Living in Fulham
Fulham lies in south west London and forms part of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Despite being located just 3.7 miles south west of Charing Cross, the area offers many green spaces including South Park, Parsons Green, Hurlingham Park and Eel Brook Common.
Benefiting from its position on one of the best stretches of the river Thames, Fulham has an eclectic feel with a strong European presence and is one of London’s most sought-after residential areas.
Did You Know:
- Britain’s 1st speed bumps were installed on Linver Rd, Fulham in 1984
- The first British grown examples of Mahogany, Acacia, Tamerisk and Maple trees were grown in the gardens of Fulham Palace
- Harry Potter actor, Daniel Radcliffe was born and lived in Fulham until the age of 12. His family home was on Sherbrooke Road
- David Gandy, Jemima Khan, Olly Murs, Sophie Rayworth, Kelly Jones and Example (Elliot John Gleave) are all residents of Fulham
- The Fulham Palace gardens were surrounded by England’s largest moat until 1924.
Architecture and property:
Fulham is predominately made up of Victorian terraces and has one of the highest proportions of Victorian property in London. This historical identity means that much of Fulham is now a conservation area. Before the 1890’s the area was largely farmland and orchards but the arrival of the new Great Western railway (which now serves as the District Line for London Underground) meant Fulham was initially ‘developed’ into a residential area.
Whilst there are pockets of mansion blocks and purpose built flats such as Rivermead Court and Queens Club Gardens, the 19th century period properties dominate. More recently, the Riverside real estate which historically has been used for commercial purposes has now been developed with large contemporary residential blocks.
Local areas include the Peterborough Estate, to the south east of Parsons Green which comprises large red-brick houses commonly known as ‘Lion houses’ (due to the stone lions sitting proudly on their roofs.) These houses were built on the grounds of Peterborough House by architect Jimmy Nicholls in the 1890’s and provide Fulham with some of its largest houses.
On the Fulham/Chelsea borders is the Moore Park Estate which features town houses.
Bishops Park, located on the western side of Fulham is dominated by Fulham Palace - the former home of the Bishop of London - and is home to some of the larger houses in Fulham, with some of the largest gardens in the area. This area is often referred to as the ‘Alphabet Streets’ due to the names of the streets being in alphabetical order.
Towards the river in the South-East of Fulham sits the Sands End area where many Victorian houses have been converted into comfortable flats and maisonettes – providing a popular location for young professionals and first time buyers that benefit from Imperial Wharf overground station. The land closest to the River was once home to Fulham Gas works, but has since undergone extensive regeneration, now playing host to the enormous residential developments of Imperial Wharf, Chelsea Creek and most recently Fulham Riverside.
Who lives there:
Fulham is a cosmopolitan area that attracts a wide and culturally diverse demographic. You will find a broad spread of families, young professionals and retirees. The area has always held appeal with families due to the excellent range of schools, green open spaces, the proximity to the River Thames and the abundance of shops and restaurants right on their door step. For commuters, the District Line, Overground Line, numerous bus routes and even the Thames Clipper provide a variety of ways to access the City.
Where to eat:
The Michelin starred Riverside Café and Harwood Arms are both located in Fulham along with a wealth restaurants specialising in Italian, French, Moroccan, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asian cuisines. Local favourites include Boma on the Green and Hally’s.
Where to drink:
The area has long been known as a great place to go out. There are a number of well known pubs around the area such as the popular White Horse, (known locally as ‘The Sloaney Pony’) and the Duke on the Green. Additionally there are several contemporary wine bars such as Vagabond on Fulham Broadway and Amuse Bouche just off Parsons Green. On the borders of Fulham and Chelsea there is an array of nightclubs/late bars, including the renowned Cuban-themed Embargo Republica.
Fulham is a place for individualists where small and specialist shops dominate, from antiques to Harley Davidson motorcycles, dazzling lights to designer fashions.
There is a superb range of speciality food shops, stocked with fresh produce from Britain and mouth-watering goodies from more exotic parts of the world.
High street shoppers can find plenty of familiar stores in the Fulham Broadway Centre. Located in the heart of Fulham it has an excellent selection of shops as well as a 9 screen cinema, luxury health club and restaurants.
The Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is home to the infamous Hammersmith Apollo and Lyric theatres which have welcomed many famous faces through their doors.
Sports & Leisure:
Bishops Park, South Park and Eel Brook Common are all hugely popular with fitness fanatics for their open spaces and tennis court facilities. There are several private gyms throughout the borough in addition to the popular locally run Fulham Pools. The borough hosts two major football stadiums: Stamford Bridge home to Chelsea FC, located on Fulham Broadway and Craven Cottage home to Fulham FC, found on the River to the north west of Fulham near to Bishops Park. Hurlingham Park is home to Fulham Rugby Football Club, as well as the exclusive Hurlingham Club located in the magnificent grounds of Hurlingham House, with 42 acres of perfectly manicured private land.
Parks & Green Spaces:
Fulham is lucky to benefit from numerous green and open spaces which is a rarity this close to Central London. These include Eel Brook Common, Bishops Park, South Park, Hurlingham Park, Imperial Park and Parsons Green. Additionally, much of the Thames Path is intact, giving wonderful access to the River.
Underground (London only):
The borough benefits from several Underground stations: Fulham Boadway (Distict Line), Parsons Green (District Line), Putney Bride (District Line), West Brompton (District Line and Overground), West Kensington (District Line) and Hammersmith (District Line and Piccadilly Line).
West Brompton is located to the North of Fulham and borders on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the Earls Court side. Imperial Wharf is located to the south of Fulham and also borders the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to the west of Chelsea. Both stations are serviced by the Stratford to Clapham Junction Line. The line starts in east London, travelling north to Camden and Hampstead, and then west to Shepherds Bush eventually finishing in Clapham, south London. In total the Line services 22 stops across London.
Route 11- Liverpool Street- Fulham Broadway
Route 211 Waterloo- Hammersmith
Route N11- Liverpool Street- Ealing Broadway
Route 14- Warren Street- Putney Heath
Route 414- Maida Hill- Putney Bridge
Route 28- Kensal Rise- Wandsworth
Route 295- Ladbroke Grove to Clapham Junction
Route 424- Fulham- Putney Heath
Route 391- Sand End- Putney Heath
Route 22- Putney Common- Piccadilly Circus
Route 74- Putney Exchange- Baker Street
Car: The M4, A3 and M25 are all easily accessible, each being within a 25 minute drive of Fulham.
Hammersmith and Fulham has a good selection of sought after schools including both primary and secondary schools, independent schools, special needs schools and further education centres. Fulham is also well known for having a number of esteemed nurseries.
Fulham has several primary schools with impressive OFSTED ratings. These include the London Oratory School with an ‘excellent’ OFSTED rating, Holy Cross RC School, Thomas’ Academy, Sulivan Primary School and All Saints C of E Primary School to name a few!
Additionally, Fulham is able to offer a superb level of education for older children too. The popular Lady Margaret School boasts an ‘excellent’ OFSTED rating with Prayhouse School, Fulham Cross Girl’s School and Language College and Fulham College Boy’s School all holding ‘good’ OFSTED ratings.
Fulham is well known for its numerous pre-school nurseries such as Pippa Poppins, and also for its private primary schools. Private schools in the area include Thomas’, Fulham Prep (mixed), Kensington Prep (for girls) L’Ecole pour les Petites, L’Ecole Marie d’Orliac (primary school to the French Lycee in Kensington) and Parsons Green Prep.
Council & Tax Bands:
Council: Hammersmith and Fulham
Fulham council tax rates: