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Overview

What’s it all about?

Hammersmith is a paradox of the chaos and calm. Within the beating heart of Hammersmith, caged in by busy shopping complexes, office blocks and transport hubs, it’s a shock to the system when within a few minutes of walking you’r e strolling along tranquil paths, green open parks and village like enclaves. This contradiction draws in all types of people, those that thrive in the hustle and bustle and those that laze in the solitude. Families looking for a classic period property a stones throw from some of London’s best schools, young well heeled couples trying to put on the ever growing premium London property ladder, Hammersmith can accommodate for all. The French School in Brook Green helps contribute to multicultural, cosmopolitan vibe that one can expect in the capital. Leaving the area isn’t too complicated either, with the nearby A4 providing connections to outside London and Heathrow airport accessible by train locally.


Fact file

The Dickens phenom, Great Expectations, his second to last book and often hailed as his best, is set partly in Hammersmith.

The lowest bridge in London across the Thames is the Hammersmith Bridge, with only 12ft of clearance at high tide.

The patriotic song,Rule, Britannia! was written by the poet James Thompson at The Dove Pub

In 1740 the poet James Thomson wrote the words to patriotic song Rule, Britannia! at The Dove pub.


Architecture and property

Taking advantage of its riverside location, Victorians utilised Hammersmith’s position within the Thames with multiple industries being building, including, distilleries, a sugar refinery and water pump factory amongst more industry all located in Hammersmith. Property development follow on further from this, picking up the pace towards the tail end of the 19th century.

Hammmersmith’s property market serves mainly families and young professionals, older citizens preferring areas in more suburban districts. The market property type reflects the need, with flats of all sorts like mansion flats, mews, new builds, conversions make for luxury compact living whilst those with more space needs have street upon street of large period homes to choose from. Hammersmith Grove, Luxemburg Gardens, situated north of the Hammersmith Underground station prove popular with renters and buyers alike. The terraced houses on Hammersmith Terrace are also worthy of serious consideration, which boast riverside views of the Thames, whilst blocks of high-end flats are found at Distillery Wharf and Sovereign Court.


Going out

Dating back to the 17th century, the Dove is a classic pub with much history over the years, with famous poets having visited, using the riverside spot to inspire them. For centuries, its been a great vantage spot to watch the annual Boat Race as the Rowers race towards Mortlake. For something more modern, The Grove is an award-winning gastropub on Hammersmith Grove. River Café, a world class restaurant which help launch the career of famous chef Jamie Oliver. Slightly further afield, Brackenbury Village has countless places to eat drink and socialise.

Culture:

The Riverside Studios is an arts centre with cinema, theatre and gallery. Currently undergoing a three-year redevelopment, the studios began life as a Victorian factory. As well as an imaginative programme of performance, the Lyric Theatre has a roof garden where you can enjoy a sandwich and a contemplative moment high above the bustle of King Street below. For live entertainment from international stars, you can’t beat the Hammersmith Apollo, hosting the very best of international and local talent.

Local amenities

Locals of Hammersmith have abundant retail options. Hammersmith Broad hosts array of everything you need and everything that you didn’t know that you need, close by to the tube station and 24 hour underground parking. Nearby is King Street and King’s Mall, which include big shops like a large Sainsbury’s. Brackenbury Road on the other hand affords a more leisurely vibe, with small businesses and family run shops lining it, the hustle and bustle of a mall absent.

As well as this, the major chains all have small versions of themselves, around the area, Tesco’s Metro, Sainsbury’s Local and an M&S Simply Food.

Hammersmith Farmers’ Market is a weekly event every Thursday, taking place in Lyric Square, international delicacy and locally grown organic fruit and veg in abundance to choose from.

Several gyms are within the area, making keeping fit in Hammersmith relatively easy as there is no excuse for not going to one of its many gyms. With Virgin Active, Better Fitness and Squash Centre and PureGym all operating within Hammersmith. If you prefer fresh air on your face as you exercise away, the Thames is nearby and with it, running paths and also for seafarers, various rowing clubs, catering for complete beginners to experienced individuals. London Corinthian Sailing Club is an option for those wishing to try another form of watersports, dinghy sailing.

Hammersmith Library is open daily and runs a collection of events for adults and children including, most uniquely, ‘Play Mandarin’ sessions to help children learn Mandarin.

Open daily around the year, Hammersmith Library is a refuge of solitude and learning. With a collection of events and workshops hosted all year round for young and old alike. Including the quite unique, ‘Play Mandarin’ sessions which are designed to help children learn Mandarin.


Green spaces

Hammersmith profits from Ravenscourt Park.With wide and long playing fields and a lake of extreme beauty, Ravenscourt Park is an oasis of calm within the chaos. Accessible by completing a short walk from the tube station, its popular amongst local school pupils and their families and the elderly. A quick jaunt over the other side of the Thames, London Wetland Centre in Barnes is home to many different types of wildlife, endangered and rare and is frequented regularly by locals

Hammersmith on the river

Head down to the river at The Mall, a waterside stretch featuring grand old merchants’ homes, including Kelmscott House, which was once the home of 19th century designer and artist William Morris. It’s a very fetching spot for a waterside wander, with views across to Barnes. Hammersmith’s riverside location allows locals to enjoy beautiful views as they stroll along the Thames, and there are several popular parks that stretch along the riverbank, including Furnival Gardens and the acres of Bishop’s Park.


Down the River lies the remains of grand old merchants’ homes, today preserved and still standing in varying conditions, used in different capacities, including Kelmscott House. Once the home of famous 19th century designer, poet and artist William Morris. By Riverbus or other craft, Hammersmith is a waterside marvel, with views across to barnes and many wonders by the riverbank.

Changing times

Positive change is afoot within Hammersmith, with a multitude of new developments being built within recent years, mainly to meet the demands of the growing population of young professionals. New developments include the King Street Regeneration proposal which will vastly improve the area surrounding the town hall and give Hammersmithians a new and improved experience.

Transport

Tube: Hammersmith is very well connected by Tube, with four different lines connecting through Hammersmith station. The District, Piccadilly, Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines all serve Hammersmith, meaning locals have easy access to all corners of London.

Bus: Hammersmith station is a busy nexus for London buses and from here routes serve locations all across London. There are also several night buses and many others that run 24 hour services, including the 10 (to King’s Cross), 33 (to Fulwell) and 295 (to Clapham Junction).

Road: Hammersmith is located on the A4, which leads to the M4 in less than 15 minutes. From here, travel to the West of England is easy.

Cycle: It’s half an hour’s bike ride from Hammersmith to Piccadilly Circus, along mostly flat ground. Local group hfcyclists are a branch of the London Cycling Campaign whose active members support and campaign for cycling in Hammersmith.

Getting away: Heathrow Airport is half an hour’s drive away, with the journey by Tube taking a similar length of time.
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