Turnham Green is a small London neighbourhood centred around Chiswick Common and is managed by both Ealing Council and Hounslow Council. It’s a leafy suburb with some quiet streets that wouldn’t feel out of place in quiet countryside towns. About 6 miles west of Charing Cross, Turnham Green is just north of the large meander in the River Thames.
HFS London has a range of homestays available in this cosy, green neighbourhood, and this location guide will give you the information you need to decide if it makes the right base for your stay in the capital.
Where is Turnham Green located?
Roughly 6 miles west of Charing Cross (as the crow flies), Turnham Green sits in leafy West London and is north of the river. The area colloquially referred to as Turnham Green includes not just the London Underground station of the same name, but also a good chunk of Chiswick High Road, Bedford Park and Emlyn Gardens. Chiswick is just south to Turnham Green but essentially the north of it is all incorporated within this district – there’s no set boundary.
What’s the typical accommodation type in Turnham Green?
There’s a variety of properties throughout the neighbourhood of Turnham Green, so there’s a range of homestays available in the area! Both Victorian and Georgian terraced houses line residential streets, some converted into flats and apartments, and some still used as single-family homes. The Bedford Park area is a garden suburb and so homes there are a little larger than average and often with private gardens. You’ll also find terraced houses designed in the early 1900s through to the 1930s, and some mansion flats above commercial and retail spaces.
How safe is Turnham Green?
Turnham Green is a very safe area of London with low crime rates; and, therefore, a favourite of families and those with young children. There are some quieter residential estates around which you may not find other people out and about, but common sense should prevail in such circumstances. The rail stations and Chiswick High Road attract decent amounts of people at all hours.
What type of people live in Turnham Green?
Turnham Green is a firm favourite of what the locals know as ‘yummy mummies’ and middle-class families. Schools and facilities in this area are good, which explains part of the attraction, as well as the safety of the area and the green spaces dotted around. Once people buy property here, they tend to stay for the long term, so families of all types and ages live in Turnham Green and the surrounding neighbourhoods. Bedford Park is a particularly well-off area and so you’ll find houses, cars and outfits a little smarter in that neck of the woods.
Commercial rents here being low (albeit now on the rise) has resulted in several creative types moving to the neighbourhood and opening a range of independent retailers and restaurants.
What transport links does Turnham Green offer?
Turnham Green is split across two Transport for London travel zones: 2 and 3. Turnham Green Underground station sits in 2 on the District and Piccadilly lines (avoid the former during rush hours), Chiswick Park in 3 on the District line and Gunnersbury in 3 offers Overground services. Several London Bus services, including Night Bus services, serve the Turnham Green area.
You’re a little far west in Turnham Green to use Santander Cycles, but keen cyclists can use private hire bikes to venture into the city. There’s also plenty of private transport options available in this area including road, Black Cabs, and minicab services.
What is there to do in Turnham Green?
Turnham Green’s growing population of families and creatives means there’s plenty to do without travelling further afield. A treasure trove of independent shops, restaurants and bars, you don’t need to venture far to find something to occupy your time in the capital.
See a play at the tiny Tabard Theatre
Housing just 96 seats, the Tabard Theatre is an intimate theatre venue that has developed a reputation for showcasing fresh talent. Performances are shown year-round and tickets can be purchased online or in the box office. There’s a pub below the theatre for pre- or post- show drinks with a range of craft beers, wines and spirits on offer.
Immerse yourself into literature
The W4 Loves Books shop is a fantastically diverse independent bookseller and hosts a range of literary-themed events in the evenings. Readings, signings, lectures and even food and wine tastings happen here, so if you’re a bit of a bookworm, pop in to find out what’s on!
Experience New York pizza without taking a flight
Serving possibly the best New York-style pizza this side of the Atlantic, Pizza Street is a favourite amongst locals and is pretty much always busy. Wood-fired with chewy crusts and thin and crispy bases, these pizzas are absolutely to die for and can be eaten in or taken away. There’s a cocktail menu here too that’s not to be sniffed at, so consider taking your host family along for a nice evening out.
Homestay in Turnham Green
If you are an international student, intern or professional looking for homestay (“host family”) accommodation in Turnham Green or close by, we would love to hear from you. Similarly, if you have a spare room in your Turnham Green home and are interested in hosting international students, please do get in touch with us.