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

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

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

A glorious red-brick mansion remod­elled by Robert Adam in the 1760s and now a National Trust property (see the picture below).

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.

Osterley Park, exterior rear, shortly before sunset