Places to see in London Hammersmith
Hammersmith covers quite a large area and as such has a large amount going on. You could pop to Riverside Studios (on the river, unsurprisingly) and watch a TV show being made or catch a world-class play, or going to Ceilidh Club at Hammersmith Town Hall. In fact, you could just take a picturesque river walk or see one of the UK’s biggest comedy acts at the Hammersmith Apollo.
Recommended Attraction in Hammersmith
But for something a little different and certainly not very well known, we’d recommend heading over to the Irish Cultural Centre on Black’s Road. The centre runs a series of amazing events all year round, particularly focusing on the arts, cinema, storytelling and music. And if you can, we’d suggest checking out what’s on with their music and dance events, as some of the world’s most respected Celtic and folk acts have graced the stage of this secret gem.
Hammersmith Attractions List
Whether you’re coming to a gig at places like the Hammersmith Apollo, or fancy ambling along one of the most peaceful and pretty stretches of the River Thames, you should take a look at our Hammersmith hotel booking service and take your pick of affordable hotels in the area. What to know what else there is to see and do in Hammersmith? Take a quick peek at the following itinerary to find out.
Westfield London is famed for its luxurious shopping experience. You'll be spoilt for choice with a range of stores from Boots to Burberry and beyond. If you fancy a break from the spending spree, nip into one of the many different eateries dotted around or take your kids to one of the many kid friendly areas or events taking place at Westfield.
Address: Montfichet Road, Olympic Park, London E20 1EQ
Phone: +44 20 8221 7300
Although officially in West Kensington, the huge glass dome structure of the Olympia Exhibition Centre sits on Hammersmith’s border. There are 3 massive exhibition halls here where a number of trade and consumer exhibitions take place each year. You should find out what’s on and go if you are interested!
Address: Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX
Phone: 020 7385 1200
The famous and exclusive Queens Club stands here, just on the border of Hammersmith and West Kensington. Famous for its lawn tennis, world-renowned events like the Stella Artois Championships, the World Rackets Championships and the British Open take place here each year. You should try and get tickets if you want to see some of the world’s best tennis players!
Address: Palliser Road, London W14 9EQ
Phone: 020 7386 3400
You won’t be able to go inside the London Ark as it’s actually an office block, but you really should take time out to view this amazing feat of modern architecture right in the heart of Hammersmith. This ark-shaped building was designed by Ralph Erskine in the 1990’s and promoted as the first ecologically sound building in London.
Address: London W6
Phone: 020 7379 6344
Here is the brand new and gleaming Hammersmith Broadway Shopping Centre where you can while away an afternoon exploring the shops and range of restaurants you’ll find inside. Hammersmith tube station and bus station are also based here.
Address: Hammersmith, London W6 9YE
Phone: 020 8563 0131
Come to the Lyric Hammersmith and you can witness one of the original, often groundbreaking, theatre productions taking place here. Whether you choose to see a play in the 550 seater Auditorium or the 120 seater Studio that’s used by up and coming companies, this is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Over 150,000 people crowd through this theatres doors every year so make sure your one of them!
Address: Lyric Square, King Street, London W6 0QL
Phone: 020 8741 6850
This is the famous Hammersmith Apollo, a hugely popular entertainment and concert venue. It originally opened as the art deco Gaumont Palace cinema in the 1930’s, but was renamed as the Hammersmith Odeon in 1962 and changed names again in 1993 to the Hammersmith Apollo. Huge acts like The Beatles, Queen, David Bowie, and more recently Nelly Furtado, Oasis, The Raconteurs and Feeder, have all played here. It’s also been host to a huge number of stage productions including Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Dr Doolittle. Find out what’s taking place during your stay and book tickets!
Address: 45 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9QH
Phone: 0844 249 1000
Here you’ll find the breathtaking gold and green Hammersmith Bridge, which is actually the oldest suspension bridge in London. This feat of Victorian ironwork was the first suspension bridge to be built over the River Thames, linking Hammersmith with Barnes. It is now a Grade II listed structure.
