Located about 7 km west of Charing Cross, Hammersmith (postcode W6) is a combined district in London with both residential and business buildings. It is also known as a multi-cultural area with great river views, awesome night life, terrific restaurants and cafes, and most of all – a charming and beautiful London area.
Facts about the Hammersmith district:
- It is located in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham;
- The area is the home of the West London Penguin Swimming and Water Polo Club – a club with many champions;
- Many famous people are born in the district. The most notable ones being Sacha Baron Cohen, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Hugh Grant;
- Hammersmith is considered the centre of the Polish minority in London.
The A4 road, one of the main roads in the UK, runs right through Hammersmith. This is one of the reasons why it is preferred by many businesses. However, one of the main disadvantages of the area is that it has fairly high rents, especially near the Olympia and West Kensington stations. Nevertheless, cheaper offices and residential properties can be found easily in the western parts of the district near Chiswick.
Parks and entertainment in Hammersmith
Since most parts of the area are covered in concrete, there’s not a lot of space for parks. However, since the Thames river is close, it is always a great option for a walk. If you prefer having a walk in a park, you can go to the Ravenscourt Park. The Holland Park in Kensington and the Hyde Park east of Kensington are not that far away from Hammersmith too. Eventim Apollo, Riverside Studios, and a variety of theatres – all great entertainment options for having a great time in the area.
When it comes to transportation, Hammersmith is one of the best connected districts in all of London. Here are the main options for transport:
- Tube: The main station in the district is the Hammersmith tube station. The subway services you can get from there are Circle, Hammersmith & City, District, and Piccadilly lines. The other tube stations in the district are Barons Court, West Kensington, and Ravenscourt Park. With the tube you can go to the London Eye and the Tower of London for 35 minutes, the Heathrow Airport is about 40 minutes away, and the National Gallery is about 25 minutes.
- Bus: The Hammersmith bus station (right next to the tube) offers a variety of options in all directions. Most of them go through West London.
- Train: There are three train stations that are at the north-eastern edges of the district – West Brompton, Kensington Olympia Station, and Shephards Bush. All of them are on the Souther and Overground railways.
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Pros: There are excellent restaurants. Great venues and nightlife. Excellent transportation. Decent shopping opportunities.
Cons: Expensive rent in some parts. Many offices and business buildings.
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