We usually spend a weekend in London before Christmas. We were due to meet up with friends in Stratford in East London on the Sunday but our plans changed so, as we were staying in Ealing, we decided to visit Chiswick. It wasn’t an area we knew at all and we both thought it was very nice – it has a village feel about it with a good selection of shops and plenty of cafés and bars. The Waterstones here is located in a modern building in the main shopping street.
Chiswick has been, and still is, a popular choice for the rich and famous – some of its best known residents, past and present, include the artist William Hogarth, poet W B Yeats, novelist E M Forster, musician Phil Colllins, actor Colin Firth and TV Presenters Ant & Dec! There is a statue commemorating artist Hogarth, who lived in Chiswick for 15 years until his death in 1764. Designed by Jim Mathieson it was unveiled by David Hockney and Ian Hislop in 2001.
William Hogarth Statue
The Thames at Chiswick
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