The City: A Visitor's Guide
Sep 21, 2016
Many years ago, it was sprawling countryside. Nowadays, west London is a beautiful blend of wide open spaces and highly urban areas, such as Bayswater and Paddington. A more family-friendly area than central London, west London is perfect for those who enjoy the juxtaposition of vibrant city life and tranquil green spaces.
Combining the boroughs of Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow, west London is crammed with options for anyone lucky enough to spend time there.
If you’re in the mood for a best-kept secret, head to La Trompette on Devonshire Road for affordable French cuisine that will have you heading back for more. Or if you’re in the mood for more modern, gastro-pub grub, Sam’s Brasserie and Bar on Barley Mow Passage is a must. Invested in by none other than Rick Stein, this attractive eatery prides itself on simple cooking and exceptional ingredients: a sure-fire recipe for a great dining experience.
Would you like to sample nightlife west London style? Pickwick’s Wine Bar on Devonshire Road holds within its walls a delightfully eccentric atmosphere. You’re certain of a welcome reception here. Or you could sample cocktails and fine wines at All Bar One on Chiswick High Road, a chain of higher standards than the average.
Nightclubs are fairly abundant in this corner of London. Euphorium is amongst the largest, offering an eclectic blend of musical genres and live music during showcase events.
Fans of architecture simply must pay Acton Library a visit, a Grade II listed building and a delightful example of Renaissance design. Having served the local community for more than 100 years, it’s a well-stocked library that offers public computer access too. Great for picking up a few novels to enjoy during your stay and firing off a few emails in peace.
A visit to the Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve will introduce you to a variety of plants, birds, insects and other wildlife. And it offers free admission, an increasingly rare option in London.
As with most areas of London, the shopping here is quite impressive, most notably Westfield London located in White City. This immense centre covers 150,000 square metres – the equivalent of around 30 football pitches. Lose yourself in high street brands, or head over to The Village, a special area dedicated to the biggest designer names such as Dior, Gucci and Versace.
Connections to the rest of London are abundant, with the Central Line running through the heart of West London. Other stations can deposit you on the Hammersmith and City, Piccadilly and District Lines. Head to Acton for good access to overground services.
Tubes aside, you’ll find a healthy bus service running in and out of West London, many continuing to run late into the evening. Or you can get on board with the cycle craze that seems to be sweeping London: there are plenty of hire shops where you can pick up a good quality bike for the duration of your stay, or speak to your account manager who may be able to provide you one free of charge.
Exploring London on a bicycle is one of the best ways for getting around and learning more about the geography of the area – especially helpful if the city is new to you.