Living in South West London
This year, why not go on an adventure of your own with your new guest and explore some of the greatest spots known in South West London. It’s a great opportunity to discover more in your area and to bond with your student!
The South West of London has a population of 1.6million and is made up of the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, the westerly parts of the Lambeth, parts of the Kingston upon Thames, the southern half of the City of Westminster and the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the southern portion of the Hammersmith and Fulham, Richmond upon Thames’s north-eastern portion and the northern sections of Merton and Croydon. It is one of the most desirable living parts of London.
Towns & Landmarks:
South West London has a number of remarkable towns and landmarks that are popular by locals and tourists alike. Some of them are:
1. Battersea - Located on the south bank of the River Thames, Battersea is famous for its power station and dogs home. It also gave inspiration to Sherlock Holmes’ author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
2. Clapham - Clapham Junction is said to be the busiest train station in Europe with over 2,000 trains passing through it every day.
3. Balham - The Balham area has been settled since Saxon times.
4. Wandsworth - It is home to England’s - and possibly the world’s - oldest public railway, the Surrey Iron Railway.
5. Putney - The birthplace of Thomas Cromwell, made Earl of Essex by Henry VIII
6. Barnes - A district in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
7. Earlsfield - A suburb in London, in an area within the London Borough of Wandsworth.
8. Southfields - A district of inner London located within the London Borough of Wandsworth.
9. Wimbledon - Home of tennis, the first Wimbledon championship took place in 1877, making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
10. Raynes Park - A residential suburb, railway station and local centre in Wimbledon and is within the London Borough of Merton
11. New Malden - A suburb in the south-west of London, located mainly within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
12. Kingston - The ancient market town in which Saxon kings were crowned.
Homestay in South West London:
There are several homestay options in South West London, which usually vary between a private or shared room in a flat or house with either a shared bathroom or en-suite. Rooms are either ‘classic rooms’ or ‘premium rooms’, and can either be for a single, twin or triple accommodation.
Single rooms consist of one single or double bed, and a shared bathroom.
Twin rooms consist of two beds in one room, good for 2 people's stay and a shared bathroom.
Triple rooms consist of three beds in one room, good for 3 people's stay and a shared bathroom.
En-suite rooms consist of a single or double bed and a private bathroom.
Host Family Stay operates a large network of hosts in South West London and every host and their property is vetted in accordance with the British Council guidelines.
Places of Interest in South West London:
There are many places in South West London that are worth visiting, so why not go on an adventure of your own with your new guest and explore some of the greatest spots known in South-West London. It’s a great opportunity to discover more in your area and to bond with your student!
1. Richmond Deer Park
Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve and deer park with 630 Red and Fallow deer roaming freely since 1637. The deer have played a major role in the park's history and have shaped the landscape too.
2. Portobello Road Market
Portobello Road is a street in the Notting Hill district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in west London. It runs almost the length of Notting Hill from south to north, roughly parallel with Ladbroke Grove.
3. Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is a Grade I listed royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, 12 miles south west and upstream of central London on the River Thames. Building of the palace began in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, the chief minister of King Henry VIII.
4. Wimbledon & Putney Commons
Wimbledon Common is a large open space in Wimbledon, southwest London. There are three named areas: Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath, and Putney Lower Common, which together are managed under the name Wimbledon and Putney Commons totalling 460 hectares.
Address: Windmill Rd, Wimbledon Common, London SW19 5NR
5. The Mitre Hampton Court
The Mitre, situated on the banks of the Thames, boasts a wealth of fantastic food and drink options. The elegant High Tea is the epitome of the English afternoon while they also offer refined, luxury dining from their two restaurants before capping it all off with the pièce de résistance – a whispering Angel bar on the outdoor terrace, complete with a fabulous view of the River Thames.
We hope you enjoyed reading this informative blog on living areas in South West London and places to visit in the region. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and speak to one of our friendly staff members. If you are looking for a homestay, you can visit our website here for more information.
Have a great day!