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West Brompton London Guide

9 November 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

As a prime neighbourhood in West London, West Brompton rubs shoulders with some of the capital's best postcodes. This cosmopolitan area attracts people from all over the world and is in high demand with renters.

Living in West Brompton means easy access to convenient transport hubs, good schools, open spaces, popular shops, cafes and restaurants. What's not to love about the SW postcode?

In this area guide, we're visiting West Brompton to find out what it's like to live in one of London's most popular areas. So read on and find out everything you need to know about this West London hotspot.

West Brompton on a map

West Brompton is officially located in southwest London (though it's largely considered a west London area) and straddles the boundary between the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Neighbouring areas include ChelseaKensingtonKnightsbridgeEarls Court and Fulham

History of West Brompton

West Brompton's name refers to an older locality of Brompton to the east and is linked to western namesakes like Earl's Court and South Kensington. Brompton also referred to the area between the Fulham Road, which was previously known as Little Chelsea.

Philanthropists looking to set up hospitals looked to West Brompton, thanks to its reputation as a healthy area in London. First, there was the Royal Brompton Hospital for chest diseases. This was followed by the Cancer Hospital, which is now known as The Royal Marsden Hospital.

In the late 19th century, the area witnessed an entertainment boom thanks to the opening of the Earl's Court Exhibition Centre. Today, West Brompton is bounded by West Kensington and Earl's Court and features many of the traits that previously made it such an in-demand area.

Who lives there?

West Brompton has a population of just over 20,000 and a median age of 38. It attracts a mixture of wealthy residents, from families to single professionals. Seventy-four per cent of residents rent their home in West Brompton.

Renting in West Brompton

West brompton homes

The neighbourhoods of West Brompton and Earl's Court are well known for their white stucco-fronted houses, many of which have been converted into stylish apartments. There are also some red-brick mansions flats and plenty of converted terrace houses. West Brompton largely consists of charming period properties.

Expect to pay around £1,800 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, and £2,500 per month for a two-bedroom home. Properties with three or more bedrooms go on the market from around £4,000 per month.

West Brompton travel

West Brompton tube station

West Brompton underground station is serviced by the District Line and offers direct services to many London neighbourhoods, including South Kensington, Sloane Square, Westminster, Tower Hill and Aldgate. It also has a national rail station and is on the Overground Line, which has services to Stratford and Clapham. West Brompton is located in Zone 2.

West Brompton eateries

The Troubadour

The Troubadour exterior

The centre of London's artistic and intellectual life in the 1950s and 60s, The Troubadour is a club and restaurant on Old Brompton Road that is still immensely popular today. Enjoy live music while you tuck into a treat or two before washing them down with a world-class cocktail.

The Harwood Arms

Experience award-winning food and wine at The Harwood Arms, a casual and relaxed gastropub. It just so happens to be the only Michelin-star pub in the whole of London, and it's right on your doorstep.

Patty & Bun West Brompton

Patty & Bun West Brompton

Patty & Bun has gone on to become one of London's best burger joints, and the West Brompton iteration is no different. Enjoy a selection of tasty patties, from the Arigold Cheeseburger to the Jose Jose Chilli Burger.

Things to do in West Brompton

Brompton Cemetery

Ok, so visiting a cemetery might not sound like a fun thing to do. But Brompton Cemetery is one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries and part of the Royal Parks. It features a catacomb burial and secluded garden and is one of Britain's oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries. And that's why it receives more than 700,000 visits per year. 

Chelsea FC

Chelsea FC flags

Premier League football club Chelsea are located in West Brompton, which means you can support your local team at their Stamford Bridge ground. Watch a pulsating game of Premier League football just minutes from your home.

King's Road

One of London's most famous shopping streets, The King's Road is less than two miles from West Brompton. Hop on the tube to Sloane Square and shop the designer boutiques of The King's Road.

Moving to West Brompton

West Brompton is a great alternative to the super-prime postcodes of Chelsea and Knightsbridge and offers affluent living in a central location. There's plenty to love about West Brompton, from the period homes to great restaurants, and it's easy to see why so many people call the SW10 postcode their home.

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