Are you considering living in Stamford Brook? This blog will give you some key information about this popular area of West London.
Situated between Hammersmith and the eastern border of Chiswick, Stamford Brook’s spacious properties, delightful common and proximity to good schools, make it a highly desirable place to live.
Stamford Brook has its own Tube station on the District line, good bus connections and is just a 40-minute drive away from Central London via the A4 motorway.
Whilst there are many wonderful amenities on the doorstep, the beauty of living in Stamford Brook is that you’re in the centre of many of West London’s finest residential areas.
In this blog, we explore why the area is such a desirable place to live and share our local knowledge with those considering living in Stamford Brook.
A brief history of the area
Stamford Brook was historically a tributary that led to the Tideway stretch of the River Thames.
It was formed of three streams from Acton and Wormwood Scrubs that met in the Ravenscourt Park area before flowing into the Thames.
Chiswick’s population expanded as part of London’s suburbanisation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. So by 1900, the brook was covered over to make way for residential housing.
Even though the original Stamford Brook is no longer around, parts of it still exist. The lake in Chiswick House and Gardens was formerly one of the westernmost lower channels of the brook system.
And back in the Middle Ages, the moat around Palingswick Manor was fed by Stamford Brook. Today the lake in the centre of Ravenscourt Park is the last remnant of the moat.
Stamford Brook is a leafy residential enclave of Chiswick within the W6 postcode.
It is bordered by Chiswick Lane to the west and Ravenscourt Park to the east. It stretches from the River Thames in the south, up towards Wendell Park.
The closest underground stations for residents are Stamford Brook and Ravenscourt Park.
One of the top reasons that residents love living in Stamford Brook is its proximity to green spaces.
Stamford Brook Common is a lovely little park close to the Tube station, ideal for dog walking, going for a run or sitting on a bench and chilling out. It has an enclosed kid’s play area with a slide, climbing frame and playhouse.
Just north of Stamford Brook Common is the slightly larger Wendell Park offering mature trees and an open lawn, a dog walking area and a well-equipped children’s playground.
Ravenscourt Park to the east is a 21-acre space planted with mature trees and paved with wide avenues.
It hosts a variety of facilities including tennis, netball and basketball courts, a fitness area, a bowling green, two cafes, and multiple playgrounds for kids. There is also a sandpit, paddling pool and kids’ beach in the summer.
Chiswick House and Gardens is another option with woodland, landscaped lawns and gardens to stroll around, plus a kids playground and cafe.
Less visited, as it’s slightly off the beaten track, Leg O’ Mutton is a nature reserve and birdlife haven accessed via Hammersmith Bridge. Head here for a weekend ramble if you like wildlife spotting.
There are also several gyms and fitness centres in the area and some of West London’s top sports clubs.
Stamford Brook residents are close to the shopping of Askew Road and Chiswick High Road, which feature high street chains as well as boutiques.
Within walking distance of property in Stamford Brook are the new Chiswick Cinema, the London Corinthian Sailing Club and the Hogarth Health Club and Spa.
For supermarkets, there’s Waitrose and Marks and Spencer in Chiswick, and many speciality food shops on both Askew Road, Turnham Green Terrace and Chiswick High Road.
If you’re after some culture, Eventim Apollo is one of London’s major live entertainment venues. It regularly showcases well-known comedians and music acts.
Residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to places to eat and drink in and around Stamford Brook.
Just moments from the station is the extremely popular Artisan Coffee, further toward Hammersmith is Coffeeology. A short walk along Chiswick High Road will take you to Angie’s Little Food Shop and High Road House are all great choices for breakfast and lunch.
Thanks to a convenient underpass, the River Thames is under 10 minutes walk from Stamford takes. The Black Lion pub boasts a huge courtyard garden that’s usually busy in the summer. Just opposite is The Elder Press Cafe, and towards Chiswick Eyot along Chiswick Mall is the italian Mari Deli and Dining. The Old Ship in Upper Mall is an 18th-century riverside pub with impressive views of the Thames. Slightly further along, The Dove is another Thameside pub with a colourful history.
In Chiswick on Devonshire Road, La Trompette is one of the area’s go-to chic French restaurant for a special occasion or just because you can.
If you prefer casual, Pho District in King Street is a traditional Vietnamese street food restaurant serving up warming spicy dishes along with an array of wine and cocktails.
The Raven is a popular local pub near Stamford Brook Tube with a friendly atmosphere, pies and roast dinners, ales and a great selection of Irish whisky. On the corner of Stamford Brook Road and Goldhawk Road you’ll find The Duchess of Cambridge, another popular public house.
Families in the area have access to a number of excellent schools catering to all age groups, including John Betts Primary School, Latymer Upper School, St Peters School (C of E), Ravenscourt Park Prep School, The Arts Educational School in Chiswick, St Paul’s across the Thames in Barnes and the West London Free School in Cambridge Grove.
Stamford Brook’s tree-lined streets present a range of housing choices for those looking to buy or rent. From large period four and five-bedroom homes with substantial gardens to newer duplex apartments and conversion flats.
There is a designated Conservation Area in the northeast corner, which contains housing constructed between 1900 and the mid-1930s, as well as Grade II listed buildings.
These include Stamford Brook Mansions, Linkenholt Mansions, Ranelagh Gardens, Hauteville Court Gardens, and Stamford Brook House.
Homes in this area are highly desirable as they are not only high-quality but situated next to Stamford Brook Common and close to the Tube station.
Many of those living in Stamford Brook are members of the Stamford Brook Residents’ Association, who are a non-political group representing residents, keeping them informed and taking action on local issues affecting the community.
With its abundance of beautiful homes, good schools, plus a range of amenities and Tube transport on the doorstep, Stamford Brook has a lot to offer residents.
This picturesque W6 postcode is classed as one of the better areas to live in London not only in terms of the idyllic properties but the overall quality of life on offer, and the fact that it is a popular place to raise a family in London
To talk to us about buying or selling property in Stamford Brook, or if you’re looking for a home to rent, get in touch with us for a no obligation discussion.