Twenty-four hours in Chiswick, London

The exterior seating area of a blue restaurant.
A woman sitting at a polished wooden dining table.

Model and designer Betty Bachz explores Chiswick’s shops, restaurants and green spaces during a weekend stay at High Road House

Betty and her boyfriend stayed in the Playroom

A woman seen through the hoop of a red chair.
A vintage record player on a side cabinet.
The exterior seating area of a blue restaurant.
The exterior of a period brick building.
A person drinking a coffee and writing in a notebook.

Above, clockwise from top left: exploring the Dining Room at High Road House; the Dining Room turntable; enjoying an almond-milk cappuccino as I work; the view from outside the House; High Road Brasserie

‘I love Chiswick for all its greenery – it reminds me of where I grew up in Norway’

Betty Bachz spends a perfect summer weekend in west London’s Chiswick neighbourhood, browsing antiques at The Old Cinema, enjoying a sweet treat at Foubert’s gelaterie and picnicking at Chiswick House & Gardens.

3pm: check in

I arrive at High Road House on a sunny Friday afternoon. Friendly faces and big energy greet me. Two pumps of hand sanitiser and a quick glance at my phone. It shows 3pm on the dot. My boyfriend is joining me after work, just in time for our supper, and I relish the idea of having the room all to myself for a few hours.

Verity takes me up to the Playroom and leaves me to it. The room is so spacious and tranquil with its pastel colour palette. I eye the freestanding bathtub to my left – so tempting. It takes some willpower, but I finally grab my laptop and notebook, and head down to the Club Room.

4pm: work session

It’s Friday, which means I normally work on my jewellery collaboration on top of running the day to day of my eyewear brand, Møy Atelier. I find a quiet corner and settle down with an almond-milk cappuccino. I check in on my team and sign off on a few 3D models of the jewellery that’s due to launch in September. It feels amazing to see it come to fruition after months of uncertainty.

A person reading a newspaper in a restaurant.
Two armchairs with a mirror on the wall between them.