London Area Guide - West London
West London encompasses some of London’s greatest attractions and maintains excellent
transport links to the city via the M4 corridor. Even Heathrow airport is simply
a few stops away on the tube! With some of the most well known attractions in the
world, and a cultural hub of activity, West London suits individuals, couples and
families alike. Enjoy the annual boat race between Oxford University and Cambridge
University passing through the Thames, or take a browse around the weekly farmers'
market. West London is well known as a multicultural hive of activity, a beautiful
part of London with large houses and Tudor buildings framing the pretty streets.
The perfect environment in which to begin or build upon your London experience.
Despite being centrally located in terms of transport, West London is also the perfect
retreat with numerous parks and greeneries to help you escape from the hustle and
bustle of day to day life. Gunnersbury Park, Ealing Common, Walpole Park and Kew
Gardens to name but a few. Home to a number of Premiership Football grounds such
as QPR, Fulham and the well known Chelsea stadium at Stamford Bridge, sports fans
are well catered for as international games are held nearby at the world famous
Wembley Stadium. Take advantage of the wide open spaces as Perivale, West Middlesex,
Brent Valley and Dukes Meadows are to name but a few golf courses in the area. The
annual Oxford and Cambridge (Boat Race) is held on the Thames from Putney Bridge
to Chiswick Bridge and is a glorious day out for the family. The home of English
rugby in Twickenham is a short journey away. Music and Theatre fans are treated
to numerous concerts and shows which are held in the Hammersmith Apollo and Shepherds
Bush Empire. Many television shows are recorded in the BBC Television Centre in
White City and audience tickets are usually available online.
In the West of London, vibrant shopping can be found on your doorstep with a variety
of choices from Ealing Broadway Shopping Mall, Hammersmith shopping centre and unique
boutiques conveniently placed along Chiswick High Street. When coupled with the
numerous eclectic restaurants, bars and local pubs, your weekends will never be
boring! The newly established Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush gives
access to over 250 stores to please even the most intrepid shopper. With stores
selling designer clothes and accessories, electrical outlets for the gadget fans,
relaxing beauty parlours, book stores and cinemas, you will have a wealth of activity
to suit every member of the family, whatever your budget!
West London provides easy access to Wales, the Midlands, the Home Counties and the
rest of London by way of the A4, A40, A406, A30 and A5. These combined with a number
of motorways within close range provide West London with a strong arterial road
system, providing convenient access to London and the major motorway routes.
Tube / Rail
The area is served by seven out of the twelve London Underground lines, connecting
with buses and local rail to link all residential and business districts. The Central
Line begins in Ealing Broadway and offers a travelling time of only 1 hour 30 minutes
to Epping Forest and Essex on the eastern side of Greater London. The Piccadilly
Line serves Heathrow Airport and during peak hours runs 76 trains on the line.