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Hammersmith area guide

Discover our favourite restaurants and pubs in Hammersmith and find plenty of things to do, see, eat and drink in W6

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Hammersmith has a lot going for it. Not only is it one of the best places in west London for live music, thanks to the Eventim Apollo, but Hammersmith’s restaurants also boast some seriously global – and seriously tasty – cuisine, reflecting the international nature of its residents. As well as gigs from top bands at the Apollo, culture vultures should head to the Lyric Theatre, which also features a great roof terrace for sunny days. And then there are the clutch of riverside pubs, which give another reason to while away an afternoon – or even a whole day and night – in Hammersmith.

 

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14 reasons to go to King Street, W6
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14 reasons to go to King Street, W6

First things first, there’s no regal connection here – it’s named after John King, a seventeenth-century Bishop of London. But King Street reigns supreme in the realm of (more humble) west London shopping streets. Tattier than Chiswick High Road but buzzier than Shepherd’s Bush Road, what this mile-long stretch lacks in cool it makes up for with retail credentials. There’s not a single third-wave coffee shop or concept store in sight. Instead, it’s packed with bargainous high-street staples and seriously sparky independents. Then there are the restaurants. Oh, the restaurants… Dotted between the chain joints are some real neighbourhood gems. Anyone living within walking distance is quite right to be smug about their situation. However, with not one but three tube lines pulling into Hammersmith, it’s easy enough to reroute your night and grab a seat at one of King Street’s global dining establishments. A special shout-out (mainly for its name) has to go to Credit Munch, a low-key sandwich bar that’s essentially King Street’s spirit animal. A new development of homes, offices and a Curzon cinema could soon take the area from unassuming to in-yer-face, but here’s hoping my beloved strip retains its gritty charm. If you like shopping at a snip, ogling brutalist concrete and eating and drinking like a king – well, you’ve found your domain. Drink this   A photo posted by The Salutation (@the_salutation_hammersmith) on Jul 1, 2014 at 6:23am PDT A good ale at Grade II

The Boat Race: everything you need to know
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The Boat Race: everything you need to know

As quintessentially British as a cup of tea and a stiff upper lip, the annual Boat Race is back on Sunday April 2 2017 and will see academic titans Oxford and Cambridge battle it out once again in an oar-some rowing race on the Thames. But if – like the majority of the 300,000 people expected to line both banks of the river – you’re really there for the all-day booze fest. Here’s our ultimate guide to the Boat Race 2017, so you can at least sound like rowing pro whilst you sip your Sauvignon.

Restaurants in Hammersmith

101 Thai Kitchen
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101 Thai Kitchen

The cooking at this no-nonsense Hammersmith establishment is largely from the Isan region of north-east Thailand and includes multiple versions of green papaya salad, embellished with anything from salted duck egg to sausage. Also expect various southern dishes such as sour prawn curry or turmeric-marinated sea bass prepared by cook Auntie Bee. Staff treat locals with congeniality.

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4 out of 5 stars
The Gate
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The Gate

A converted artist’s studio behind the Hammersmith Apollo provides the setting for this branch of the Gate mini-chain. Expect colourful, nourishing, eclectic dishes with plenty of ambition and serious veggie and vegan cred, including meze platters (salty feta fritters, mushroom ceviche, featherlight artichoke tempura) and global big-hitters such as aubergine ‘teriyaki’, raw pad Thai or wild mushroom risotto cake. Excellent puds too.

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5 out of 5 stars
Kerbisher & Malt
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Kerbisher & Malt

Perched at the zenith of London-based fish and chippery, this branch of scrubbed-up Kerbisher & Malt goes that extra mile for its loyal Brook Green customers. High-quality fillets are freshly dunked in floaty-light batter, chips are double-fried, the rich tartare sauce is made in-house, and the onion rings are pickled, adding an appealing vinegary tang.

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4 out of 5 stars
Mahdi
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Mahdi

Many Iranian restaurants strive to emulate the informality of the dinner parties at which so much of their nation’s cuisine is served. Not so with Mahdi, a sprawling space exotically festooned with carved wood, embroidered fabrics and even a stuffed peacock in one corner. To eat, bypass Western dishes such as chicken Caesar salad in favour of authentic meze, grills, kebabs, rice and stews. Portions are humongous.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Hammersmith highlights

7 Hammersmith Terrace
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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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5 out of 5 stars
Hammersmith Apollo
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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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4 out of 5 stars
Lyric Hammersmith

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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5 out of 5 stars
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William Morris Society and Kelmscott House Museum
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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.' 

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Bars and pubs in Hammersmith

Old Ship
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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.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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Carpenter's Arms
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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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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Dove
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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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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Stonemasons Arms
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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.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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The perfect weekend in Hammersmith

Watch: Lyric Hammersmith

Watch: Lyric Hammersmith

Theatre and more at a multipurpose community hub – with a cracking roof terrace bar

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5 out of 5 stars
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Dance: Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
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Dance: Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

Catch big-hitters and underground bands at a historic gig venue

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4 out of 5 stars
Drink: Old Ship
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Drink: Old Ship

Sink some riverside pints

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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Explore: Ravenscourt Park
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Explore: Ravenscourt Park

Wander through a calm, green oasis that’s a world away from city life

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5 out of 5 stars

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La Petite Bretagne
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La Petite Bretagne

By Anne Faber Mon dieu, delicious crêpes and galettes in Hammersmith?! Mais oui, a small patch of Brittany has popped up opposite the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines station in Hammersmith. La Petite Bretagne prepares savoury galettes – made with gluten-free buckwheat flour – and sweet crêpes fresh to order. Classic savoury combinations include ham and cheese as well as spinach, egg and cheese, while sweet crêpes range from sugar and lemon juice to nutella and banana. A chestnut crêpe was exemplary: the layer of crème de marrons generous, but thin enough for the pancake's subtle flavour to shine through. While galettes and crêpes are no longer a novelty in London, the kouign amann (a buttery Breton pastry) is sure to kindle a few puzzled looks, if only at how to correctly pronounce this regional speciality. Food can be ordered to take away, but it would be a shame not to linger in the stylish surroundings. Think wooden tables screenprinted with a red gingham pattern, quirky lampshades and displays of salted caramel jars and colourful tins of sardines. With cidre brut on the menu and opening hours that last from breakfast through to the evening, the café's casual atmosphere might be just what you need to spend une agréable soirée in Hammersmith.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Artisan
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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.  

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Ravenscourt Park
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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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5 out of 5 stars
Dove
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Dove

There are a few pubs amid the rowing clubs, dog-walkers and welcome benches on the Upper Mall embankment west of Hammersmith Bridge; this one is certainly the best (and a prime spot from which to watch the Boat Race). The Dove makes much of its history: a handbill details the comings and goings of Charles II and Nell Gwynn, while an 1897 photograph is one of the many visual nods to its prime location. But it’s too cosy and genuine to leave to the tourists. As Mr Fuller was one of the gentlemen involved in a 1796 takeover of the enterprise, it’s no surprise to find the full range of Fuller’s ales at the bar; they’re always in excellent condition. Inside, it’s basically a classic duck-your-head heritage pub experience, with a fire in the winter, but most drinkers come here to sit in the vine-entangled conservatory or the riverside terrace overlooking the houseboats.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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