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.
The best bits of Hammersmith
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
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
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.'