Shepherds Bush to Hammersmith

Two parallel roads that lead from Shepherds Bush to Hammersmith. But each like chalk and cheese. One is residential, with tall trees and large houses. The other, is littered with so many wonderful Grade II buildings. And in the heart of Hammersmith – a history that goes back to the late 17th century.

Shepherds Bush Green to Brook Green

Obscured by the [1] W12 Shopping Centre, tower blocks and electronic billboards around [2] Shepherds Bush Green, is a little hidden oasis. There is a lengthy official document about it, […]

Goldhawk Road to Ravenscourt Park

In Roman times, a highway ran all the way from Londinium to Silchester. It cut through a little hamlet called Shepherd’s Bush. Every Friday, Oliver Cromwell would travel along it […]

The 1908 Olympics Rings at White City

The Great White City at Shepherds Bush

In 2008, a glass and steel mega retail city was built just behind Shepherds Bush station. When [1] Westfield Shopping Centre expanded even further in 2018, it became Europe’s largest […]

Paths and Green on Shepherds Bush Green

Around the Green at Shepherds Bush

They say that shepherds did indeed watch over their flock in [1] Shepherds Bush, as they sheltered under the pruned hawthorn trees on its pastures before then continuing their journey […]

Notting Hill (Part Three) – From Pigsty to Posh

By the 1830s, there already existed a little hamlet in Notting Hill known as the “Potteries and Piggeries”. But it wasn’t quite designer earthenware and gourmet sausage shops as I’d […]

The Lea Valley – Cheshunt to Waltham Abbey

When Gytha Thorkeldóttir (who is she?) offers to William the Conqueror gold equal to the weight of her now dead son, he refuses to turn the body over. So it’s […]

Nottinghill (Part Two) – The Grand Union Canal to Kensal Green Cemetery

What a difference a few minutes makes in London. One moment I’m in scrubs infested by snakes in Saxon times. And the next, I’m on a canal from the industrial […]

Notting Hill (Part One) – Westway, Wormwood Scrubs and the Mitre Bridge

As the Hammersmith Line makes its way overground to Ladbroke Grove, a busy dual carriageway known as [1] Westway dominates the view. Built in the 1960s, it writhes through North […]