Hammersmith is a part of London often left unexplored in the city. Due to it not being completely in the centre, guests at Places to stay near Hyde Park may overlook it in favour of other areas. The fact of the matter is that Hammersmith has just as much to offer and a cultural and historic richness which could rival any other area of the city. Whatever your reason for a visit to London, why not spend a day exploring Hammersmith, using this guide as a starting point for a great day out!
History of Hammersmith
Located in West London, Hammersmith is 7 kilometres outside of the city centre and borders the areas of Shepherds Bush and Kensington. This area is a major business centre for the city and offers residents and tourists alike a wide range of shopping, nightlife and cultural attractions. The area is known for having some of the best pubs in the city as well as having a diverse local community.
With an introduction of a Parish Church in the 1660’s, Hammersmith grew in importance as people began to congregate round it. When a bronze statue of King Charles I was introduced to the area, Hammersmith was also consolidated as a major part of London due to this memorial. When a bridge was built by Joseph Bazalgette in 1827, there were even faster transport links to the area meaning that more and more people would flock to the area. As a major industrial site in the 19th century, over 30,000 people were employed in the area at companies such J Lyons and the Osram lamp Factory. During the world wars, many of these factories became the site of military aircraft manufacture. This industrial surge over the years has led to Hammersmith becoming an affluent area of the city as it promises residents close proximity to their jobs.
How to get to Hammersmith
Hammersmith is easily reachable from the Park Grand London Paddington Hotel, with two major underground services nearby and many bus routes linking it directly to the city. The stations which link the underground lines to Hammersmith are Hammersmith, served by the Hammersmith, City, District and Circle Line and Hammersmith Broadway which is served by the Piccadilly Line. On top of this, the A4 motorway is located alongside the area, making it easy to reach for cars. There are also many car parks around the area as well as regular bus services heading in and out of the city centre.
Restaurants in Hammersmith
If you’re looking for a bite to eat in Hammersmith, you won’t be surprised to hear that there are an abundance of restaurants in the area which serve great meals at reasonable prices. Whatever the cuisine you’re after is, check out this selection of some of the best restaurants in the area.
Potli is a restaurant like no other. With a style reminiscent of tropical street bazaars, you can find a mouth-watering range of curries grills and even banana leaf packets to keep your hunger at bay. Whether you’re looking for generous portions of Gujarat Prawns, tasty masalas for sharing or lamb shanks with rogan Josh, this is always going to be top grade curry with a twist.
Looking for a traditional riverside bit of pub grub in Hammersmith? Then look no further than the Crabtree pub between Hammersmith and Putney Bridge. The food is what you’d expect, top notch pub meals but done to the highest degree possible. What’s more, you can find a fine selection of ales and beers to wet your whistle alongside your meal.
From pan fried ravioli to mouth-watering pumpkin and potato cake, you can be sure you won’t be disappointed with this vegetarian restaurant in the heart of Hammersmith. With a range of beautiful rooms to relax in, this restaurant is both aesthetically pleasing and tasty with its wooden panels and beautiful courtyard.
The River Café is well known as one of the trendiest and exclusive restaurants in the city. Located near Hammersmith, you can expect a range of delicious Italian meals all cooked to a high standard. The fact that the restaurant is also known for being difficult too book a table at shouldn’t put you off, as if you find the right time, you’ll be just fine.
Shopping in Hammersmith
With Shepherds Bush Market nearby offering a range of foods and independent wares, you won’t go wrong on a casual visit. If you want to make a day of shopping, check out Westfield’s, one of the largest shopping centres in the country. Here you’ll be able to find an extensive range of high class high street shops offering everything from mobile phones to affordable fashion. Whether you’re looking for a gift or just a bit of personal shopping, you can never go wrong with Westfields.
Attractions of Hammersmith
If you’re tired of shopping and completely full up, the there’s still plenty to get involved in whilst visiting Hammersmith. Whether you’re an arts enthusiast or looking for some historical intrigue, then check out these great attractions, all available in Hammersmith.
Lyric Hammersmith theatre
Opened in 1895 and rebuilt in 1979, the Lyric Hammersmith is known for having put on some of the most innovative theatre in the city. Located in Kings Street, recent productions have included Herons by Simon Stephens alongside Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. The theatre is known for notably promoting much of contemporary British playwright Simon Stephens most recent work.
This Grade I listed manor near Hammersmith is an historic residence of the Bishop of London. Ir is known to date back to the 11th century and was a home for Bishops all the way up until 1973. Nowadays people still enjoy the botanical gardens and museums in the area.
Shepherds Bush Empire and Bush Hall
For the best in music, the Shepherds Bush Empire and Shepherds Bush Hall are two music venues in the Hammersmith area which focus on international contemporary acts of many genres. Whatever your musical interest is, you can see some of the best live acts at these great Hammersmith based venues.