If you're thinking of booking a hotel near Hammersmith Apollo why not combine your hotel booking with Lastminute.com with a ticket to see a show at the venue?
The Art Deco Hammersmith Apollo which opened in 1932 has hosted concerts by rock royalty including David Bowie, Elton John, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC and Public Enemy. But did you know that David Bowie's final concert as Ziggy Stardust took place at the Apollo back in 1973?
Arts and culture
William Morris, a key mover of the Arts and Craft Movement lived in Hammersmith from 1979 until his death in 1896 and his former home, Kelmscott House, a Georgian brick mansion, still stands, overlooking the River Thames. Although now a private residence, the basement and coach house entrance serve as the headquarters of the William Morris Society. The museum, which has a large collection of exhibits related to William Morris together with letters, designs and personal archives, can be visited on Thursday and Saturday afternoons and at other times by appointment.
Also in the heart of Hammersmith is the Bush Theatre which is housed above The Bush pub. Take in a play at the 144-seat, intimate and multi award-winning venue which champions new writing.
Things to see and do
There's plenty to see and do on your doorstep in Hammersmith. Escape the crowds at Fulham Palace, at one the palace of the Bishop of London, which is of medieval origin. The palace now serves as a museum which charts the history of the site from prehistoric times and Roman times through Medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian bishops to the present day. There are interactive displays for children, displays of archaeological finds and everyday objects, a garden and a café.
Or take a stroll beside the river in Bishops Park, an open space in Fulham, which underwent major refurbishment in 2011. The park contains tennis courts and bowling greens.
Eating and drinking
The River Café needs no introduction to foodies but despite a reputation for exclusivity, it is possible to book a table if you're flexible when it comes to when you eat. Expect a hefty bill even at lunchtime.
For something less damaging to the bank balance sample Potli which brings an Indian food bazaar experience to King Street, Hammersmith. It offers classic curries at relatively inexpensive prices..
And for a great traditional pub you won't go wrong with The Old Ship, a riverside walk from Hammersmith Bridge which has a boathouse feel. It also does good food.
Start the evening with a cocktail at Smiths, a cocktail bar in the basement of Brook Green Hotel which summons the ambience of the drinking dens of New York and Paris. Another option is The Queen's Head, a quiet pub tucked away off the Shepherds Bush Road. Expect great beer and jazz.
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