Living in Chiswick
Chiswick’s broad range of family homes has led to it becoming one of the most popular of London’s suburbs. With Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian property sharing the pavements alongside New Build and modern apartments and houses, the Chiswick area has an unrivalled vibrancy that attracts both families and young professionals alike.
One of its main draws for all those who come to visit or to live in Chiswick is the number of excellent parks, sports facilities and schools within such close proximity. Situated on the River Thames and conveniently close to both the M4/A4 and M40/A40 arteries in to and out of Prime Central London, this leafy suburb offers some of the best commuter links found outside of Central London. As part of the London Borough of Hounslow, Chiswick is only 6 miles outside Central London.
Chiswick offers numerous independent shops operating alongside the more recognisable High Street labels. The area is also no stranger to fine dining with three Michelin Star restaurants within easy reach and many others just a short trip by public transport. Home to banks of exquisite Riverside property and the renowned Bedford Park, with its Grade II Listed properties designed by the world famous architect Norman Shaw, Chiswick offers something for everyone.
Best known for
Hogarth’s House is the former residence of 18th Century English artist William Hogarth, today it is a Grade 1 listed building owned by Hounslow Council. Fuller’s Brewery is London’s largest and oldest brewery and is famous for having the UK’s oldest wisteria plant growing at its brewery. Bedford Park is believed to be London’s first garden suburb, known for its large family homes, many are Grade II listed and designed by architect Richard Norman Shaw.
Social and cultural attractions
The annual Bedford Park Festival in June is one of London's best arts and community events, attracting thousands of people from the local area and further afield. The Chiswick Book Festival held in September is a non-profit-making, community event which attracts many of the leading names in literature and the Tabard Theatre hosts a programme of concerts and shows throughout the year.
The annual Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race is a well-established and popular fixture in the British sporting calendar, upwards of 250,000 people watch the race from the banks of the river each year. The finish, just before Chiswick Bridge is marked by the University Stone on the south bank and a University Post on the north bank.
Chiswick House is a magnificent neo-Palladian villa set in beautiful historic gardens in west London. Built by the third Earl of Burlington in 1729 to showcase his art collection and to enthral his guests, the house continues to display many spectacular works of art and provides a stunning venue for entertaining. The gardens at Chiswick are the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and have inspired countless gardens including New York's Central Park.
Sport and leisure facilities
Dukes Meadows offer Golf and Tennis and even Skiing in Skiplex and various gyms and pools dot the area. Chiswick Theatre Arts offers dance and drama for children and adults. Rowing is a popular sport in Chiswick with the Thames being so close, Chiswick’s local clubs are the Cygnet Rowing Club, Quintin Boat Club and British Rowing.
Chiswick is served by the District and Piccadilly line and over ground rail on five tube stations and two railway stations; Turnham Green, Chiswick Park, Gunnersbury, Stamford Brook and Ravenscourt Park. Chiswick is within close proximity to the M4, providing fast access to Heathrow and the West Country.
Our favourite place
Michelin starred restaurant, La Trompette serves excellent French food from the partnership behind Chez Bruce and Glasshouse. Other fantastic restaurants include Le Vacherin, The High Road Brasserie which is part of Soho House, Sam’s Brasserie supported by Rick Stein, and the Michael Nadra. The Chiswick Farmers and Fine Foods Market is held every Sunday morning in a farmyard setting of Grove Park Farm House and refreshments are provided by the local Bowls Club.
Foster’s Bookshop is housed in the oldest shop on the Chiswick Road and sells old and rare books. The Outsider Tart for delicious cakes, delicatessens Mortimer & Bennett for artisan cheeses, charcuterie, confectionery and deli cupboard delights. There is also a department store called The Old Cinema devoted to selling antique, vintage, retro and upcycled furniture.