London audio tour: A Riverside Walk from Hammersmith to Chiswick

A Riverside Walk from Hammersmith to Chiswick

Walking Tour

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35 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

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.

Tour Producer

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Brian Cookson

After qualifying as a Russian Interpreter during National Service, I obtained a BA in Russian and German at Oxford University. I spent most of my working life as a computer consultant, mainly working for IBM. When I retired, I qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide. I lead guided walking tours all over London and have written two books - 'London Waterside Walks' and 'Crossing the River', published by Mainstream.

Information on my tours and lectures can be found at http://www.lonwalk.ndirect.co.uk/.

Major Landmarks

  • Hammersmith Bridge

  • The Dove Inn

  • Kelmscott House William Morris Society

  • Fullers Smith & Turner Brewery

  • St Nicholas Church and churchyard

  • Hogarth House

Directions to Starting Point

It is best to use public transport to get to Hammersmith Underground Station. There are two stations. If you use the Circle or Hammersmith & City Line, you need to find the shopping mall where the District and Piccadilly lines exit. This is across Hammersmith Broadway. Then find the southernmost exit from the shopping mall. Cross Talgarth Road under the Flyover to reach The Apollo. Then walk to the right on the route under the flyover until you reach Hammesmith Bridge Road. Turn left and cross to the right hand side of the road. Then carry on to the riverside where the walk begins.

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Places to stop along the way

Hammersmith Bridge, The Dove Inn, Kelmscott House, Fullers, Smith & Turner Brewery, St Nicholas Church and churchyard, Hogarth House.
FOOD & DRINK: Rutland pub, Blue Anchor pub, Dove Inn, Black Lion pub, Mawson's Arms

Best time of day

The tour can be taken any time during daylight hours.

Precautions

It is best to check http://thamestides.org.uk/ for possible flooding of the river path.

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