Known for its wealth and prosperity, Fulham is home to some of London’s most expensive postcodes.
Nestled cosily between Chelsea and Putney, whilst sitting perfectly near Sloane Square and Knightsbridge, means that there’s definitely worst places to be in the city than here. Looking good is top priority in Fulham, and the streets are lined with nice cars and gorgeous looking homes. And did we mention the River Thames yet?!
On a Map
Fulham is located within the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
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Fulham maybe incredibly prosperous and quite well-to-do today, but way back in the 1700s it was the go-to-place for those who enjoyed sampling the more “debauched” side of life. The rich people of London flocked to Fulham for some late night gambling, drinking and prostitution. Thankfully, these days are long gone.Going further back, the name derives from the word “Fulanhamme,” meaning firstly “the place” and secondly “of fowls/mud.” Why? Because its close proximity to the Thames meant that when it flooded, Fulham got hit hard. The Thames was part sewer back then so we’ll let you figure the rest out….Fulham Archaeological Rescue Group
have almost single-handedly brought the interest in the area’s history back to life. Many digs, including some at the river revealed that Neolithic people set up home there 5000 years ago while there is also evidence of Roman settlements.
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Fulham is located within the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and lies just shy of four miles from Charing Cross. Fulham is on the Wimbledon
branch of the District Line, you have a choice of three stops for Fulham on the Underground; Parsons Green, Putney Bridge and Fulham Broadway. The Overground service is served by Imperial Wharf train station. There are four main bus routes (the 14, 22, 211 and 414) in the area and it also links up well with nearby hot spots like Knightsbridge and Chelsea
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There are a number of factors that influence rental prices in this highly desired area. Schools in Fulham play a major part in attracting affluent families and young people to the area. Lady Margaret
is one of the most sought after schools in London while the nearby French Lycee
in the area attracts a niche market to Fulham, driving prices up even higher.Picturesque, tree-lined Victorian and Edwardian streets are in abundance in Fulham, with new builds a rarity. Moor Park Estate and Peterborough Estate are very popular (and very expensive!) while Parsons Green and Eel Brooke Square are pretty cool, chilled areas popular with young professionals. All are among the nicest places to live in Fulham.Prices for two bedroom flats begin at the £1450
PCM mark, while our search found a ludicrously gorgeous penthouse apartment as the most expensive in the area. How much? A whopping £28,167
per month, or £6500
Pubs and Eateries
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The White Horse is a Good Pub Guide-award winning popular pub in Parsons Green. Known by locals as the “Sloaney Pony” down to the “Sloane Rangers” who choose to wine and dine here. It’s one of London’s most iconic pubs and has a fantastic beer garden. Not only has the pub won awards, but the food served there has also. The cuisine is of a traditional British influence with a European twist.Address: 1-3 Parsons Green, London, SW6 4ULTelephone: 020 7736 2115
Formerly known as the Duke of Cumberland, Duke on the Green is also found in Parsons Green. It was built in the late nineteenth century and is a Grade II listed building on the famous King’s Road. The food takes an influence deeply rooted in British pub style food, but with a modern-day influence. It’s part of the Young’s pub chain.Address: Duke on the Green, 235 New King’s Road, London SW6 4SGTelephone: 020 7736 2777
Again, the leafy, laid-back Parsons Green holds another gem of a venue. The name, not to be confused or associated with AragoRn (with an R!) from Lord of the Rings
, it rather comes from the building once being owned by Katherine of Aragon – Princess of Spain. She of course, was one of King Henry VIII’s wives, fortunate enough to keep her head. It boasts an amazing hidden treasure of a beer garden that hosts great BBQs when the sun shines. You can also watch live local bands, live sports and indulge in the pub’s great selection of draught ales and beers.Address: 247-249 New Kings Road, London, SW6 4XG (closed on Mondays)Telephone:020 7731 7313
Just the other day (25th
September 2014) the Harwood Arms retained its status as the only pub in London to have been awarded a Michelin Star. It can be found in Walham Grove, Fulham. It follows the standards being set by other Michelin Star pubs like Tom Kerridge’s Hand and Flowers. Having that laid back, pub atmosphere but with top quality food, drink and service with reasonable costs is a formulae working well at the moment.Address: Walham Grove, Fulham, London, SW66 1QPTelephone: 0207 386 1847
