What springs to thoughts when anyone mentions West London? This nook of our sprawling metropolis usually will get pigeonholed as posh, thanks to prosperous areas like Richmond and Kensington.
While West London is definitely the place to go in order for you to mosey round the neighbourhoods of the wealthy and well-known, like Notting Hill, Chelsea and Holland Park, there’s rather more to this slice of London than meets the eye.
We requested West Londoners on our My West London Facebook web page what the biggest misconceptions about the space are. They tell us what’s REALLY happening in West London.
‘West London counts as the countryside’
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Suggested by Tony Killeen
Don’t be deceived by the rolling plains of Richmond and Bushy Parks. Though you’ll spot woodland animals like fallow deer, foxes and even rabbits in these lovely Royal Parks, the remainder of West London is predominantly residential or business buildings with pockets of native greenery dotted right here and there. In brief: not the countryside.
‘It’s the poshest space in London’
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Suggested by Joe White
According to a survey by YouGov people consider West London as ‘posh’ and ‘pretentious,’ however actual West Londoners will argue in opposition to these stereotypes with fervour.
Yes, there are loads of fancy properties, costly outlets and well-to-do people in West London’s fancy neighbourhoods like Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Kensington. But like wherever in London, towering townhouses sit a stone’s throw from blocks of flats, low cost outlets and meals banks.
‘Everyone is aware of everybody in West London’
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Suggested by Kelly Lansdown-Kemp
West Londoners are used to listening to somebody say issues like, “My cousin lives in Surbiton, are you aware her?” after they inform somebody about their neck of the woods. This maybe stems from the suburban really feel to a few of its streets. As it occurs West London covers an unlimited space, stretching from Harrow down to Hounslow, which means the space’s residents aren’t ALL accustomed to each other.
‘West Londoners are cockneys’
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Thanks to movies and TV, people who aren’t from London usually mistakenly assume the metropolis’s total inhabitants speaks like Danny Dyer. You gained’t discover cockneys right here – the very phrase refers to these born in East London to the sound of bells chiming in St Mary-le-Bow chapel in the East End.
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‘There’s nothing happening in West London’
Thanks to its parks and plentiful colleges, West London has earned a repute as an excellent place to elevate a household lately. That’s nice for younger households, however doesn’t precisely do wonders for the avenue cred of an space. While the West doesn’t host music festivals like South London or rising hipster communities like East, metropolis dwellers from this nook of the capital nonetheless get to get pleasure from enormous occasions on the cultural calendar like Notting Hill Carnival, Twickenham’s energetic fanzones and pubs throughout the Rugby World Cup whereas nonetheless having fun with West London’s abundance of leafy inexperienced areas.
Have we missed something? Let us know what you assume the commonest misconceptions about your space are in the feedback under.