Chiswick Area Guide
Chiswick is a district of west London and part of the London Borough of Hounslow. It lies within a meander of the River Thames which is heavily used for competitive and recreational rowing, and Chiswick itself is home to several boating clubs. Chiswick has a number of named sub localities such as Grove Park, Strand-on-the-Green and those with named tube stations Turnham Green, Bedford Park and Gunnersbury all within its three full-sized wards of the United Kingdom, except that much of Bedford Park is since 1965 in the London Borough of Ealing. Chiswick High Road contains a mix of retail, restaurants, food outlets and expanding office and hotel space. The wide streets encourage cafes, pubs and restaurants to provide pavement seating. Being situated between the offices at the Golden Mile Great West Road andHammersmith, office developments and warehouse conversions to offices began from the 1960s. Chiswick is also home to the Griffin Brewery, where Fuller, Smith & Turner brew their prize-winning ales. Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. and its predecessor companies have been brewing beer on its Chiswick site for over 350 years. The original brewery was in the gardens of Bedford House in Chiswick Mall, and these premises later expanded to the present site nearby. The company brews cask ale and operates an extensive range of pubs throughout London and the South East.
Other historic sites include St. Nicholas Church and Chiswick House, which was designed by the Third Earl of Burlington, and built for him, in 1726–29 as an extension to an earlier Jacobean house (subsequently demolished in 1788); it is considered to be among the finest surviving examples of Palladian architecture in Britain, with superb collections of paintings and furniture. Its surrounding grounds constitute one of the most important historical gardens in England and Wales, and mark a significant step on the road to the picturesque aesthetic in garden design. With a wide range of private and state schools for both boys and girls, as well as its close proximity to the district and overground lines, Chiswick is the perfect location for families and young professionals alike.