If you love the scenic views of a beautiful riverside walk – like walking through the ‘Little Venice’ of London near Paddington – then you’ll love Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick. It’s got twice the charm, with half the crowds.
From the 13th to the 17th Century, this riverside village was simply known as ‘Strand’, from the Old English word for a bank or shore. It was a fishing community with a ferry service to Kew, and one of the medieval settlements that comprised Chiswick. In its early days, there was no path along the riverbank, just a series of interconnecting wharves.
In the 18th Century, the village attracted wealthy residents who built some grand homes here as well as The Ship, The Bull’s Head, The Bell and Crown and The City Barge public houses.
The village became more accessible when the first Kew Bridge was opened in 1759, increasing land value and drawing some of King George III’s courtiers when the King was living at Kew Palace.
Hidden gems like Strand-on-the-Green exist to be discovered: the area’s special architectural and historic qualities can be appreciated in the elegant private eighteenth-century houses that line the river. Along with the attractively detailed Victorian and Edwardian terraced housing, this riverside rendezvous offers an element of exploration, with narrow alleyways connecting the riverside path with Thames Road behind, and enjoy the leisure value of pub and restaurant destinations.
The overall effect is one of picturesque charm, both within the Strand area and further down the river towards Barnes, where visitors can enjoy beautiful views from both sides of the riverbank.