West London

West London is the section of the metropolitan area that stretches almost from the boundaries of Kensington and Central London all the way west to Heathrow Airport and the M25 highway that completely encircles the city. The area includes the charming town of Wembley, famous for its Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena. The stadium, built at a cost of more than 100 million dollars, was designed by the same architects who built the giant Ferris wheel, the London Eye. It is the second largest stadium in Europe, after Camp Nou, the football stadium in Barcelona Spain.

Wembley has always been a rural area, and retains many lovely green parks and green spaces even though it is only about six miles from the city. Hammersmith and Chiswick (both near Kew Gardens) are also charming rural communities, and things to do in West London include walks and cycling tours in these many green spaces. There is even great golfing in this region. Twickenham is located a bit south of the river. These three places are all along the western Thames, and West London attractions here include river cruises, rowing, and skulling.

You will also find some beautiful Georgian architecture and lovely bridges in this region. A London Pass gives you a free tour of famous Twickenham Stadium and free entry into the town’s Museum of Rugby. A West London attraction that is quite unusual is the Shree Swaminaraya Mandir, an extraordinary traditional Hindu temple outside of Wembley that is the largest such temple in the Western Hemisphere. Almost 3,000 tons of limestone from Bulgaria and more than 2,000 tons of marble from Italy went into the construction. Non-Hindu visitors are welcome, but take off your shoes and dress respectfully.

On the far western boundary of West London (past Heathrow Airport) is one of the most important West London attractions and one of the most magnificent castles in the country—Windsor Castle. This is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and one of the residences of the Sovereign. Near Windsor Castle is the town of Eton and Eton College, one of the oldest (founded in 1440) and most prestigious schools in the world where eighteen Prime Ministers and the sons of royalty have been educated. Other famous OEs (Old Etonians) include Ian Fleming who wrote the James Bond novels and Bear Grylls, the survivalist and mountaineer from the television program Man vs. Wild. Other Old Etonians include the two sons of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

Things to do in West London include sightseeing tours of these famous sites in the west, as well as sightseeing in the West London attractions farthest to the east. You will find these in Kensington where you can visit Kew Gardens, the Kew Bridge Steam Museum, and Kensington Palace, which was most recently the home of Princess Diana as well as the birthplace of Queen Victoria. Things to do in West London in the Kensington area also include theater visits, as a London Pass gives you a free guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall, one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world.

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