Living in Chiswick
Chiswick’s broad range of family homes make this leafy west London area one of the most popular London’s suburbs. With Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian property sharing the pavements alongside new build and modern apartments and houses, W3 has an unrivalled vibrancy that attracts both families and young professionals.
Popular with families and professionals, leafy Chiswick offers excellent schools as well as an eclectic mix of pubs, restaurants and independent shops. Chiswick borders the river which offers recreation facilities such as rowing and sailing as well as some quaint watering holes. There are a number of green open spaces including those surrounding the splendid Chiswick House, a lavish baroque villa built in 1729.
Chiswick offers numerous independent shops operating alongside the more recognisable High Street labels, with a great number of cafes, pubs and restaurants lined along Chiswick High Road. The area is also no stranger to fine dining with two Michelin Star restaurants within easy reach and many others just a short trip by public transport.
One of the main draws for all those buy or rent property in Chiswick is the number of excellent parks, sports facilities and schools within such close proximity.
Did You Know:
- Chiswick gets its name from the Old English for ‘cheese farm’.
- The historic Fullers Chiswick, Griffin Brewery is London's only remaining traditional family brewery. Beer has been brewed there for over 350 Years. The brewery offers tours for the general public giving them the chance to see just how the beer is brewed.
- Poet and former resident William Butler Yeats lived in Bedford Park.
- The painter Johan Zoffany spent his later years in Chiswick on Strand on The Green in what is now known as Zoffany House.
- Midge Ure wrote ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ in his home in Chiswick.
- Chiswick hosts the finishing line of the Oxford Cambridge boat race.
Architecture and property:
Chiswick offers a mix of pretty Victorian cottages, large Victorian detached houses, listed buildings, riverside Georgian houses alongside modern developments, modern apartments, conversions and mansion blocks.
The area is home to exquisite Riverside property and the renowned Bedford Park, with its Grade II Listed properties designed by the world famous architect Norman Shaw & E J May. The broad range of family homes and Chiswick’s unrivalled vibrancy has led to it becoming one of the most popular of London’s suburbs in which to buy or rent.
Who lives there:
Families, professionals, retired, celebrities and those seeking a quieter pace of London life
Where to eat:
Fine dining: Michelin starred restaurants Hedone and La Trompette. Also Le Vacherin and The Michael Nadra.
Best Sunday Roasts: The City Barge, The Roebuck and The Duke of Sussex
Alfresco dining: High Road Brasserie, Carvosso’s at 210 and the Smokehouse Chiswick
Dinner with a river view: The City Barge, The Bell & Crown, The River Café (Hammersmith), The Dove Upper Mall and Café Rouge.
Delicatessens: Hack & Veldt, Grove Park Deli and Bayley & Sage.
Bakeries: Outsider Tart, Maison Blanc, Bread, Stamford Larder and Plum Duff
For kids: Franco Manca, Pizza Express and Bills
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.
Where to drink:
Wine & Cocktails: No 197 Chiswick Fire Station, Vinoteca, Carvosso’s at 210
Pubs with gardens: The Roebuck, The Duke of Sussex, The George IV, The Lamb, The Old Station House
Chiswick is also home to the Fullers Griffin Brewery and the Sipsmith Distillery both of which are open for tours and tasting.
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.
Sports & Leisure:
Dukes Meadows offer Golf and Tennis and even skiing in Skiplex while 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.
Local leisure centres include The Hogarth Health Club, Roko Health Club, Virgin Active Chiswick Park & Virgin Active Riverside.
Chiswick offers numerous independent shops and boutiques operating alongside the more recognisable High Street labels. Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush is a 15 minute bus journey away.
Parks & Green Spaces:
Chiswick has an excellent selection of open green spaces including Chiswick Common, Turnham Green, Chiswick House & Gardens, Dukes Meadows, Grove Park, Gunnersbury Park, Strand on the Green Recreation Ground and Homefield Recreation Ground. Kew Gardens is located just across the river.
Chiswick is served by the District Line (stopping at Turnham Green Station, Chiswick Park Station & Gunnersbury Station) and the Piccadilly Line (Stopping at Turnham Green before 7.45 am and after 10.30pm)
Gunnersbury Station is served by The Overground.
Chiswick Mainline Station is served by South West Trains which take you to Waterloo directly in 27 minutes.
Bus routes serving the Chiswick area are:
E3 – Greenford Broadway to Chiswick
272 – Chiswick to Shepherds Bush
190 – Richmond to West Brompton
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.
Ofsted-rated outstanding primary schools are Belmont Primary School, Strand on the Green Infant and Nursery School and West London Free School Primary. Also judged ‘good’ are St Marys RC Primary School, Grove Park Primary School, Cavendish Primary School, The William Hogarth Primary School and Strand on the Green Junior School
Ofsted-rated outstanding secondary schools are Twyford Church of England School, William Norris Sixth Form and Gunnersbury Catholic School. Also judged ‘good’ are Chiswick School, Acton High School, and the West London Free School.
There is also a vast number of independent schools in around Chiswick:
The Falcons School for Boys, Orchard House School, Chiswick and Bedford Park Preparatory School, Arts Educational School, Heathfield House School, King Fahad Academy, International School of London, Greek Primary School of London, St Paul's Girls' School, Bute House Preparatory School, The Godolphin and Latymer School, Latymer Upper School, and Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School.
Council & Tax Bands:
Chiswick is represented by Ealing Borough Council and Hounslow Borough Council