Local residents have a number of options when it comes to green spaces and parks in West London; we’re fortunate to live in one of the leafiest parts of London.
Together with the parks found in Chiswick, Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, and the immediate neighbouring areas of ‘our patch’, those who live in West London also enjoy relatively easy access to the likes of Hyde Park which is just a short bus ride away from Chiswick and Shepherd’s Bush (the 94 route) and the vast expanse of Richmond Park is also a short tube, bus or drive away.
From the smallest green spaces to the largest parks across W4, W6 and W12, we highlight several parks in West London and why you might want to visit them.
Parks in Hammersmith
There are a number of beautiful green spaces and parks in Hammersmith, with Ravenscourt Park being the jewel in the W6 crown. In addition to the areas listed here, there are small green spaces dotted along the river, including Furnival Gardens which is a prime spot for watching the annual boat racing, and a children’s playground near the Black Lion pub.
Nearest to our Hammersmith office, we’re particularly fond of Ravenscourt Park. Sitting in Hammersmith but being within walking distance of much of Shepherd’s Bush and Chiswick, it’s one of the most centrally located parks in West London and one of the largest at over 20 acres in size.
Ravenscourt Park is a hive of activity year-round. It has tennis courts, multiple children’s play areas, two cafes, a small lake, a paddling pool for children and a hidden walled garden tucked away in the northeastern corner of the park. The W6 Garden Centre is also within the park and there are regular events at the park.
Brook Green is a thin and long green space and park near to Hammersmith Broadway. Surrounded by beautiful residential Brook Green homes and near to many of the local shops and eateries, it’s positioned near to all the action meaning it is a very well-used space.
There are tennis courts, a children’s playground, and dog walking area at Brook Green.
Stamford Brook Common
Stamford Brook Common is common land part owned by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and has a W6 postcode, but many might regard the park as being a part of Chiswick, it’s also incredibly close to the W12 postcode area.
A small common land, Stamford Brook Common is particularly popular with dog walkers and there is a small playground in the Hammersmith corner.
Parks in Shepherd’s Bush
Despite being a more urban part of West London, there are several green spaces and parks in Shepherd’s Bush including Shepherd’s Bush Green at the very centre of the area, a triangular shaped open grass space totalling around 8 acres in size.
Small but perfectly formed, Wendell Park is a pretty green space with a sizeable children’s play area, fenced off picnic area and a separate dog park.
Located between Ravenscourt Park and Acton Park, and just a few minutes’ walk from Askew Village, Wendell Park is a centrally located park in Shepherd’s Bush.
Surrounded by residential homes, Cathnor Park is a small park to the west of Shepherd’s Bush Green and to the north of Goldhawk Road. Cathnor Park was opened in 1973 after it was created out of a derelict bomb site.
Parks in Chiswick
It’s possible that across all of West London, W4 has the most green spaces; there is an abundance of parks in Chiswick. Smaller green spaces that are free to be enjoyed by all include Acton Common, Chiswick Common and Turnham Green.
Chiswick House and Gardens
One of the finest settings in West London, Chiswick House and Gardens is a beautiful place that can be enjoyed for free. There is a café near the house itself, a children’s playground and perfectly maintained gardens, grounds, and a lake.
Many events are held at Chiswick House, including the regular Duck Pond Markets that are well worth a visit.
Tucked away near the river in Grove Park, not far from Chiswick House is Dukes Meadows. As the name suggests, it’s largely open green space. There is also a children’s adventure playground and splash pool open in the summer.
Southfield Recreation Ground
Just north of Chiswick’s Bedford Park residential area is Southfield Recreation Ground which has a small, woodland and wildlife area, full size football pitches, children’s playground and tennis and basketball courts together with outdoor gym equipment and a table tennis table.
Homefield Recreation Ground
Towards the A4 main road, on Chiswick Lane, is Homefield Recreation Ground which has a full-size rugby and football pitch and a children’s playground.
Other parks in West London
The famous botanical gardens, Kew Gardens, formerly known as Royal Botanic Gardens, is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, with 320 acres of woodland and over 50,000 living plants. Whether you want to walk around the gardens through the Arboretum and around the lakes, explore the glasshouses or experience the treetop walkway, Kew Gardens is a great day out for all ages.
Bishops Park is a park in Fulham near the River Thames, just off of Fulham Palace Road. The park is one of the most popular in the area and has multiple playgrounds, table tennis, basketball and waterplay is open in the summer. It’s also listed as Grade II in English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.
Gunnersbury Park on Popes Lane in Acton is a beautifully maintained park with a Palladian style mansion at its heart. It is also now the location of the Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub which is one of the largest outdoor sporting facilities in London. Find out more about the Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub.
Just a stone’s throw from Chiswick is the vast Acton Park. Acton Park has tennis courts, basketball courts, an outdoor gym and a large children’s play area. Putt in the Park mini golf and pizzeria is also with Acton Park.
Property in West London
It is often the case that home movers will consider the proximity to their nearest park or green space when looking for a property. Fortunately, in West London, there are many parks and open green spaces to be enjoyed, meaning wherever you live in the area you’re likely to be within walking distance of at least one.
As always, our team are available to discuss your plans to sell, buy, let or rent property in West London – get in touch, without obligation.