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Located west of Hammersmith, decidedly upmarket Chiswick is one area of London that deserves to call itself a village.
Grand Georgian properties and an air of tranquillity is the order of the day in this leafy enclave, beloved of media folk like current residents Davina McCall, both Ant and Dec – clearly joined at the hip – and Colin Firth.
Mr Darcy himself actually owns the award-winning Eco Age (213 Chiswick High Road), an ethical one-stop shop for interior design, gadgets, cosmetics and advice on living in tune with the earth; it sets the tone for Chiswick’s wealthy hippyish atmosphere.
Take a walk down the beautiful side-streets to the waterside: bordered on the south by the Thames, there’s a lovely stroll from Kew Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge.
And if heritage is your thing, don’t miss Chiswick House (Burlington Lane, 020 8742 1225, www.chgt.org.uk), a neo-Palladian mansion with one of London’s finest landscaped gardens, filled with lakes, temples and Jane Austen-style promenades – Fab Four fanatics can also find the spots where The Beatles filmed promo videos for Paperback Writer and Rain here back in 1966.
Chiswick High Road is where the action is, with tree-lined pavement cafes, nearly 50 restaurants and a plethora of bars with a gastro edge – there’s nowhere more starry than Gordon Ramsey’s Devonshire (126 Devonshire Road, 020 7592 7962), a beautiful Victorian establishment with slightly better pub grub than you’ll find in the average Wetherspoon’s.
This stretch of the Thames is very popular with recreational and competitive rowers, and there’s a local rugby team, emphasising the general poshness of the area.
Chiswick is situated on the inner London ringroad, the North Circular and South Circular road and also the M4 motorway, with its direct route to Heathrow Airport and the M25.
The southern edge of Chiswick borders the River Thames and has the following bridges; the Barnes Railway and Foot Bridge, Chiswick Bridge, Kew Railway Bridge and Kew Bridge itself.
The nearest National Rail station is Chiswick. South W est Trains operates services to London Waterloo via Clapham Junction.
River boat services between Westminster and Hampton Court depart from Kew Gardens Pier.
Stamford Brook, Turnham Green, Chiswick Park and Gunnersbury Stations on the District Line serve the various corners of Chiswick, and there’s also an overground stop at sleepy Gunnersbury.
|Turnham Green Station||2||District - Piccadilly||0.31 miles|
|Stamford Brook Station||2||District||0.77 miles|
|Chiswick Park Station||3||District||0.87 miles|
|Gunnersbury Station||3||District||1.36 miles|
|Ravenscourt Park Station||2||District||1.37 miles|
|South Acton Station||1.33 miles|
|Gunnersbury Station||1.34 miles|
|Chiswick Station||1.52 miles|
|Acton Central Station||1.88 miles|
|Kew Bridge Station||2.26 miles|