Little Known London - A Day out in Chiswick

  • Posted on 21st February 2017 by HQ Writer… Charlotte

  • Meet the Penhaligon’s staff, working throughout our stately home and company,
    with a wealth of knowledge beyond the ins and outs of the esteemed Portrait’s Family.

    Allow the staff to guide you through the streets of London, delve into fragrance and instil proper Penhaligon’s dinner party etiquette.


    Chiswick, one of the hidden gems of London has a rich history, attractive period properties, green space and a vibrant mix of shops and restaurants. Chiswick gets its name from the Old English for ‘cheese farm’ and was a former fishing village. Now it is the perfect area for those who want the advantages of the capital but not the hustle or bustle, making it popular with young families.

    We started our day at Fuller’s Brewery, London’s largest and oldest brewery and made our way to the Thames footpath. Along the river, are beautiful and large period houses, and an amazing houseboat! The Old Ship is the perfect pub to stop for a drink and watch the very active (and brave!) people sailing or kayaking on the River Thames. 

    Moving onto Chiswick High Road,
    where you will find the majority of shops and restaurants. Stop into ‘The Old Cinema’; no longer a cinema but instead a treasure chest of antiques, homewares and collectors’ items.  Next door is High Road House, part of the Soho House Group, and the perfect spot for lunch. Not to worry if you aren’t a member, the brasserie downstairs is just as good. If you fancy a coffee, down a little street is ‘Chief’ that serves great artisan coffee and for some fun - a pinball lounge downstairs! Or if you go in summer ice cream at Foubert’s is a must, often quoted as the best ice cream in


    You cannot visit Chiswick without going to Chiswick House, a beautiful neo-Palladian villa set in 65 acres of land and built by Lord Burlington in 1729. At the time we visited, it was the ‘Magical Lantern Festival’ with spectacular illuminated outdoor installations. The lanterns were spread throughout the garden, celebrating Chinese New Year and the theme was ‘explore the silk road’. There were also food stalls, rides and even an ice bar (warning freezing inside!). This festival is nearing an end but there are always lots of activities going on and it’s a beautiful place to go for a walk during the day.

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    • by Pamela
    • What a delightful story for Mr. William. Thank you. Pamela.
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