Idyllic, Artsy, Thames-side
Chiswick has dozens of waterfront gastropubs, cafes and specialty cheese and wine shops. There is plentiful shopping with independent boutiques in a community packed with character and friendly vibes. Chiswick has always been rich in families who are inspired by the beautiful architecture, large parks and temperament. The bridge across the Thames marks the spot ending the long-standing Oxford and Cambridge boat race, which spectators line to witness every year. London’s most prominent rowers club is also here, so that year-round you can view the rowers as you sip on your coffee or wine from one of the many pub balconies along the river. If you're interested in visiting historic houses, English Heritage manages the nearby Chiswick House, done in the Italian style after the Earl of Burlington returned from his Grand Tour.
Here is a suggested itinerary to allow you to experience as much of the area in a few hours. After booking we can adapt the tour to suit your interests and preferences.
A coffee or lunch in a charming waterside pub where Charles II and Nell Gwynne once dined.
This is a beautiful waterside pub that radiates British charm and traditional character. The pub is centuries old and teeming with history, with signs of love and care evident in the upkeep and management of the building itself as well as in the loyal and local customer base that continues to frequent it. This is a vibrant and happy place with excellent, tender roasts, crispy potatoes, loads of homemade gravy and quaffable, cold, craft beers. Sit along the waterside terrace that's framed by pretty rows of flowers to enjoy an choice vantage point in the summertime for observing boat races on the Thames.
Join a Local Host to explore the secrets of picturesque and lovely Chiswick
your Local Host will lead you to explore the picturesque riverside and discover the unexpected treasures hidden through the charming lanes. This refreshing walk with stunning views will take you to a magnificent neo-Palladian villa set in beautiful historic gardens.
Visit a magnificent neo-Palladian villa displaying a rich collection of old Master paintings
This historic mansion home in West London was built by the third Earl of Burlington in 1729 to house and exhibit his extensive art collection. Today, the house still contains dozens of spectacular art pieces, sculptures and artifacts that visitors can enjoy. The mansion home is a neo-Palladian villa, inspired by the architecture of ancient Rome and 16th century Italy.
About this tour
Explore the quaint, riverside community of Chiswick with a Local Host. Enjoy the airy waterfront pub terraces overlooking the iconic bridge across the Thames that marks the conclusion to the Oxford and Cambridge boat race. You can charter your own rowboat, sailboat or paddleboard or simply meander the riverside walk. Get to know the historic Chiswick House, Musical museum or one of the neighbourhood distilleries and sample whiskey like a Local Guide. Whether you relax in the sunshine as you enjoy the excellent food of the bright gastropubs or stroll the acres of well-manicured gardens at Chiswick house, Chiswick will rejuvenate.
- From £30.00 per person
- Max 6 people per tour
- 2 hours with one of our Local Hosts who is very familiar with the area
- Additional time with our Local Host if you have added any extra time
- Planning of a personalised itinerary
- Food & drinks
- Any transport other than walking (although this can be organised at additional cost)
- Tickets to venues if you have selected any (can be organised if required)
Who are the Local Hosts
Start your day by meeting your Local Host near Chiswick station and meandering down towards the riverside walk. See the famous bridge, which marks the conclusion of the highly regarded Oxford and Cambridge boat race. There are many boat docks in the Thames below where you can charter your own rowboat, paddleboard, or sailboat or else take-in the vessels from any of the waterfront pub terraces or balconies. Relax with the gentle breeze from the Thames and enjoy the excellent food provided by these bright gastropubs. Your Local Host can lead you to historic Chiswick House, the Musical Museum, or one of the neighbourhood distilleries and breweries for taste testing. If you are keen on the outdoors, Chiswick House offers acres of well-manicured gardens to uncover, or see Chiswick common complete with a wading pool and large children’s playground.
Meet our Local Hosts that love & know Chiswick
I am a West London based Musician and Stage Manager, who enjoys all the cultural and artistic events London has to offer.Languages
Central, Barbican, Belgravia and Knightsbridge, Brick Lane, Camden, Chelsea, Chiswick, City of London, Covent Garden, Dalston, Earl's Court, Fitzrovia, Fulham, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Highbury, Highgate, Hoxton and De Beauvoir, Islington, Kensington, Little Venice, Marylebone, Mayfair, Notting Hill, Pimlico, Putney, Richmond, Shepherd's Bush, Shoreditch, Soho, South Bank, South Kensington, St John's Wood and Primrose Hill, Victoria, West Kensington
My name is Holly and I'm a 25 year-old actress and musician. Music and theatre are my two main passions and my work takes me to the best dive bars, pub theatres, hidden gems of converted spaces, famous buildings and arenas all over the city. If you want to explore the trendiest neighbourhoods in London and discover the music and artistic scene of the city, from jazz, to rock and opera, I would love to show you around. I know Shoreditch and East London very well and I would be great company on an unscripted walk-around the area.Languages
Central, Barbican, Brick Lane, Camden, City of London, Covent Garden, Dalston, Farringdon, Finsbury Park and Manor House, Greenwich, Hackney, Haggerston, Hampstead, Highbury, Holloway, Islington, Kensington, Kentish Town, Kilburn, King's Cross, London Bridge, Marylebone, Olympic Park, Shoreditch, Soho, South Bank, Spitalfields, Stoke Newington, Stratford, West End, West Kensington, Westminster
I am currently a university student in London who is balancing studies with London life. I love to explore and enjoy everything this city has to offer but still have much more to discover! I am a friendly and social person and enjoy spending my time with friends.Languages
Central, North, West
I am an experienced tour guide, artist and designer, with a passion for London. I was born and brought up here in London, which is the most vibrant mix of old and new. It has three thousand years of history, yet is always re-inventing itself. So it remains the most contemporary and cosmopolitan in the world, brim full of art, design, architecture, theatre and music. My interests are mostly based around, and my background is largely in; the Arts. Particularly fine art, pop art, graphic art, street art and architecture. I have a university BA Hons degree in Art and Visual Communication and I am also a designer and artist. There are many human stories to tell, behind London, behind it's history and behind it's art.Languages
Central, City of London, Covent Garden, Richmond, Soho, South Bank, West End, Westminster
I'm a writer and former journalist who has lived in London for more than 30 years. I love meeting new people and showing them the most fun and exciting places that this city has to offer.Languages
South West, Borough, South Bank, Westminster
Quality tour, well-executed and efficientBy Pip R. on 21 Dec 2015
Absolutely lovely experience with friendly chap George, who knew the area well and was very informative. Enjoyed the pub on the Thames and the gin distillery. Would definitely recommend.
Great tour! But I chose the wrong place!By Celina S. on 16 Jan 2016
I booked the tour for my birthday because I am a big Virginia Woolf fan and I thought this was the area on the Thames she had lived in but my local Angela was quick to tell me it was actually Richmond, so we had a good laugh about that. And I think Angela felt bad for me so she went way out of her way to show me both the distillery and the brewery in the area. The river was really great and if it wasn't winter I would have rented a boat. I also found out the company has a Richmond tour so I might book that one now too because it was a really great experience even though it was the wrong area.