One of the best London neighborhoods Chiswick in West London on the River Thames.  The name Chiswick is Old English for ‘cheese farm’ and refers to an annual celebration that lasted until the nineteenth century.  Today Chiswick is a vibrant community with a mix of upscale residential homes and businesses.  Much like other West London neighborhoods Chiswick flats will probably be outside the reach of most budgets but is still a lovely place to spend a Saturday afternoon.  With its many boutiques and dining options, American expats having just moved to London can get a feel for the way of life by enjoying all the community has to offer.

Eco-Age – Located on Chiswick High Road Eco-Age is actor, Colin Firth’s, home décor store.  Inside guests can find a variety of upscale recycled and eco-friendly items for the home including paint.

Outsider Tart – American expats will enjoy a visit to this cupcake shop.  Opened by two Americans who decided to do something about the lack of cupcakes available in London, Outsider Tart has all the sweet icing an expat can enjoy. Located on Chiswick High Road a trip to this American bakery will help fight feelings of homesickness.

Something Nice – If you are in need of the perfect gift for someone with it all a visit to Something Nice is sure to remedy the situation.  They offer quirky and original gifts that will fit every person for every occasion.  Children and adult gifts are sold as are unique cards.

Theobroma Cacao – This shop is for the serious chocolate lover.  Inside discover handmade chocolate candies of the highest caliber.  Made from the best cacao the world has to offer with delicate workmanship these tasty treats are works of art.  Their packaging is equal in its impressive design making a gift from Theobroma Cacao a sure-hit for even the toughest customer.

As Nature Intended – If you care where your food comes from and how it was grown a trip to As Nature Intended is worth the Tube ride.  This organic grocery offers organic meats, vegetables, and fruits as well as a large selection of natural remedies.

Chiswick may not offer Americans all of the trendy tourist’s hotspots of other West London neighborhoods but what it lacks in icons it more than makes up for in a true cultural experience.

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