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Sofa Sound Studio - What To Do

Sofasound is located in West London, wedged between the main roads of Chiswick High Road and The Vale. The diverse west side of the city contains everything from cosmopolitan nightlife areas such as Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith, to relaxing continental themes in Chiswick, to quiet picturesque neighborhoods such as Acton and Ealing. So whether you are after a cheap and cheerful cafe, a loud and lively bar, or a swarve and sophisticated restaurant, there should almost definitely be something for you not far away. 

Perhaps of particular interest to Sofasound clients are the nearby live music venues, of which there are several, most notably the prestigious venues of Shepherd Bush Empire and Hammersmith Apollo. 

Below is a selection of places to go which we have picked out. There are of course plenty of other spots not included, so you can always explore the area yourself to seek out a gem. 

To Visit

Shepherds Bush Empire music venue

Shepherds Bush Empire

Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8TT

020 8354 3300

As one of London's most famous music venues, the Shepherds Bush Empire has attracted high profile acts from around the globe for decades. Overlooking Shepherds Bush Green, it is perfectly located for the many bars and restaurants in the area, and is close to both Goldhawk Road and Shepherds Bush tube stations. 

Hammersmith Apollo music venue

Hammersmith Apollo

Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9QH

020 8563 3800

A short walk from the pubs and bars of King Street, the Hammersmith Apollo has staged everyone from Lou Reed, to Guns N' Roses to 50 Cent, and will have an internationally known artist playing there most weeks. It is placed directly behind Hammersmith tube and bus station. 

Earls court Exhibition Centre

Earls Court Exhibition Centre

Warwick Road, SW5 9TA

020 7385 1200

Venture slightly further towards Central London, and you'll stumble across another prestigious venue. Although often staging massive concerts, Earls Court also hosts many award ceremonies, exhibitions and the odd beer festival. 

Bush hall

Bush Hall

310 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, W12 7LJ

020 8222 6955

For the more underground and arty gigs, Bush Hall is a highly recommended place to go. The spectacular decor contributes to the overall unique vibes of the venue. It is a short walk along The Vale from Sofasound. 

Westbourne studios entertainment venue

Westbourne Studios

242 Acklam Road, W10 5JJ

020 7575 3000

This innovative centre combines a working environment with an entertaniment venue catering for photoshoots, events and exhibitions. But if you don't fancy working or being massively entertained, it also serves well as a general chill-out zone, with a cafe and bar, pool tables and televesion screens. 

Lyric Theatre Hammersmith

The Lyric Theatre

Lyric Square, King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0QL

The Lyric theatre is one of the most popular London theatres outside of the West End. Although it displays a contemporary exterior, the inside of the Lyric is more reminiscent of an elaborate 19th century theatre. The Lyric often puts on productions by the world's better-known playwrites, although they have always put an emphasis on diversity and originality in their productions. 

Portobella Road Market Notting Hill

Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London

This world famous street market (with a little help from Hugh Grant and his blue door in the film 'Notting Hill'), opens every friday and saturday. Selling everything from fruit, to CDs, to antiques from all around the world, the market is a major attraction at the weekends, hence it can get rather busy. The closest tube stations are Ladbroke Grove at one end and Notting Hill Gate at the other. 

Queens Park Rangers Football Club

Queens Park Rangers Football Club

Loftus Road, Shepherds Bush, London

QPR play at the Loftus Road ground in Shepherds Bush. After finishing winning the Championship they are currently playing their first season in the Premiership for 15 years, they provide a cheaper alternative for football fans to West London's  other two Premiership clubs. The stadium also stages international and domestic rugby matches. 

Fulham Football Club

Fulham Football Club

Craven Cottage, Stevenage Road, SW6 6HH

One of the smaller clubs to play in the English Premiership, Fulham are owned by the Egyptian businessman, Mohamed Al Fayed. Their Premiership status means tickets are not all that cheap, although they are one of the easier Premiership teams to get tickets for - which isn't to say they don't play entertaining football, they're just not as good as local arch-rivals Chelsea! 

Chelsea Football Club

Chelsea Football Club

Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, SW6 1HS

Over the last five years, Chelsea have rapidly risen to become one of the giants of European football, having attracted some of the game's biggest global stars to their dressing room. Firstly, tickets are expensive. Secondly, they are hard to get hold of, and you have more chance of attending a smaller cup tie than a Premiership fixture. But it is certainly worth a go to get a glimpse of one of the world's best teams. 

River Thames London

The River Thames

If paying astronomical prices for match tickets, getting drunk, and screaming at the top of your lungs from the terraces isn't quite up your street, then the cheaper, quieter and more civilised option would be to go for a walk along the Thames, which in its western stretches not only boasts beautiful scenery, but also stages the world famous University Boat Race, if you happen to be around on that one day of the year. 

Acton Park

Acton Park

The Vale, Acton

One of many public parks in the area, Acton Park is closest to Sofasound located on the other side of The Vale to Stanley Gardens. It contains tennis courts, basketballl courts, a playground, and of course the obvious - acres of open green space for picnics, kick-abouts, sunbathing, bird watching, spectating OAPs playing bowls etc. etc...... 

