Hammersmith – A guide to London’s cultural quarter- part 2

Hammersmith is one of the most sought after residential corners of London. It’s not hard to see why as it offers unparalleled lifestyle attractions from theatres, shopping districts, world-class restaurants and a riverside aspect. In Part 2 Clarendon Serviced Apartments explores a part of London where it’s just as fun to live as it is to visit.

Hammersmith’s History

One of the most striking districts in London, Hammersmith combines a bustling hub with a sedate riverside view. In fact it is the fourth smallest borough in London. It’s used to welcoming visitors, however. The 1908 Olympics were held at White City after Mount Vesuvius erupted; the games had to be moved from Italy at short notice. The district was also synonymous with the BBC for many years as the corporation has its commercial base there.

Hammersmith Bridge looks and feels like a slice of the capital’s history. In fact it is the first of the real London bridges. Built by Sir Joseph Bazelgette in 1887 it was the first suspension bridge in London and its ornate design only adds to its grandeur.

Hammersmith Walks

There are plenty of walking and cycling routes to explore around the borough. Taking in parks and open spaces – like Ravenscourt or Hammersmith Park – there’s even a suggested walking route around Wormwood Scrubs. Cycle routes incorporate the famous Wood Lane as well as the borough’s three football grounds; Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, Fulham at Craven Cottage and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

A popular one mile walking route covers part of the Thames Path over Hammersmith Bridge. Alternatively, travel from this bridge to Putney Bridge or Barnes Bridge which is over two miles.

Transport connections

Whether by road or rail, Hammersmith is well served by transport links. The M4 is nearby which is a useful link in and out of the City. Hammersmith station is served by three lines; Piccadilly, District, Hammersmith and City so travel into and around the capital is easy. It is simple to get to popular and central locations from Hammersmith; it is 5 minutes to Earls Court,11 minutes to Kensington High Street, 11 minutes to Knightsbridge, 15 minutes to Green Park and 21 minutes to Oxford Circus.

Clarendon Serviced Apartments

It is cheaper to stay at Clarendon’s Gooch House Hammersmith per night compared with a hotel. Gooch House is £130 + VAT per night (minimum stay 7 nights) while the closest comparable hotels start at £137. It is more cost-effective to stay in a serviced apartment. Being able to produce home cooked meals reduces the reliance on eating out. A fully furnished kitchen with a washer dryer removes the need for dry cleaning services. Based centrally in Hammersmith, Gooch House is a convenient base for local offices as well as those working elsewhere in the capital but who want to sample the borough’s lifestyle.

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