Local Guide to Brentford | Things to do in West London | Urban Villa

Local Guide

Urban Villa Hotel is located in Brentford, the upcoming neighbourhood which is nestled between Chiswick and Richmond, just 15 minutes’ drive from Heathrow. Whilst central London is easily accessed via Brentford mainline or South Ealing underground (Piccadilly Line), there are plenty of local treasures to be discovered here.

Contact concierge to borrow one of Urban Villa’s bicycles for the day and get set to explore!

URBAN ADVENTURES

DOWN BY THE RIVER…

  • Feeding from the River Thames, the Grand Union Canal begins at Brentford, where you can enjoy a stroll, run or cycle, following the water as long as you please!
  • Active 360 run Stand-Up Paddleboarding trips from Brentford Lock and Kew Bridge (Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga classes are also available here) active360.co.uk
  • Strand-on-the-Green is a picturesque village running between Brentford and Kew Bridge, with 18th century houses and pubs to be discovered as you walk along the riverside path


NATURAL WONDERS

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are a must-visit whilst you are with us: vast grounds, rare parks and iconic architecture can be explored at your leisure or on a guided tour kew.org
  • Richmond Deer Park is a stunning National Nature Reserve and the largest of London’s Royal Parks. There is a 36-hole golf courses within the park and you can also go horse riding here www.royalparks.co.uk/parks/richmond-park 


RETAIL THERAPY

  • Chiswick High Road has an elegant array of small boutiques and independent coffee shops
  • Westfield London is open daily until 10pm (until 6pm on Sundays) where you will find stores to suit every style and budget, from hot high street labels to designer stores in The Village. A multiplex cinema, restaurants, hair salons and beauty bars are also located here uk.westfield.com/london 


FARMERS’ MARKETS

  • Brentford Market brings artisan produce from local suppliers and exciting street food every Sunday, from 10am to 2pm www.brentfordmarket.squarespace.com
  • Duck Pond Market host a rich array of artisan food and craft markets in Richmond and other areas of West London www.duckpondmarket.com


HISTORICAL HOUSES & GARDENS

  • Syon Park, home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, is impressive both inside and out, boasting a wealth of art, grand classical interiors and extensive grounds www.syonpark.co.uk
  • Chiswick House and Gardens is a magnificent neo-Palladian villa set within beautiful historic grounds www.chgt.org.uk
  • Hogarth’s House in Chiswick, built around 1700, was the country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth (1697 – 1764) from 1749 until his death www.hounslow.info/arts-culture/historic-houses-museums/hogarth-house


CULTURAL CURIOSITIES

  • Sipsmith Distillery is a dream factory for anyone who enjoys a little gin. Sipsmith were the first to secure a licence to distil in London for 200 years, now producing small-batch, artisan gin in their Chiswick Distillery www.sipsmith.com/tours
  • London Museum of Water and Steam tells the fascinating story of London’s water supply, the vital lifeblood of our city waterandsteam.org.uk
  • Watermans Art Centre is Brentford’s local art hub, featuring an independent cinema, theatre and exhibition space www.watermans.org.uk

PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

  • Ealing Park Tavern is Urban Villa’s favourite local gastro-pub. Show your key card to enjoy 10% off your total bill for lunch or dinner from Monday to Friday www.ealingparktavern.co.uk
  • L’oro di Napoli is a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria where you will sample the best (yes, the best!) wood-fired pizza in West London. Takeaway is available but we recommend eating in this cosy café, tucking into your pizza fresh from the fire www.lorodinapoli.co.uk
  • The Bell & Crown is a traditional pub with gorgeous views of the river which is perfect for leisurely Sunday roasts www.bell-and-crown.co.uk
  • Annie’s Chiswick is a charming neighbourhood restaurant with a varied menu and daily special dishes www.anniesrestaurant.co.uk
  • Charlotte’s W4, home to the famous Gin School on Monday nights, is a friendly bar and kitchen serving fine food without the fuss www.charlottes.co.uk/w4
  • Jackson and Rye is where you can head for classic American comfort food like buttermilk fried chicken with Cajun fries www.jacksonrye.com
  • Outsider Tart is an authentic American bake shop and café which is open until 10pm Thursday to Saturday (until 6pm Sunday to Wednesday) – say whoopee for whoopie pies! www.outsidertart.com
  • High Road House belongs to the legendary Soho House group and is a great spot for weekend brunch www.highroadhouse.co.uk/food-and-drink
  • The River Café in Hammersmith is an iconic Italian restaurant known for its traditional dishes served with modern style www.rivercafe.co.uk
  • La Trompette is a local favourite for fine dining, serving seasonal dishes rich with fresh ideas www.latrompette.co.uk
  • Hedone is an intimate Michelin starred restaurant in Chiswick where you will be treated to truly inspiring gastronomy www.hedonerestaurant.com

Local Areas

London City

While visiting London why not enjoy one of the many shows held in the famous West End or attend a concert in the O2 Arena or Wembley Arena.

London is known for its cultural diversity which gives visitors a variety in choice of cuisine and dining out in many of the restaurants city wide. Gastronomic centers include the Bangladeshi restaurants of Brick Lane and the Chinese food restaurants of Chinatown.

Enjoy a walk or boat trip along part of the River Thames and take in some of London’s top attractions such as Big Ben, London Eye, O2 Arena, Westminister Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

London is renowned for its fashion and arts schools placing it on the map with Paris and Milan as an international fashion centre. London is home to designers like Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Manolo Blahnik, and Jimmy Choo all located in London city. With one of Europe’s busiest shopping streets, Oxford Street is home to Europe’s largest shopping centre; Selfridges, London truly is a shopaholics dream come true.

