All work and no play isn’t an ideal way to live. If you’re relocating or working in Hammersmith for a fixed period explore the nearby attractions, morning, noon and night with Clarendon’s day out guide.
Start the day in the great outdoors with a fantastic attraction near Hammersmith. The Wetlands Centre, run by The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust allow adults and children to have “nose to beak” experiences with rare birds surrounded by stunning scenery. The rest of the wildlife at the centre includes mammals, reptiles and creepy crawlies. Explore the site via canoe safaris, boat rides, get up close and personal with pond dipping or arts and craft exercises to keep you busy. Family friendly and a great place to learn and play the Wetlands Centre is ideal for a wet or dry day.
All that fresh air will build up an appetite and the nearby Crabtree is a perfect stop-off. A gastro pub on the riverbank between Hammersmith and Putney Bridge the Victorian venue offers tasty pub fare including pork belly, veal wrapped in Parma Ham or razor clams with chorizo. Cider and beer in the garden sitting underneath a weeping willow tree make for a picturesque setting for a couple of hours.
If the weather holds spend the afternoon at the pretty and petit Holland Park. A haven in the centre of the city it is tucked away amidst elegant Georgian streets. Grassy knolls, wild ponds, pavilions and play areas along with a café the park may be small but it is perfectly formed. It is the perfect setting for a picnic and the woodland trails and formal Japanese gardens make it a desirable place to take a mid-afternoon stroll.
For dinner head to Raoul’s in Hammersmith. A Mediterranean mixed menu includes tasty dips, shared platters and tasty pasta or meat mains. The restaurant has a deli stocked daily with Italian hams and Continental cheeses so this is a venue priding itself on fresh ingredients. A large selection of wines and drinks help you to make the most of your evening out.
Don’t finish the night there. Hammersmith is home to the Apollo, a famous venue for unforgettable performances from musicians, comedians and stage shows. Upcoming shows include Paul Weller, Russell Brand, Goldfrapp and Derren Brown. There’s always something for everyone at the Apollo and a great night’s entertainment is guaranteed.
For those looking for extended stay accommodation in Hammersmith, Clarendon’s Gooch House is centrally located. Its one bedroom apartments are a short walk from Hammersmith tube station providing easy access to the District, Piccadilly, Central and Hammersmith and City underground tube lines. The serviced apartments are bright and spacious each with a modern fitted bathroom. The contemporary kitchen features an integrated hob and oven, washer dryer and dishwasher, creating a home from home atmosphere. An easy commute to the West End and central London, Clarendon’s Hammersmith serviced apartments are popular with corporate travellers, looking for a great place to stay in the heart of the city.