Address: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, W6
You have to visit Riverside Studios! This truly unique venue is actually one of West London’s leading centres for contemporary theatre and dance, cinema, television production and exhibitions. Once owned by the BBC as a film studio where greats like Hancock’s Half Hour and Top of The Pops were filmed, this multifaceted arts venue is famous for its double bills of little seen international films and critically acclaimed plays. You just have to come here, even if it’s only to head out to the terrace where you’ll get an amazing view over Hammersmith Bridge.
Address: 1 Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Phone: 020 8237 1009
If you fancy dining in a famous restaurant with a delightful riverside location, try the River Cafe. You can eat delicious Italian food cooked in an amazing open plan kitchen. It’s no wonder the River cafe has a Michelin Star!
Address: Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9H
Phone: 020 7386 4200
This is the start of Hammersmith’s charming Riverside Walk that will take you along one of the most picturesque stretches of the River Thames to Chiswick. As most of the walk is closed to traffic, you will find that this is a really peaceful retreat.
A great stop-off point on your riverside amble is Furnival Gardens, a small yet delightful park where you can relax and watch the world go by along the River Thames.
You should go for a drink at The Dove, a delightful 17th century riverside pub that supposedly has the smallest bar in the world. Past drinkers include Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway and William Morris. Its riverside terrace provides you with fantastic views over the River Thames. This pub actually stands in a narrow alleyway, which is the only remains of the old Hammersmith Village that was largely demolished in the 1930’s.
Address: 19 Upper Mall, London W6 9TA
Phone: 020 8748 9474
Here you will find Kelmscott House, the former home of William Morris, the great British writer, artist, designer and socialist who lived here between 1878-96. It’s here that he founded the original Kelmscott Press, one of the most famous private printing presses of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Opening times are limited though so make sure you check before you visit!
Address: 26 Upper Mall, London, Greater London W6 9TA
Phone: 020 8748 5207
If you fancy seeing inside one of the tall Georgian houses that face the River Themes here, you should come to 7 Hammersmith Terrace. Built in the 1750’s, this house was once owned by Emery Walker, the great printer and antiquary, who was a friend of William Morris. Since his death in the 1930’s the house has been completely preserved, and is said to be one of the best examples of an Arts and Crafts interior. It has to be seen to be believed but tickets are limited so make sure you book well in advance.
Address: 7 Hammersmith Terrace, London W6 9TS
Phone: 020 8741 4104
When you want to escape for a couple of hours come to 32 acre Ravenscourt Park where you’ll find a tea house, lake and rose garden. Your children will love the paddling pool and play area here!
Address: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, W6
This striking concrete building is actually the Lowiczanska Polish Cultural Centre, built to cater for the increasingly expanding Polish community in Hammersmith. It’s well worth a visit, even if it’s only to try out Polish food in the really affordable restaurant, or see the largest Polish library outside of Poland.
Address: 238-246 King Street, London W6 0RF
Phone: +44 20 8741 3225
Walk along King Street, the main shopping thoroughfare of Hammersmith, and you’ll find the usual selection of high street stores and the Kings Mall. If you’re feeling peckish you’ll find plenty of Polish and Indian restaurants along this road, as well as plenty of pubs to stop for a well earned drink.
Address: King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9HW
Phone: +44 20 8741 2121
At least once a week, Ceilidh Club alternates between Cecil Sharp House in Camden and Hammersmith Town Hall on Friday and/or Saturday nights. For the uninitiated, Ceilidhs are a traditional form of Scottish dance that are great fun, exhausting and a great way to meet people.
Address: 2 Regents Park Road, Primrose Hill, London NW1 7AY
Phone: 020 7485 2206
London has a large Irish population, and as it’s not far removed from the Old Country geographically, there’s a lot of exchange with Irish artists, storytellers, musicians and film-makers that goes on in this great venue. There’s something on most nights, and it’s a very informative and interesting place to spend your time.
Address: Blacks Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9DT
Phone: 020 8563 8232