London’s transport system is world class with hundreds of underground and overground train stations and bus stations city wide, travelling throughout London couldn’t be easier.

London’s West End

Some of London’s West End’s must see attractions include:

Oxford Street. A visit to London isn’t complete without a stroll down one of Europe’s busiest shopping streets. This street contains all of the major flagship stores, iconic department stores and a wide range of eateries.

Marylebone High Street. Experience village life in the heart of London, here in this sheltered West End corner. With its elegant boutiques and quiet restaurants, Marylebone High Street seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street.

Selfridges. Selfridges has remained at the heart of the West End shopping experience for the past 100 years and has now become one of the world’s finest department stores, with 6 floors and 100’s of designer outlets.

Many more include London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds and Hamleys Toy Store

The West End Theatre district in London is similar to New York’s Broadway district. It plays host to some of the world’s best musical theatre shows and accommodates thousands of theatre goers every year. Shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Chicago and Wicked are shown on the stages of theatres such as Her Majesty’s Theatre, Queen’s Theatre, Cambridge Theatre, and The Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Royal Borough of Richmond

One of London’s most attractive boroughs, which for hundreds of years has been a favourite retreat of royalty, the rich and the famous. Richmond lies 15 miles southwest of central London yet a fast train from London Waterloo will bring you here in 15 minutes or just 2 stops from Brentford station from the hotel will take you there.

When you arrive you will be in a different world. The River Thames runs through the heart of the borough for 21 miles linking Hampton Court Palace, Richmond Town Centre and Kew Gardens with Central London. With beautiful Royal parks and historic houses, theatres, museums and galleries rich with exhibits, and town centres bursting with shops and restaurants, Richmond upon Thames rivals anywhere in London.

Other areas:

  • London Hounslow
  • Brentford
  • Chiswick
  • Kingston
  • Shepards Bush
  • Hammersmith
  • Knightsbridge

Shopping

Knightsbridge

For those looking for a piece of retail heaven, then look no further than Knightsbridge. Few fashionable London districts exude exclusivity, prestige and glamour as strongly as Knightsbridge – recognised globally as one of the world’s top luxury shopping destinations.

At its heart sits The Knightsbridge Estate, a major local landmark whose handsome façade has been a striking visual presence since the early 1900s.

Today, the 3.5 acre estate is a leading luxury retail destination. Flanked by two global retail icons, Harvey Nichols and Harrods, the Estate’s 40 stores include Tommy Hilfiger’s European flagship store, in addition to recent openings in Hugo Boss, The Kooples, Boodles and Ted Baker.

Harrods

One of the most iconic brand names in the World, the store was opened in 1849 by Charles Henry Harrod as an expansion of his humble East End grocery and tea business.

Seven floors and 330 departments showcase the best of luxury merchandise, from high-end fashion and accessories to the finest homewares and the latest technology. There are 28 restaurants in-store; we continue to enhance our portfolio with Galvin Demoiselle, Bentley’s Sea Grill, and the institution that is The Georgian. Customers enjoy a wealth of exclusive services, such as by appointment personal shopping and The Penthouse – a private suite dedicated to unsurpassed bespoke service in a beautiful environment.

Other Shopping:

  • Kings Road, Chelsea
  • Chiswick High Road
  • Selfridges
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Carnaby Street
  • Libertys

Music & Events

  • Wembley Arena
  • 02 Arena
  • Eventim Apollo (Formerly Hammersmith Apollo)
  • Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is one of the most iconic music venues in London and arguably one of the world’s most famous stages. Originally opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, the Hall hosts over 360 events which include classical music, jazz, world music, circus, rock, pop, opera, dance, comedy and tennis.

Museums

  • Victoria and Albert Museum

The largest decorative arts museum in the world and arguably one of London’s most interesting and diverse museums. Representing the love of the arts of Queen Victoria and her husbard Albert, the museum was founded in 1852 and eventually opened in 1857, this amazing museum boasts 3,000 years’ worth of artefacts from the world’s richest cultures; the collection includes everything from paintings and photographs to jewellery, ceramics and textiles.

  • Science Museum
  • National Maritime Museum
  • The Royal Airforce Museum
  • National Gallery
  • British Museum
  • Tate Modern

Sporting Events

  • Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium is a football stadium located in Wembley Park. It opened in 2007 and was built on the site of the previous 1923 Wembley Stadium.

The 90,000-capacity venue (105,000 combined seating and standing) is the second largest stadium in Europe and serves as England’s national stadium.

It is the home venue of the England national football team, and hosts the latter stages of the top level domestic club cup competition, the FA Cup. It is owned by English football’s governing body, The Football Association (the FA), through their subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL).

  • Lord`s Cricket Ground
  • Twickenham
  • Brentford Football Club

Attractions

  • London Aquarium
  • Big Ben
  • London Eye
  • Royal Botanic Gardens- Kew Gardens
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Tower of London
  • Legoland

Legoland Windsor is a family theme park dedicated to the imagination and creativity of children of all ages. One of the top children’s attractions the UK has to offer and only a 30 minute drive from Urban Villa Hotel, it has rides, shows and Lego models throughout which cannot fail to entertain and impress children of all ages and maybe some big kids too!

  • Thorpe Park
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Kings Cross St Pancras Station