Immerse yourself in an authentic Thai experience at the Blue Elephant. Orchids, lilies and incredible décor set off the senses before indulging in a meal set in traditional, high-end Thai cuisine. The River Thames is a stones-throw away and if you choose to dine alfresco you’ll practically be in it!Address: The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, Townmead Road, London SW6 2UBTelephone:020 7751 3111
Just of the Fulham Road, inside Stamford Bridge is Marco Grill, a steakhouse by Marco Pierre White (personally, my favourite chef! He just seems a bit more punk rock than the others!). Whether you’re a football lover or hater, it shouldn’t really matter as the food here hits the perfect note between steakhouse and the quality affiliated with culinary heavyweight Marco Pierre White.However, if you are a fan of the two “foo’s” (food and football, duh!) then the match day packages that include tickets, a three-course meal, drinks and more are well worth checking. TIP – It’s cheaper on days when Chelsea play mid to lower Premier League clubs!Address: Stamford Bridge, Fulham Rd, London SW6 1HSTelephone: 020 7915 2929
Recommended personally by Movebubble’s CEO – this independent coffee shop and deli was started by friends who wanted to use their experience and passion for coffee and food and share it with the residents of Fulham. They do some brilliant sandwiches, fresh soups and more substantial specials using fresh local ingredients. If you like your coffee with soy or organic milk – this is the place to go. Brunch specials always made with organic eggs, of course.Address: 11 Jerdan Place, Fulham, London SW6 1BETelephone: 020 7381 5572
A Riverside Walk with Craven Cottage in the background!
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Historically, Fulham Palace was home for the Bishops of London and it is said that the building was lived in for potentially 5000 years. It hasn’t been a home for Bishops now for 41 years and is ran and maintained by the Fulham Trust. There’s plenty to do here; a museum that maps the history of the building and those who lived in it, the Drawing Room Café and its Botanical Gardens are a sight to see. Putney Bridge is the nearby tube stop.
Set in 42 acres of beautiful land is this sumptuous, beautiful Georgian House (that kind of looks like the White House!) that is home to one of London’s most exclusive clubs. Tennis, croquet, Cricket and all of the finest, quintessentially English traditional sports are partaken in here. You’ll need to be a guest of somebody who is already a member if you’re to experience Hurlingham Club. Private parties here are fabulously elaborate English affairs. If you are looking to become a member in the year 2029 then you’d best apply now, membership has a fifteen year waiting list!
Thames – Riverside Walks
A popular walk here is the Putney to Richmond path, which follows the route of the famous Oxford V Cambridge boat race. Along this walk there are some great views of The Thames as well as sights of some of the attractions mentioned in this blog (Craven Cottage, Fulham Palace). If you’re a keen runner then an early morning run along The Thames is a great thing to do.
Located in the Fulham Broadway Retail Centre is this great cinema complex that has nine large screens and a huge capacity. The complex shows mostly mainstream cinema releases but you can also find some Indie releases too.
Catch a footie match
Fulham is home to two of England’s most traditional clubs; Fulham and Chelsea. It would be silly to write a blog about the area without mentioning two clubs that locals passionately love. Fulham sadly slipped into The Championship last season, but Craven Cottage is a unique stadium that should be on every football fans’ list. Chelsea on the other hand, is gunning for the Premier League. Managed by Jose Mourinho, they are a club looking at big things and a day here will be a top level football experience. Eat in Marco Grill first for a proper match day experience!
Lillie Road – Fulham
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Fulham is known for its wide collection of great shops, from high-end fashion, independent hardware shops and vintage furniture shops, Lillie Road has a variety of choice. The closest tube stop is West Brompton.
Fulham Road runs parallel to the King’s Road and is a shopping haven for those “Sloane Rangers” mentioned before, with Sloane Avenue an offshoot of Fulham Road. It Runs from South Kensington tube stop down to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. You’ll find specialist interior designers, antique dealers and vintage boutiques in abundance here.