West London

A Guide to Living in West London

West London stretches from Hayes in the west to Paddington in the east. Best known for central West London it is widely regarded as one of the city’s most sophisticated expanses. It’s little wonder this place is a millionaire-magnet. West London merges charming high streets with sprawling greenery and some of the country’s most beautiful architecture. Read on to hear about some of the best places to live in West London.

Maida Vale & Warwick Avenue

Neighbours are most likely to be of the ‘rich and famous’ variety in the W9 postcode. Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale are two of the capital’s most expensive and picture-perfect neighbourhoods. The avenues here are shaded by trees and fringed by Victorian and Edwardian mansions, which look out over flawlessly-kept garden squares.

Likewise the most sought-after properties edge the Little Venice canal. This is a waterway that comes alive in the summer months.  Well-heeled residents wander down from the stucco houses and sip aperitifs on the al fresco terraces. In addition, some of London’s oldest pubs can be found in the area, too, some half-hidden in largely residential pockets. It might feel like a peaceful haven, but W9 is just a short tube journey into the heart of the West End.

Leafy districts with London links 

Well-connected West London districts like Ealing and Chiswick (Ealing alone has four stations) offer residents close proximity to Central London with a rural feel. ‘Queen of the Suburbs’ Ealing has a common that stretches for over 40 acres, and its multiple parks are the setting for year-round community events. Meanwhile, pretty Turnham Green neighbours fashionable Chiswick High Road, where there’s chic bistros and pavement cafés aplenty.

West London nightlife

To the east of Chiswick you’ll find Hammersmith, which offers a varied nightlife scene. It’s not all about gigs at the famous Apollo, either – there are independent wine bars and a great line of riverside restaurants here. And next door Fulham has smart gastropubs around every corner.

Shepherds Bush – dubbed ‘SheBu’ by locals, is another big-hitter after-dark. Sandwiched between Holland Park and Acton, it’s got a little bit of everything for night-time pursuits. This is thanks to the Westfield mall and the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. Likewise, there are a high concentration of pubs serving quality food and beer in areas like Brook Green. The Bird in Hand and The Havelock are local favourites.

Paddington’s transformation

Paddington is perhaps best-known as a transport hub, but there’s more to W2 than its enormous (albeit impressive) Victorian station and its surrounding offices. Arrive hungry, because the Paddington Basin in the West London area has been heavily regenerated. There is now a whole host of buzzing canalside eateries to explore. Pergola on the Roof is one of the most visited spots – a summer-time pop-up with four restaurants, two bars and space for 800+ diners. Alternatively, hit Edgware Road for Middle Eastern flavours.

Kensington sightseeing

Similarly, culture vultures (with sizeable budgets) should consider Kensington in West London. The area is home to Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and the Natural History Museum. Here, residents can spend their leisure time wandering through Kensington Gardens, browsing the boutiques of Chelsea, and chowing down on Thai delicacies in The Churchills Arms – London’s most flower-bedecked pub.

Hayes, West London

Hayes is a suburb of Outer London but considered by many to be West London. Iver to the west and Uxbridge to the north. Moreover, Southall is to the east and West Drayton is to the south. It’s in the borough of Hillingdon, 13 miles from Central London, and comes under the UB3 postcode. Hayes is really well connected. Trains from Hayes & Harlington station whisk commuters to London’s Paddington in less than 20 minutes. Once Crossrail arrives, journey times to the likes of Stratford will be dramatically improved. Furthermore, for business travel or holidays, Heathrow Airport is on the doorstep. It is only a 10-minute drive from Hayes’ centre. The M4, M40 and M25 are all close by, too.

