My definition of West London is probably going to ruffle a few feathers but it’s true of most of London that where an area or place exists in the popular imagination differs quite a lot from geographical pedantics. You could say West (and indeed South London , East London and North London ) are more a type of place – a feeling – than somewhere delineated by geographical boundaries.
Anyway I would say that West London starts around the Edgware rd and goes West from there. So Paddington (W2) and Maida Vale (W9) would be the most Easterly part of West London not Westminster (W1) which I think most people would class as central London. I think it would be strange to say that Covent Garden is in West London. The areas of North West London such as Belsize Park and Hampstead and so on are, to me, more North London than West London.
Paddington used to be quite a rough place but is way to well located to remain that way. Billions of pounds have recently been piled into the area in the form of the Paddington basin – smart offices and flats located right next to Marlyebone. As you go West, the areas are fairly similarly minted in Notting Hill (W11) and South in Kensington (W8) and Chelsea although the Northern part of Notting Hill (Holland Park) can be surprisingly rough.
Earl’s court (most of the residents here prefer to think of themselves as living in ‘West Kensington’) and Olympia are similar, somewhat unremarkable places. Somewhat upper market although a little seedy in my mind due to an alarming number of seedy hotels.
West and North from Earl’s court becomes a very mixed bag. Continue along the A4 and you’re into Hammersmith (W6) – a schizophrenic place caught between 60’s concrete nightmare and beautiful pubs on the Thames. Chiswick (W4) is lovely – more Twickenham and Barnes than stuck between Hammersmith and Brentford.
The situation goes dramatically pear-shaped as you get to Shepherd’s bush (W12), White City (W12) and Brentford. Acton (W3) and Ealing (W13) are notable exceptions. Shepherd’s bush is a bit of a dump in my opinion and the theme continues as you head North through various industrial parks towards Harlesden (technically North London but anyway) which is, to my mind, not a very nice place. Willesden is giant improvement on Harlesden though a little bit down at heel (also technically North London).
South-West of Chiswick and Brentford – Twickenham – is nice. All leafy village greens, old pubs and cricket pitches. Kingston and Richmond are lovely.
West London areas and postcodes covered by Man and Van West London service:
W1 Westminster,West End, Mayfair, Marylebone, Soho. W2 Paddington. W3 Acton. W4 Chiswick. W5 Ealing. W6 Hammersmith. W7 Hanwell. W8 Kensington. W9 Maida Vale. w10 North Kensington. w11 Notting Hill.
w12 Shepherds Bush. W13 West Ealing. W14 West Kensington. WC1 Bloomsbury, Gray£s Inn. WC2 Covent Garden, Holborn, Strand.Heathrow
Twickenham tw1, Whitton tw2, Hounslow tw3, Hounslow West tw4, Heston tw5, man and van, Heathrow tw6, Isleworth tw7, Brentford tw8, Richmond tw9, Ham tw10, Teddington tw11, Hampton tw12, Feltham tw13, Hatton tw14, Ashford tw15, man and van, Sunbury tw16, Shepperton tw17, Windsor tw18, Staines tw19, Egham tw20, Croydon cr0, Croydon cr9, Ruislip ha4, Pinner ha5, Northwood ha6, Stanmore ha7, Edgware ha8, Southwark se1, Bermondsey se1, Borough se1, Cobham kt11, Walton on Thames kt12, Weybridge kt13, West Byfleet kt14, Addlestone kt15, man with a van, Chertsey kt16, Ewell kt17, Epsom kt18