To Eat & Drink

Anglesea Arms pub

Anglesea Arms

35 Wingate Road, W6 OUR

(020) 8749 1291

Set back from the dust and pollution of Goldhawk Road, this is a pleasant pub which particularly comes into its own on a Sunday afternoon, when the food menu significantly expands, catering for affluent seafood dishes, right through to more traditional pub nosh. A good selection of ales and lagers are on offer.

Brackenbury Arms pub Shepherds Bush

Brackenbury Arms

163 Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, W12 8EN

0871 223 503

Having gone through a severe refurb in 2005, this traditional West London pub has recently regained its popularity with local residents. Located on the bustling Goldhawk Road, its selection of widescreen displays make it a particular favourite with sports fans. 

La Tasca

La Tasca

404-406 Chiswick High Road, W4 5TF

0208 994 4545

From Le Francais to El Espanol, La Tasca's hugely succesful chain of restaurants have opened the eyes of The British to the wonders of tapas and sangria. Located a little further west along Chiswick High Road from Cafe Rouge, La Tasca is still in good walking distance from Sofasound. 

Carluccios Turnham Green Park


342-344 Chiswick High Road, London

020 8995 8073

Opposite the picturesque spaces of Turnham Green Park, this airy restaurant with well-priced dishes makes for comfortable, relaxed dining. What really stands them out from the ever-growing crowd of Italian chain restaurants, is that in 2007 they introduced a Carluccios Picnic Boxes service, for those who prefer to enjoy their food on one of the many nearby parks. 

Smart Cafe acton

Smart Cafe

171 The Vale, Acton, W3 7RD

(020) 7247 0234

Smart Cafe is another cheap and convenient cafe moments from Sofasound, offering a little doorstep variety. 

Plum duff patisserie

Plum Duff Patisserie

62 Southfield Road, Chiswick, W4 1BD

020 8994 4751

Located within the quiet residential streets which separate the main roads of The Vale and Chiswick High Road, this very popluar patisserie is a short walk from Sofasound, and offers a delicious range of cakes and pastries. 

Lebanese Food Centre Acton

Lebanese Food Centre

153-155 The Vale, Acton, W3

020 8740 7365

The Lebanese Food Centre is a fantastically cheap option for those wiilling to prepare their own lunches. Filled with all the traditional spices and vegetable ingredients associated with Lebanon, this mini market offers a great alternative. 

The Rocket Acton

The Rocket

11-13 Churchfield Street, Acton, W3 6BD

020 8993 6123

Take a walk across Acton Park, and you'll find this great pub in the quaint suburbs around Acton Central station. Well-reputed for its friendly and knowledgable staff, the pub also benefits from a light and airy atmosphere, making it one of the most popular haunts in the area. 

Le Vacherin Chiswick

Le Vacherin

76-77 South Parade, Chiswick, W4 5LF

0208 742 2121

Nestled away on the north-west side of Acton Green Common, Le Vacherin French Bistro has become generally regarded as a local gem. Although the menu appears to be fancy, and the surrounding residencies occupied by wealth, the real blessing of this restaurant is the actually very decent prices, and the infamous offer vouchers promoted in the local papers, although we discourage clients from raiding residents' post boxes!! 

The Swan chiswick

The Swan

Evershed Walk, 119 Acton Lane, Chiswick, W4 5HH

020 8996 0971

Another very popular local spot, The Swan is well worth a visit on the way back or on the way to an eaterie on Chiswick High Road. Boasting good beer, good food, good service, good clientele and a good beer garden for the summer, there wouldn't be much else you would look for in a traditional British pub. They also regularly show sport. 

Barley Mow pub chiswick

The Barley Mow

9 Barley Mow Passge, Chiswick, W4 4PH

020 8994 1880

This pub is placed on the corner of Turnham Green Park, and can be accessed from the Chiswick High Road, or the Barley Mow Passage at the rear of the pub. Punters can enjoy a diverse range of wines, beers, and foods, and make use of the attractive beer garden which looks onto the continental High Road. The pub also serves fresh coffee and bakery goods from 9am. 

Oriental Brasserie Chiswick

Oriental Brasserie

18 Devonshire Road, Chiswick, W4 2EU

020 8747 8899

Situated on a picturesque side street off the main high road, the Oriental Brasserie serves a diverse range of Asian cuisine, and even experiment with Eastern/Western fusion dishes. 

Strada chiswick


156 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PR

0208 995 0004

On the corner of Chiswick High Road and Turnham Green Terrace, is one of three Strada restaurants in West London. Priding themselves on serving simple, traditional Italian dishes using top quality produce, cooked in a wood burning oven, the menu is further complimented by very reasonable prices. As with many restaurants in Chiswick, there is street-seating, magnifying the area's continental feel. 

Goldhawk pub

The Goldhawk

122 Goldhawk Road, W12 8HH

020 8576 6921

The good choice of ales, wines and spirits, as well as the relaxed interior of The Goldhawk, is making the pub increasingly popular. It particularly attracts professionals for after-work drinks on most nights, creating a good bustling atmosphere at this time in the evening. 

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