The church of St Michael and All Angels organises a Bedford Park Festival in June each year. This has been taking place since 1967 and consists of a Green Day weekend with stalls selling crafts, food, books and bric-a-brac on Acton Green. There is also a funfair, live music, a tombola, a children’s fancy dress competition and football tournaments. Other events during the festival include an Open Air Mass on the Green; an Art Exhibition, a Photographic Exhibition plus talks and concerts etc which often take place in Bedford Park houses. There is also an Open Gardens day, when some Bedford Park residents open their gardens to the public. For details consult www.bedfordparkfestival.org or www.chiswickW4.com/stmichaels
Burlington Lane W4 2RP 020 8994 2677
Chiswick House, the Palladian villa, designed by the 3rd Earl of Burlington, is open from 1st April to 30th September, Wednesday to Sunday between 10am and 6pm (10am to 5pm in October). It is closed between November and March. Chiswick House Grounds are open all day throughout the year from 8am to dusk.
CHISWICK (BUSINESS) PARK
566 Chiswick High Road, W4 5YA (opposite Gunnersbury Station)
The award-winning Chiswick Park business complex sometimes opens to the public on the September London Open House Weekend check on www.londonopenhouse.org.
Corney Reach, W4 The Chiswick Pier Trust, a registered charity, organises parties on the pier, river cruises and other events for the public and members of the Trust during the year. Details on www.chiswickpier.org.uk
CHISWICK TOWN HALL
Heathfield Terrace, W4 4JN
The Town Hall, built in 1876 and enlarged in 1900, sometimes offers guided tours on the September London Open House weekend check www.londonopenhouse.org for details.
Turnham Green, 020 8995 7381
Christ Church was designed by George Gilbert Scott and consecrated 1843. www.cctg.co.uk.
Off the A316 (from Dan Mason Drive or from Staveley Road and from Recreation Ground Approach gates in Edensor Road for pedestrians)
Dukes Meadows is a large area of open space by the river with children’s playground and bandstand and is open every day. There is a Farmer’s Market every Sunday morning and the Dukes Meadows Trust runs free events during the summer.
FULLER’S GRIFFIN BREWERY
Chiswick Lane South, W4
Tours around the Fuller, Smith & Turner award-winning brewery take place Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday at 11am/12pm/1pm/2pm.
Places must be booked in advance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 8996 2175. No children under 14. The tour, which takes two hours, looks at the brewing process from the arrival of the raw materials to the packaging of the beer and ends with a tasting session. Fuller’s shop is open from Monday to Friday 10-6; Saturday 10-4. www.fullers.co.uk
GUNNERSBURY TRIANGLE NATURE RESERVE
Entrance opposite Chiswick Park Station
This piece of land, with a large amount of flora and fauna was hemmed in by railway lines in the 19th century. In the 1980s it was threatened with development but, due to a large public protest, it was bought by London Borough of Hounslow in 1984 and designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1987. It is managed by the Chiswick Wildlife Group which is affiliated to the London Wildlife Trust and is run by volunteers. It is open every day and organises activities for children during the summer and autumn. www.chiswickw4.com/gunnersburytriangle.
Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, London W4 2QN, 020 8994 6757
Hogarth House, artist William Hogarth’s ‘little country box’ is open – check for times
Chiswick High Road, by Barclays Bank
This statue of William Hogarth and his pug dog was unveiled in 2001 and was funded by local people under the auspices of the Chiswick Traders Association to celebrate the Millennium. The sculptor was Jim Mathieson.
Grove Park Terrace
The strange little semi-circular structure which can be seen in Grove Park Terrace is all that remains of an ice house – a building used for storing ice and for keeping food cool in the days before refrigeration. It was originally a hollow brick dome covering a circular underground chamber. This ice house probably belonged to the large mansion called Sutton Court.
LONDON BUDDHIST VIHARA
The Avenue, Bedford Park,W4
The London Buddhist Vihara was the first Buddhist monastery outside Asia. It is open daily to devotees and visitors from 9am to 9pm. www.londonbuddhistvihara.org
OUR LADY OF GRACE AND ST EDWARD
247 Chiswick High Road, W4 4PU,020 8994 2877
The Catholic church, Our Lady of Grace and St Edward, was built in 1885 with a tower added in 1930, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott.
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL
57 Harvard Road, W4
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral is the only purpose-built Russian Orthodox church in the UK.
ST MICHAEL, SUTTON COURT
Elmwood Road, W4 3DZ, 020 8994 3173
St Michael, Sutton Court is an Arts and Crafts style church consecrated in 1909.
ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS
Bath Road, W4, 020 8994 1380
St Michael and All Angels is the church for the Bedford Park estate, designed by R Norman Shaw and built in 1876. www.smaaa.org.uk
Church Street, W4 2PJ
St Nicholas is Chiswick’s original parish church. The church and its graveyard open all day on Sundays and occasionally on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. There are guided tours on the September London Open House weekend. For more details see www.stnicholaschiswick.org
Grove Park Road, W4 3SB, 020 8987 0312
St Paul’s, the church for Grove Park is a Gothic-style church, designed by H Currey, and erected 1872. www.stpaulsgrovepark.com
Barley Mow Passage, W4 4PN
Architect CFA Voysey’s only industrial building is sometimes opened on the September London Open House weekend. Check on www.londonopenhouse.org
Open-air memorial to the three Chiswick people who died (and all V2 victims) when the first V2 rocket to land in England during World War II exploded in Staveley Road on 8th September 1944.