Chiswick is lovely. The camellias are pink with promise, and along the Thames the boat house doors are opening for rowing practice. Golden flowers grace the gardens around the neighborhood, and Chiswick shops, restaurants and museums are welcoming locals and visitors.


Chiswick, London

Filling a horseshoe bend in the Thames, Chiswick is one of west London’s loveliest neighborhoods.

Similar to village-like Hampstead in the north and leafy Richmond in the south, the area is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, antique shops, and lesser-known aristocratic and artistic landmarks.

Shop Building in Chiswick, London

Chiswick Restaurants

Given my love of food, I can think of no better way to start a day out in Chiswick than at the neighborhood’s most famous restaurant, La Trompette.

Michelin starred and thoroughly accoladed, it has long been on my list of places to eat in London.

The three-course lunch menu is surprisingly reasonably priced, and everything from the home cured bresaola with golden beets, smoked curd, and radishes to the caramelized suckling pig with creamed potato, king cabbage, roast parsnips, and quince lives up to La Trompette’s reputation.

La Trompette in Chiswick, London

Chiswick Shops

Appetite well attended to, I turn my attention to Chiswick’s other highlights. Up on the high street, the Chiswick High Road shops beckon.

Bicycles at a Chiswick Shop in London

The Old Cinema numbers among my favorite Chiswick shops. This place is one of London’s best vintage and antique shops, and I spend the better part of an hour getting lost in its warren of rooms.

M.C. Escher staircases take me up and down through split-level floors of soft velvety chairs, colorful printed fabric, and thick glass bottles as I imagine kitting out my flat to look like a vintage postcard.

Eventually The Old Cinema’s eclectic maze of spaces eases me back out onto the street, and I walk past more Chiswick shops, chi chi furniture stores, and vintage clothing boutiques before making my way down to the Thames.

Chiswick Shop in London


When I get there, I find myself on the Chiswick Mall, a street full of some of London’s most beautiful houses and riverfront gardens.

Doors in Chiswick, London

The road turns up to the famous Fuller’s Griffin Brewery, a London landmark from 1828 that offers tours on weekdays and has a Chiswick shop selling everything from exclusive ales to cool vintage pub signs.

Fuller's Griffin Brewery Shop in Chiswick, London

In the other direction is St Nicholas Church, another piece of Chiswick history. It has a moss-covered cemetery that’s home to the tomb of 18th-century painter, engraver, and satirist William Hogarth.

The peaceful churchyard is down a startlingly pretty street from Hogarth’s House, which is now a museum (just ignore the unfortunately horrible roundabout in between).

William Hogarth's Grave in Chiswick, London

Hogarth’s House in Chiswick

I pop into Hogarth’s House for a look around, admiring his famous Gin Lane print, which represents the worst aspects of slum life in 18th-century London.

Next to it is Beer Street, which shows the peace that Hogarth believed could prevail if beer became the staple drink of the poor instead. Hmmmm…

Hogarth's House in Chiswick, London

Chiswick House

Around the corner from Hogarth’s House is Chiswick House. The former residence of the third Earl of Burlington, this 18th-century neo-Palladian house and its extensive gardens are now English Heritage sites in London.

The gardens—which were the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and inspired Central Park in New York—offer daily access to the public year-round.

Greenhouse at Chiswick House in London

While I’m here, the annual Camellia Show is on in the impressive greenhouse. I take in the pink and red blossoms under the thin white ribs of the glass dome, admiring their beautiful colors.

From there I walk along the garden paths and over bridges, stumbling upon historic temples and their corresponding water features as I go.

I also pop into Chiswick House for a look around. The symmetrical rooms in this stately home reveal sumptuous jewel-tone wall coverings, lots of period paintings, and rich spaces with great views over the gardens below.

Ionic Temple at Chiswick House in London

Historic Pubs

Leaving the museum, I head back to the Thames path for a drink at The Dove, one of the riverside pubs between Chiswick and Hammersmith.

Dating back to the 17th century, this Chiswick pub was frequented by the likes of Charles II and his mistress, Nell Gwynne. It’s also been in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the smallest bar room in the world.

But the pub’s real appeal is the cozy historic ambiance and riverfront terrace, two options fitting for the London weather‘s atmospheric vicissitudes.

Boat on the Thames in London

Chiswick Shops, Restaurants, Museums, and More

Drink finished, I end my day out in Chiswick with a walk along the river, past the pretty parks freckled with flowers, and back home to my own London neighborhood.

I never imagined there was so much to see and do in Chiswick, from the excellent restaurants to the great Chiswick shops and museums.

It merits a trip back to discover the rest of the area, and I will definitely return for more.

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28 Comments on Lady’s Lovely Guide to London’s Chiswick

  1. Your photos of Chiswick are so pretty! I only ever pass it on the way back from the airport so it’s nice to see this less-travelled (for me anyway) side of London. x


  2. I love the stretch by the river known as Strand on the Green and how the doors are slightly built up to provide flood defense. It’s so quiet there as you write. I’ll certainly aim to visit the camillias. Lovely photos as usual.

  3. What a fabulous guide to Chiswick! I’ve been wanting to explore the area more (I”m familiar with Chiswick House and Garden but not much else) and will definitely be using this great post as a guide! La Trompette sounds wonderful – I can’t wait to go!

  4. Glad you enjoyed my neck of the woods! I think people forget about Chiswick a lot of the time in favour of Kew or Richmond but it’s really so full of beautiful things to see and do. Though, honestly, I’m happy for the crowds to go elsewhere so I can snag a space outside my favourite riverside pub when the weather gets good!

    Sorcha x

  5. A friend of my has told me so many times that I HAVE to go to Chiswick, because it’s absolutely beautiful. Somehow I never had time for it, or I made other places my priority. This post is like another push in the back, because the buildings and shops in the pictures look absolutely adorable. I’ve a pretty tight schedule already during my next London trip, but I finally need to fit this gorgeous area in. Here’s to my planning skills! 😉

  6. I was wondering when you’d do one of your London neighborhood posts on Chiswick! I love living in this part of London. On an early Sunday morning it can even feel like a small town. Or as much like a small town as a place as big as London can be. 🙂 You did a fantastic job of covering a lot of the major things to see and do, too. I’m so glad you went in the Old Cinema – that’s definitely my fav store on the high road!

  7. Wonderful post. I haven’t ever thought about a wander around here. Love the photos. Especially those houses <3

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