Top 10 places to live in West London

Richmond Bridge with rowing boats in the foreground

Where are the best places to live in West London? We let the residents decide. Residents of West London’s boroughs have rated their developments to give us a shortlist of the highest-rated new homes in the region. Are you looking for the best flats to buy or rent in West London? Make sure these 10 are on your shortlist.

West London is a large and informally-defined area offering a wide range of price points for property hunters. As you’d expect, prices tend to fall as you move outwards away from more central areas. However, West London locations in zones 3 and 4 like Richmond, Kew and Chiswick still command high prices. This is because they offer easy access to Central London along with beautiful properties in prestigious neighbourhoods.

Tropical greenhouse at Kew Gardens
The Victorian Temperate House at Kew Gardens

Locations on the outer edge of West London and beyond are set to benefit substantially from the (eventual) opening of the Elizabeth line. The new line runs through Ealing and Hillingdon before leaving London and heading west through South Bucks and Slough to terminate at Reading.

Outer West London stops such as Hayes, Southall and Hanwell have already seen major redevelopment in anticipation of the new services running directly into Central London. (Read our recent article Crossrail towns for Londoners escaping westwards for more details).

Which areas are in West London?

The London Plan sub-region of West London covers the area to the west of Kensington & Chelsea. Starting at the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham to the east and stretching out to Hillingdon and Hounslow in the west, West London reaches up to the northerly tip of Harrow and down to the southerly tip of Richmond-upon-Thames.

Hammersmith Bridge at dusk
Hammersmith Bridge, which (when open) connects Barnes with Hammersmith

However, there are many variations and informal definitions of West London. Many of these would not, for example, include the section of Richmond-upon-Thames that lies to the south of the river. Some would also consider Westminster and the West End to be part of West London rather than Central.

West London postcodes

As well as the obvious ‘W’ prefix postcodes, West London also includes many ‘SW’, ‘UB’, ‘HA’ and ‘TW’ prefix postcodes. For example, Fulham is covered by the SW6 postcode. However, it is generally considered to fall within West London rather than the South West.

What is West London known for?

West London is perhaps best known for its prosperous, leafy suburbs, such as Fulham, Chiswick, Ealing and parts of Notting Hill, Maida Vale and Richmond-upon-Thames. Heathrow Airport, located in the borough of Hillingdon, is one of the region’s largest employers. The University of West London also has a major impact on the area, with 47,000 students in attendance.

The Hammersmith Apollo is one of London’s premier concert venues, while Shepherds Bush is the location for one of the city’s two Westfield shopping centres. Hammersmith & Fulham boasts three top football clubs: Chelsea F.C, Fulham F.C. and Queens Park Rangers, while Brentford’s business park is home to a large number of corporate headquarters for companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, BskyB and Allianz.

The West Stand at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground in Fulham (image: Vespa125125CFC)

Is West London safe?

Much of West London is considered to be a very safe place to live. Richmond is the London area with the lowest crime rate of all, according to police figures. Meanwhile Westminster is often cited as the London borough with the highest overall crime rate. However, this is mainly due to the large number of tourists targeted by thieves.

New build developments in West London

West London includes a number of areas undergoing significant developoment. As London expands, more peripheral areas such as Hounslow and Hayes are seeing major investment, alongside Acton, Brentford and White City.

Verified residents have rated the developments below the best available in the region. This includes new West London homes to rent and to buy, offering something for everyone!

10 best places to live in West London

1. Charter Place, TW3

4.72 (based on 22 reviews) 4.72 (22 reviews)
Area guide to West London
Image of Charter Place, TW3

Top of our list of the best places to live in West London is Charter Place – an INSTRATA Lifestyle Residence, managed by Greystar. This rental scheme features a collection of studios, one, two, and three-bedroom rental homes. Residents have access to an onsite gym, lounge, a private dining room, and co-working spaces. In addition, Charter Place is only a short walk away from Hounslow East Underground station.

