Fashionable area ideal for enjoying riverside lifestyle

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 May, 2012, 12:00am


Kew has long been seen as one of the most desirable areas of west London, renowned for its riverside setting, village-like atmosphere and the beauty of the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens.

Residents also have easy access to the whole gamut of attractions that make London one of the world's most exciting cities.

From the Bridgeman House apartments, it is a five-minute walk to a picture-perfect village green surrounded by fine Georgian architecture. Rich in tradition, the quiet neighbourhood streets are now home to fashionable boutiques, craft shops, organic delicatessens, bars, bistros and restaurants. This makes an ideal spot to browse for antiques and curios, catch up with friends or relax with a coffee and take in the views after a stroll alongside the Thames.

'People travel from around the world to enjoy the majesty of Kew Gardens and its ever-changing landscape, but from the development it is only a short walk across Kew Bridge,' says Tim Gawthorn, associate director of Jones Lang LaSalle.

'The grounds were once royal estates, but today they are designated a World Heritage Site with one of the largest collections of flowers and plants anywhere. Notable features include a tropical rainforest environment, a two-hectare lake, rich woodlands and a treetop walkway.'

About a 1.5km away, chic and cosmopolitan Chiswick offers a little more bustle. It is the place to find designer stores, fitness centres, civic amenities and good schools. In terms of shopping, anything not available there will almost certainly be found at the new Westfield complex. Already regarded as one of Europe's premier retail malls, it features more than 40 luxury fashion brands plus bars, restaurants, supermarkets and a multiscreen digital cinema.

'With convenient access from four underground stations and parking spaces for 4,500 cars, this is the ultimate retail and leisure experience,' Gawthorn says.

He says transport links from Kew Bridge West to other points around London are equally convenient. Mainline or underground rail services from a choice of nearby stations will get travellers to Victoria or Oxford Circus in 30 minutes.

Trips for businesspeople heading to the City or students attending one of the capital's top-rated universities or medical schools would generally take 45 minutes or less. And frequent connections to Heathrow Airport and the Eurostar terminus help to make international journeys no cause for concern.