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Hammersmith Property Guide

At the restless heart of Hammersmith where you’re surrounded by busy shopping centres, transport hubs and office developments, it’s surprising to remember that within a few minutes’ stroll you’ll find attractive riverside walks, tranquil parks and village like enclaves to explore. And for many, the appeal of the area lies in this heady contrast of the convenient and the cultivated. Unsurprisingly, this contrast has lured residents from all walks of life. Whether you’re a family looking for a period property within walking distance of some of the Capital’s most popular schools, or a young professional couple trying to get their foot on the West London property market, Hammersmith is sure to satisfy even the most niche request. Hammersmith has a multicultural population, partly owing to the French School at Brook Green. This has lent the area a buzzing cosmopolitan vibe, but it’s comforting to know that it’s easy to escape if the bustle gets too much, with the nearby A4 and excellent transport connections to Heathrow.

History of Hammersmith London

Considered for hundreds of years to be not much more than a side parish of Fulham, little of note happened in Hammersmith until the 1800s. It was only when the Industrial Revolution kicked in that the area began to really develop. The proximity to the river made it the perfect spot for factories and commercial buildings, and it swiftly became a hub for all sorts of businesses including distilleries, sugar refineries and factories with more than 30,000 employees. Housing was built to accommodate the area, and the Hammersmith Bridge was built in 1877. In the 1930s most of these buildings were demolished or redeveloped, although some housing from this time still remains, to be replaced by the offices, shops and housing we see today.

Things to do in Hammersmith

Eating and drinking: The Grove is an award-winning gastropub. Among a scattering of riverside watering holes, The Dove is the most atmospheric with a history going back to the 17th century. Low beamed and with reputedly the tiniest bar in Britain, it is a popular spot from which to view the annual Boat Race as it heads towards Mortlake. Also by the Thames is the world class River Cafe, which launched the career of Jamie Oliver. Nearby Brackenbury Village has a thriving social scene and lots of lovely places to eat and drink.

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.

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 of cyclists 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.

Education

Hammersmith has a wide range of education options across all age groups. For primary education there are John Betts Primary School and St Peters CofE Primary School. Hammersmith has an Academy school, as well as several state and independent secondary schools, including the Catholic Sacred Heart High School, Latymer Upper School and St Paul's Girls’ School.

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