A locals' guide to W4
"From down below or way up high, you can really appreciate Chiswick's leafy, charming appeal that everyone loves."Tom Wright
"Chiswick's handsome architecture is just one of the reasons why I love working in this area..."Jonathan Daykin
"Whatever cuisine you fancy, there's sure to be somewhere along Chiswick High Road that will hit the spot!"Jonathan Daykin
Where do W4 locals go?
Chiswick House and Gardens
A vast expanse of greenery and heritage on a grounds close to the Thames. Perfect all year round for nature lovers and exercise aficionados.
Submitted by Chan
High Road House
Service with a smile! Delicious breakfast cooked to perfection, a great place to get the day started on the right foot and well priced dishes made with fresh ingredients.
Submitted by Stephen
A butchers selling delicious fresh burgers and sausages on Chiswick High Road, as well as a range of other meats and products that have been freshly prepared.
Submitted by Michael
Bounded by train tracks, this picturesque spot is a haven for wildlife. There's a trail that you can follow with information points, where you can learn all about the local species.
Submitted by Daisy
Great on a summer's evening with outdoor dining, Annie's is close to the Thames and serves reasonably priced food.
Submitted by Christopher
This is a fab beauty salon that is part of a larger group, but still keeps its local feel. The team are so friendly and welcoming and the treatments are of a really high standard. I love getting my nails and facials done here.
Submitted by Katie
The Duke of Sussex
A rustic gastropub with a great beer garden and excellent food. It can be a bit of a minor celeb hangout too!
Submitted by Chris
Grab a bowl of warming and spicy soup from this Vietnamese street food restaurant!
Submitted by Dan
The Good Wine Shop
An amazing selection of some really interesting high-quality wines and staffed by approachable, friendly and knowledgeable staff!
Submitted by Dan
Carvosso's at 210
A smart drinking establishment with a great garden that can be used all year round, with outdoor heaters and blankets. Good food, tasty cocktails and live music on the weekends.
Submitted by Christopher
This chic restaurant is perfect for a special occasion and serves modern European food.
Submitted by Dan
Jackson & Rye
Great food and a continental feel, as well as outside seating on Chiswick High Road.
Submitted by Chris
A blow dry bar with a crèche - what a fab idea! Have your hair done and drink a lovely coffee while the children are looked after.
Submitted by Sarah
Why do you find W4 a great place to live?
"I love Chiswick because it is like a village in the city. Plenty of great bars, restaurants and shops to keep you entertained and enough greenery to escape to. A perfect combination! "
"8 years of London and finally ended up in Grove Park. Very simple, I love my flat it was renovated recently and to have transport links so available to the heart of London makes entertaining a breeze. The one major joy living where I live is the 5 min walk to the relaxing, tranquil view of the river Thames , to live in between the vibrancy of London and have the nature of the river on my doorstep , the Thames is a stone throw ... more
"I like Chiswick because it is chic and sophisticated."
"I love the Thames - the towpath is sensational by Strand-on-the-Green - check out The City Barge pub, which even featured in the Beatles film Hard Day's Night! It's a fabulous pub with great food, but it's not such a hidden gem as it's rather popular when the sun is shining as you can eat right on the river outside, sitting on the wall with your legs dangling in the Thames...providing the tide is right!"
"Chiswick has the perfect location. It's right on the river, there's plenty of wilderness and it has village vibes – whilst at the same time the high road is long and wide and there are always activities along it. There's the stately homes too, like Chiswick House, Gunnersbury, Ham and Osterley House. Richmond Park and Kew Gardens are a stones throw away - it is just lovely!!!"
"This area is really peaceful but thankfully not sleepy. There is plenty of green space, great restaurants and plenty of cute shops. There are a lot of independent businesses alongside some of the bigger chains. A quick walk to the River Thames and there are some really scenic walks you can take."
"A very relaxing suburban area, but just a short journey into central London."