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I moved into HPV during mid 2017 mainly for the location : Hayes doesn’t have a lot to offer but the train station makes it convenient to get into & out of London.
I had a mostly enjoyable time living in the development, minor issues such as loss of hot water were resolved within a day, up until the end of 2019 when ‘noisy neighbours’ moved in above me and next door.
I had not experienced any issues prior to this time: the occasional background noise from neighbours, the odd night of loud inconsiderate ‘air b&b’ tourists out on the balcony but these were infrequent, unlike the noise from above – thuds of early morning exercising, or running around from early evening to very late at night. The arrival of these neighbours has ruined my tenure at HPV. It has revealed that the sound insulation is inadequate – I’m told that the noisy neighbours do not live directly above me but one flat over! Constant reports to the concierge service have not met with success and the nuisance continues unabated. Promises to bring this to the attention of the homeowner / estate agent have either not happened or been ignored. Now when I call I feel like I am seen as the problem.
I cannot even escape the noise nuisance by using my balcony due to the almost constant smell of cannibis: I have made the concierge aware of one of the drug users, yes there is more than one, but like the noise nuisance this continues unchecked.
Today I continue to seek alternative accommodation and I caution anyone thinking of taking up residence or purchasing a property in HPV to consider their options or if they are determined to locate here to take a top floor property and exercise thought and carpet the flat.

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Design: poor noise insulation, very poor.
Each day I have to listen to the thumping of a neighbour about the ve pounding a treadmill, including weekends. Each evening it’s the sound of furniture being pushed/dragged across the floor then a child running around for hours.
Meanwhile my flat remains free of fresh air as my balcony doors stay closed to prevent the smoke of marijuana filling the place

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That the insulation against noise transference is poor

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Poorly: after initial reports of noise nuisance it appears to me that I am treated as the nuisance.
What little has been done has been ineffective

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I would also feel safer if there were gates and only residents could have access to the communal gardens…

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Not enough shop and restaurants. Safety is a big issue. There are no gates and there has been a murder in the courtyard on March 22 2019

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Indoor Design is good but some fitted furniture like kitchen and wardrobes were very basis and not strong material. But most of the heatings units are giving issues and is very expensive to change them as their are not normal
Boilers.

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Noise of ambulances and aircrafts

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Ventilation system is not so good and we has to make some improvement

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Working from home

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Good working space when you HAVE to work from home.

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I’ve written a much longer more extensive and positive review of this whole development before, but as someone currently required to work from home because of the Covid-19 situation wanted to make the point that as a living/work space it really is very comfortable. Nicely laid out, modern and stylish.

I work in Digital media so working from home is something I do once a week anyway, but now that I’m having to make this a longer term main workplace I’m struck at how practical it is for that purpose combined with being a relaxed environment.

Solid soundproofed flat with good technology links.

Good sized balconies for working outside when the sun shines, but right now working really well as an indoor combined living and working space as well.

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Again, I’ve done this in detail before. One thing to be aware of though that I didn’t previously mention, there is an anomaly with the post code with the building that can cause issues with getting food deliveries particularly. Often have had to guide takeaways in. Hopefully that can eventually be sorted.

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Development has an on-site management team who are always available to offer advice, will take in packages and have dealt quickly and efficiently with any of my queries or repair requirements.

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Thank you for your review Tony! We really appreciate the updated review and are glad you are finding working from home easy and comfortable in your home.

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Fair review

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Transport links are very good.
The lack of marquee shops and restaurants is a drawback. The commercial units are empty except for the climbing wall. If SimplyFresh opens it will bring a lot of life to the development and surrounding area.

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The design is very good. The block is secure and the build quality is high.

The issue of parcel delivery/concierge services needs to be clarified. At present it’s a part time service/office hours only

When the commercial units at ground level are occupied it will be a nice area to reside in. It just needs some cafe/shopping etc to enliven it

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Limits on the community app. It’s a platform for negativity, with people moaning about dog droppings, garbage, missing post, etc. In essence the social elements of the app are overwhelming negative and I’m muted the lot.

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The MVHR is very loud even at its lowest setting. The lack of a door from hallway to living area means that sound is an issues

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Thank you for your fair review. You should be able to turn off the MVHR, there is a switch in the utility cupboard – let us know if you need some help!

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