Living in Chiswick: Olympic snowboarder Aimee Fuller’s guide to the area that has ‘everything going for it’

Chiswick is my home when I’m not traveling. It has a charming, village feel down by the river. However, it is also easy to get into central London and Heathrow. It’s a small town in a big city, and it has everything I love. I was born in Kent and learned to ski at Bromley’s dry ski slope. I moved to London six or 7 years ago. I currently live in a two-bedroom apartment. There are many places to eat and drink in Chiswick. I love Megan’s Flower Market on Chiswick High Road. You can have a great breakfast after a run or go in the evening to dress up. If you have a meeting, Soho House’s High Road Brasserie is the place to meet up.
/ Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd. There’s also a small Lebanese restaurant right down from Turnham Green station called Beirut Street Kitchen. It is intimate and small. It’s amazing food and a great value. There are so many pubs along river that it is hard to choose a favorite, but I do love The City Barge. I love to run along the river and enjoy being outside in all kinds of weather. I run along the tow path that runs between Chiswick Bridges and Kew Bridges. If I feel energetic, I’ll go on to Richmond. Between meetings, I often visit the gym in central London. Other options include Virgin Active and West 4 Gym. Snap Fitness is also nearby. The River Thames is easily accessible from Chiswick
/ Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd. Get your culture fix. There is something very majestic about Chiswick House & Gardens. It is also off a busy road but it is still a very peaceful spot. There is also a wonderful cafe. Everybody I bring there loves it. To commune with natureOn a sunny morning, I head just across to Kew Green, 30 acre of ancient open space framed in trees. It’s a great place to sit down and there are some excellent pubs nearby to grab a drink such as The Greyhound or The Cricketers.
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Grocery shoppingI like to shop locally, and Grove Park Deli is a great place to do so. It’s great to know the origin of your fruits and vegetables. If I am working from home, I might enjoy one of their home-made salads or a cup of coffee. I can also use public transport to get around. You can get to central London by using the Tube, Overground, or mainline train.
/ Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures LtdDream StreetSomewhere like Heathfield Gardens. It’s located just south of Turnham Green, between Chiswick High Road (and the river). It’s somewhere in the middle of both, with large semi-detached houses from the past. This is something you can only see in Chiswick. The Boat Race is an annual event that makes history and brings people together. The catch is that traffic is heavy and property values are high. It is the cost of living in a place so close to the capital. For secondary, Chiswick School holds a “good” Ofsted report and international families could opt for the fee-paying International School of London, while the high-performing St Paul’s Girls’ and St Paul’s are a short school run away.What it costs to live in ChiswickBuyingAverage flat price: ?553,079Average house price: ?1,488,840RentingAverage flat price, pcm: ?1,990Average house price, pcm: ?4,533Source: Rightmove