Brook Green

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Brook Green
Brook Green Park in London in spring 2013 (4).JPG
Brook Green Parkspace
Brook Green is located in Greater London
Brook Green
Brook Green
Location within Greater London
Population23,734 (Addison and Avonmore and Brook Green wards 2011)[1]
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic county
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtW14, W6
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°29′47″N 0°13′14″W / 51.4964°N 0.2205°W / 51.4964; -0.2205Coordinates: 51°29′47″N 0°13′14″W / 51.4964°N 0.2205°W / 51.4964; -0.2205

Brook Green is an affluent London neighbourhood in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It is located approximately 3.6 miles (5.8 km) west of Charing Cross. It is bordered by Kensington, Holland Park, Shepherd's Bush, Hammersmith and Brackenbury Village.

The Brook Green neighbourhood takes its name after the recreational park space also named Brook Green, which runs from Shepherd's Bush Road to Hammersmith Road.

The area is principally composed of tree-lined streets with Victorian townhouses and boasts a significant French and Italian, as well as growing Chinese, expatriate community.

Brook Green itself and adjacent streets are among the most prestigious and expensive residential addresses in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham due to their proximity to leading schools such as St Paul's Girls' School, Bute House Preparatory School for Girls, St James Independent Schools, Ecole Francaise Jacques Prevert, and Kensington Wade.

Brook Green has two main shopping areas, Shepherd's Bush Road and Blythe Road, the latter of which is home to a number of small, independent shops. Also tucked in behind the green is a large Tesco supermarket. Brook Green is also close to Kensington High Street, King Street and Westfield London.


The name Brook Green is first recorded in 1493, and the hamlet was established by the 16th century.[2] The area was developed as industrialisation spread out of London. Businesses in Brook Green included the Osram Lamp Factory, now converted into social housing,[3] J. Lyons and Co. and its complex at Cadby Hall,[4] and Post Office Savings Bank Headquarters in Blythe Road. Brook Green was also home to St Mary's College from 1850 to 1925, when the college moved to Strawberry Hill.

Main building of St Paul's Girls' School

St Paul's Girls' School, one of the leading independent schools in the country, has been situated on Brook Green since its foundation in 1904. The composer Gustav Holst was Director of Music at the school from 1905 to 1934, and in 1933 wrote Brook Green Suite for the school's junior orchestra.

The Brook Green Hotel has stood at the western end of Brook Green since 1886. The original brook, which was covered over in the 19th century, still flows under the hotel. The area's inns – the Brook Green Hotel and the Queen's Head – were originally coach houses, and became popular entertainment venues. Today, the Brook Green Hotel is a pub on ground level, along with a cocktail bar in the basement below and a hotel upstairs. The Queen's Head overlooks the green itself at the front and has a garden at the back.

Brook Green boasts four English Heritage blue plaques: they commemorate the artist Sir Frank Short, the composer Gustav Holst, the Silver Studio of design, and the writer Elizabeth Anne Finn (founder of the charity now known as Elizabeth Finn Care). There is also Brook Green Market and Kitchen, a FARMA certified farmers market in Addison Primary School.


Notable residents[edit]

Notable businesses[edit]

Pearlfisher's headquarters, The School House (formally Omnifone's head office and prior to that, Virgin's)


Nearest places[edit]

Places adjoining Brook Green:



London Underground Lines:

Cultural references[edit]

Brook Green, Hammersmith, appears as "Brugglesmith" in the Rudyard Kipling story of the same name which was first published in 1891. The story is a farce in which the narrator, who it is implied is William Thackeray, has to escort a drunken sailor back to his wife.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Census Information Scheme (2012). "2011 Census Ward Population Estimates". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  2. ^ Brook Green Hamlet (PDF), Brook Green Conservation Area, LBHF, p. 4, archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012.
  3. ^ Osram Lamp Factory (PDF), Catalogue UK GEC 1932, Page 5, 1932, archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2011, retrieved 23 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Cadby Hall".
  5. ^ "St Paul's Girls' School".
  6. ^ "Bute House School".
  7. ^ "Ecole Francaise Jacques Prevert".
  8. ^ "Kensington Wade".
  9. ^ "St James Independent Schools".
  10. ^ "Larmenier and Sacred Heart School".
  11. ^ "Sacred Heart High School".
  12. ^ "Addison CE Primary School".
  13. ^ "Avonmore Primary School".
  14. ^ "St Mary's Catholic Primary School".

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