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A district and major transport hub in west London, Hammersmith is an important provider of commerce and jobs. Its Thames-side location makes for some spectacular views and some lovely circular walks.
Culture in Hammersmith
Well, when it comes to culture, Hammersmith is more blessed than most places. The Lyric Hammersmith, originally built in 1895 and reopened in its present form in 1979, is one of London's most daring and innovative theatres. It prides itself on its groundbreaking shows, aiming to create work that is controversial, diverse, eclectic, mainstream and fun, all at the same time if possible. Cheap tickets can be sourced quite easily and the Lyric has its own roof garden, delightful during the summer months, as well as a Bar & Grill serving up gourmet burgers and craft beers.
Riverside Studios, once used for BBC TV productions, is now a cinema, performance space, bar and café. Continuing the cultural bonanza, the Hammersmith Apollo is an entertainment venue housed within a Grade II listed Art Deco building. One of the country's largest and best-preserved theatres, it has regular performances from some of the world's best comedians, music acts and magicians. Think of a major band or singer of the last 40 odd years and they've probably performed at the Apollo.
Things to do in Hammersmith
Hammersmith isn't merely an arts and culture behemoth; there are plenty of other things to do in one of London's most vibrant and cosmopolitan districts. The Dove pub, apparently the smallest bar in the world, is the only thing left of Hammersmith's Riverside Village, which was mostly demolished in the 1930s. Situated down a narrow alley way by the riverside, it was regularly frequented by Ernest Hemingway and Graham Greene and is easily one of the most atmospheric and intimate pubs in the whole of the capital.
Hammersmith riverside is great for walks, cycling and running. It has a number of delightful pubs overlooking the Thames, perfect for a relaxing beverage and a bite to eat on a warm summer's evening. Green space is in plentiful supply at Furnival Gardens and Ravenscourt Park; while architecture aficionados will love Hammersmith Bridge's iconic and unique structure.
For keen shoppers, there is Kings Mall and Broadway Shopping Centres. Westfield Shepherd's Bush is also a short Tube ride away. You won't be left wanting for places to eat or drink, either. Indian restaurants, Polish cafés (Hammersmith has a large Polish population), French brasseries, traditional British pubs and various fast-food offerings are just some of the many and varied options.
Student Life in Hammersmith
Hammersmith's excellent transport links – it has stops on the Hammersmith & City, Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines, plus a large number of 24 hour buses – make it a brilliant location for students studying at the capital's universities, particularly those in central and West London. There is, as we've outlined above, plenty of places to keep them fed, watered and entertained if they choose to live in Hammersmith.
Buying in Hammersmith
Hammersmith is by no means cheap, far from it. If you are able to invest in the area, though, it represents a very shrewd investment choice. House prices in London are only going one way and Hammersmith isn't suddenly going to lose its allure – unless the Lyric, the Thames and the Apollo are suddenly uprooted – so competition in this very desirable part of London is going to continue to be fierce.
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