Hammersmith Area Guide

As one of London’s key commercial and employment centres, Hammersmith is a busy, eclectic pocket of London. From energetic music venues to theatres, some of the best cuisine around and waterside views, it has a lot to offer. Not to mention the variety of residential properties including, mansion blocks and terraces, Victorian houses and large river fronted Georgian Houses.

The Location

Forming a part of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Hammersmith is an area that has grown and grown since it was first established as a small village in West London. It is one of the most easily accessible areas of the city thanks to its excellent public transport links and its situated on one of the most widely used roads into and out of central London.

Hammersmith is a district in the west of London; it is bordered by Chiswick, Fulham, Kensington and Shepherd’s Bush. It lies on the north bank of the River Thames and boasts stunning waterside views.

The History of Hammersmith


The name Hammersmith has various explanations, including being derived from the village (‘ham’) or the harbour (‘hythe’). First established as a small tranquil village, the main trade here was basket making due to the many willow trees lining the River Thames. It slowly grew to a riverside suburb and then the introduction of railways in 1864 brought widespread house construction and industrial development to Hammersmith.

One of the main landmarks in Hammersmith, The Hammersmith Suspension Bridge, was first built across the Thames in 1827, rebuilt in 1893 and has recently received major structural strengthening.

Living in Hammersmith

Hammersmith offers lots to do including public parks, shops, bars and restaurants. It has a large shopping area, including Kings Street, an indoor shopping mall and the Broadway centre offering the usual high street stores. There are also many pubs and bars, including the famous River Café. If you prefer outdoor space Ravenscourt Park is the largest open area and contains a lake and pretty gardens, alternatively, the Thames path runs through the area.

Find out more about buying or renting in Hammersmith and other luxury areas in London in our Borough guide.