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Where to stay in West London
What you need to know about West London
West London captures the most prestigious and beautiful London addresses, including Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill. The area feels more like a collection of leafy villages than a city, dotted with tranquil parks and charming squares.
The residential feel and lack of brightly-lit attractions adds enormously to West London’s charms – make sure you browse the hallowed halls of Harrods and the Notting Hill market, take a stroll around Maida Vale’s canals and historic Hyde Park and explore the exclusive shops, bars and cafes of Chelsea.
But most of all, absorb the sights and sounds of this diverse and delightful area of London.
West London restaurants
West London is packed with great restaurants, from the posh nosh in Kensington and Chelsea to the trendy organic cafes and bars of Notting Hill. This area is full of great gastropubs too, serving locally-sourced produce with a touch of modern British flair. Many of them have outdoor seating and beer gardens, and in summer you’ll find most of the locals enjoying a pint or a glass of wine in the sunshine.
The best relaxed dining and drinking can be found around Chelsea’s King’s Road and Portobello Road in Notting Hill, or you can simply pack a picnic from any of the hundreds of local delis and food outlets, and find a patch of grass with your name on it in Hyde Park.
West London shops
West London is where the locals shop, away from the tourist crowds of the West End. Knightsbridge is home to London’s most exclusive department store, Harrods, with its palatial food hall and the enormous toy department – it’s worth buying something small in the food hall just for a green Harrods bag!
For the latest trends, Chelsea and Notting Hill are the place to go – both have plenty of cool boutiques and quirky outlets, whilst Portobello Market in Notting Hill is a West London institution – this two mile-long market is packed with boutique clothing, antiques, handmade gifts and street foods. Certainly a must-see if you can squeeze it into your break in the city.
And if that’s not enough, the Westfield shopping centre in White City is a vast temple of retail, with hundreds of famous brands and designer fashions. You'll probably need to retreat to your serviced apartment for a sit-down afterwards though - Westfield can be a little overwhelming!
West London is primarily residential, so it’s well served by London’s transport network. You’re never more than a ten minute walk away from a tube station or a bus stop, with connections across central London and the city suburbs.
Most of the major bus routes run a restricted service at night, which is a useful way of getting home once the tube network has closed.
Taxis can easily be found on the main streets, or there is a huge taxi rank at Paddington Station.
Things to watch out for
South Kensington is home to three of London’s biggest and best museums – the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Science Museum are all within a few minutes’ walk of each other.
All three are free of charge to visit, although a donation is politely requested.
West London is a popular location for businesses, particularly in the transport, media and consumer goods sectors.
You’ll find the headquarters of the BBC in White City, British Airways, Canon, Crossrail, pharmaceutical giant GSK, HSBC, Xerox and Coca-Cola all based in the area, along with a huge number of smaller businesses, particularly in design, IT and retail.
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