"Walks by the river in Strand on the Green or at the Chiswick House grounds are the ultimate feel good escapes away from all the hustle and bustle."
"There's a pretty walk along the river between Hammersmith Bridge and Chiswick Mall."
"I like to head to the Station House in Grove Park, which is a lovely gastro pub situated close to the river."
"On a Sunday morning there's nothing much better than tucking into a full English breakfast at High Road House, followed by a wander around the vintage furniture shop, The Old Cinema, to find something totally unique for your home. Finally, it's got to be Macken Brothers to pick up a delicious joint for the weekly roast."
"It is a beautiful, leafy, safe part of London. I love the fact it has its own lovely High Road shops which I can walk to in 15 mins and covers everything from a big Sainsburys, M&S food hall, Waitrose, large Boots to small gems and lovely cafes and restaurants - i can get everything i need right there. Space NK, top hairdressers, spas, Robert Dyas - so much variety. I love the parks, Chiswick House is incredible, i can wal... more
"It is a beautiful, leafy, safe part of London. I love the fact that it has its own lovely high road shops that I can walk to in 15 mins and covers everything from a big Sainsburys, M&S food hall, Waitrose and a large Boots, to small gems and lovely cafes and restaurants. I can get everything I need right there. Space NK, hairdressers, spas, Robert Dyas - so much variety. I love the parks and Chiswick House is incredible. I... more
"I was born in Chiswick and I moved away when I was 6, but when I finished my studies I moved back and I think that Chiswick is a beautiful area to live in if you like parks and good, friendly people. "
What do you like about W4?
Did you know?
"The greenhouse at Chiswick House formed the backdrop for the Beatles 1966 videos 'Paperback Writer' and 'Rain'."
Child-friendly activities near W4
Antenatal Yoga and Birth Prep Chiswick
These classes use specially adapted yoga poses to release tension in your changing body and strengthen postural muscles. We focus on the breath and our connection to gravity to become both stronger and lighter as the babe grows. Plenty of time is given over to weaving in birth preparation and becoming familiar with simple positions and breathwork that will comfort and guide you through labour and birth. Learning to access your own deep relaxation and forming a strong connection with your baby and your breath is central to our classes. Website
Mini MultiplesChiswick Children's Centre
Stay & Play for parents/carers with twins and triplets. Newborns to under 3s. Drop in on Fridays from 10am to 12.00 noon. Website
Gunnersbury Baptist Church
Friday Friends is very popular and caters for parents, carers and their toddlers. Please join us on Friday mornings with your toddler aged 0 - 4 for a fun filled morning, a cup and tea and some grown up converstaion. Website
Amanda's Action Club ChiswickChiswick Town Hall
Amanda's Action Club delivers interactive physical development classes that babies & toddlers just love - they're fun fitness and music. Babies can join Amanda from the age of 4 months and some sessions run up to the age of 5. Parties also available. £75/10-week block, £10 pay-as-you-go Website
Little FishesChiswick Christian Centre
You are welcome to come to our babies and toddlers group which is held each Wednesday morning from 10.30 until 12.00 at Chiswick Christian Centre. There is a play area with lots of toys for under 4s within a relaxed and friendly environment. There are refreshments for parents and carers and all are welcome regardless of background. Free of charge. Website
Unbelievably messy experimental sensory painting and making workshops for small groups of pre-schoolers. Their aim is for both children and carers to relax and have fun with some messy creative activities. £120 for 10 consecutive sessions, £17 for drop-in BOOKING is essential. Website
West London Dance AcademySt Michael & All Angels Parish Hall
The West London Dance Academy is an International Dance Teachers' Association (IDTA) accredited school. It offers classes in Ballet Boys' Ballet and Tap dance to children of all ages.
W4 is the postcode district in West London incorporating the areas of Chiswick, Gunnersbury, Turnham Green, Bedford Park and is covered by the Hounslow, Ealing local authorities.
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