June 21, 2012 07:06
| Home and Design
To paraphrase Dr Johnson, if you are tired of London, you are tired of life. Europe’s second-biggest city (only Moscow has more people to call it home) offers the complete package for any resident. After peace and quiet? Head to one of the many expansive parks. Want to stay up drinking until 5am? By the time you tumble out of a Farringdon nightspot the tube will have reopened.
But an unfortunate drawback is that, to experience the full gamut of what’s on offer, Londoners often have to travel from one end of the city to the other. Perhaps that’s why West London stands out. Those that call Notting Hill, Battersea, Chiswick, and many other great western locations, home have everything London has offers on their doorsteps.
The permanent demand for homes throughout the city, combined with the limited ability to create new ones, has led to many of London’s magnificently proportioned houses being split into one and two-bed flats. There are, of course, plenty to be found in the West, but it is also true that the quality of homes on offer, not just in the ultra-salubrious surrounds of Kensington and Chelsea, outstrips what’s available in most other parts of the city. A glance at the flats and houses advertised on the website of specialist West London estate agents Domus Nova
reveals the bright, spacious, well-finished property available.
While those in South East and East London have to contend with over ground rail journeys and those in North London face an almighty trek to Heathrow or Gatwick, West Londoners are truly patched into the public transport network. Numerous underground lines can ship them into the centre of town while the trip to Heathrow is no saga.
Above all, West London’s biggest draw is the lifestyle it provides. The area has a unique atmosphere; many neighbourhoods have a village feel with an unmistakable urban buzz drawing them together. London’s most affluent post codes are found here but many have an artsy, community feel, and the quality and cutting-edge nature of the eating, drinking and entertainment is exceptional. Nowhere is this more obvious than cosmopolitan Notting Hill, with its gorgeous Victorian terraces, ultra-cool restaurants and bars and, of course, the famous Carnival. Every August Bank Holiday, the area comes alive with Europe’s biggest street party.
West Londoners don’t have to wait until then to have fun, though. With the scope of attractions available, they can pack fun into every minute of their free time. Sport enthusiasts have three Premier League football clubs on their doorstep, with Harlequins Rugby Club and Twickenham stadium are also at hand. Those w