This post was most recently updated on June 27th, 2018
Few people other than Londoners know exactly how big the city really is. So when you visit “London” you’re really visiting one of many regions and boroughs of the city.
Central London is what most people think of when they think “London”– it’s the innermost section of the city and contains some of the best-known tourist attractions. It’s in Central London that you’ll see St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge, The Tower of London, and the rebuilt Globe Theatre.
In contrast to the city center, West London is a retreat for the capitol’s rich and famous, and features some incredible world-class museums, shopping, and entertainment.
West London is a relaxed area full of natural beauty, like the Kew Gardens, and even the famous Harrod’s department store. The region is also home to Kensington Palace–the 1605 building is the preferred residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge–William and Kate!
While London is an enormous city that is easy to get lost in, visitors shouldn’t forget that there’s an entire world outside of the city’s central district, one with some incredible architecture and culture to explore.
We’ve picked out some of our favorite boroughs and attractions in West London, and while they aren’t all incredibly famous tourist attractions, they are worthy of visiting. Get a taste of West London’s culture!
1. Richmond Upon Thames
Richmond Upon Thames, or just Richmond, is probably London’s most attractive borough. The River Thames runs through the area for over 10 miles, so there’s plenty of river-front views. Richmond features beautiful Royal Parks, historic homes, theaters, galleries, and town centers bustling with local shops.
The area is easily reached via tube, train, bus, car, bike, boat, and by foot. The quiet area is a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Central London.