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.

Click on the West London developments below to read reviews from the HomeViews community and to find out where are the best places to live in West London. Do you live in a residential development in West London? Leave your review here.

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Review Date Jun 2021

The canal is great to be close to but surrounding areas around it is very dirty. There is also very bad smells coming from the factories nearby which is not nice

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property management is poor. catalyst are not good developers because they lie and cheat in order to sell houses but once sale is made are not happy to help solve bad problems. the houses look nice from outside and many features are good but there are also many problems like damp

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I wish I had done research on Catalyst so i would know about their older houses

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The walls are too thin sometimes you can hear neighbours very loud which is not nice

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Confortable and convenient

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Review Date Jun 2021

The range and quality of shops in the area is good. As regards open spaces there is a small park nearby. Sometimes there is loud noisy on the street (people shouting or loud talking). The tube station and several bus stops are just a few minutes walking away.

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The building is modern with great facilities, especially the refuse chutes. My only complaint it is that it seems to be designed for winter not for summer. During the hot days the heat remains in the flat. The property has got a good management as far I am concerned.

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Nothing really. Maybe that for checking the electricity meter you need to buy a specific key in order to open the door of the place where they are kept.

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My property is run by a private agency. I have not met the landlord. No problems have been arisen and reported to the building management.

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Review Date Jun 2021

Too make dogs is unfortunate however it is good to go for walks and get a bit of fresh air sometimes.

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The Design looks immaculate and the interior and the exterior is a mental scent of greatness and brightness, the property management is very good and my needs are answered and respected as well as solved which I am also really happy about I hope your happy.

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The amount of dogs, they are everywhere and don’t stop coming

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Helped me massively and answered my questions and my needs

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Very nice location

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Review Date Jun 2021

There are couple of local off license shops, there is a post office near by, bus stop and a 20 minute walk to railway station to connect to Crossrail.
The location is the development is in an amazing place, canal running opposite, park near by.

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Design of our flat is ok as this is in the corner of the building and we have an amazing view from the 3rd floor. Building management seems a bit lost and at times not very friendly as you can be left hanging in the loop with no proper help. Cleaners clean the block every Tuesday and the garden is looked after once a month.

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Quality of the house. the overall completed development

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Location is the best feature and since my apartment is on 3rd floor, I have an amazing view as well.

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