Hammersmith is 5 miles west of London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It is also west of Charing Cross.
It is one of west London’s major commercial, employment and main transport hubs. Also it is home to numerous multinational companies. Hammersmith is focused on the two London road network systems, bus station and Underground stations. Fulham (to the south), West Kensington (to the east), Shepherds Bush (to the north), and Chiswick (to the west), all Border Hammersmith.
As far back as Roman and Saxon times, there is evidence of occupation of many riverside areas near Hammersmith. The area was known in the Doomsday book as “Hamoder’s Hythe”, which roughly translates to “the landing-place”, possible of a man named Hamoder.
As a consequence, industrial development and house construction thrived. Major industrial sites, which were known to have employed about 30,000 people, and the largest power station in Britain, were built in Sands End. All of these industrial sites have been redeveloped into areas that focus on commercial goods and services.
Extending roughly 750m to the west of the city centre is King Street, Hammersmith’s main shopping street. Here, there are a wide array of shops and stores, and it also contains a second shopping centre (King’s Mall), the Town Hall, a Theater, a cinema and two hotels. King Street is complemented by many more shops which run along Shepherds Bush Road to the north, Fulham Palace Road to the south and Hammersmith Road to the east.
Hammersmith’s Center is attended by two tube stations; both named Hammersmith. One of them is on the western side of Hammersmith & the City Line, whilst the larger one serves the Piccadilly and District Lines. The Broadway Shopping Centre contains a large modern bus station, which is open 24 hours a day and caters for a large number of buses, airport transfer buses, night buses and some long distance coaches.