SNIPPETT: Busy, buzzing, multicultural Hammersmith has some of the best schools and transport links in London – plus hard-to-beat riverside views
Property prices in established residential areas of London might have hit a record high, but with demand for homes in the capital outstripping supply there has never been a better time to buy. Here, we explore why property for sale in Hammersmith is well worth a second viewing.
Arguably West London’s transport and employment hub, Hammersmith is busy, buzzing and multicultural. Full of shops, restaurants, bars and renowned music venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo and Lyric theatre, the popularity of this thriving area is reflected in the rental costs, although much more affordable than properties advertised by estate agents in Mayfair.
Despite being split by the Hammersmith flyover and the rest of the A4, both sides of this part of West London – where residential property has an average value of £8,306 per square metre, more than four times more than the national average – draws buyers in search of excellent transport links, high-achieving schools and a good range of amenities on the doorstep.
3 Reasons to Move to Hammersmith
1 The City and Country Farmers’ Market. Held every Thursday between 10am and 3pm in Lyric Square, Hammersmith Farmers’ Market has been serving up organic meat, veg, eggs, cheese and other local produce for more than a decade. The foodie destination, which is one of the longest running farmers’ markets in London, gets particularly busy as lunch time approaches because it is renowned for its range of world food on offer, which includes tastes of Thailand, the Caribbean and even the Philippines.
And there’s no need to travel far for all your festive food. Throughout December, stall holders sell farm-fresh turkeys, Christmas puddings, Christmas cake and Christmas trees as seasonal fruits and vegetables.
2 A key reason why Hammersmith has become such a busy centre is its position as gateway to two of the main arterial routes out of London – the A4 and the M4 beyond that – which gives quick and easy passage out of London to the west, towards Bristol, Wales and the west country, as well as to Heathrow Airport.
In the other direction it’s one of the fastest road routes into central London. Lying five miles west of Charing Cross on the north bank of the Thames, Hammersmith is also a major public transport hub. Hammersmith Broadway not only contains a main bus station but also one of its two Underground stations. From here, commuters have access to the District and the Piccadilly lines, while the second Hammersmith station, just north of the roundabout, is the western terminal for the Hammersmith and City and Circle lines.
3 Grade II-listed Hammersmith Bridge, one of West London’s most distinctive landmarks, spans what is arguably the jewel in this part of the capital’s crown – the River Thames. Not only does the riverside provide one of the best places to watch the annual Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race, it is where some of the capital’s best pubs are found.
These include The Dove – one of London’s oldest surviving riverside pubs which lays claim to having the smallest bar in the world – The Black Lion and The Old Ship, while nearby Furnival Gardens provides a relaxing alternative to walking the Thames Path to Barnes.
Hammersmith’s riverside location, excellent transport links and range of shops and markets are not the only reason to set up home in West London. Local estate agent Lawsons & Daughters says Hammersmith has an enviable range of housing that is suitable for young professionals, growing families and mature couples.
These include some of some of London’s most sought-after Georgian property, well-appointed luxury apartments in the redeveloped Distillery Wharf and Victorian villas to the north of Hammersmith Broadway in Brook Green.