West London really does have it all – a thriving business centre, a major arts district, a massive airport, numerous affluent places to live and a wealth of great tourist attractions.
Situ has a range of serviced accommodation in West London, close to many of the largest employers and tourist sites. Each apartment is furnished and decorated to the highest standards.
Situ’s serviced apartments are designed to be a home-away-from-home while you do business in London, providing you with a treasured private space and much-valued comfort, security and independence.
Finding the right accommodation is a vital part of any business trip, but we recognise that many corporate travellers find staying in hotels and B&Bs underwhelming, significantly affecting the overall experience. For example, our apartments are much more suitable places to receive family and friends or business colleagues.
West London is home to some of Situ’s very best serviced apartments. We have places to book in this area that boast free wi-fi, spacious kitchens and flat-screen smart TVs. Most apartments here also have an in-house laundry and housekeeping service.
There is no precise definition of exactly which areas make up West London, but it could be said to include the City of Westminster - the UK's seat of government - as well as the area known as the West End and the remaining western areas of Greater London north of the River Thames. This would include Chelsea, Fulham, Kensington, Hounslow and Ealing.
Again, because it’s not a clearly defined area, a precise estimate of the size of West London’s population is difficult, but some estimates suggest 1.4 million people call themselves residents of the capital’s western districts, which is more than the entire population of England's second city, Birmingham.
The different parts of West London all have their own character, but you will find exclusive residential districts here such as Chelsea, Kensington, Notting Hill, Mayfair and Knightsbridge.
The west of the city has a mainline station, Paddington, and numerous other underground and overground stations serving every area. You'll also find the mega-airport that is Heathrow here, with flights from every corner of the world.
West London is a major hub for many different business sectors. Not surprisingly, Heathrow Airport is a major employer, directly providing tens of thousands of jobs. Tens of thousands more people in this area work in roles which are indirectly supported by the airport. British Airways also has its headquarters here.
Technology is also a significant player in the West London economy, with Apple, Cisco and Rackspace having a presence here. They are joined by TV giants Sky and Discovery.
The economy here largely revolves around the services sector. Financial services, hospitality and tourism are significant employers here, as is the public sector, especially the Civil Service and National Health Service.
The biggest manufacturing hub in West London might be the Park Royal Industrial Estate in the Acton area. At 650 acres, it claims to be the largest business park in Europe and is home to numerous companies from the food and drink, warehousing, distribution and logistics and creative industries.
Most areas of West London enjoy average earnings that are above the UK average, indeed average salaries in Westminster are way in excess of the average and are some of the highest you’ll find anywhere in the country.
Notting Hill is home to the largest street festival in Europe. Every August Bank Holiday, the streets throb to the sound of Caribbean music and the smells of West Indian food, while revellers don outrageous costumes. Portobello is one of the largest antique markets in the world and there are also numerous shops on Portobello Road, selling the sort of thing you’d find at the market stalls.
Another iconic West London thoroughfare is Kings Road, with hundreds of fashionable boutiques and other high-end clothing stores.
Near the western end of Kings Road is Chelsea Football Club's Stamford Bridge ground. If you can't get to a Premier League or Champions League match to watch world-class players in action, then at least book a stadium tour and visit the museum.
Westminster Abbey has been at the heart of British royal life since 1066. Every new monarch since then has been crowned here, and 30 former kings and queens are among the 3,000 distinguished people who lie buried here. You can explore on your own – when there’s no service in progress – or book a guided tour. Highlights include the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries, the Lady Chapel, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and the Coronation Chair.
West London’s exclusive neighbourhoods are home to some excellent restaurants. The Levant, a Lebanese restaurant in Marylebone, promises great food and post-meal entertainment from the resident DJ. Vagabond, in Fulham, not only has innovative dishes such as tempura aubergine and marinated octopus on its menu but also boasts an extensive wine list.
Heathrow Airport lies on the fringes of West London, 15 miles west of Westminster. It’s possibly the largest airport in Europe, and one of the 10 busiest in the world, and you can fly to around 200 destinations in more than 80 countries worldwide from here.
Paddington Station lies between Notting Hill and Mayfair, and is the West London terminus of trains from South West England and South Wales. There’s a train leaving almost every few minutes for one of the major cities of Wales or the West Country, including Cardiff, Swansea, Reading, Bristol and Plymouth. Paddington is also served by five Underground rail lines.
Trains run every few minutes on every Tube line. The Central line connects Ealing, Acton, Shepherds Bush and Notting Hill with the City of London. The District line runs through Ealing, Hammersmith and Kensington to Westminster, the City and the mainline station at Victoria; while air travellers will want the Piccadilly line, which starts at Heathrow and proceeds to Hounslow, Hammersmith, Knightsbridge and the West End to the mainline stations of King’s Cross and St Pancras.
West London has just as many buses like any other area of this very busy city. The major bus station hubs in the area include Heathrow, Hounslow and Hammersmith, providing frequent services to other areas of West and Central London, and to surrounding towns in neighbouring counties.