The graduate’s guide to London: Things to do in West London đź‘€

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If you’ve secured a graduate job in West London, you’ll not be short of things to do in Kensington, Hammersmith, Chelsea, Notting Hill, or further afield!

Home to a number of businesses, big and small, as well as a wide range of London graduate jobs, there are plenty of things to do in West London to fill your down time.

If you’re looking for graduate jobs in the area, or you’ve just moved West, check out our complete guide to West London – filled with things to do in West London, as well as things to do in South West London, and things to do in North West London.

The guide contains useful information on West London restaurants, things to do in West London (both free and paid-for), and ideas for unique days out in West London.

Read the complete guide to things to do around London here:


Or head back to our Complete Guide to London.

Where To Eat In West London 🌮

If you’re looking for the best restaurants in West London, we’ve rounded up a great selection for you to choose from. West London, South West London and North West London are home to a range of chain restaurants, unique eateries and street food markets to suit everyone.

Add some of these best West London restaurants to your list of things to do in West London:

Kensington Restaurants To Visit 

Dishoom, Kensington  – A favourite amongst Londoners, Dishoom Kensington is usually slightly quieter than other branches of the restaurant in King’s Cross, Carnaby and Shoreditch. Widely thought of as one of the best Indian restaurants in London, Dishoom is the perfect place to visit in West London with friends or family.


Da Mario, Kensington – Da Mario is a popular Italian restaurant situated off Gloucester Road. Serving up a range of traditional Italian food at a relatively small price tag, Da Mario is often named as one of the best Italian restaurants in West London.


Enoteca Rossa, Kensington  – Located right on Kensington High Street, Enoteca Rossa is a stylish wine bar and eatery perfect for socialising after work. With excellent wine and popular small plates, it tops our list of the best restaurants in Kensington!

Notting Hill Restaurants To Visit

Farmacy, Notting Hill – Located in the heart of Notting Hill, Farmacy is one of the top vegan restaurants in West London. They serve a range of healthy and delicious vegan food, perfect for a spot of lunch in Notting Hill. It’s also said to be the best brunch in Notting Hill!


Andina Picanteria, Notting Hill – Andina Notting Hill is a branch of the famous Ceviche and Andina restaurants; of which you there’s also spots in Shoreditch and Soho. Serving Peruvian classics, Andina is a top restaurant in West London, especially if you’re looking to splash the cash a little.


Egg Break, Notting Hill – For great brunch in Notting Hill, head to Egg Break – which serves exactly what the name suggests! With a range of egg-based dishes inspired by different global locations (including Turkish eggs, and Calabrian eggs), Egg Break Notting Hill is one to visit on the weekends in London.

West Hampstead Restaurants To Visit

Ham, West Hampstead – Ham in West Hampstead is a casual restaurant that’s a favourite amongst locals. Based in North West London, they serve a range of traditional British fare on a seriously small budget. They are also top of the list for the best brunch in West Hampstead.


Hana, West Hampstead – If you’re looking for Persian restaurants in North West London, Hana West Hampstead is an all-around winner. A cosy West Hampstead restaurant with excellent service and even better food, Hana is a great hang out spot for after work or at the weekend.


Zest Restaurant, West Hampstead – Zest West Hampstead is a great Middle Eastern restaurant in West London; with a beautiful interior and an extensive menu that’s great for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike.

Ealing Restaurants To Visit

Patri, Ealing – Located in Northfields, Ealing, Patri is a winning Indian restaurant that offers great Indian food for lunch, dinner and takeaway. Serving up Indian street food dishes to rival any, it’s one of the best Indian restaurants in Ealing, and one of our favourite Indian restaurants in West London.


Flame & Fire, Ealing – Situated on South Ealing Road, in the heart of Ealing Broadway, Flame & Fire is a luxury restaurant serving up a range of British food. If you’re looking for a high-end option, Flame & Fire is a great option for Ealing restaurants.


Coda di Volpe, Ealing – If you’re searching for the best Italian restaurant in West London, Coda di Volpe Ealing comes close. Serving traditional pizza’s for around ÂŁ8 – ÂŁ14, it’s not going to break the bank – perfect if you’re looking for places to eat in Ealing Broadway on a graduate budget.

