Hammersmith

A Guide to Living in Hammersmith

As a place to live, Hammersmith W6 combines all the benefits of convenient access to central London, the City and the M4, with a leafy, relaxed environment. Its residential side streets and high-end newer developments sit comfortably with excellent shopping and leisure options. These include the massive Westfield Mall just to the north as well as bustling high streets; the vibrant Lyric Theatre; and for those who enjoy sport, the Queen’s Club, home of the annual lawn tennis tournament.

Those fortunate enough to live in this part of London are served by two major hospitals – Charing Cross and Hammersmith, while education provision is first rate; the top independent schools St Paul’s Girls and Godolphin and Latymer are within the W6 area, while St Paul’s for boys is just across Hammersmith Bridge.

We relocated and brought our business from the Hampshire countryside 18 months ago and have been very happy with all aspects of the St Georges Fulham Reach development. After 30 years in the sticks you suddenly realize what you have been missing… We love the multi-national diversity of the residents and have made some good friends. Visiting friends and family have been very impressed.” – John, resident at Fulham Reach

Where is Hammersmith?

W6 lies on the Middlesex bank of the Thames in west London. It stretches north from the river with Chiswick to the west, Shepherd’s Bush and Holland Park to the north, and Kensington, Earl’s Court and Fulham to the east.

Developments in Hammersmith W6

Hammersmith is one of the most affluent areas of London; recent figures show that its residents enjoy some of the largest disposable incomes in the UK, so it’s not surprising that the quality of recent developments in W6 are superb.

Two of the best are Berkeley Group’s Fulham Reach and Mount Anvil’s Queen’s Wharf. Both of which sit just west of Grade-II listed Hammersmith Bridge, and have stunning river views. The original River Café is a few minutes stroll along the Thames Path.

As you’d expect, the Fulham Reach apartments enjoy a comprehensive range of excellent facilities including a 24 hour concierge service, a vibrant selection of cafes, bars and restaurants, a fitness centre, pilates studio and even a maze. And if watching rowing outside your windows inspires you to take to the water, uniquely, the development also incorporates a brand new rowing club. Others may prefer to let the wind do the work at London Corinthian Sailing Club on the other side of Hammersmith Bridge.

The walls are very solid and so we have never heard our neighbours, and they tell me they have never heard my kids screaming, which is pretty amazing. The whole flat has air cooling and heating; which works well and comes on very quickly. Therefore, no radiators for toddlers to burn themselves on. Also, the windows are very safe for kids, only opening a few inches (as we live a few floors up) and the terrace door are big and solid and our toddlers can’t open these. Also, my husband travels sometimes, and I feel very safe here with my kids. As well as the security doors and porters, we also have a control panel which allows you to talk to the concierge, which is very comforting.” – verified resident at Fulham Reach

Only completed in 2017, Queen’ Wharf has already won several awards for its clever combination of new-build residential living spaces with a redevelopment of the famous Riverside Studios. No one living here will ever be at a loss for what to do in their spare time with an irresistible selection of theatre, film, music, dance, comedy and art literally on their doorstep in a building that once housed the UL’s first purpose-built television facility and where early episodes of classics from Dr Who and Blue Peter to Never Mind the Buzzcocks were filmed.

Residents using rooftop yoga terrace or relaxing in their homes don’t need to worry about noise from the entertainment complex, though; special construction techniques have ensured that there’s complete ‘acoustic separation’ between the two.

River Cafe and Plum Cafe – two vastly different cafes with very different price points but just two wonderful examples of some great local places on my doorstep! I love renting here, I couldn’t get a flat with a river view but the location close to Hammersmith and the river is perfect and gives me the space and everything I need.verified resident at Queen’s Wharf.

Hammersmith transport information

The A4 Great West Road runs straight through Hammersmith, making it popular with those who commute by car out the M4 corridor but also want to be close in to City offices and the leisure and shopping available in the West End. On top of that, you can be at Heathrow in half an hour.

W6 is well-served by the tube too with several Zone 2 stations on the Piccadilly, District, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, giving residents quick, direct access to an extremely wide area of central London destinations. Even Canary Wharf is only 33 minutes away.

