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.

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Best places to live in West London

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Mews lane 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.

Putney bridge

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.

Sunset over west London

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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Generally good investment aside from Property Management

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Review Date Jul 2022

There are great facilities in the local area. Perhaps the walk to the station is a bit longer. There should be a shortcut, but there isn’t. Perhaps it would be good if a bus can stop on this very long road. Other than that the area is quiet.

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The property management company, First Port is providing a poor service. There is high ground rent (compared to other sites) and service charges, when we don’t get an adequate service. The Facilities like the gym, doctor’s surgery, convenience store is yet to be completed, despite Covid.

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Could not see how the main bathroom looked like with a bath.

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They said they will look into but nothing. So I will be speaking to my solicitors. Very poor.

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A great team of property management

Review Date Jun 2022

The area is quiet and safe and really good for the small family with young kids like us.

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The balcony door can add a door stopper that not closing automatically.
Maybe balcony door can design better like sliding door. Or not opening on the side so have better ventilation in summer.

The facing of the sunlight
We have too much sunlight in the room in the morning and less sunlight in the living room. Hope you can consider the Sun facing side to arrange the bedrooms and living room in the future planning.

The Leasing and Customer Service Associate, Chandni Gill and her team is so helpful in all aspect. They help me to rent a house smoothly and provide instant help to us. They are the asset of the property management

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Good to live in a corporate landlord management property

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Yes so far
They are willing to help and responsive

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Still pleased with purchase. Some minor ongoing issues with property management.

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Review Date Jun 2022

As before, the location is excellent. 60 seconds from Feltham station (if that). All the shops you need on your doorstep. There is some sporadic anti social behaviour in the area but this has been mitigated recently with CCTV installation. Parking is an issue in the area and on the development but not sure why people moan when they buy a flat with no space and then complain about nowhere to park…..

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No change to this since last review but some issues around property management. Crabtree have been sufficient overall but are very poor at communicating and with getting on with some of the pressing issues. We desperately need bollards around the site to stop people parking and driving on planted areas.

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It was not made clear that the site would have a public right of way through it to the park. I would say it was actively obscured by Fairview that this would be the case and was somewhat dishonest. It has been the cause of some anti social behaviour.

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Most issues dealt with but the issue is that you have to constantly remind them.

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Could be awesome place to live – if only

Review Date Jun 2022

Still lots of construction going on and would be interesting to see how the community booms once completed.There are a lot of superstores around and the Elizabeth line is 10mins walk away. the roads could do with a better lighting

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The design of the development is as described and modelled when buying the property. The building itself is aesthetically pleasing, apart from the random statue art that were dotted around the development. Although security is an issue in our building, especially parcels being stolen and telecom not working at times. The gym available is also not as they initially described and seemed unsuitable in catering for the number of flats in our development.

As per the building management and property management, I’ve experience poor costumer service especially with communication from the management company with plenty of unanswered emails. Raised issues from when I first moved in 1.5 years ago remained unanswered, and unfortunately Barratt has not been as supportive as property management is apparently no longer their concern. This was definitely the biggest downside especially when service charges continue to rise with lack of advance notice or better explanation.

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Would have been good to know in detail which property management will be taking over and their responsibilities. Things like window cleaning from the 3rd flr is assumed that it is included, but it is not.

Would also be good if Barratt was transparent of the current legislative laws in discussion that may affect our decision in buying – I feel disappointed in this aspect as before I moved in, the ground rent has been abolished but Barratt have not notified us that this was a possibility during exchange of contracts. Now I live in the sole block with it the development that pays ground rent.

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Their customer service line have been very responsive and often very quick in addressing the issues.

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