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West London as it is commonly defined.
West London is the area of Greater Londonmarker to the west of Central London. Although it is only ambiguously defined, it is one of the most economically active areas of Londonmarker outside of the centre, containing significant amounts of office space along with Heathrow Airportmarker and many of its associated businesses.

The term West London is most commonly used to refer to districts in the Wmarker, UBmarker and TWmarker postcode areas. This includes most districts within Ealingmarker, Hammersmith & Fulhammarker, Kensington & Chelseamarker, Hounslowmarker and Hillingdonmarker.

The boroughs of Richmondmarker and Brentmarker also halfly fall under West London.

West London by Zones

The Real West London is the name to explain the places when you are completely West London. They are explained in Zones of West London. The places include:


Satellite image of the inner part of West London
Definitions of this area are generally unofficial and can vary considerably, but generally include districts around the M4 motorway corridor. The inner London boroughs of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelseamarker, Ealingmarker, Hammersmith & Fulhammarker and the outer London boroughs of Hounslowmarker and Hillingdonmarker are most commonly associated with West London.For strategic purposes such as planning, the more northerly boroughs of Brentmarker and Harrowmarker may also be included, although in everyday usage they would probably be considered either as part of North Londonmarker or as a distinct sector, North West London.

London planning documents such as the London Plan refer to a strategic area called the "Western Wedge", which is intended to include West London and the Thames Valleymarker beyond. The Western Wedge is considered to begin around Paddingtonmarker and to fan along the M4/A4, A40/M40 and A316/M3 routes.

Geography & districts

West London is close to the River Thames and is therefore generally flat, except at its northern edges. As with most parts of London, it is punctuated by numerous local centres of varying sizes, which evolved from older towns and villages connected to London by new railways before becoming absorbed by the expanding urban area.

Inner West London

Close to central London is the traditionally fashionable and expensive residential area of Notting Hillmarker, made better known in 1999 by a film of the same name starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. The Notting Hill Carnivalmarker is an annual event here led by members of the Caribbean community, many of whom have lived in the area since the 1950s. The carnival attracts up to 1.5 million people, making it the largest street festival in the world. Also within the area is the famous antique market at Portobello Roadmarker.

Sometimes considered part of central London, the areas of Kensingtonmarker and Chelseamarker are the most expensive places to live in the country. The area is also famous for the Kings Roadmarker, a distinguished and attractive shopping street and thoroughfare.

Slightly further out than Notting Hill and Kensington is the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulhammarker, which is a mixture of employment with high-density residential areas, and is well-served by the London Underground. Within the borough are the local centres of Shepherd's Bushmarker, Hammersmithmarker, Fulhammarker and White City, the latter of which is the location of a major operating centre for the BBC, and the site of a vast shopping complex Westfieldmarker. Hammersmith has become an important office location in recent years, whilst Fulham is home to both Chelsea and Fulham football clubs and Shepherd's Bush is home to Queens Park Rangers.

Outer West London

Moving further out, the density drops slightly in well-off suburban areas such as Chiswickmarker. Further north, is another residential area, Park Royalmarker is a key light-industrial employment district and Hanger Lane.

Greenfordmarker, including the districts of North Greenford and Sudbury Hill, are an attractive area of West London, being only 9 miles to the centre of the West End, but having the charm of relative quiteness.

Moving westwards still, many offices have located near the M4 in Brentfordmarker, whilst Ealingmarker is a popular residential suburb to the west, home to well-established Irish and Polish communities. Wembleymarker is a poorer area to the north and home to Englandmarker's national football stadiummarker.Other areas just in the Ealing borough include the built-up area are the districts of Southallmarker populated with a large Indian, Pakistani and Somali population, as well as the recent influx of Polish in the area, Greenfordmarker and Northoltmarker. Further South includes Hounslowmarker. Further west includes Hayesmarker, West Draytonmarker and Uxbridgemarker although it is located at the end of West London.

On the edge of the urban area are Heathrow Airportmarker, which dominates employment in the area, Hillingdonmarker and Uxbridgemarker.


Three strategic radial road routes cross West London - the A40 Western Avenue in the north serving Park Royal, Wembley and Uxbridge; the A4marker/M4 across the centre serving Hammersmith, Brentford and Heathrow; and the A316 across the south serving Richmond and feeding into the M3 motorway. All of these routes carry significant volumes of commuter traffic as well as freight. The Uxbridge Roadmarker (A4020) through Shepherd's Bush, Acton, Ealing, Southall and Uxbridge is also important for local traffic and public transport.

Although much local traffic around West London (particularly the outer areas) is dominated by car, flows to and from central London are primarily made by public transport. The main public transport links are the Central line, District line and Piccadilly line of London Underground, and the suburban rail services of First Great Western into Paddington stationmarker and South West Trains into Waterloo stationmarker. Ealing, Kingston, Richmond and Hammersmith are probably the key public transport hubs, each being served by many buses and a number of different Underground or rail lines.

Given a high level of demand for public transport in West London, two main schemes have been proposed to address these - Crossrail, a new cross-London railway service serving Ealing and Southall, and the West London Tram, an on-street light rail line along the Uxbridge Road.


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