Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Chiswick, Greater London. Apart from its flyover, Chiswick is notable for its Mall, William Hogarth's house, and Chiswick House. Chiswick Mall is a delightful stretch of riverside houses with balconies, railings and flowers and a feeling of privacy. St Nicholas Church stands at its west end, in which are the tombs of the 3rd Earl of Burlington, William Kent and Hogarth. The entrance to Hogarth's House is on the busy Great West Road: it has been preserved against all pressure of development.
Chiswick House, a little further West, was designed by Lord Burlington and embellished by William Kent, with a rotunda as the centre-piece and exterior stairways. It was intended as a meeting place, gallery, villa, not a home; that was the function of the Jacobean mansion long vanished. The house fell on hard times but was saved from demolition by the Ministry of Works. What stands now is the inspired result of 10 years' work of top craftsmen — wedding-cake cornices, velvet-covered walls, gilt decoration of fabulous intricacy make the place an architect's and designer's dream. On the ground floor, where Lord Burlington had his library and admitted only a favoured few, there is an excellent display of drawings showing the development of the villa.
The gardens, which were laid out to Kent's design, are now a public park, but lack the finish they deserve. The illustrated guide book is an elegant memento of a collector's piece.
Nearby towns: Acton, Barnes, Battersea, Brentford, Hammersmith, Kensington, Kew, Richmond
Nearby suburbs: Ealing, Kew Bridge, Kew Gardens, Kew Green, Notting Hill, Putney, Roehampton, Shepherds Bush
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation