Guide to Chiswick
The riverside village of Chiswick has become a thriving and desirable area with the draw of great transport links to London and Heathrow, while retaining its pretty charm with a renowned café culture, many impressive period properties and stunning green spaces. Along with the community feel and good schools, the area’s peaceful appeal makes it very popular with families. The array of independent shops and a thriving restaurant scene also attract young professionals, who can easily commute to the capital. The finishing post for the Oxford and Cambridge boat race is also here, at Chiswick Bridge.
Chiswick’s community have fought to preserve their area’s heritage properties, which are a striking mix of Victorian cottages, imposing Edwardian properties and Georgian homes along the banks of the River Thames. The Bedford Park area is renowned for its impressive architectural buildings from the 1800s, designed by the eminent Norman Shaw and featuring beautiful substantial gardens.
Some of the best parks in West London can be found in Chiswick, with Chiswick House and Gardens having undergone a multi-million-pound restoration in recent years. The Gunnersbury Triangle nature reserve is popular for woodland walks, while Turnham Green near the bustling Chiswick High Road often hosts local fairs.
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The A4 passes through Chiswick, where the M4 also starts and provides a direct link to Heathrow, which can be reached in just 20 minutes.
Two tube stations serve Chiswick: Chiswick Park and Turnham Green.
Several bus routes connect Chiswick easily to the centre of London, with 24-hour services to Chalk Farm and Piccadilly Circus, as well as night buses to Heathrow and Liverpool Street.
Chiswick also has one of four lifeboat stations positioned along the Thames.
Known for having some of the most respected primary schools in West London, such as Belmont Primary School, Grove Park Primary School and St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, there are also several private schools such as the Chiswick and Bedford Park Primary School and the Falcons School for Boys. Secondary school students attend the state Chiswick School, while the Arts Educational School for 11 to 18-year-olds is presided by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Chiswick is thought to have been inhabited since the Ice Age, after flint axes were found there, while later excavations have indicated that settlements existed there in the Iron Age. The Romans also built two roads through Chiswick.
During the Civil War in 1642, the Battle of Turnham Green took place there and ended in a stalemate, which meant that the capital was saved from attack by the royalist army heading there to seize parliamentarian control.
Chiswick prospered during the 18th century, when two breweries (the Griffin and the Lamb) were founded and Kew Bridge was built, before the railway was opened in 1849 and the property market started flourishing as the population increased rapidly.
Artists have long been lured to Chiswick, with its historically creative and liberal-leaning population. Many homes had artists’ studios built in, and they began to remove cellars from the design of the houses as they believed in allowing servants to sleep in the more elevated position of the attic. Poet Alexander Pope lived in Chiswick in the early 1700s, while William Hogarth, Johann Zoffany, Dr William Rose and Dr Ralph Griffiths have all resided there.
The name Chiswick actually means ‘cheese farm’ in Old English.
Places of Interest
Chiswick boasts an appealing mix of cultural attractions and nature spots, with arts and entertainment venues and plenty of sporting destinations in between.
- Chiswick House and Gardens
- Fuller’s Griffin Brewery
- Chiswick House
- Tabard Theatre
- Dukes Meadows Golf Course
- Food Market Chiswick
- Chiswick Eyot Island
- Chiswick Mall
- Syon House
How to get to Chiswick
- By road: Chiswick is just 6.5 miles from London, with the drive taking less than half an hour without traffic via the A4.
- By tube: London’s West End can be reached in just half an hour via the tube.
- By train: services to Waterloo and Victoria take around half an hour.
- Cyclists: the capital can be easily reached within 40 minutes.
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