Hammersmith and Chiswick are two of London’s most attractive villages, so it’s not surprising that many famous public figures and artists have called the area home. This walking tour takes you on a journey from Hammersmith to Chiswick along a stretch of the River Thames that’s dotted with historical pubs and magnificent Georgian mansions. Along with beautiful views, you’ll also discover the area’s fascinating past, starting with the extraordinary story of Hammersmith Bridge.
Other highlights include:
• The Dove Inn and the tale of the disappearing second dove
• The story of how the electric telegraph was first demonstrated in Hammersmith
• The building where a 19th century women-only Sculling Club was founded
• William Morris’s riverside home, which houses the printing press he used to print 66 volumes using his own typeface
• A Georgian mansion that inspired Miss Pinkerton’s Academy in William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair
• The house where Hamo Thorneycroft kept the plaster cast of his famous statue of Boudicca on Westminster Bridge
• William Hogarth’s decorative tomb in St Nicholas churchyard in Chiswick
• The only remaining Thames riverside brewery in London
Join me on this riverside amble filled with picture postcard moments and tales of yesteryear.