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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No no no!

Review Date Jan 2022

Since this is on the high street you see a lot of shady people. There are always drunk people or people on drugs found on street below the building. Think twice!

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The only bad thing about the apartments is that the building was an office space before so walls between apartments is really thin. You can hear people next door walking, talking amongst themselves, their tv etc. whenever someone closes their apartment door you can hear a thud in your apartment. Also because the windows don’t open, the sound echos within the apartment building. In short please don’t go for Trinity square unless you have no other option.

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I wish I had known it’s going to be a nightmare living here.

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The building management has been good. No complaint from them.

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Stay away if tenant

Review Date Jan 2022

It feels secluded and safe, lit up at night, the residents range from professionals and families with children to footballers and media people. No council permit parking is available for the building and they charge £3500 per parking a year. No close amenities! There is a small My shop which has only necessities and booze, nearest Tesco is 15 min away. Transport links are good – Overground, District (5 min) and Picadilly (10 min) lines. There are foxes that can be noisy at night when mating. Emergency services station is just around the corner. The bad thing about the light is that they don’t turn it off at night and it’s impossible to sleep. Drug dealers in the area. Not much traffic noise & birds singing.

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Design is very modern, the ventilation of en-suite bathrooms in bedrooms is poor, no ventilation in the bathroom. Management is poor. In addition to electricity and water, you are forced to pay for underfloor heating (which does not work) to Switch2Be. There’s some kind of monopoly agreement between Switch2Be and management of the building – you cannot change the provider – they just double the price every year. The standing charges for this alone are more than £150. An easy way for them to trap residents and earn money on this. I was advised not to pursue legal charges against this fact as hopeless. Any problem you have as a tenant – they first send you to the letting agency, then to concierge, after 10 calls they finally do something. There are foxes and lots of spiders in the area. There were cases of parcels theft. If you want to be in RBKC/Fulham areas it’s a nice development but if not tied to the area I’d advise against it. They close pool all the time. The value for money is awful – the letting agents push prices 25% up every year and get away with it. Underfloor heating does not work properly.

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Be prepared to pay a few grand for the heating per month and it will not work

No customer service whatsoever

No parking

No shops in the area

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They sent me to the letting agent, the letting agent sent me to concierge and the concierge refuses to do anything as they need to get I instructions from the agent. Absolute disgrace.

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HSQ: A good start, but room for growth

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Review Date Jan 2022

Generally, Hounslow is a nice area. As a result of the new High Street Quarter development, it does appear that this will lead to some further shops and amenities coming in to the area. However, at the moment there is not a huge variety of restaurants, and bars and very little in the way of choice for retail. Though their are a few local groceries stores close by ( which is convenient), they are lower-tier shops, so it would be nicer to see some more variety.
As the square becomes busier, there has been an increase of rubbish and too few bins to deal with it. There is one bin in the square that is constantly overflowing with rubbish and it has been placed directly opposite the entrance to the building making it an absolute eyesore.
Transport links are pretty good: lots of buses and there is both underground and overground and Heathrow is easily accessible. A few small parks close by; Hounslow Heath is also easily accessible.

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The property managers for the development are First Port and they have not met expectations. Getting certain safety features installed was difficult and they have been very slow to act and do much to resolve the security breaches that we have experienced thus far. The management fees have nearly doubled in a year and there has been very poor communication regarding the reason behind it. For the amount of fees we pay very little is done in the way of cleaning, there is no concierge service, no gym, no amenities at all really. It’s quite disappointing.

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We wished we would have been more aware of the fact that the leasehold agreement would impact our ability to get a car space even within the borough of Hounslow.

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Issues and repairs within the flat that have been raised have been dealt with and repaired though not always without difficulty. The last major issue involved replacing damaged counters that took 4 to 5 months to complete in part due to extensive poor communication on the part of the building management.
The lifts are frequently out of service and oftentime need repairs that take weeks as spare parts need to be ordered from overseas. There has even been a time when both lifts were out of service which is very difficult for residents.

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Don’t bother looking at any other properties

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Review Date Jan 2022

Be Here was located at a sweet spot for us. We had access to local shops, pubs, supermarkets, train station, and parking very close to the apartment.
No complaints 🙂

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We have been living here for more than a year and had no complaints at all. We recently moved out as we bought our own house and the moving out was a breeze thanks to Akash and property management team. They arranged for cleaning and were quick to close the books to make sure we get our deposit returned.

Once we had moved out, we did receive few letters that were important and Akash was kind enough to mail them over to me at the new address.
I have said it in my previous reviews and saying it again, you wont find better property management team.

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You need few days to get used to the noise from railway tracks especially during summer months when windows are opened. This was not a deal breaker for us at all.

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Any issues raised were immediately responded by property management team. They would work around our schedule to fix things as well.

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