Best Restaurants West London 🍴

  • Best Italian restaurant West London – Da Mario, Kensington
  • Best Greek restaurant West London – Opso, Paddington
  • Best Halal restaurant West London – Mahdi Restaurant, Hammersmith
  • Best Turkish restaurant West London – Ottoman, Hammersmith
  • Best Japanese restaurant West London – Yashin Sushi, Kensington
  • Best Indian restaurant West London – Dishoom, Kensington
  • Best Chinese restaurant West London – Hakkasan, Mayfair
  • Best Mexican restaurant West London – Tacqueria, Notting Hill
  • Best vegan restaurant West London – Farmacy, Notting Hill

Where to go in West London ?

Looking for things to do in West London at night, at the weekend or during your lunch break? Here are our 5 top West London things to do.


Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill – If you’re looking for things to do in Notting Hill, Portobello Road Market should be your first port of call. The world’s largest antiques market, and one of the most famous street markets in the world, it’s one of the best places to go in West London. On a budget? Just window shop! 306 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TA


The Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush – Situated in West London’s Shepherd’s Bush (on our list of the best places to live in London on a budget!), The Bush Theatre hosts new plays across various genres. If you’re looking for unique days out in West London, or things to do in Shepherd’s Bush, the Bush Theatre could be a great choice. 7 Uxbridge Rd, White City, London W12 8LJ


Kensington Palace, Kensington – The birthplace of Queen Victoria is one of our top ideas for things to do in West London, especially if you’re interested in British history. A visit to this legendary palace will cost you around £20. If you’re looking for things to do in Kensington, the palace should be at the top of your list. Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 4PX


Kew Gardens, Kew – Situated in Kew, Richmond, Kew Gardens is one of the best things to do in West London at the weekend. Visiting Kew Gardens costs around £12.50 without donation, or £13.75 with donation. They also host a number of concerts and events, perfect if you’re looking for things to do in West London with friends or colleagues. Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3AB


Design Museum, Kensington – Kensington’s Design Museum is, as the name suggests, completely dedicated to contemporary design; in the form of graphics, architecture, product and interiors. For those looking for unique things to do in Kensington, an adult ticket costs around £10 – 14, and includes access to all parts of the museum. Or if you’re a student, you can snag a concession ticket for £5! 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG


12 free things to do in West London

  1. Visit Strawberry Hill
  2. Picnic in Osterley Park
  3. Watch a free show at Bell Square
  4. Learn at the Science Museum
  5. Check out the deer in Richmond Park
  6. Walk through Little Venice
  7. Visit Stamford Bridge, the official home of Chelsea FC
  8. Wander round leafy Chiswick
  9. Tick off the Natural History Museum
  10. Cross the famous Abbey Road, in St John’s Wood
  11. Sit on Ealing Common
  12. Peruse West Hampstead’s Farmers’ Market


How to get around West London ?‍♀️

West London is fairly well-connected when it comes to public transport links; covered by the London Underground, London Overground, and bus routes.


London Underground – West London is connected by several tube lines, including the Piccadilly line, the District Line, and the Hammersmith & City line. If you’re trying to get around Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith & Notting Hill, the London underground is quick, convenient and relatively budget-friendly.


London Overground – West London benefits from several Overground stations, including Kensington Olympia, West Brompton, Shepherd’s Bush, Imperial Warf, Kew Gardens, and further afield. If you’re searching for things to do in Kensington, things to do in Chelsea or things to do in Hammersmith, many graduates use the London Overground to get around.


Cycle – As is the case across London, Santander cycles are a quick, and cost-effective way of getting around West London on a graduate budget!


If you’re looking for graduate jobs in London, you might find the ideal job in West London. With a range of great restaurants, things to do and unique days out in West London, you’ll never run out of things to do at the weekend, after work or on your lunch break.

It’s the area of choice for thousands of new graduates to live and work in London!

Enjoyed our guide to West London? Let us know your top things to do in West London at the weekend – contact us on [email protected].


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