King Street, Hammersmith

King Street, Hammersmith & Fulham

The principal shopping street of Hammersmith, running from Hammersmith Broadway west to Stamford Brook, where it meets Chiswick High Road and Goldhawk Road

geograph-4990373-by-Peter-McDermott - King Street

This was a turn­pike road from 1717 and dur­ing the course of the 18th cen­tu­ry it acquired hous­es, inns, sta­bles and Cromwell’s brew­ery. Before it was cov­ered over, Stam­ford Brook used to open out into a creek near the brew­ery. King Street gained its present name around 1794.

River­court Methodist church was built on the cor­ner River­court Road and King Street in 1874–5. The church’s 125-foot tall spire is vis­i­ble in the pho­to­graph above,* which shows the view look­ing east­ward down King Street from the Pre­mier Inn.

Shops began to line the street towards the end of the 19th cen­tu­ry. King Street was widened in the 1930s, when Ham­mer­smith town hall was built and many of the orig­i­nal shops were demol­ished. The con­struc­tion of the A4 two decades lat­er relieved the street of its role as part of the Great West Road.

Nowa­days, the big-name stores are clus­tered towards the east­ern end, includ­ing those with­in the Ashcroft Square and Kings Mall precincts.

The Lyric the­atre is a focal arts venue for west Lon­don. A gilt and vel­vet audi­to­ri­um has been rebuilt inside this 1970s con­crete struc­ture. Lyric Square host a farm­ers’ mar­ket on Thurs­days. It’s par­tic­u­lar­ly not­ed for its fresh­ly pre­pared take­away food.

The Latymer arts cen­tre, at 237 King Street, is a pri­vate facil­i­ty for Latymer upper school with a four-storey atri­um serv­ing as a the­atre foy­er and art gallery.

The Salutation Inn, 154 King Street, copyright Edward Hands

Shown in the pho­to­graph above,* the azure and aubergine tiling of the Salu­ta­tion Inn con­sti­tutes one of King Street’s few archi­tec­tur­al high­lights. The Salu­ta­tion was built in 1910 on the site of a Vic­to­ri­an pub of the same name. Award­ing it a grade II list­ing, His­toric Eng­land says this is “a rare and com­plete sur­vival in Lon­don of the use of lus­trous fin­ish faience tiling.” It’s a very pleas­ant place inside too, with sev­er­al orig­i­nal details intact. The map below is cen­tred on the ‘pur­ple pub’.

The west­ern part of King Street has a strong Pol­ish pres­ence, with retail­ers, ser­vices and the Pol­s­ki Ośrodek Społeczno Kul­tur­al­ny w Lon­dynie, a social and cul­tur­al cen­tre that incor­po­rates a the­atre and a restau­rant.

Postal district: W6

 

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† The picture of King Street, seen from the Premier Inn, at the top of this page is a slightly modified version of an original photograph, copyright Peter McDermott, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. The picture of the Salutation is adapted from an original photograph by Edward Hands at Wikimedia Commons, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence. Any subsequent reuse is hereby freely permitted under the terms of that licence.