Chiswick area guide

Discover Chiswick’s great restaurants, bars and pubs, many of which are right on the river

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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
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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
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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  <img id="7a5e507

Restaurants in Chiswick

Brew
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Brew

This Aussie-rules café chain has successfully colonised south-west London with its cheery all-day blend of juices and coffees, breakfasts that turn the first meal of the day into an all-out event, and globe-skipping dishes that share the venue’s laidback feel (no one will judge if you order chips with your wasabi-spiked, beef-laden ‘Turkish’ pide). By day, it’s like a Bugaboo showroom; at night, baby-free locals pile in for pizzas and booze.

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Charlotte’s Bistro
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Charlotte’s Bistro

This swanky neighbourhood joint is a Chiswick fixture for good reason: Charlotte, it turns out, is the perfect host. 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 seasonal Modern European menus featuring the likes of umami-rich mackerel tartare with oyster mayo and seaweed crackers, or wild garlic risotto with morels and mascarpone.

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Chief Coffee
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Chief Coffee

With every London borough now fully caffeinated with sustainable, single-origin beans and cult blends, any newcomer to the scene needs to find a way to stand out from the coffee crowd. Chief Coffee goes with... pinball machines. Load up on caffeine and cakes in the ground-floor café, then take that chemical high downstairs and reacquaint yourself with your ’90s self via old-school games like Revenge from Mars.

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The Duke of Sussex
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The Duke of Sussex

This place is part of a sprawling chain of food-centred pubs, some standard-setters, others so-so. Fortunately, The Duke is one of the former: on the menu, Spanish-inflected dishes such as chistorra sausages with patatas bravas or much-loved lobster paella do battle with Brit pub staples such as steak pie or fish and chips. Meanwhile, the tastefully faded Victorian interiors and views over Acton Green add to the all-round appeal.

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Chiswick highlights

Chiswick House
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Chiswick House

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.

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National Archives
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National Archives

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

Roebuck
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Roebuck

Venue says: “Well-established gastro pub with a stunning dining room and gorgeous garden, offering great food, great booze and the warmest of welcomes.”

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Swan
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Swan

Behind a lemon-yellow façade, set on a quiet, pedestrianised corner brightened with clusters of bright flowers, this Irish-run hostelry is a real home from home.

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Duke of Sussex
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Duke of Sussex

Overlooking Acton Green and with a substantial beer garden at the rear, the Duke of Sussex is a handsome 1890s Victorian boozer that was given a thorough gastrofication in 2007.

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George IV

George IV

This is a huge Fuller’s pub, right on the main drag and almost large enough to have its own microclimate.

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Hotels in Chiswick

Grove Park House

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.

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Chiswick Apartment

Chiswick Apartment

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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The perfect weekend in Chiswick

Watch: Tabard Theatre
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Watch: Tabard Theatre

Satisfy your culture cravings with performance, plays and comedy

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Drink and play: Chief Coffee
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Drink and play: Chief Coffee

Get caffeinated on superb coffee and then hit the pinball machines downstairs

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Explore: Chiswick House and Gardens
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Explore: Chiswick House and Gardens

Marvel at the stately, Italian-styled speldour of a romantic eighteenth-century villa and gardens

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Drink: Duke of Sussex
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Drink: Duke of Sussex

Hit the beer garden at this handsome 1890s Victorian watering hole and restaurant

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Charlotte's Bistro
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Charlotte's Bistro

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. 

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Urban Pantry
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Urban Pantry

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. 

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The Old Cinema
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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.

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Chiswick House and Gardens
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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.

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5 out of 5 stars
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