Hammersmith, the London borough on the banks of the River Thames close to the heart of the city, was once a parochial fishing village. Now, it is a vibrant urban area with a rich and diverse cultural scene. It’s a sought after place to be, with open green spaces, riverside walks, and excellent shopping and dining choices. Here are just a few suggestions to pass away a pleasant summer’s day or evening.
Stop by Queens to watch the Wimbledon warm ups
Queens Tennis Club holds the warm ups for the men’s Wimbledon tennis championship each year. It’s possible to buy spectator tickets so that you can get a glimpse of the big names in action before they move on to the more famous lawns a few miles away. A must-see for any dedicated tennis fan!
Visit Hammersmith Bridge
Hammersmith Bridge is a Grade II* listed structure that is currently closed to vehicular traffic but is now open to cyclists and pedestrians. It’s an ornate wood and wrought iron suspension bridge that was constructed in the 1880’s and was designed by the civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
The bridge has a span of 700ft and is 43 ft wide, and at high tide it has a water clearance of just 12 feet. Its age and length mean that it is one of London’s weakest bridges, and is currently undergoing a major renovation programme.
The bridge has survived two bombing attempts: the first by the IRA was in 1939, when a smoking suitcase containing the bomb was spotted by a passerby and thrown into the river. A second bomb did explode, damaging the girders on the west side of the bridge.
The next bombing occurred in June 2000, when the Real IRA planted a bomb under the Barnes span. The subsequent damage led to the bridge being closed for repair for two years.
Catch a show at the Apollo
The Hammersmith Apollo is a popular live entertainment venue, currently known as the Eventim Apollo due to sponsorship. It’s an Art Deco Grade II* listed building where you can catch some of the biggest names in showbiz.
Chill out at Ravenscourt Park
Ravenscourt Park is a pleasant and attractive place to while away a summer’s afternoon, with 13 hectares of open green space. During the summer months, it features a paddling pool and kid’s beach as well as other permanent play facilities. There’s also a garden centre and a secret walled garden.
Visit Parliament Hill Farmers Market
On Saturdays between 10am and 2pm you can browse fresh produce at the Parliament Hill Farmers Market, and enjoy a stroll through Hampstead Heath. If you prefer street food, then check out the Hammersmith Food Market at Lyric Square, which takes place on Thursdays and Fridays between 8am and 5pm.
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