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.

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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Great history, design but poor value

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Review Date Aug 2020

Pros:
– Location close to White City and Wood Lane tube station
– Proximity to Westfield + John Lewis with many supermarkets shops around
– Great facilities (when all working)
– Great design (but poor implementation)
– Flats are usually spacious (larger than most London developments at the same price-point)

Cons:
– The building has severe issues. For example the underfloor heating is not working in our flat and they building and property manager (Strutt & Parker) are not in a hurry to fix it since we bought a heater. We have been moved to a hotel for 2 weeks to replace the bathroom tiles because water was leaking to flats underneath. They had to re-do the bathrooms for many flats in the development. They are planning to re-paint all flats since the paint job has issues in many flats. You can see buckets placed in the lounge, in the hallways when it’s raining. I think I don’t have to say more.
– The finishes inside the flat are very poor: the counter tops are poor quality, the silicon sealing are poor quality with lots of large cracks, the paint on the walls is cracking after 2 years.
– The management and the After Care team are appealing. They never get anything done without massive hassling, they ignore issues until you threaten them, they are telling you one thing and to the property manager another thing. Very unprofessional bunch and difficult to deal with.
– Gym and pool are run by Soho House so the facilities can be quite busy because their members also have access. Their members are more important than residents which can make you feel unwelcome.
– They are in the process of destroying the garden to fix structural problems to the buildings. The garden used to look amazing, now it’s full of scaffolding so not much vegetation will survive these works.
– Concierge can be better. They sometimes forget to email you about packages, they are unresponsive when there are noise disturbance.
– Noise: there are a few flats shared by what I assume are students that are playing loud music a lot of nights. The walls are paper thin so you might hear other’s music quite frequently in this development.
– The area can be sketchy at times.

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Appealing in the way they deal with issues. Initially the issues are ignored, sometimes threatening is making them move. This is the general feeling among a lot of the residents. Even for replacing a viewfinder that was broken by the contractors fixing the bathroom we had to exchange countless emails over 4-5 months to replace that. I haven’t pressed enough for the underfloor heating to be fixed because it is so so so expensive (provided by SSE). I’ve stayed in this flat for more than 2 years, but I still can’t use the underfloor heating. They have sent contractors to have a look and test it about 3-4 times, they said they did something to make it work but it’s still not working. One of the contractors said that the issue is that the sensor that checks the temperature is too close to the hot water pipes so it has wrong readings, shutting the system off. The solution would be to lift the floor and move the sensor. This issue with the heating is found in many of the flats, some have just bought heaters, some have pushed them harder and finally they got the After Care team to fix it.

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That the underfloor heating is not working and that the building has so many issues.

What is the best feature of your home:

Spacious flats, with lots of storage and large balconies (if you have one)

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Just amazing

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Review Date Aug 2020

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Property manager Kash was just beyond amazing. No words to describe this man. What a gentleman, he looked after us above and beyond what would be expected. Couldn’t fault him or the staff around him. Very helpful. Quick to sort any issues. Really happy with everything.

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No

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

No. There is nothing we would change about our flat.

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These flats are a joke !!!!?

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Review Date Aug 2020

The area is ok a little bit overcrowded

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These flats are a joke !!!!. It’s been the 6th time that the air conditioning has broken down during summer and there is no windows. Also, they allow families to moved into a small studio flat so you have to keep waken up around 5-6am everyday by the sound of crying babies and kids running around ( for your information the walls are super thin) overall, it is a nightmare to live here, you won’t last more than 1 year. Oh and I forgot to mention that sometimes you can find that the lift has peed by someone.

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Baby next door Crying 24 /7 and running around and broken air conditioning system.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

If you communicate an issue they tried to fix it soon but when you air conditioning broke down in the middle of the night there is nothing they can do.

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Great location, if you can live with the issues the building has.

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Review Date Jul 2020

Great location, very close to Sainsbury and tesco express. 2 min walk to North Acton tube stop on the central line.

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The flat is nice enough but I am on the top floor and there is no control over the rising heat. The water pressure is sub-par and the elevators break down. It’s not all bad but not great either for the price.

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Water pressure

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Working elevators and better water pressure…….

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