Hammersmith is a large, predominantly commercial area in West London on the north bank of the River Thames, just south of Shepherd's Bush and west of Kensington. The population is generally middle class and although it is still a busy area it isn't quite as chaotic as the rest of the city and is a good place to stay for those who truly like to relax. It has the atmosphere of a large town, though it is located relatively close to the city centre itself, the most central points of which are roughly a 25 minute tube ride away. The nearest tube station is Hammersmith, of which there are two branches; the northernmost is serviced by the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines and the southernmost by the District and Piccadilly lines. The two branches are located right next to each other, making it easy to change from one line to another. The 4 star Novotel West is the closest hotel to the station.
Hammersmith is perhaps best known for its live entertainment venues. The HMV Hammersmith Apollo is a popular recording venue for bands and pop artists releasing live CDs and DVDs and it is, of course, one of London's premier comedy venues. Located right next to the station, it's impossible to miss. The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre is also just around the corner from the station and the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire is less than a 20 minute walk to the north (Grantly Hotel and Jim's Guesthouse are both particularly close and are 3 and 2 star properties respectively). For lovers of the outdoors there's a walk you can take that runs along the riverside, which is particularly pleasant in summer, and to the south of the river (and about a 20 minute walk from the station), is the London Wetlands Centre.
Most of the area's restaurants are clustered around the Hammersmith tube station and along the main road of King Street, which is close to many of the hotels. It includes all of the regular high street eateries and takeaways as well as a few specialised restaurants. Shilpa is an award-winning venue, serving Indian cuisine with a focus on seafood in an elegant atmosphere, and is around a 10 minute walk from the station. There are also Polish, Japanese and Italian restaurants or, for those with more reserved taste buds, there are several pubs that serve food and even a gourmet buffet venue. Cafés in the area are a little more sparse, but most of the bigger chains are located around the station.
If you're not catching one of the countless bands that come through town, watching a Lyric play or laughing yourself silly at one of the local entertainment venues then there's still quite a bit to get your teeth into once night falls. The Old Fire Station is a popular local club that is intent on taking its patrons back to the 90s and is, for that reason, an acquired taste and one only for the very brave! The venue is located right next to the north entrance of the Hammersmith Tube station. There are also a few more traditional pubs along King Street, but it should be noted that nightlife is generally quite laidback. For the romantics, a moonlit stroll along the riverside is a great way to round off the day.
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