Things to do in London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Greater London
Facts and Figures:
The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is one of the smallest in Greater London as it covers just over 16 km. and has a population of 165,000. It is one of the most densely populated areas in London with a high 78%White ethnicity. It has one of the highest proportion of single adults in the UK, at 55%.
The borough is best known as the home of Shepherds' Bush, the area where well-loved BBC TV series such as Blue Peter have been produced since 1960.
White City hosted the Olympics at short notice after Mount Vesuvius erupted and caused the event to be relocated from Italy in 1908.
Famous residents include Gandhi, who lived in the borough whilst studying law in the 1880s. Boxer Frank Bruno was born in Hammersmith, as was actor Hugh Grant and footballers Stuart Pearce and Sean Davis.
Hammersmith itself is a busy part of London and has many international corporate office headquarters including the Virgin Group and Sony Ericsson. The borough is traversed by the A4 Great West Road and the A40 Westway.
The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham borders the north bank of the River Thames, giving it some attractive waterfront pubs and restaurants and plenty of quiet footpaths. This area is particularly popular when it hosts the annual Oxford and Cambridge boat race.
Sport is well catered for in the borough, with several stadiums including the Linford Christie Athletics Stadium in Hammersmith. There are several rowing clubs along the River Thames and the Fulham and Chelsea football clubs are both based in the borough.
Kelmscott House was once the home of William Morris and has an ever-changing exhibition of his designs.
Some of the main draws to the area are the Hammersmith Apollo and the Hammersmith Palais, which hosts many concerts and events. The most famous theatre in the borough is the Lyric with its plush Victorian auditorium. It was saved from demolition and is now relocated above the Kings Mall.
The recently opened Westfield Shopping Centre has 150,000m. of retail space and is the largest urban shopping centre in the European Union. It includes The Village, a section of high-end boutiques and designer stores, several restaurants and a 14-screen cinema.
Hammersmith and Fulham has three rail stations £ less than any other London borough. However, it has many underground Tube stations on the Circle, Hammersmith and City, Piccadilly and District lines.