Thousands of people zoom over this west-London riverside area on the Hammersmith Flyover section of the A4 past the distinctively bulging Ark office building and the church tower of St Paul’s. That section of the Westway divides the area somewhat, and makes for some unpleasant, ugly crossings for pedestrians going towards the river, although recent greening work with pollution-busting plants has helped. Its centre is home to two main Tube stations, both – confusingly – called Hammersmith. The one with the Victorian frontage is on the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines, and the other, buried inside the Broadway Centre, along with the bus station, is on the District & Piccadilly lines. However, on either side there are leafy streets and beside the Thames, attractive Georgian and Victorian terraces, and the sense of space that a waterway confers. It’s a busy, lively area, with great live music thanks to the Art Deco Hammersmith Apollo, performing arts at the Lyric Theatre, a bit of both at the soon-to-reopen Riverside Studios, and a plethora of pubs and bars, award-winning restaurants, great street food, and lots of shops.
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