London Parks & Gardens Trust

Hammersmith and Fulham

St Paul's Green

St Paul's Green

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Directions

Retrace your steps to the pedestrian crossing and cross Fulham Palace Road. Turn left and then right down Parfrey Street. The houses on the left-hand side of the street, beginning half way down, are half-houses: they look like full-size houses but there are two front doors in each porch. Some have the original front doors (with coloured glass) and the original tiles in the porch. At the end turn left, past the cycle hire station in Manbre Road, then right into Colwith Road, where you will be facing a block of flats called Thames Reach. Go right and left to pass this and come onto the Thames Path.

Turn right and follow the Thames Path towards Hammersmith Bridge. One day you will no doubt be able to follow the path all the way to the bridge. For the present, you have to turn right just after Fulham Reach Boat Club, then left into Crisp Road, passing Café Plum, and then left to regain the Thames Path.

Continue on the Thames Path to Hammersmith Bridge.Go up the footpath beside the bridge, walk along and under the flyover, and into St Paul's Green.

To end the walk at Hammersmith underground station (District and Piccadilly Lines), cross at the lights opposite the church door and again at the lights leading towards Smollensky's Diner.

Description

On the opposite bank is the old Harrods Furniture Depository, where people working in the colonies would store their furniture until they returned to Britain. It has recently been converted to flats.

Hammersmith Bridge istThe second bridge to stand on the site, it was built by Joseph Bazalgette in 1887, and has been repainted in the original colours.

St Paul's Green was landscaped in 1998, linking the Thames to Hammersmith Broadway via a tree-lined broadwalk. What remains of the walled churchyard around St Paul's Church (1882) has flowering cherries and an old oak.

The baroque front of Smollensky's is the original front of Bradmore House (another villa, like Normand House), which dates from 1709 and was restored in 1993. This wall served as the front wall of the tram depot, later used for buses. The rest of the building is a reconstruction.