With its rich history and interesting blend of cultures, Hammersmith is a vibey, multicultural hub with great parks, riverside walks, excellent restaurants and plenty of shopping. If you’re moving to London, or are already there, Hammersmith is a great place to call home.
Here are our six favourite facts about the area.
1. Hammersmith is home to The Dove, a riverside pub said to have been frequented by Ernest Hemingway and Graham Greene.
The narrow alley in which it stands is the sole remnant of the riverside village of Hammersmith as most of it was demolished in the 1930s. The pub has another claim to fame as the space to the right of the bar was the smallest bar room in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
2. Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75 is a concert video and the fourth live album by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.
The album was released in 2006, but was recorded live on 18 November 1975 at the Hammersmith Odeon, when the band performed in the UK for the first time. The gig was punted around London with posters reading: “Finally London is ready for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.” Springsteen was so unhappy with the line that he lost his temper and pulled down a number of the posters.
3. Hammersmith breeds rude and crude songwriters.
Hammersmith-born Lily Allen and Rik Mayall are two of the most explicit singers in the UK. According to a survey by Amazon, 38% of Lily Allen’s songs are explicit, and 61% of Rik Mayall’s, making him the sixth most explicit singer on the whole of Amazon. The only artists with a higher percentage of explicit songs are rappers Drake, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Eminem and Kanye West.
4. In 1908, the Franco-British Exhibition and Olympic Games were hosted in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham at the White City Stadium.
The 1908 games were originally to be held in Rome but were moved to London following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906. The games were the longest in modern Olympics history and lasted 187 days. White City Stadium was the UK’s first Olympic stadium and had a long and varied history until it was demolished in 1985.
5. The Hammersmith line has a few secrets of its own.
6. Hammersmith is home to the Polski Ośrodek Społeczno-Kulturalny (POSK), the Polish Social and Cultural Association in London.
Founded in 1967, POSK promotes all aspects of Polish culture and art. It houses the Library of Poland in London and has exhibitions, film screenings, theatre performances, a regular jazz club, a Polish cafe and restaurant.