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.
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.
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.
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 per week!
Pubs and Eateries
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 so has the food served there. The cuisine is of a traditional British influence with a European twist.Address: 1-3 Parsons Green, London, SW6 4UL Telephone: 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 4SG Telephone: 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
The Harwood Arms enjoys 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 1QP Telephone: 0207 386 1847
Located just moments away from Fulham Broadway station, Manuka Kitchen specialises in fresh gourmet meals and fine dining. The bistro-style restaurant offers a tasty selection of meat and fish and offers a signature dish of Wagyu beef bolognese, and home cured salmon. There's even a gin and cocktail bar located below the restaurant for some pre-food drinks.
Address:510 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 5NJ
In a world where chain restaurants are becoming a growing presence (not that we're against, of course) it's nice to still see the occasional family-run eatery. Saport Sardi is just that and is run by husband and wife Piero and Rosa. The restaurant serves authentic Sardinian food and a selection of fine Italian wines. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, relating to a cosy cafe in the heart of a small Italian village.Address: 786 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 5SL Telephone:020 7731 0755
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 1BE Telephone: 020 7381 5572
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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, delightful 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 2032 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 a few seasons ago, 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 Antonio Conte, 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!
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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.