Moving to Hammersmith
Located in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Hammersmith is an incredibly popular location for movers to and within London. Sitting in Zone 2, this leafy and lively location draws young professionals, city workers, and family movers. It seems like everyone wants that W6 postcode! Hammersmith also benefits from some exciting and salubrious neighbours: with Shepherds Bush to the North, and Kensington to the East.
The Borough almost has two distinct areas: it’s both a hub of industry, and a cosy neighbourhood alongside the Thames. The area has attracted a host of international businesses, with L’Oreal, Disney and Coca Cola all having head offices here. Around these titans of industry, you’ll find great shopping, restaurants and lunch spots as well as plenty of bars and coffee shops.
Along the River Thames, the riverside area of Hammersmith plays host to a calmer, more leisurely residential area. Here you’ll find great traditional London pubs, plenty of relaxed eateries, and locals out on the water rowing. Residents of Hammersmith get to enjoy the best of both of these two areas.
For such a central location, Hammersmith is a very green borough, with green space covering 19% of the area. Movers to the area have Wormwood Scrubs Park, and Parsons Green to explore and enjoy. There is also over 20 acres of green space, a lake, walled gardens, tennis courts and a walled garden at Ravenscourt Park.
Hammersmith is also close to a wide variety of great attractions, including the Westfield shopping centre, meaning you’re never far from excellent shopping opportunities.
A brief history of Hammersmith
The name Hammersmith was first recorded in 1294 and meant quite literally, “Place with a hammer smithy or forge”. For much of its early life, Hammersmith was little more than an extended parish of the nearby affluent Fulham. All this changed with the Industrial Revolution, which transformed the area into a bustling hive of activity. Great building projects like the now grade II listed Hammersmith Bridge helped drive commerce and increase connections to the rest of London.
Culturally, Hammersmith has long had an association with iconic contributors to entertainment. The well-known riverside pub The Dove hosted the likes of Ernest Hemmingway, Graham Greene and James Thomson (author of Rule Britannia).
Musically, Hammersmith has attracted some of the most influential artists of all time, including the late David Bowie. In fact, the Hammersmith Apollo (then Hammersmith Odeon), played its part as the scene of Bowie’s final, legendary gig as the out-of-this-world Ziggy Stardust.
Hammersmith: culture and highlights
• Vibrant social scene
• Excellent dining opportunities
• Home to the famous Hammersmith Apollo venue
• Tons of boutique shopping options
• Lots of great outdoor space
It’s important to get to know your new area before you move house. Our Area Orientation Service is the perfect way to get to know your new Borough before you move. Let us show you around Hammersmith on a personalised tour.
Things to do in Hammersmith
Once the final box is unpacked, get started on Santa Fe Relocation’s list of top things to do in Hammersmith:
• Enjoy a pre-show meal at the Lyric Hammersmith – we love the delicious platters, best enjoyed on the terrace on sunny days.
• Go see a show at the Hammersmith Apollo – the Grade II listed concert hall attracts world class performers.
• Enjoy a vegetarian meal at The Gate – this exciting plant-based restaurant is a locally loved spot to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner.
• Head to Shepherds Bush and explore the Westfields Shopping Centre – with over 250 stores, you are sure to find something you love.
• Visit the exhibits in The William Morris Society Museum – packed with incredible textiles, arts and crafts and a historic printing press.
Make your move even easier and let our London removals team take care of everything. Santa Fe Relocation are removals experts, offering bespoke moves that mean you do less and enjoy more. Our packing service means that you won’t have to lift a finger: we even unpack everything in the new house.
Living in Hammersmith
Hammersmith is ideal for young, single professionals looking for a blend of residential and urban living. There are tons of quirky riverside pubs to explore and it’s a common sight to see people enjoying a walk alongside the Thames. April sees the annual boat race bring the community together and it represents a highlight of the Hammersmith calendar (especially if the weather behaves).
The area is great for families too, with most of the terraced properties being within walking distance of the river. Professionals will find an abundance of modern apartments close to the bustle of Hammersmith’s lively centre.
Due to the popularity of the area, property here is at a premium compared to Shepherds Bush and Barons Court. But you pay extra for the community feel, excellent transport links, job opportunities and excellent schools. Prices may be higher than London average, but they’re still less than neighbouring Kensington.
The average cost of buying a house in Hammersmith is £1 million and a two bed flat would cost in the region of £600,000. Rental is also slightly higher than London average, with a two-bed apartment averaging at £3,200 per month (prices accurate as of April 2019).
Why not free up some time, and let our Home Search experts match your needs and wants to a short list of perfect properties? Our professional removals team take care of everything. Our special services including packing and unpacking, removals and storage, all designed to make your move as easy as possible.
Family life and education in Hammersmith
No London family home search is complete without considering Hammersmith. It boasts heaps of outdoor space and access to exceptional parks; perfect for family activities. The borough is also home to some of the best schools in England, with many consistently ranking amongst the best in the country.
Some of the best state schools in the area:
• St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
• The London Oratory School (primary)
• Good Shepard RC Primary School
• Sacred Heart High School (secondary)
• Lady Margaret School (secondary)
Some of the best independent schools in the area:
• St Paul’s Girls School
• Latimer Upper School
• The Godolphin and Latimer School
Our expert School Search Service is here to help. We short list the perfect schools by matching them to your family’s needs, then guide you through the application process. Because at Santa Fe Relocation, we make moving home easy for you.
Hammersmith – Travel information
The transport links in Hammersmith are second to none, making it one of West London’s most popular locations for new movers.
Transport to wider London is well-covered by Hammersmith Station, which runs four lines (District, Circle, Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City), meaning you can reach much of the capital with ease. Travel to central London is exceptionally convenient from Hammersmith.
From Hammersmith by tube you can reach Piccadilly Circus in just 16 minutes, and Kings Cross and St Pancras International are just 24 minutes away. It is also just 30 minutes to Heathrow Airport for international and domestic flights.
There are good road links for travel into the capital, as well as the A4 Hammersmith Flyover which makes travel out of the city quick and convenient. There is also an extensive network of buses running from Hammersmith Bus Station.
How can Santa Fe Relocation help with your move to Hammersmith?
Are you moving to or from Hammersmith? As a leading moving company, we have been creating moving journeys for people across the globe for over 120 years. For more information on how we can help transform your move, contact our friendly team today. Get an accurate estimate of how much a move with us might cost by filling in our free quote form.
In addition to our moving services, we also offer customers access to convenient storage solutions. You can rest assured that your belongings will be kept safe in our secure London warehouse, which is protected by 24/7 CCTV and on-duty staff at all times for your peace of mind. Whatever you need from your removals company for the perfect Hammersmith removal, our dedicated moving specialists will always go above and beyond to find a solution that works.
We are Santa Fe Relocation, your one-stop Hammersmith moving service. We make moving home easy for you.