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West London stretches from Wembley and Watford Junction down to almost Wimbledon and Richmond in the south, including some of London's most exclusive and lively districts in between. West London encompasses Hammersmith, Notting Hill and Shepherd’s Bush, stretching out to Ealing and Acton.
"Home to the Notting Hill Carnival"
Notting Hill is perhaps the most picturesque area of West London, filled with exquisite, quirky boutiques and restaurants and historic, hand painted cottages and historic houses. Notting Hill is home to the elaborate Caribbean-influenced Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place annually; and Portobello Antiques Market, where you can pick up some unusual souvenirs. Notting Hill has a sophisticated, artistic vibe, an unsurprising discovery as great writers such as George Orwell have lived in the area previously. The area is extremely affluent, with some very well heeled inhabitants and some great boutique hotels, with specially designed, cosy rooms. Holland Park is close by, where you can enjoy opera, plays and talks in the open air, during the summer.
"Westfield shopping centre, perfect for shopaholics"
Close to Notting Hill, just beyond Earls Court in the West, you will find Shepherd's Bush, a quirky area with a strong multi-cultural make-up, where you will find restaurants to suit every taste, and a great market where you can find a wide range of exotic ingredients. The O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire is one of the area's claims to fame, where you can see gigs by established and up and coming bands and Westfield shopping complex is situated near Shepherd's Bush, in White City, where shopaholics can trawl a retail floorspace which spans an area the size of 30 football pitches. Hammersmith, slightly further south of Shepherd's Bush also has a good selection of shops and a diverse mix of restaurants. Here you will find the Lyric Theatre and Riverside Studios, a fantastic centre for film, dance and theatre, situated just by the river. Hammersmith is also renowned for its historic pubs, such as The Dove, which dates back to the 17th century and the Hammersmith Apollo is a great venue to watch up and coming and established bands.
"Queen of the Suburbs"
The further out of London you travel, the more village-style areas you will see in London, Chiswick is an attractive mix of Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian architecture, with historical sights such as Chiswick House and Christ church near Turnham Green. Kew is also an attractive area of the West, where the famed botanical gardens are located. Ealing, dubbed the 'Queen of the Suburbs' is a much more built up than these areas, with plenty of shops and lively nightclubs and bars, so it’s a great place to go out on the town. Park Royal is less green than its name would suggest, but it is home to the Queen's Park Rangers' Football Club, so sports fans will find this a fascinating area to visit. Acton, beyond park Royal is a largely residential area, which is still undergoing some regeneration, but it is home to a renowned Farmers' Market and has some notable areas to visit.
"Little Venice, named by poet Robert Browning"
Further to the north of West London, you will find Maida Vale, an affluent part of the West, with pretty Edwardian houses and an area known as Little Venice, where The Grand Union Canal passes through, a name said to be thought up by Robert Browning. Here you will find cafes, and bars and quirky attractions such as the Puppet Theatre Barge and Canal Cafe Theatre, but you can also travel down to Regent's Park via a Waterbus on the canal.
"West London diversifies wildly"
West London is largely more monied than the East of the city, but diversifies wildly depending on how far you are from central London. Much of West London is calmer and more residential than central London, although there are plenty of hidden gems to be found in the winding streets and pseudo-suburbs. Hotels in the area also vary a lot, from cheerful B&Bs in Acton to expensive 5-star hotels close to Maida Vale, but wherever you stay, you will be sure to find an area to explore further.