Moving to Chiswick: School and Transport Guide
Chiswick is a popular and prosperous West London village (W4) that’s seen a steady rise in popularity over recent years due to its great schools, large period properties, abundant green spaces and, most importantly, great transport links both to central London and to major UK motorway routes. Chiswick also offers quick and easy access to Heathrow Airport, making it ideal for those who travel frequently for work or leisure.
Less than half an hour from central London by rail services, Chiswick boasts a range of beautiful period properties, with fine houses in Chiswick Mall dating back to Georgian times, when the area was an elegant riverside retreat.
There are also traditional cottages at Strand on the Green, once a small river fishing village, and Bedford Park – London’s first planned garden suburb with arts and crafts houses designed by leading architect Richard Norman Shaw. Chiswick also has a mixture of spacious Edwardian and early 20th century homes, along with quaint Victorian cottages and mansion flats.
Along with the quality of Chiswick’s housing, young families are keen to settle in the area for its abundance of high-performing primary schools, many of which well exceed local and national averages for key stage 2 (the most sought after of these being St Peter’s, St. Mary’s, William Hogarth School and Belmont Primary School.)
Celebrities and media types use leafy Chiswick as an idyllic retreat from bustling central London due to multiple bus and rail routes to the capital making regular access a breeze (though Chiswick’s leafy streets, green spaces and idyllic riverside walks give the area a village-like feel that’s a million miles away from big city living.)
Central London is a mere 6.5 miles from the heart of Chiswick – a journey that takes an average of 26 minutes outside the congestion of rush hour, when travel times are likely to be substantially longer. For motorists relocating to Chiswick, it’s worth taking note that on-street parking spaces are difficult to come by in the area. Though a range of multi-storey and pay & display options are available, these are pricey and in high demand.
When looking for a home in the area, therefore, it’s sensible to spend a little more on a property with off-street parking such as a garage or driveway – in fact, some locals earn a tidy amount of extra cash by renting out their secure lock up or off-road parking spot to commuters when not using it themselves.
Instead of the expense and hassle of driving their own vehicle, many Chiswick residents choose to enjoy the area’s excellent bus and rail transportation systems, or use taxis to travel to and from central London along with other key local destinations. Surprisingly, travel by cab is an affordable and economical solution to transport in Chiswick, with a pre-booked taxi from central Chiswick to Heathrow Airport or central London costing as little as £30 (one way.)
Despite its proximity to central London, Chiswick has a strong identity and sense of community, with residents enjoying predominantly peaceful lives at a slower pace than the fast-forwarded frenzy of the capital. Sleepy Chiswick comes alive once a year, however, when it plays host to the finishing point of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, bringing hordes of spectators from around the world. There’s also a healthy nightlife in the suburb, though you’ll need to swap clubs for pubs and retire to bed by midnight rather than the early hours.
Chiswick is an area rich in culture too, with historic Chiswick House and its beautiful landscaped gardens open to the public throughout the year. The one-time home of William Hogarth, 18th century artist and satirist, is a fine architectural specimen appreciated by visitors from around the world.
Sporty types can enjoy a variety of energetic pursuits in the suburb, with a multitude of tennis courts, a manicured golf course, top quality rowing clubs and an immaculate playing field that brings local schoolchildren, young professionals and families together in a range of sporting activities.
Chiswick has more than its share of lush green spaces, including Duke’s Meadows, a recreational centre standing on land formerly owned by the Duke of Devonshire. The meadows are used for a variety of sports including rugby, football, hockey, rowing and golf, but if that sounds too much like hard work, visitors can also watch the world go by seated on the promenade or band stand. In the heat of the summer, local kids enjoy a fantastic water play area funded by the Duke’s Meadows Trust, a local conservation charity.
While Chiswick may be pretty and picturesque, a riverside village set above a looping section of the Thames, the area is a commuter’s paradise – less than half an hour’s journey to the West End by Rail. Chiswick is also situated at the start of the North Circular Road (A406), South Circular Road (A205) and the M4 motorway, the latter providing a direct link to Heathrow Airport and the M25 motorway. Chiswick is serviced by multiple bus routes into central London and is served by four London underground stations on the District Line: Stamford Brook, Turnham Green, Chiswick Park and Gunnersby. The area is in the London borough of Hounslow, within Zone 2 on the underground map.
If you’re thinking about making a move to Chiswick, the area has many incentives to encourage you to take the plunge. We’ll leave you with our top ‘Fun Facts’ about Chiswick, in case you need a little extra persuasion!
Chiswick Fun Facts
Chiswick means ‘cheese farm’ in Old English and the suburb was once an area that relied heavily on agricultural industry. Today, there is still an abundance of greenery that’s rare in an area so close the capital.
Historic figures who have lived in Chiswick include the poets Alexander Pope and W. B. Years, the Italian revolutionary Ugo Foscolo, the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and the novelist E.M. Forster. The famous and infamous Hugh Grant, now part of Hollywood royalty, was born and raised in Chiswick. Chiswick flyover was opened in 1959 by legendary Hollywood actress Jayne Mansfield. Urban legend decrees that the body of Ginger Marks who was murdered by the Kray brothers Reggie and Ronnie, is buried in the foundations.
The oldest part of the suburb is a former fifteenth-century pub located on Church Street that was known as The Old Burlington. Chiswick’s Got Talent! Ant and Dec both currently live in the borough, within 1.5 miles of each other.
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