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. Read on to discover developments that are the best places to live in Hammersmith. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Hammersmith.
“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
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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. It is rated one of the best places to live and rent in Hammersmith. No one will ever be at a loss for what to do with an irresistible selection of theatre, dance, comedy and art 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 to Blue Peter 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.
The A4 Great West Road runs straight through Hammersmith, making it popular with those who commute 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!