One of the things I really love about London is how many different neighborhoods there are and how each of them really has it’s own character. Living in South London, I sometimes feel like I go to work and I go home, or I only go to those key neighborhoods that I know, like Notting Hill or Chelsea. There is so much of this city worth exploring and I’d be kidding myself if I thought I knew all there was to see! I’ve even made a little list of areas I want to explore, and Chiswick has been on the top of that list for quite a while. I finally managed to spend a little time in this pocket of west London with a friend, and it was pretty fun! It’s a very pretty area, and well worth a visit!
197 Chiswick Fire Station
Whenever I’m exploring a new little neighborhood, I make it my mission to find a cute place to eat. It’s a necessity. I’m a big breakfast person so I’m 300% more likely to go somewhere for breakfast and then carry on my way. When I was looking up cute places in Chiswick to eat, 197 Chiswick Fire Station just kept cropping up, so I thought it was worth a little peek. There were a few places I had my eye on but I was completely hooked by the decor and the smell of coffee. I’m easy to please, really I swear! Anyway, stop in for a latte and a croissant, or for a full meal if you choice, but either way you won’t regret it. It was warm enough when we went to sit in the little garden they have outback, which was the perfect setting for our breakfast!
Chiswick House and Gardens
Perhaps the biggest draw to spending some time in Chiswick, Chiswick House and Gardens serve up some stunning architectural treats. I felt like Elizabeth Bennet touring all the great estates of a bygone era. The house has been around since the 18th Century, as well as the equally stunning gardens. I promise you won’t regret a visit. Normally, it costs about £8 to enter the house (the gardens are free!) but you won’t regret contributing to the care of a really astounding architectural feat. Explore the upper floor of the house, and make sure you look up at the ceilings! They’re hard to miss, but are works of art in and of themselves. Then go stand in the Blue Velvet room and resist the temptation to caress the walls. I’m pretty sure we stood in silence the whole time we were in the house because we were just in awe of how stunning it is!
One of the things I really liked about Chiswick as well was all the little independent shops. Just walking along, we spotted so many cool shops! Some really called out to us, and we couldn’t resist popping in and taking a look. Clothing, homewares, coffee, you name it!
I’d be really quite surprised if you didn’t recognize this adorable bookshop. I’ve spotted it on Instagram more times than I can possibly count! I knew I’d have to pay this beauty a visit when I headed down to Chiswick and I don’t regret it one bit! I love a good bookshop, and the older the better! Foster Books specializes in rare and antique books, and has even done a bit set dressing for films and the like! Not to mention, I love the smell of old books, so this spot made me one happy lady!
The Old Cinema
This place is like a vintage dreamland, filled to the brim with some really amazing stuff! I have had my eye on this shop for a few years, dreaming of the day when I had a house (and enough money!) big enough to fill! Vintage tables, signage, artwork, so many amazing pieces that I would love to take home with me!
Cassius and Coco
This was an unexpected find as I was looking at things to do in Chiswick. I love finding little independent shops, and this one fit the bill perfectly! The second I glanced in the window, I knew I’d want just about everything in the shop! Lovely plants, colorful stationary, gorgeous blankets and other little home pieces to boot. They had some amazing candles that I’m keen to go back and get as well! This gorgeous shop was 100% my aesthetic.
A few of the other shops we couldn’t resist popping into? Borough Kitchen Cook Shop, Mary’s Giving & Living Shop, Strand Antiques, and Wild Swans!