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==Districts==
 
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West London is itself made up of numerous suburbs and satellite towns. Of these, several quite distinct areas are particularly popular with travellers and backpackers, for their attractions, their facilities and their many accommodation options:
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Like all the other districts of outer London, West London is itself made up of numerous suburbs, villages and satellite towns. Many of these will not be of interest to the general traveller (unless they are staying with someone there of course....) Several quite distinct areas of West London are, however, particularly popular with travellers and backpackers, for their attractions, their facilities and their many accommodation options:
  
* [[London/Acton|Acton]] - an area popular with visiting Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans, both short and long term
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(from inner to outer London)
* [[London/Chelsea|Chelsea]] - the heart of "Swinging Sixties" London
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* [[London/Chiswick|Chiswick]] - leafy, trendy, affluent
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*[[London/Chelsea|Chelsea]] - the heart of "Swinging Sixties" London
* [[London/Ealing|Ealing]] - known as the "Queen of the suburbs", transport hub and home to the famous Ealing Studios
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*[[London/Fulham|Fulham]] - comfortable, affluent, trendy, just over the Thames from [[London/Putney|Putney]]
* [[London/Fulham|Fulham]] - comfortable, affluent, trendy
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*[[London/Earls Court|Earls Court]]
* [[London/Hammersmith|Hammersmith]] - major transport hub, retail and business centre, also home to the live music venue Hammersmith Apollo as well as many traditional pubs
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*[[London/Notting Hill|Notting Hill]] - trendy, affluent, made famous by the movie of the same name
* [[London/Kensington|Kensington]] - major retail strip on Kensington High Road; also Kensington Palace
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*[[London/Hammersmith|Hammersmith]] - major transport hub, retail and business centre, also home to the live music venue Hammersmith Apollo as well as many traditional pubs
* [[London/Notting Hill|Notting Hill]] - trendy, affluent, made famous by the movie of the same name
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*[[London/Shepherd's Bush|Shepherd's Bush]] - mixed and vibrant area, generally up and coming, undergoing enhancement and gentrification
* [[London/Shepherd's Bush|Shepherd's Bush]] - mixed and vibrant area, generally up and coming, undergoing enhancement and gentrification
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*[[London/Acton|Acton]] - an area popular with visiting Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans, both short and long term
* [[London/Wembley|Wembley]] - site of the famous Wembley Stadium, the home of English football, and the Wembley Arena, a major entertainment venue
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*[[London/Chiswick|Chiswick]] - leafy, trendy, affluent
* [[London/Hounslow|Hounslow]] - a working class suburb with many of the residents employed at nearby Heathrow airport. Popular with Indians.
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*[[London/Ealing|Ealing]] - known as the "Queen of the suburbs", transport hub and home to the famous Ealing Studios
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*[[London/Southall|Southall]]
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*[[London/Wembley|Wembley]] - site of the famous Wembley Stadium, the home of English football, and Wembley Arena, a major entertainment venue
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*[[London/Hounslow|Hounslow]] - a working class suburb with many of the residents employed at nearby Heathrow airport
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==

Revision as of 18:46, 14 August 2007

West London is that part of Greater London that is located generally west of Central London and the West End (beyond Zone 1 on the Tube) and north of the River Thames. Several riverside areas south of the Thames, such as Richmond, Kew, Putney and Barnes, although properly part of South West London are often considered natural extensions of this area based on their geography and close associations (transport, culture) with West London as a whole.

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Understand

West London's obvious popularity with travellers and short- to mid-term residents (backpackers, working holiday makers, etc.) can be explained by a number of factors, not least its proximity to Heathrow International, London's largest airport, and its multiple, easy transport connections with the West End and Central London.

The geography of West London is dominated by the River Thames as it winds its way eastward from the Lower Thames Valley towards the sea... The river is a focus of life for many in West London, a place for riverside walks, cycling, rowing, sailing and pubbing....

Districts

Like all the other districts of outer London, West London is itself made up of numerous suburbs, villages and satellite towns. Many of these will not be of interest to the general traveller (unless they are staying with someone there of course....) Several quite distinct areas of West London are, however, particularly popular with travellers and backpackers, for their attractions, their facilities and their many accommodation options:

(from inner to outer London)

  • Chelsea - the heart of "Swinging Sixties" London
  • Fulham - comfortable, affluent, trendy, just over the Thames from Putney
  • Earls Court
  • Notting Hill - trendy, affluent, made famous by the movie of the same name
  • Hammersmith - major transport hub, retail and business centre, also home to the live music venue Hammersmith Apollo as well as many traditional pubs
  • Shepherd's Bush - mixed and vibrant area, generally up and coming, undergoing enhancement and gentrification
  • Acton - an area popular with visiting Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans, both short and long term
  • Chiswick - leafy, trendy, affluent
  • Ealing - known as the "Queen of the suburbs", transport hub and home to the famous Ealing Studios
  • Southall
  • Wembley - site of the famous Wembley Stadium, the home of English football, and Wembley Arena, a major entertainment venue
  • Hounslow - a working class suburb with many of the residents employed at nearby Heathrow airport

Get in

West London enjoys multiple connections and throughways as the gateway of London to the west.

By tube

West London is well served by Tube connections with several lines running through and westwardly terminating within the area:

  • Piccadilly Line (blue) - starts at Heathrow and runs into the West End and beyond
  • District Line (green) - broadly following the Thames from East and Central London - divides at Earls Court, then again at Turnham Green to terminate variously at Richmond, Ealing and Wimbledon via Fulham and Putney.
  • Central Line (red) - starting at Ealing Broadway, the Central Line runs into Central London along the line of Oxford Street and the A40

See

Although not as concentrated as Central London, West London's attractions are many... The various district articles list many of these, though several are located further afield or in more isolated areas:

  • Syon Park [1], tel 020 8560 0881, House: open 24 March - 31 October, We, Th, Su, Bank Holiday Mondays, Good Friday, Easter Saturday 11am-5pm (last entry 4.15pm); Gardens: open daily except 25, 26 December 10.30am-5pm or dusk if earlier; Syon House & Gardens & Great Conservatory: admission adults £7.50, concessions/child £6.50, family £17.00, Gardens & Great Conservatory admission adults £3.75, concessions/child £2.50, family £9.00 - the stately home of the Dukes of Northumberland for 400 years, Syon House and its 200-acre estate are located between Brentford and Isleworth. The main house was built to a design by the English architect Robert Adams, the grounds laid out by Capability Brown. Well worth a visit.
  • BBC studios, in shepherds Bush in W14.

Do

Buy

Eat

Chiswick, Kensington and Fulham are the areas of West London with the widest range of options.

Drink

You will never be short of a pub in West London, with hundreds of great venues from Ealing to central London and beyond. Upmarket bars and clubs are also plentiful.

Sleep

Avonmore Hotel, 66 Avonmore Road, W14 8RS, Tel. + 44 (0) 20 7603 4296 / + 44 (0) 20 7603 3121, Fax. +44 (0)20 7603 4035, [2], small budget hotel situated close to the west end.

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