What’s it like living in Askew Village? As local Shepherd’s Bush estate agents, buyers and renters will often ask us the merits of one area over another.
Askew Village boasts an idyllic combination of having the charm of a local village whilst also being incredibly well connected and having a wide array of amenities on the doorstep.
In this blog, we highlight key information about living in Askew Village, including a brief history that offers a little background.
A brief history of the area
Hundreds of years ago, in the very first recordings of the area, Askew Road was largely farmland with a single path running through it called Gaggle Goose Green.
Over time the area went from farmland to orchards and market gardens, the area was then dug intensively for clay, and it is reported that around 17million bricks were produced from the area between 1870 and 1890.
Just a few short years later the orchards and brickfields had almost entirely been replaced by affordable housing.
Many households in the area chose to earn extra income by taking laundry from more affluent residents in areas such as Kensington, by 1900 there were 62 laundries listed in and around Becklow Road alone. Today, just one laundrette remains on Jeddo Road.
By the turn of the 20th century, Askew Road was a busy shopping high street lined with shops from fishmongers to boot makers, dairies, and tobacconists.
There was a tram that ran between Uxbridge Road and Goldhawk Road and motorcars slowly began to replace horses and carts.
The area became well established with post offices at either end of Askew Road, and a school was established for the children that lived in the area.
Through the Twenties and Thirties, Askew Village continued to thrive but unfortunately many establishments and homes suffered considerable damage during the Second World War.
The area was rebuilt and what remained of Gaggle Goose Green, now known as Starch Green had a small pond filled in and is to this day a well-kept small green, found at the junction between Goldhawk Road and Askew Road.
Today Askew Road is lined with modern delicatessens, independent shops, and boutique stores. The Askew Village area within Shepherd’s Bush is an incredibly desirable place to live, with families and professionals seeking homes there.
Where is Askew Village?
Askew Village is in Shepherd’s Bush, west of the centre of the W12 postcode area, towards the border with Chiswick.
Askew Road runs between Uxbridge Road and Goldhawk Road, with Ravenscourt Park to the south and Wendell Park to the West.
Are there many green spaces in the area?
The residential area of Askew Village enjoys ready access to several green spaces.
Ravenscourt Park is to the south, Wendell Park is to the west and Acton Park is to the north.
Askew Village shops
Askew Village is a haven for independent businesses with specialist retailers such as The Ginger Pig butcher, October 26 bakery where sourdough bread is made by hand on-site, Leiths School of Food and Wine, Laveli bakery and the much-loved Askew Wine.
One of the most notable boutiques in the area is J.W.Beeton, a family-run lifestyle store originally opened in 1996 in Notting Hill. Having moved to Askew Road in 2015, J.W. Beeton caters to men, women, and children with an eclectic selection of products from upcoming labels.
Well-known names happily trade alongside a Sainsbury’s Local, a Co-op Food in the middle of Askew Road, and a second Co-op Food by the roundabout where Goldhawk Road meets Askew Road.
Conveniently, there are several builders’ merchants, plumbers’ merchants, and a paint shop. Starch Green Post Office sits at the southern end of Askew Road and there is a Royal Mail Delivery Office on the corner of Askew Road and Hadyn Park Road.
Of course, Westfield Shopping Centre and all the big-name brands that reside there are just a short journey away on the eastern side of W12.
Places to eat and drink in Askew Village
There are several notable restaurants on Askew Road including Giulia Restaurant, an Italian that enjoys a 5-star rating from Google.
Dotted along the road are Som Tam House, a Thai restaurant, Sufi Restaurant which is a small Persian restaurant and Hoang Lan which serves Vietnamese food.
Café culture is very much a part of Askew Village, with several cafes and coffee shops along the road. From Costa Coffee to several independents including Burnt and Doreen’s Coffee House.
The Eagle is a popular gastropub with a large garden to the rear, one of the best in West London if you have a dog, is at the southern end of the road and The Orchard Tavern is located at 136 Askew Road. Just a short walk away on Uxbridge Road, The Princess Victoria is a public house and former gin palace that has featured in one of Guy Ritchie’s films, The Gentlemen.
Schools near Askew Road
There are several good schools in the area including The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School on Gayford Road, and Wendell Park primary school a little further to the west.
For parents with younger children, there is a selection of nurseries in the area including Stepping Stones Nursery, also on Gayford Road and Ladybird Day Nurseries on Goldhawk Road next to the entrance to Ravenscourt Park.
Property in Askew Village
Those considering a move to W12 have several areas to include in a search for a home, and one of the most desirable places to live are the streets surrounding Askew Road.
There is a diverse mix of property in the Askew Village area, from Victorian conversions to purpose-built maisonettes, mansion flats and pretty terraced cottages, that are often deceptively large.
The stunning houses found on Ashchurch Park Villas, are perhaps the most desirable homes in this part of W12 and rarely become available to buy on the open market.
There are many reasons that make living in Shepherd’s Bush such an appealing prospect as a place to live. Families and professionals seek homes in this micro area of W12, due to the excellent transport connections, access to green spaces, good schools and an array of shops and eateries, that make the area an attractive place to reside.
Why move to Askew Village?
Askew Village is a vibrant part of W12 that has a long list of reasons people should move to the area. Ever evolving, Askew Road has seen many new retailers and eateries open in recent years.
With excellent schools nearby, access to several of West London’s green spaces, beautiful homes, and great transport connections, it’s of little wonder that so many consider living in Askew Village.
To talk to Horton and Garton about property in Askew Village, whether you are selling, buying, letting your property or looking for a home to rent, get in touch for a no obligation discussion.