Considered the heart of West London, Hammersmith has long been the creative and commercial hub that defines this part of the city. Located along the bend of the River Thames, the district is picturesque and bustling in equal measure.
It has for decades been the centre of London’s Polish community, which typifies the multicultural and welcoming feel of this community. It also has one of the great London venues in the Hammersmith Apollo, a must-visit for music or comedy fans who appreciate an art-deco style.
First described as a “(Place with) a hammer smithy or forge”, the area has blossomed somewhat since 1294, although still retains something of a quaint village feel in parts. Several of the pubs and churches are listed buildings and The Ark office building, in the shape of a ship, is well known in architectural circles.
Disney & L’Oreal both have their UK headquarters in Hammersmith, while US tech firm Medidata expanded its European operations to the district in 2017.
In 2018, at 610,000 square feet, Hammersmith (inclusive of White City) recorded the highest take-up of the 48 South East locations monitored outside of Central London.
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The range of eateries in Hammersmith is plentiful, both for lunchtime options and later in the evening. With popular chains such as Leon and Patisserie Valerie in the centre sitting alongside artisan spots such as Antipode and Café Plum, there is no excuse for being stuck for midday options.
As the workday turns into the after-work wind-down, you may be tempted by some of the area’s top-rated restaurants, such as The Gate, with delicious vegan and veggie options galore, and 101 Thai Kitchen, an achingly authentic northeastern Thai canteen, whose dishes are prepared by ‘Aunty Bee’. Permanent fixtures on the menu include turmeric-marinated sea bream and Tum Mua Sua – a green papaya salad with mixed fish and noodles.
For an early evening tipple, Hammersmith does not disappoint for both choice and variety of watering holes. These include The Blue Anchor, a popular boozer for watching the boat race on the river, while The Duchess of Cambridge opened following the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Hammersmith has also long been known as a cultural focal point of London, with many of the capital’s classic concerts taking place in the legendary Hammersmith Apollo. It also has the Lyric Theatre for drama fans and the community hub Riverside Studios, which is a cinema, performance space, bar and café.
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