It is rather true what they say about London; it is a city made up of villages. There are so many different areas or villages to explore. The colour and business of Camden, to the arty and modern Shoreditch, can bring a varied and vibrant trip out in London. Each area is different and completely unique. But one area that gets underestimated a little, is the wonderful West London. A lot of the areas are more residential than other parts in London, which is why you wouldn’t normally see it on a ‘things to do in London’ style of post. But from great food to hotels, galleries, and bars, there is plenty to do. Read on to find out what West London has to offer you, next time you’re up in the Big Smoke.
Browse the Serpentine Galleries
Just a short walk from Hyde Park, the galleries are a great way to pass a few hours in the city. Located in a Grade II listed building, the whole place is beautiful; really a work of art. Plus, the grand and stunning Hyde Park is the backdrop of it all. So on a dry day, a walk in the park is a must afterward. But if you’re after some modern art, then you’ll find Warhol and Man Ray in the Serpentine Galleries (plural as it is split into two).
Shopping in Shepherds Bush
The west area of London has some of the best shopping in the world. Not only is there the huge Westfield near White City, but the Shepherds Bush market is world famous. It is in complete contrast to Westfield, but still as marvelous. With a range of street food on offer, as well as fabrics, a fresh fish market, and home furnishings, there is so much to choose from. Make sure you book a hotel in Shepherds Bush so that you won’t have to carry your wares too far; you could easily end up spending a lot of money with all of the retail outlets on offer.
Eat in a Variety of Restaurants
Notting Hill not only offers some super Instagram-worthy houses, but some of the best restaurants in the city. The restaurant Ledbury has two Michelin stars, so is a must for any foodies out there. There are plenty of other restaurants to choose from, though. One other hidden gem in West London is located right by Kensington Church Street; Mediterranean Kensington Palace. It really is a beautiful restaurant with a bit more of a chilled out atmosphere than the Ledbury.
If you think of London and parks, then Hyde Park is often the one that comes to mind, especially over Holland Park. However, the latter is located in one of the most stylish parts of London. There are lots of things to see and do in the park too. From an outdoor Opera to the Kyoto gardens, there will be something for everyone. Here’s hoping that you have some sunny weather when you visit!