A locals' guide to W4
"I love to sit on Turnham Green in my lunch break - it's right in the centre of Chiswick, yet it's so relaxing..."Tom Wright
"Charming local pubs and beautiful homes line this picturesque stretch of the River Thames at Strand-on-the-Green..."Tom Wright
"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?
Be sure to take the Brewery Tour! Fascinating and you get a taste too.
Submitted by Dan
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
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
Rosemary Fries that come with the great burgers at Honest Burger are great!
Submitted by Dan
One of the finest places for a nice walk and getting in touch with nature..beautiful grounds, stunning house and a cafe that serves a mean breakfast! Also one of the few places that allows dogs off the lead..
Submitted by Dan
High Road Market
Every Saturday, the market hosts the best farmers, growers and street food traders London has to offer, bringing a wide range of cuisines from around the world.
Submitted by Chiswick
The City Barge
Best pub in Chiswick for food, atmosphere, beer and views that look straight out onto the Thames. There is a hilarious quiz that takes place on a Wednesday and the soft shell crab burger is something else!
Submitted by Daniel
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
The place to go to pick up a healthy salad, freshly baked bread or a tasty sweet treat. There's plenty of room to sit and chat with friends or take away your lunch in handy pre-prepared pots.
Submitted by Tia
Jackson & Rye
Great food and a continental feel, as well as outside seating on Chiswick High Road.
Submitted by Chris
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
Grab a bowl of warming and spicy soup from this Vietnamese street food restaurant!
Submitted by Dan
Grove Park Deli
The most amazing selection of deli foods and probably the best sausage rolls in the world!
Submitted by Chris
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
Blo Bar - blow dry and beauty bar
Offers mothers the chance to pamper themselves with treatments including blow drys mani /pedis waxing etc whilst babies are taken care of at the onsite creche Website
Our Lady of Grace and St Edward
During Family Mass, a play and pray group is held in the Parish Centre for those aged 2 - 4. This allows us to provide these little ones with an introduction to the Mass and spirituality in a joyful manner. 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
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
Each week there is an activity and at 11.30 the children gather round the table to enjoy healthy fruits. At the end of each term we have a bring and share party; we also organize an evening out each term at a restaurant for parents and carers. 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
Piccolo Play Centre
Piccolo Caffe is the largest play space in Chiswick. There are three large indoor areas and an outdoor play space. There is a range of fun foundation stage activities such as soft play bouncy castleride on's role play puzzels and books etc. We also have a number of classes and sessions such as Little kickers (toddlers football) Creative Fun Factory (song and dance The Beez Kneez (Post Natal Group Fitness Programmes for New Mums) And many more. We also offer a full childrens menu teascoffee cakes etc. Open Monday - fri 10am-5pm Sat 10am -12pm Exclusive Children's Parties Sat 12:30pm - 6pm Sun 10am - 6pm Open all year round. Website
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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