, where the Burlingtons actually lived although Lady Burlington did turn one room into a bedroom after the death of her husband.
The National Archive of England, Wales and Northern Ireland are essentially a huge library storing items relating to more than 1,000 years of history, from the Domesday Book to the latest Government papers to be released. Anyone over 14 can register for a free reader's ticket which allows access to a variety of documents, from the papers of ordinary citizens to those documenting momentous events in the nation’s history.
Bars and pubs in Chiswick
Hotels in Chiswick
Grove Park House
Grove Park House is just 5 minutes’ walk from Chiswick Railway Station, connecting you to central London in 25 minutes. This spacious villa opens onto a large garden.The villa at Grove Park House offers modern design and is set over 2 floors. It has a large lounge with patio doors, a sofa and a TV, while kitchen facilities include a washing machine, dishwasher, an oven, microwave and toaster.Chiswick has a range of shops, cafés and restaurants within 10 minutes’ walk of the villa.Buses to Oxford Street stop nearby and connect you to the city centre in 20 minutes. The banks of the River Thames is just 5 minutes’ walk away and the famous Kew Gardens are less than a mile from Grove Park.
Located 1.5 km from Riverside Studios, Chiswick Apartment offers accommodation in London. The property is 1.6 km from Hammersmith Apollo and free private parking is available. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property.The unit is equipped with a kitchen. A flat-screen TV is offered.Olympia Exhibition Centre is 2.6 km from Chiswick Apartment, while Portobello Road Market is 3.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is London Heathrow Airport, 14 km from Chiswick Apartment.
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This Chiswick venue is one of three from the Charlotte's stable, sibling to Charlotte's W5 and the original venue, Charlotte's Place, both in Ealing. They've made a local name for themselves with reliable British bistro cooking. Dishes here include crispy ox tongue with smoked aubergine and pickled red onion, a wheat grain risotto with wild mushroom and tarragon, lamb belly with carrot ketchup, buttermilk and anchovy and slow-cooked pork shoulder with burnt apple and sweetcorn. The drinks list includes wines that lean heavily on the old world, as well as a selection of house cocktails, including a pedro piper picked a pepper - a mix of Pedro Ximenez, Kingston Black apple liqueur and red pepper puree.
This welcoming Chiswick spot, located on Devonshire Road, just off the High Road, takes inspiration from Aussie and Kiwi cafés. So we expect excellent coffee and quite a bit of thought going into their breakfasts and brunches. The breakfast menu ranges from slices of hazelnut and raisin sourdough toast with butter to shakshuka, quinoa and kale pancakes, American-style pancakes with strawberries and maple syrup butter and smashed avocado with poached egg, dukkah and halloumi on toasted sourdough. Lunch options include beef and veggie burgers, sausage roll with a side salad and tomato and beetroot chutney, pesto chicken panini and a radicchio and mixed leaf salad with broccoli, asparagus, roasted red onion, beetroot coulis and toasted hazelnuts.
The Old Cinema
Housed in a former 1890s cinema, this vintage and antiques store is a great spot for finding striking furniture pieces; think utilitarian lockers, steel desks or mid-twentieth century sideboards, as well as smaller items including battered old trunks and Anglepoise lamps. There’s plenty here for Danish design lovers, but The Old Cinema also sources more serious international antique investment items – including some intriguing Chinese and Indian finds – as well as skilfully upcycled pieces.
Chiswick House and Gardens
Richard Boyle, the third Earl of Burlington, designed Chiswick House, a romantic eighteenth-century villa and gardens, to evoke classical Italian themes. The house was a show piece, used for entertaining and to display the Earl’s collection of paintings, many of which remain. Next door was an older house, now demolished, where the Burlingtons lived, although Lady Burlington did turn one room into a bedroom after the death of her husband.