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Chiswick grew up as a fishing village around St Nicholas church (St Nicholas - Santa Claus - is also the patron saint of sailors) but the invention of the flushing toilet killed off fishing. Today, torn in half by major roads, you can still glimpse the village.

Tube: Turnham Green/Chiswick Park

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La Trompette

With a reputation as one of  the best French restaurants in London, with a Michelin star to prove it, La Trompette offers fine food and a great wine selection guided by a top-notch sommelier. All-in-all, perhaps the perfect neighbourhood restaurant.

5-7 Devonshire Road W4
Tel: +44 (02)20 8747 1836
www.latrompette.co.uk

William Hogarth

For 15 years until his death in 1764, the painter, engraver and satirist lived in Chiswick when it was still a small country town. His moral tales and cartoons, particularly against the evils of gin, made him famous. He and his wife are buried in the churchyard of St Nicholas, Chiswick. His pug-dog was called 'Trump’.

Chiswick High Road W4
Tube: Chiswick Park

St Nicholas Church

The tower dates back to 1425 and buried here are two of Oliver Cromwell's daughters - and perhaps Cromwell himself. Hero of Rorke's Drift, Private Frederick Hitch VC, also rests here, as does the bugler who sounded the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Church Street W4
www.stnicholaschiswick.org

Chiswick House

One of the most glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture, this great house was inspired by the Italianate Palladian style of Inigo Jones. Sumptuous interiors are complemented by lavish Classical gardens that in turn inspired New York’s Central Park.

Burlington Lane W4
Tel: +44 (0)20 8995 0508
www.chgt.org.uk

Headliners Comedy Club

This restored warehouse, with the entrance in the George IV pub, is a great - if intimidating for those onstage - setting for comedy every Friday and Saturday night. It’s West London’s only purpose-built comedy club and tickets cost £12.

George IV Pub,
185 Chiswick High Road W4
Tel: +44 (0)20 8566 4067
www.headlinerscomedy.com

The Tabard

In the middle of Bedford Park, built in 1880 as London's first garden suburb, The Tabard is influenced by William Morris’s Arts and Crafts movement - which later evolved into Art Noveau. Once the haunt of Irish poet WB Yeats, it is also home to a theatre group.

2 Bath Road W4
Tel: +44 (0)20 8994 3492
www.tabardweb.co.uk

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