Area Guide

Hammersmith area guide

Located to the West of London, Pure Hammersmith was built on the site of the old Hammersmith Palais – a music venue that has played host to a range of legendry music acts over the years including; The Rolling Stones, The Cure, James Brown, Talking Heads, Massive Attack, The Clash and many, many more.

If London’s calling you, Hammersmith is an excellent place to call home and this is reflected in the diverse range of local attractions and hidden gems that are located close by. To familiarise yourself with your new neighbourhood and its surrounding area, this guide will give you essential information about local hotspots, key travel information and tips on living in London. 


Lyric Hammersmith (4 minute walk)

The Lyric is a modern theatre venue located in Lyric Square that produces a range of entertaining and diverse performances with a wide range of theatre artists incorporating both traditional and contemporary work. Here you can go and see monologues, improv pieces and comedy throughout the year. Free performances even happen in the square over the summer period.

Hammersmith Apollo (6 minute walk)

This grade II listed, Art Deco building has been in operation since 1932. Originally opened as a cinema, the venue has in more recent years hosted legendry bands such as the Beatles, David Bowie and Queen and is also renowned for hosting top comedy gigs. BBC1 records Live at the Apollo here and bands still continue to play regularly.  

The Thames (10 minute walk)

Being in London, you are never too far from the river and for Hammersmith residents it is virtually on your doorstep. The Thames is a great place to go for a walk along the river paths, or to sit and relax with a cold drink on a warm day at one of the many bars and restaurants that can be found along its banks. 


Street Eats (1 minute walk)

If you enjoy quirky places that offer something a little bit different, Street Eats is the place to go. For anyone that has done a gap year, this café is a dream, offering up exotic little tastes of the world, except you’re sitting in charming Hammersmith.

La Petite Bretagne (3 minute walk)

Deliciously moreish crepes are the order of the day in this little authentic French eatery, located close to the station. Sweet and savoury options are available and always made from the finest ingredients. Your waist line might not enjoy it, but you certainly will.

Saturday Wild Food Market (10 minute walk)

Every Saturday between 10AM and 3PM Brook Green Market & Kitchen hosts some of the best farmers, growers and street food traders London has to offer.  The Market is held at Addison Primary School on Addison Gardens.Expect to find organic, sustainable produce, local produce and a range of street food from around the world.

Lyric Square Market (4 minute walk)

Only open on Thursdays and Fridays, this place comes alive at lunch time when all the local office workers flock to the area for some fantastic food. Expect to find cuisine from all over the world that will generally cost you under £7. Some deals are to be had if you get there just before they shut down the market at about 3PM. During the summer, you can watch Wimbledon (tennis) on the big screen. 


Brook Green Hotel (5 minute walk)

A trendy Gastropub housed in an elegant Victorian building that offers customers goodquality British food and a wide selection of real ales and beers. The pub also operates as a hotelwith 17 en-suite guest rooms; maybe somewhere for the family to stay when they come and visit. There is also an excellent cocktail bar in the basement that is worth checking out.

The Distillers (8 minute walk)

The Distillers is a great local bar and the perfect place to spend some free time with friends. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff make it easy for you to stay longer than you intended and the fantastic outdoor space is an ideal spot to relax on a warm sunny day….the foods great too. 


Westfield (11 minutes via Hammersmith & City tube line)

About 15 minutes away on the tube, you can find one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. The size of 360 football pitches, there is a huge range of high street and designer shops, food outlets and multiplex cinema…not a bad place to waste a few hours on a rainy day.

Getting around

By Tube: Pure Hammersmith is located minutes away from both Hammersmith tube stations and is served by The District, Piccadilly, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines. The two Hammersmith tube stops are only a 5 minute walk from the residence.

By Bus: The bus station is a 5 minute walk away and will allow you to get nearly anywhere in central or West London. On Shepherds Bush Road, the main bus routes are 72,220, 283, 295, these will take you North towards Shepherds Bush, or south towards the Thames. 

Cycling:While we have dedicated bicycle storage available on-site, for those that don’t have a bike, London’s bicycle hire scheme has a couple of docking stations close to Pure Hammersmith. The first of these is onGlenthorn Road at the junction with Southerton Road. The other is on Hammersmith Road at the junction with Shortlands both of these are a five minute walk away. 

Getting to the Universities: From Pure Hammersmith to Imperial College takes approximately 20 minute by tube. Turn right as you leave the residence and head South along Shepherds Bush Road. Cross over the road and head into Broadway Shopping Centre, where you will be able to get either the Piccadilly Line or District line. The closes stop to Imperial is South Kensington. Alternatively you can get the bus (Route 9 or 10) from the station at Broadway shopping centre to Imperial in about 25 minutes.