Read reviews and details of Charter Place, TW3

2. be:here Hayes, UB3

4.57 (based on 73 reviews) 4.57 (73 reviews)
Area guide to Hayes
Image of be:here Hayes, UB3
be:here Hayes is a residential development from Build to Rent developer be:here, comprising of 119 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. It is part of the Old Vinyl Factory development, which offers commercial units including restaurants, leisure amenities and a music venue. The development is close to Hayes & Harlington station, the M4, M25 and Heathrow […] Read reviews and details of be:here Hayes, UB3

3. Fizzy Hayes, UB3

Fizzy Living
4.53 (based on 122 reviews) 4.53 (122 reviews)
Area guide to Hayes
Image of Fizzy Hayes, UB3
Fizzy Hayes UB3 is a residential development of one, two and three-bedroom apartments from Build to Rent developer Fizzy Living. It’s in south Hayes, right near Hayes & Harlinton Station, and just a short drive from London Heathrow Airport.  Also, the development sits between two popular green spaces – Minet Country Park and Lake Farm […] Read reviews and details of Fizzy Hayes, UB3

4. Homesgate Place, UB3

Barratt Homes
4.64 (based on 12 reviews) 4.64 (12 reviews)
Area guide to Hayes
A Barratt Homes development, Homesgate Place comprises of 183 residential dwellings with a range of one and two-bedroom apartments and studios alongside a mix of one, two, three, four and five-bedroom houses. The development is a 7-minute walk away from Barra Hall Park and a 19-minute walk away from Hayes & Harlington station. Read reviews and details of Homesgate Place, UB3

5. Paddington Exchange, W2

Taylor Wimpey Central London
4.56 (based on 11 reviews) 4.56 (11 reviews)
Area guide to Westminster
Paddington Exchange is a Chase Evans development featuring a collection of 123 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Located in the heart of Paddington, nearby Paddington Station offers excellent transport links with the Heathrow Express and the three major underground lines – the Hammersmith & City, the Bakerloo and Circle lines- in operation. Read reviews and details of Paddington Exchange, W2

6. Fulham Reach, W6

St George
4.42 (based on 13 reviews) 4.42 (13 reviews)
Area guide to Hammersmith
Image of Fulham Reach, W6
Fulham Reach is a mixed-use development from St George (part of the Berkeley Group), constructed with the support of architect, John Thompson and Partners, and interior designer, Jestico + Whiles. It’s situated in West London’s Hammersmith, close to Hammersmith Broadway and Hammersmith station, and adjacent to the River Thames. There are currently 744 apartments and penthouses […] Read reviews and details of Fulham Reach, W6

7. Imperial Wharf, SW6

St George
4.38 (based on 15 reviews) 4.38 (15 reviews)
Area guide to Fulham
Imperial Wharf development
Located adjacent to Chelsea Harbour in Fulham, West London, Imperial Wharf is a mixed-use development by St George. The development is built on a former industrial site and comprises of  1665 new homes with 50% affordable. The site also has a fitness centre, a hotel, offices, retail space and restaurants as well as a new […] Read reviews and details of Imperial Wharf, SW6

8. Vida, W3

4.43 (based on 6 reviews) 4.43 (6 reviews)
Area guide to Acton
Vida development
Vida is a residential development in the heart of Acton, London. Developed by Hill Residential, apartments here vary from one to two bedrooms, and include a selection of two-bedroom duplex apartments and three-bedroom maisonettes. Help to Buy is available for those that are eligible. Nearby transport links included National Rail services at Acton Central and […] Read reviews and details of Vida, W3

9. Kew Bridge West, TW8

St James
4.34 (based on 17 reviews) 4.34 (17 reviews)
Area guide to Brentford
Kew Bridge development
Kew Bridge West is a residential development in leafy West London, just a short drive from Heathrow Airport. It features one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and is flanked by the River Thames, Kew Gardens and Syon Park. The nearest station, Kew Bridge, is a Zone 3 hub with convenient links to Waterloo.   Read reviews and details of Kew Bridge West, TW8

10. Acton Square, W3

Bellway Homes
4.40 (based on 7 reviews) 4.40 (7 reviews)
Area guide to Acton
Acton Square is a Bellway Homes mixed-use development located in Ealing. It is comprised of 95 apartments, ranging from studios to 3-bedrooms. Residents benefit from resident parking and from being situated near Acton Town centre, just a mile away, and four tube stations within walking distance. Read reviews and details of Acton Square, W3

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