Places to visit in west London

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Places to visit in west London

Attractions in The Guide – plus selected gazetteer pages


West London, as defined for the purposes of this pageWest of the West End there are more state­ly homes set in glo­ri­ous park­land than in any oth­er direc­tion. There are lots of small­er his­toric hous­es too, many of them open to the pub­lic.

The pic­ture links are for pages in The Guide – focussing in depth on indi­vid­ual attrac­tions; the text links will take you to gazetteer pages – each telling the sto­ry of a whole local­i­ty.


Ace Café - Rocker's hangout revived

Boston Manor
An ele­gant Jacobean man­sion – and admis­sion is free (when it’s open).

Bushy Park
The sec­ond largest but least known of the eight roy­al parks of Lon­don.

Carlyle's House - just as he left it

Gun­ners­bury
The park is home to two man­sions – one large, one small – side-by-side.

Har­mondsworth
A Mid­dle­sex vil­lage with a big old barn (very big, very old).

Hogarth's House - The artist's 'little country box beside the Thames'

Hol­land Park
A glam­orous res­i­den­tial dis­trict and a delight­ful park and gar­dens.

The Hoover Building - a wonder when it was brand newly refurbished

Houn­slow Heath
In the 17th cen­tu­ry it cov­ered 25 square miles – it’s a lot small­er now, with few­er foot­pads.

Kempton Steam Museum – The two most powerful pumping engines in Europe

Ken­sal Green
One of the finest of Lon­don’s ‘Mag­nif­i­cent Sev­en’ ceme­ter­ies.

Kew Bridge
Get up close to some pow­er­ful engines at the Lon­don Muse­um of Water and Steam.

Leighton House - 'A gorgeous specimen of oligarchical luxury'

London Motorcycle Museum - The capital’s focus for Britain’s biking history

Mar­ble Hill
This was the 18th-​​cen­tu­ry equiv­a­lent of Bev­er­ley Hills, appar­ent­ly.

Normansfield theatre – A glorious Victorian playhouse in an unlikely setting

Oster­ley
A glo­ri­ous red-brick man­sion remod­elled by Robert Adam in the 1760s and now a Nation­al Trust prop­er­ty.

Plat­t’s Eyot
The west­ern­most of London’s Thames islets is sur­pris­ing­ly hilly.

Raven­scourt Park
One of the loveli­est lit­tle parks in Lon­don, a short walk from Ham­mer­smith’s shop­ping cen­tre.

Ruis­lip Com­mon
Ride the mod­el rail­way around the lido. It’s hard to believe this is Lon­don.

Strand on the Green
A mar­vel­lous spot for a drink beside the riv­er – or even sev­er­al drinks in sev­er­al dif­fer­ent pubs.

Syon Park
A state­ly home, a spec­tac­u­lar con­ser­va­to­ry and expan­sive grounds.

West Bromp­ton
Pot­ter around in one of the most beau­ti­ful ceme­ter­ies in Lon­don.


Two from the Nuggets section

Chiswick House – a small but per­fect­ly formed state­ly home with won­der­ful gar­dens
Blue Anchor – Not real­ly one of Lon­don’s old­est pubs but it’s an idyl­lic spot to take some river­side refresh­ment.


Places to visit in north London
Places to visit in east and south-east London
Places to visit in south London


This page will be updat­ed with new addi­tions to The Guide as soon as they’re pub­lished, so if you’re a west Lon­don reg­u­lar you might like to book­mark it and return from time to time.