Renting property in Chiswick, W4
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Why rent in Chiswick?
Occupying the W4 postcode, Chiswick is a fairly quiet corner of London combining busy city life with the slower pace of village life. Its large houses with gardens, wide tree lined streets and excellent primary and secondary schools makes it an ideal spot for families whilst the lively high street which is full of bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets means that all needs are catered for.
Landmarks include Chiswick House, the River Thames and Kew Gardens. Bedford Park is known for its famous Norman Shaw houses and Turnham Green Terrace is where you will find smart establishments such as Soho House's High Road Brasserie, alongside popular shopping outlets and designer boutiques.
Chiswick is one of the greenest areas of London; apart from the river Thames that surrounds it, and the wide, open spaces of Duke's Meadows, many parts of Chiswick have their own little green.
Property in Chiswick
Victorian cottages and Edwardian terraces can be found off the High Road, which also boasts grand mansion blocks. The most prestigious area is on the riverbank around Chiswick Mall where there are some very elegant period houses overlooking the Thames.
In recent years there have been several new housing developments popping up around Chiswick, one such new development is Kew Bridge court, a unique gated development of 94 self-contained one, two and three bedroom apartments. All of the apartments have been recently refurbished in a contemporary style and are available furnished or unfurnished. Kew Bridge court is located on Chiswick High Road with its selection of shops, bars and restaurants; and moments away from the River Thames. The site benefits from landscaped gardens and 104 off-street parking spaces.
Transport links in Chiswick
Whether you are using the transport links for commuting or social purposes anyone renting property in Chiswick benefits from the area's west London location which means convenient access to the M25 and M4 if travelling by road, and Heathrow Airport for those international trips.
Train services in Chiswick operate via Kew Bridge National Rail station which has services to Waterloo every 15 minutes, and Gunnersbury Tube, which is served by the District line, is a short walk.
History of Chiswick
Chiswick as we now know it was originally a village before it was swallowed into the Greater London development and was formed from five separate areas: Old Chiswick (the area surrounding St. Nicholas' Church); Strand-on-the-Green (a small fishing village); Turnham Green (an area that runs along the main road to the west of England); Little Sutton (the area around Sutton Manor); and Stamford Brook (the area along the boundary with Hammersmith).
Due to its proximity to the river Thames, Chiswick was built up around many industries that used the water including fishing, boat building and transport links for people and goods along the water. The water also meant that willow trees were in abundance in the area so a basket-making trade quickly grew up.
The proximity to the water also meant that the land nearby was well irrigated so farming, especially for crops such as barley, became another prominent trade in Chiswick. In fact the barley grown in Chiswick was deemed to be of especially high quality which led to the development of the brewing industry in the area. Two breweries, the Griffen, established in 1701, and the Lamb, established in 1790, added to Chiswick's prosperity.
Chiswick continued to flourish throughout the 16th century but still maintained its rural village feel which became very attractive to people who had made their fortune in London but wanted to live a quieter pace of life when not at work. This lead to the building of mansion houses in the area: the earliest ones were built as early as 1412.
Chiswick became famous again during World War II when it became the first place in the UK where a German V2 rocket exploded and created a crater over nine meters wide.
Although the Chiswick we see today is well within the London boundary, falling within the London Borough of Hounslow, it still maintains its village feel and is a desirable community to live in.
Attractions in Chiswick
Chiswick Library is located within a traditional building situated just a few streets away from Chiswick High Street.
Chiswick House, designed by Lord Burlington, to emulate the style and elegance of ancient Rome is well known as being one of the best examples of 18th century British architecture.
Chiswick Methodist Church
Chiswick Methodist Church is a fairly modern building on the edge of Chiswick.
Chiswick Town Hall
Located in Heathfield Terrace, just off Chiswick High Road, Chiswick Town Hall is used for many purposes but is an especially popular location for antique and collectors fairs.
Civil Service Boathouse
The Civil Service Boathouse makes the most of Chiswick's proximity to the water and is the home of Cygnet Rowing Club and Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club.
The Fullers Brewery is the largest independent brewer of ales in the UK and continues Chiswick's long history of brewing local ales. Fullers Brewery has been part of life in Chiswick for well over a century.
Kew Transport Museum
Kew Transport Museum catalogues and displays a vast collection of public transport and private vehicles covering many hundreds of years of transport development.
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
Covering three hundred acres alongside the River Thames, Kew Gardens contains an astonishing and glorious array of trees and flowers from around the world.
Turnham Green has been used as a place for trading for centuries, so market stalls are a common sight here. However, when not being used in this way the area is one of the central parks in Chiswick helping to maintain this west London location's "green" feel.
Shopping in Chiswick
Chiswick has retained many of it's independent shops and kept many of the usual high street chain stores out of the area. The result of this is that shoppers in Chiswick will find items for sale that will not be found anywhere else.
Restaurants in Chiswick
Chiswick has over 40 restaurants, including:
This is a popular French restaurant serving a traditional top class menu in a relaxed and friendly environment. It is owned by Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole, the partnership behind Chez Bruce in Wandsworth and The Glasshouse in Kew.
High Road Brasserie
This attractive building on Chiswick High Road is a restaurant chameleon. Open all day, at breakfast the menu sports everything from the "full English" to generous stacks of buttermilk pancakes but by the evening diners can expect no-nonsense brassiere dishes and killer cocktails.
A recently refurbished French style bistro, the walls of Le Vacherin are covered in mirrors, the ceilings adorned with crystal light fittings and the seats upholstered in plush velvet. Owned by ex-Savoy chef Malcolm John, and with it's all French staff, this restaurant guarantees a quintessentially Parisian experience.
Located in the Barley Mow Centre, Sam's Brasserie is an informal Brasserie and Bar spearheaded by co-owner Sam Harrison, who has also worked with Rick Stein in Padstow and in Sydney.