West London overview
Home to London's most grown up neighbourhoods
Known for its charm and sophistication, West London is more diverse than perceptions would have you believe. Stretching from cultured Marylebone to suburban Acton, it is as varied and interesting as it comes.
Marylebone • West End
Stretching from Tottenham Court Road and taking in London's prime shopping locations, this is quintessential central London. From the red buses that line up along Oxford Street and the high end shops of Regent Street and Bond Street, to the unique boutiques and multitude of theatres, bars and music venues of Soho, the West End operates at a mile a minute. But just a stones throw away, though it seems miles away in ambience, Marylebone is a surprising pocket of calm. Distinguished by stately period homes and stylish boutiques, it’s a true urban village complete with colourful local characters and a weekly farmers' market. The proximity of Hyde Park and Regent’s Park helps maintain a chilled vibe, as the bustle of the city tends to fade into the distance when you’re boating on the Serpentine or horse riding through the 600 acres of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
Life here is a perfect medley of bustling urban and old world vibes. Arriving in Hammersmith on one of the four Tube lines that connect through its station, it’s hard to believe that anywhere nearby could be described as peaceful. Yet, stepping away from the busy roads around the station, it’s not long before you stumble across quiet leafy streets, riverside walks and charming local parks untouched by urbanisation, including Brook Green and Holland Park. Cultural opportunities abound here and there’s something for everyone, whether you’d prefer to watch an opera at Holland Park’s open air theatre, browse the vintage shops and stalls of Portobello Road, or see the latest exhibition at Kensington Olympia. For a quiet afternoon, head to one of the area’s established cafes and bars and watch the world go by. As some of London’s most perennially popular areas, Bayswater, Maida Vale and Kensington attract residents from all over the world who live alongside London’s creative set in this cosmopolitan corner of the Capital. Once families secure a property here, whether it be a mansion flat in Maida Vale or an Italianate terrace, they rarely let it go, and some say the stucco terraces of Bayswater and Little Venice with access to beautiful communal gardens are London’s best kept property secret.
This corner of West London was home to the world’s first garden suburb, and its neighbourhoods haven’t strayed far from these charming roots. Here, you’ll find wide streets lined with picturesque detached homes winding around gorgeous green spaces and quaint village high streets. Despite the area’s rustic beauty, it retains excellent transport connections with central London. Ealing alone has four Tube stations, and the arrival of Crossrail in 2019 will further shorten journey times. Acton has long been seen as the lesser neighbour of the grander Chiswick and Ealing, but as they become saturated and Acton undergoes significant regeneration, it’s starting to gain ground in the desirability stakes.