Just north of Shepherds Bush, West London’s compact White City neighbourhood has spent years being overlooked in favour of Notting Hill, Hammersmith, and other notable neighbours. But following an epic £8 billion regeneration scheme that has involved the transformation of the former BBC Television Centre buildings, as well as the recent arrival of chic membership club Soho House’s latest outpost White City House, it’s clear that White City is rapidly becoming West London’s latest sought-after spot for young professionals in the capital.
What’s more, the addition of a Royal College of Art campus is bringing some much-needed creativity to the area, while the short distance to Westfield Shopping Centre and White City Place means you’re never far from a shopping fix or a myriad of dining options. Throw in great transport connections, good schools and the sports facilities of Wormwood Scrubs, and you’ve got everything you need for the ultimate in city living.
Eating & Drinking
As well as all the big brands you could want including Wahaca, Franco Manca and Five Guys, White City has also become somewhat of a dining destination with brilliant new restaurants arriving regularly.
Run by the trendy Soho House group, this relaxed restaurant-lounge has a large terrace for sunny afternoons, as well as a branch of Electric Cinema for catching a post-dinner film.
Address: 101 Wood Ln, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7EE
Homeslice White City
The epic pizzas of Homeslice have finally made it to West London with this cool industrial venue. Grab a slice to go, or try one of the giant pizzas to share among friends.
Address: Television Centre, 2, 101 Wood Ln, London W12 7FR
Tuck into authentic Greek dishes at this modern restaurant, where you’ll find mouthwatering souvlaki, mezze dishes and more.
Address: Unit 5, White City Place, 191 Wood Ln, London W12 7TU
Balans Soho Society
With an epic brunch menu, all-day brasserie options and quirky cocktails in the evening, this stylish restaurant has you covered any time of day.
Address: 1034, Westfield Shopping Centre Ariel Way London W12 7GA GB, Ariel Way, London W12 7SL
A recent addition to the White City scene, this colourful Peruvian-Japanese cafe has quickly become the go-to lunch spot for many locals.
Address: White City Place, 191 Wood Ln, London W12 7FP
Offering a range of elegant wine bars and upmarket pubs, there’s plenty of choice for evening drinks and weekend fun in White City.
Craft beers are on the menu at this branch of the popular Scottish brewery brand, with both old favourites and regularly new brews to try.
Address: 15 Goldhawk Rd, Hammersmith, London W12 8QQ
The Queen Adelaide
With an elegant Victorian interior (complete with panelled walls and chandeliers), good wine list and gourmet menu, this charming gastropub is always busy with locals.
Address: 412 Uxbridge Rd, White City, London W12 0NR
A former gin palace, this award-winning pub is faithful to its past with over 100 gins on offer, best enjoyed on the lovely courtyard terrace.
Address: 217 Uxbridge Rd, White City, London W12 9DH
Albertine Wine Bar
Cosy and romantic, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better date spot in the neighbourhood than this wine bar lined with wooden church pews.
Address: 1 Wood Ln, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7DP
Enjoy an al-fresco evening at this laid-back bar and grill, known for its epic garden where you can enjoy treats from the BBQ with your drinks.
Address: 41 Bramley Rd, London W10 6SZ
Located in Zone 2, White City is extremely well connected when it comes to commuting across London. The two main underground stations in the area, Wood Lane and White City, offer access to the Central, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, with a direct journey time of just 13 minutes to Oxford Circus. For Overground and rail services Shepherds Bush Station is a short distance away, and the area is also served by numerous bus routes. Shopping
As the home of Westfield Shopping Centre, shopping opportunities in White City are among the best in the capital - this vast venue hosts over 450 shops and services, ranging from designers such as Louis Vuitton to a flagship branch of John Lewis. Meanwhile at the new White City Place development, various boutiques and brands such as Oliver Bonas are currently opening. On the other hand, if you’re looking for independent shops and vintage finds, Notting Hill and Portobello Road are just a short walk away.
Alongside its commercial prowess, White City is also well-positioned when it comes to green spaces - the area is dotted with small parks, including Wormholt Park and Hammersmith Park, while to the north Wormwood Scrubs is one of the largest areas of common in London with around 200 acres of space. Here you’ll find football pitches, sports venues, and even a pony centre providing riding therapy for disabled children.
White City offers a good selection of schools at both primary and secondary level, with Ark Swift Primary Academy, Greenside Primary School and St John XXIII Catholic Primary School all rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, while Hammersmith Academy (mixed) and Ark Burlington Danes Academy (mixed) are popular choices for parents of older pupils.