Louise Roe's guide to the very best of South West London


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We are so happy to have recently hosted the lovely Louise Roe and her family in the beautiful Cowley Road while they renovated their new London home. Here’s Louise’s guide to the very best of South West London, featuring some old favourite spots and some new places discovered during her stay.

Discover South West London with Louise Roe

We’re so enjoying exploring our new stomping grounds of South West London from our onefinestay home. From activities for the girls to ten-minute date spots for Mum and Dad, we are already very happy here. For those of us who aren’t jetting off abroad this year, I’ve compiled my guide to the area.

Petersham Nurseries

Dining in The Teahouse is always a treat. We love to pop down for lunch and sample the seasonal food inspired by their beautiful kitchen garden - the orange and polenta cake is a perfect pudding. The shop is full of beautiful vintage and home finds, I just adore the atmosphere here!

Richmond Park

A stone’s throw from central London, Richmond Park is the perfect place to escape. Honor loves spotting the deer through the grass. Head to Isabella Plantation near the centre for the most incredible floral displays and the famous ‘Still Pond’.

Kew Gardens

I was so excited to hear that the palace had opened back up at Kew! It’s so beautiful there - the greenhouse is epic - and there is also a brilliant playground for little ones to run around in. I really recommend Kew Gardens for parents.

Orange Pekoe

I absolutely love Saturday brunch here at Orange Pekoe: smashed avocado on a corn frittata! They have dedicated tea sommeliers, chic decor and tables outside to people-watch.

Chiswick House Market

You’ll have seen from my stories how much I love the Chiswick markets - the Duck Pond Market is a vibrant marketplace for small businesses, local artisans and food producers. Open on the 1st, 3rd and 5th  Saturdays of the month (I have a reminder on my phone!) you’ll leave with a bag full of cheese, pastries, handmade soaps, organic wine and flowers.

Ham House Lavender Gardens

It was always important to me to find lots of green spaces and outdoor places to roam; luckily SW London is full of them. One of my favourites is Ham House in Richmond - a beautiful 17th-century house whose cherry garden is full of lavender at this time of year. As you can imagine, the scent from 1,000 English lavender plants is incredible.

Annies

If you can get a table outside here at Annies then do, but the inside is just as gorgeous. Delicious yet simple food, cocktails and lovely people. They have a few sister restaurants too; the Rock and Rose in Richmond and two Little Bird restaurants in Chiswick and Battersea.

The Olympia Cinema

The Olympia Cinema feels just like an old picture house and I love it! There are only two screens so it’s cosy; you can hire out the studios (hello birthday) and there’s a really good restaurant attached to the cinema. Definitely our new go-to for date nights. 

These are my finds after only a month or two in the area and I can’t wait to discover more. Fellow Londoners, where have I missed? 

Head over to Louise's Instagram for more South West London tips.

Discover Cowley Road

Set off on a virtual tour of the wonderful West London home Louise and her family stayed in while renovating their new home. Located in leafy Barnes and boasting three beautiful bedrooms, Cowley Road is the perfect family home.

Explore Cowley Road

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