W14 (Hammersmith and Fulham) area guide
Hammersmith and Fulham
To its north, the W14 border is demarcated by Holland Park Avenue and Goldhawk Road. To the east it is bordered by Holland Park and its adjacent streets, Abbotsbury Road and then Warwick Road. The southern boundary is then demarcated by Lillie Road, whilst the western boundary follows Kinnoul Road, Field Road, Shortlands and Rowan Road before joining Shepherds Bush Road.
The W14 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Abingdon, Addison, Avonmore and Brook Green, Barons Court Station, Earl's Court, Fulham Reach, Hammersmith And Fulham, Holland, Kensington And Chelsea, Kensington Olympia Station, London, North End, West Kensington Station.
Much of West Kensington, which is officially in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, as opposed to the Royal London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, was developed in the Victorian era. As a result there are a number of streets of Victorian terraces.
Despite the allusions to grandeur in the title of ‘Kensington’, West Kensington is a very mixed area. Although it has some very attractive and expensive properties, there is also a significant amount of local authority and ex-local authority housing. The area south of the Talgarth Road, around Greyhound Road and North End Road, has a particularly eclectic mix of property types. In the same area as the Lytton estate, there are some huge Victorian terraced and semi-detached properties, in a variety of styles. Many of these properties have been converted into flats and can be found around Charleville Road. On nearby, Vereker Road or Fairholme Road, two bed conversion flats reach asking prices of around £350,000.
Talgarth Road itself is home to the famous Talgarth Artists Studios, built in the 1890s, and Talgarth Mansions, which is an attractive Mansion Block, which is unfortunately bordered by the busy main road (A4). Holland Park Court, on Holland Park Gardens has a similarly attractive block, where a flat with three bedrooms and three bathrooms will demand an asking price of around £2.5million. Beckford Close offers more modern and more affordable apartments, in the form of Warren House. Here, a flat of similar proportions as that in Holland Park Court, can be secured for around £1.5 million.
The streets around Holland Park are some of the most expensive, with a conversion flat with a garage and porterage, on Melbury Road reaching a heady £5 million, whilst a family terrace on the busier Warwick Gardens should attract offers of almost £3 million. To the north of the postcode district, moving away from Holland Park and nearing Shepherds Bush, streets such as Addison Gardens, offer terraced family homes for a more reasonable £1.5million.
For those with less substantial budgets, Northend Road may offer a solution to the problem of high house prices. A studio apartment with a large shared patio is likely to cost around £225,000, whilst for the same price it may be possible to secure a one bedroom flat in Fairburn House, a purpose built block in Ivatt Place. There are a number of studio and one bedroom apartments in this area, such as those on Castletown Road and Star Road, where asking prices are between £250,000 and £300,000. Elgar Court on Blythe Road and Clifford House on Edith Villas are both purpose built blocks that have two bedroom flats with asking prices of around £325,000.
High Street Kensington is probably the main attraction in W14. It is one of the most popular and stylish shopping areas outside of central London. The stores include high street chains, boutiques, antique shops, bars and restaurants. Away from the high street, W14 is known for its independent, local shops.
Holland Park, on Abbotsbury Road, is the main green space in the area and is highly popular with locals and visitors due to its relaxed atmosphere and wildlife. The park contains the ruins of Holland House along with its surrounding formal gardens, as well as an area of natural woodland and a sports area. The sports area has facilities such as tennis courts and a cricket pitch. Other attractions include the peacocks that roam the park, an orangery, a tranquil Japanese garden and the open air Holland Park Theatre, who perform plays in the park.
Olympia Exhibition Centre on Hammersmith Road, is a hugely popular venue for events. Many events are hosted here regularly, including The Olympia London International Horse Show. The centre first opened in the 19th century, when it was known as the National Agricultural Hall.
Queen’s Club sports complex was founded in 1886, making it the first multipurpose sports complex in the world. It has 36 tennis courts in total, which includes 8 indoor courts. The centre hosts a number of high profile events, including the British Open.
Leighton House Museum on Holland Park showcases the paintings of Lord Leighton, who was an eminent artist during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Another attraction to the area is North End Road Market, which is open six days a week. The stalls offer a range of wares, but many specialise in fruit and vegetables.
Public transport in the area is very good, with a number of underground stations including West Kensington underground station, which is located on North End Road and operates on the District line. Another is Barons Court underground station, which is located on Palliser Road and runs on the Piccadilly line. Earl’s Court underground station on Warwick Road also runs on the Piccadilly line. The nearest overground station is Kensington Olympia Railway Station on Olympia Way. Additionally, a number of bus routes pass through the area.