Fulham Area Guide

Brief history to Fulham

Fulham is situated along the banks of the River Thames in Central and West London. Once known as Fulanamme, the area takes its name from its translation: the place of 'fowls' or 'mud'. Archaeologists have found the area fascinating and following large scale excavations are led to believe there has been a settlement of sorts on the area for as long as 5000 years.

Fulham Palace served as the grand official home of the Bishops of London, now an interesting palatial museum. The grounds of the Palace have been divided into beautiful botanical gardens and public allotments. During the 18th Century, Fulham gained the reputation of debauchery and a retreat for London's notorious nobility as the area became awash with gambling.

In 1792 the first workhouse was built in Fulham, this was later replaced by a modernised version in 1848-49 and housed up to 450 residents. Later at the turn of the 20th century it became an Infirmary with a children's ward. The site is still in existence today and is now known as Charing Cross Hospital.

The exclusive sports club The Hurlingham Club whose members include the Royal Family is situated in Fulham. The area is now one of the most exclusive in the city of London, with two fantastic green spaces Bishops Park and Parsons Green. Last but certainly not least it is home to The Harwood Arms, the only Michelin Starred Pub in London.

Types of Property in Fulham

Fulham's architectural landscape changed dramatically when the District Line arrived in 1880. A large percentage of the properties in the area were built after this event and therefore you can expect to find rows of redbrick Victorian and Edwardian property. Many of these are well-sized family homes with great sized gardens, some of which have been converted into flats.

Located on the riverbanks are contrasting contemporary luxury apartments.

Average rental prices

For a studio apartment you would expect to pay £230.75 per week. For a one bedroom flat you would expect to pay in the region of £491.00 per week and a two bedroom property will cost you in the region of £728.50.

Council Tax banding ranges from A – £681.88 to H – £2,045 in Fulham. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Fulham

Fulham is a renowned area for house shares, young professionals who have moved to the capital for their first place of employment post-college or university. It was voted most desirable place to live in 2012 by its young and vibrant population. Young families are drawn here because of the location and amenities the area has to offer. Because of the nearby Lycée, there is a thriving French community and a h4 Australian influence too.

What to do in Fulham

The famous Westfield Shopping Centre is situated in this area of Central and West London, however Fulham still retains a great choice of shops. King Street in Hammersmith or Fulham Broadway offer both high street retailers and independents boutiques. Shepherds Bush market runs along the train tracks and is friendly and vibrant. The falafel served on the market is outstanding and the area is now renowned for it.

The area is awash with beautiful buildings, in particular and that with historical importance is Fulham Palace. Once home to the Bishops of London this once moated building and gardens arenow open to the public. It's a quiet and peaceful space, perfect for picnics if you're visiting during the summer. The BBC Television Centre is located in Fulham, the building is both stunning and iconic.

For fine dining, try the famous River Café with its amazing Italian cuisine and gorgeous outdoor seating areas. The Imperial, renowned across the city for its modern British and International dishes, is set in a lovely traditional old pub which compliments its contemporary design. The Sands End is a fine example of a gastropub with a lively atmosphere and an overly tempting wine list.

Transport

Fulham is perfectly situated in the heart of Central and West London with excellent public service links. The A4 leads out to Heathrow and the tube stations are located at Fulham Boradway, Parsons Green, Putney Bridge and West Kensington. The Imperial Wharf also offers an overground service in the Fulham area. There is a river taxi bus from Chelsea Harbour and regular bus services too.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

An extremely popular area with French expatriates the area has two French schools the Lycee Junior School is located in Clancarty Street and the high school equivalent in Kensington. The Lady Margaret School for girls on Parsons Green and Erridge House pre-prep and nursery all come greatly recommended.

For more information on schools and colleges in the area please visit our specified section here.