Travelling from the west, by far the quickest road access to Chiswick is the M4 Motorway linking London with the Lower Thames Valley, Bristol and South Wales. Following the motorway to its very end will bring you on the A4 Great West Road: turning first or second left (the latter at the traffic lights) will allow you to thread your way painlessly to Turnham Green and Chiswick High Road.
Chiswick Park station (District line)
Turnham Green station (District / Piccadilly line).
Chiswick mainline station - located several hundred metres south of the Great West Road and Chiswick High Road, Chiswick mainline is part of the SouthWest Trains network and allows quick access to Clapham Junction, Battersea and Waterloo (amongst several other stations)
Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, Chiswick W4 2RP, open We-Su and Bank Holidays 1 April - 31 October 10am-5pm (closes 2pm Saturdays), admission adults £4m children £2, concessions £3, family £10, EH members free, bus 190 (Hammersmith - Richmond) - maintained by English Heritage, Chiswick House is a famous and fine example of the 18th century Palladian style of British architecture. The third Earl of Burlington (1694-1753)—who designed this elegant Classical villa close to the Thames—drew inspiration from his 'grand tours'of Italy, while William Kent was employed to create sumptuous interiors to contrast with the pure exterior. The Classical gardens, although much reduced from their original size, are the perfect complement to the house.
Chiswick High Road has the usual wide selection of fast food outlets and supermarket food.
For the more discerning, an extensive range of restaurants and eateries exists for all tastes and budgets that makes Chiswick a definite destination for the gastronome. Recommended are:
La Trompette, 5-7 Devonshire Road, nearest Tube Stations: Turnham Green 418m, Chiswick Park 821m, tel 020 8747 1836 - probably the best restaurant in West London, great value French cuisine, excellent wine list, prix fixe at £23.50 for lunch, £29 for dinner Review (London Eating.co.uk)
High Road Brasserie, 162-164 Chiswick High Road, tel 020 8742 7474, open daily Mo-Th 7am-midnight, Fr 7am-1am, Sa 8am-1am, Su 8am-11pm - a recent addition to the High Street restaurant scene, highly reviewed in the local and national press. Menu includes brasserie classics, seafood platters, and fancy sandwiches. Daily set menu a real bargain at £15 a head for three courses. Three courses à la carte with wine averages £30-£45.
Sam's Brasserie and Bar, Barley Mow Centre, 11 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick W4 4PH, tel 0208 987 0555, open daily 9am-12midnight - trendy, relaxed, foody eatery just off the High Street and adjacent to Turnham Green - popular among locals