Add Brentford to your list of places to visit in England’s capital city and enjoy an authentic glimpse into the life of west Londoners. Discover leafy streets lined with varied dining and retail options and beautiful parks that encourage you to get outdoors.
Brentford sits at the confluence of the River Brent and Thames and pre-dates the establishment of the city of London. Legend states that Julius Caesar passed though the town when his troops invaded Britain in 54 B.C.
Brentford Dock is the town’s historical marina and once served as major link between the railway, Grand Union Canal and River Thames. Stroll along the regenerated waterfront and see the Brentford Gauging Lock, where the toll keeper would check the cargo of boats. Nearby Brentford High Street has retail outlets and atmospheric pubs, which serve hearty British fare and real ales. Spot the spire of the 150-year-old St. Paul’s Church rising above the town’s rooftops.
Museum enthusiasts should make a point to visit the Musical Museum. Its exhibition of self-playing musical instruments recount the evolution of automated music. Learn about London’s water supply via interactive activities at the London Museum of Water and Steam. Tour the lavish state rooms of Boston Manor House, built in the Jacobean style in 1623.
Syon House is another striking landmark whose princely rooms are open to the public. This residence of the Duke of Northumberland stands in Syon Park, home to an adventure playground arboretum, rose garden, wild meadows and varied birdlife.
Explore the delightful Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Find more than 50,000 plants from around the world, including exotic species that recreate a rainforest inside the glass Palm House. Observe the park from above on the Treetop Walkway and experience the inside of a beehive at The Hive. Don’t miss Kew Palace, the 17th-century home of King George III.
Reach Brentford by taking the overground train to either Brentford or Kew Bridge stations. Central London is a 45-minute journey away.