This development has really surprised us. We lived in Kensington Green (W8) before, and for the same rent we are getting 50% more space, with fantastic facilities, and a brand new, high spec apartment with great views of the river. It makes for a compelling alternative to more central, condensed living. – verified resident at Fulham Reach

While Hammersmith is no longer the industrial centre it was in the thirteenth century when its ‘hammer smithy’ or forge first gave the area its name, but it’s none the less thriving for that change, and doubtless a little bit quieter too. Except on Boat Race day of course!

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Quite happy with the area. Hammersmith has everything you look for; many shops and cafes/restaurants. River side and parks are pretty. It’s an area for both professionals and families. You would find nurseries and schools around too.

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Unfortunately, we don’t have many good things to say about the building we live in and also about the property management. Our building is lack of security, the lock of the entrance door is always broken and anyone (even homeless people) can walk in to the lobby. The carpet in the entrance and the corridor are really dirty and smells bad!! When we have issues with heating or lift etc, it takes ages to be fixed. Most of the time, all tenants start to send emails again and again till the problems are solved. They have to give us a better service especially when you think it’s not cheap to rent any flats in this area!!!!

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VERY BAD MANAGEMENT, nice area, would avoid

Hammersmith is very nice, full of shops, mall, cafes, restaurants and river side. Has a lot of trains and connections.

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I be lived here for 1 year and I can share my experience. The building management is the worst I’ve ever seen in 5 years in London, complete lack is support or caring for the building. We had a lot of issues , sorted out after months.
The security is very bad, most of the time the main door is broken and everyone can. Get in, cameras look broken and not working. We had issues with the lift that has been broken for 3 months, the centralised heating system broken last summer for 2 months that made the corridors hot like hell. Plus thieves got inside the bike storage room and stole all bikes.

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If I knew the management is so bad I wouldn’t have moved in.
Keep looking, don’t move here.

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Good – but terrible management

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The building is good, built recently (2010 I believe), the apartments are nice and quite.

Management is bad, the neighbors and I had a lot of issues with them. Recently it has improved a bit as we have put a lot of pressure on them but still not there.

Neighbors are generally professional, with the exception of some strange individuals and some students. Few of the neighbors tend to keep the building in very poor conditions.

Some deliveries were stolen, and some neighbors complained that the bikes were stolen from the bike room.

So, overall it could be great, but a lot of issues ruin it a bit

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Bringing a little bit of luxury to Hammersmith

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We bought a 2-bedroom apartment off plan and were one of the first residents in Distillery Wharf.

The apartments are of good quality overall with impressive design features (particularly the marble bathrooms, leather wardrobes). Other add-ons include air conditioning which was great in the summer (we never had to use the heating in the winter as the building is so well insulated), built in speakers and Lutron lighting all controlled by the control4 system (although I should add that this system froze a lot and did not function properly after one year of use). A handy video screen also allows you to see who is ringing your door bell at the main entrance (although again we had a few issues with this functioning after one year). The kitchen has high specs and everything worked well for us and the double glazed windows made it virtually impossible to hear anything outside which was great. We liked the pre-payment system for heating/water as we could control our costs and it was easy to monitor (much more transparent than other providers out there).

The facilities were the prime draw for us in this development and are second to none. Having doorstop access to the gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and cinema room was fantastic. We used the swimming pool in particular very often (having a swim pre and post the office to classical music was rather nice) and it often felt like we were in a hotel. We did notice however that it got increasingly busy at peak times as other buildings in the development completed so it will be interesting to see how they control this. We used the wine room, billiards room and virtual golf room for entertaining which went down well with friends and family – particularly as our flat could not host large numbers. The development is also very pram and young children friendly with wide doors and lifts.

In terms of service, the professionalism and attitudes from the staff was great and it did feel like entering a hotel with the ambiance and their attentiveness. The 24/7 Concierge service is very convenient for residents and Angus in particular does a great job at running the show. The service charge in my opinion however is high and not justifiable.

In terms of the location, we have really seen the transformation of this area over the past few years and enjoyed having Harris and Hoole, Tescos Express, the Blue Boat pub and Cafe Plum nearby. We also enjoyed being a 5 minute walk to our favourite restaurant, the River Cafe. To add to this, the development is a 10 minute walk to Hammersmith station which offers four tube lines and is conveniently located for the A4/M4 if getting out of London. The river path has also been significantly improved over the past two years with beautiful pedestrian routes down to Putney making this neighbourhood a desirable place to live.

Overall, we enjoyed living here and have many fond memories!

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