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Date: Sat 05 Jan 2019

24 Hours in Hammersmith

A guide to the best on offer in West London's–Hammersmith


What we suggest you do and where we suggest you go if given 24 hours in the West London area of Hammersmith!

©TheRiverThames

©TheRiverThames

The River Thames

Perfect for: a stroll along the river

Start your day with a relaxing stroll by the River Thames to take in the beautiful scenery. Alternatively, you could go for a run instead of a walk, to get in some exercise before breakfast. The stunning view is great for taking photos and you feel like you are actually breathing in fresh air along this route—a rarity in London! You can either walk from Hammersmith to Richmond Bridge which is a beautiful (7-mile) 3-hour walk. However, if you would like to visit the River Cafe then start at Hammersmith, walk down to the River Cafe and then walk East towards Central London and finish in the beautiful Chelsea.

Observe Tip: See the below website to view different walking routes to help you decide yours

Official Thames Path Website

©RiverCafe

©RiverCafe

The River Cafe

Perfect for: lunch

The River Cafe is a notable, iconic restaurant with great seasonal menus that cater for all! The restaurant is a great spot to visit for not only lunch but dinner too—as they offer a wide variety of wines. 

Observe Tip: River Cafe serves some of the most authentic Italian food in London

Official River Cafe Website

©TheLyric

©TheLyric

The Lyric

Perfect for: theatre lovers

This playhouse offers a variety of entertaining mainstream shows throughout the year. It is great for audiences of all ages–there is certainly a show for everyone. Feeling peckish before or after the show? There is a Bar and Grill located on site as well as a great rooftop garden with stunning views! 

Observe Tip: Tickets to shows at the Lyric can be booked up to an hour before the show start time

Official Lyric Website

©TheGate

©TheGate

The Gate

Perfect for: Dinner

The Gate is a vegetarian restaurant which takes their menu seriously–ensuring it is easy to navigate and that it caters to different types of eaters and tastes. Their menu lists which dishes are suitable for vegetarians, vegans and pescetarians but it also shows which dishes contain gluten and crustaceans!

Observe Tip: The Gate Islington is the first restaurant in the UK to be awarded Autism Friendly Status by the National Autism Society

Official The Gate Website

©Adobe/Show

©Adobe/Show

Eventim Apollo

Perfect for: dancing to live music

Eventim Apollo (or as locals would say—the Hammersmith Apollo) hosts a selection of shows, live music and events throughout the year. The venue put on many different shows from comedy to musicals, but it is most well-known for its live music events. There are regularly many popular bands and musicians (of all genres) performing on its stage!

Official Eventim Apollo Website

©StPaulsHotel

©StPaulsHotel

St Paul's Hotel

Perfect for: the night

St Paul's Hotel is not only a great place to stay overnight in Hammersmith, but it is also a great place to spend the evening as it has a bar and restaurant within the hotel. This luxury, boutique hotel offers private dining, grand, stylish rooms and location convenience as it is located a short walk from the Hammersmith tube station. We usually only recommend 5-star hotels (this is 4-star), but we just love boutique hotels, plus it has so much history that we wanted to recommend it. The building was designed in 1884 by Alfred Waterhouse the architect of the Natural History Museum. In addition to this–the hotel (which used to be the St Pauls school) was the location of the historic meeting of Eisenhower, Montgomery and Winston Churchill to plan the D-Day landings!

Official St Paul’s Hotel Website

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