London Hammersmith – An Overview

London W6 is one of London’s most sought after areas with Hammersmith known for being a busy place buzzing with shopping amenities, restaurants and office developments.

Hammersmith Bridge was opened in 1887 and is said to be the lowest bridge across the Thames, as well as a favoured viewing place for the annual Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race.

Hammersmith is a major public transport and employment hub that offers great commuter convenience. No wonder that large corporations including L’Oreal, Disney and Coca Cola are based here. For premium rented office space, Hammersmith is the perfect area, and it’s a great place to put down business roots. At around 2%, the area has one of the lowest office vacancy rates in London.

Property stock

Hammersmith is situated alongside the River Thames, which made it an ideal location for industrial development. Since the 19th century, the area has been home to a sugar refinery, a distillery, a water pump factory and a lamp factory. Property development started here in earnest in the late Victorian period. As a result, much of today’s residential  housing stock still comprises large Victorian family homes, as well as newer flats of all descriptions, both purpose built and conversions.

Transport links

Hammersmith is exceptionally well connected. There are no less than 4 underground lines (District, Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City) serving Hammersmith and offering unparalleled links to all parts of the capital as well as to Heathrow Airport.

Hammersmith is situated on the A4 which leads directly to the M4 motorway in under 15 minutes and on to towards the West of England. Cycling is encouraged and a bike ride to Piccadilly Circus along even ground will take you in the region of 30 minutes.

Green spaces and riverside

To the visitor, commuter and resident, Hammersmith has two sides. Behind the busy commercial façade lies a pleasantly tranquil, upmarket residential area that offers lovely riverside walks, great pubs and some of the capital’s most sought after private schools – St Paul’s Girl’s School, The Godolphin and Latymer School, Latymer Upper School and the London Oratory School. It’s a cosmopolitan atmosphere with a multicultural vibe, partly on account of a French primary school nearby. As you would expect, the area is extremely popular with families as well as with single professionals and professionals.

Ravenscourt Park and Furnivall Gardens are calm oases and popular spots for the locals to relax. The Mall, a riverside stretch featuring old merchants’ homes, includes Kelmscott House with its historic connection to the 19th century designer and father of the Arts and Crafts Movement, William Morris.

Leisure activities

Hammersmith has a wealth of exciting restaurants and pubs to explore, many of them situated along the riverside. A true local landmark, The Dove is one of Hammersmith’s premier waterside pubs as well as one of London’s oldest, where it is said the lyrics to the patriotic song Rule Britannia were penned back in 1740.

Live entertainment is regularly provided at the Hammersmith Apollo, and theatre, cinema and gallery facilities can be found at The Riverside Studio arts centre and The Lyric Theatre.

Hammersmith also has a public library, a choice of gyms as well as a wide selection of water-based sports activities available on the River.

Shopping

The Broadway Mall and King’s Mall are the main shopping areas, and there’s a weekly farmers’ market selling organic produce. The King Street Regeneration project is set to improve local amenities to include a public square, a new cinema, residential housing and retail units.

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the property industry. For the information in this post, London-based office tenancy specialists Stuart Neils were consulted.

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