Chiswick has never been a more popular or more happening neighbourhood, with great restaurants popping up every week, good schools and easy transport links. Here Alastair Hilton from Winkworth tells us why we should all move to Chiswick
1 The people
Chiswick really is a wonderful community. Often described as a village, it has that friendly feel where people are very proud of their community and there are so many local events happening throughout the year, from the Super Saturday of Sport, free family event in the summer, to the Bedford Park Book Festival, where some of the country’s best authors talk about their latest books.
2 The location
Although Chiswick has a village feel and community, it is just seven miles from central London. With the M4 just a stone’s throw away, Heathrow and the rest of the UK are easily accessible. There are four Tube Stations in Chiswick, with a choice of the Piccadilly or District Lines. And, a mainline station provides access to Waterloo in just 30 minutes.
3 The schools
There are several superb schools in Chiswick or within easy reach of Chiswick. Belmont and Strand on The Green schools are very well thought of state schools, plus Southfields, St Mary’s, William Hogarth, Chiswick School and Cavendish are all very good too. In terms of private schools, Latymer is close by and has good results, plus you’re not far from two of the country’s top day schools, St Paul’s Girls School, which is in Brook Green and St Paul’s Boys School, which is in Barnes.
4 The High Road
Chiswick High Road is the longest high street in the country and is packed with wonderful shops, restaurants and pubs. If you are a coffee lover, you’re spoilt for choice, with good cafes, particularly the newly opened Angie’s Little Food Shop and Sam’s Brasserie. If you like to dine out, there is a fantastic selection of restaurants in Chiswick. Of particular note on the High Road and just off it are Sam’s Brasserie, Carvosso’s at 210, The Lamb Pub, Vinoteca and if you really want to dine in style, there’s Hedone, or La Trompette on Devonshire Road.
5 Strand on The Green
A real favourite of many Chiswick residents, Strand on The Green is located next to the River Thames. With some of the most beautiful properties fronting the river, together with three lovely pubs – The Bell and Crown, The City Barge and The Bull’s Head – there are few locations more lovely to stroll along on a summer’s evening.
6 Bedford Park
Bedford Park has been described as the world’s first garden suburb, and rightly so. It created a model that was emulated not just by the garden city movement, but also by suburban developments around the world. Sir John Betjeman described Bedford Park as “the most significant suburb built in the last century, probably in the western world”.
7 Chiswick House
If you’re a dog lover, you’ll certainly spend time walking your dog here, but that’s not the only reason to visit Chiswick House. The Palladian villa is arguably the finest remaining example of Neo-Palladian architecture in London. The gardens, which occupy 26.33 hectares (65.1 acres), mainly created by architect and landscape designer William Kent, are one of the earliest examples of the English landscape garden and are beautiful.
8 Fullers Brewery
Something for the beer lovers out there, the Fullers Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London dates back to 1828. Located on the edge of Chiswick Mall, it is worth a visit and followed by a wander along Chiswick Mall, to gawp at the superb riverside properties there.