Fulham is one of the most popular areas to live in London, due to its perfect location for commuters, and ideal for those with young families to enjoy its extensive green spaces.
Fulham is located just west of Chelsea which might give an indication of what sort of area it is. Chelsea is ‘inspirational’. Fulham is smart, yet villagey, and still affordable. Hammersmith is to the northwest, Earl's Court, Baron's Court and West Brompton to the north and Putney lies south across the river.
Fulham is only 3.7 miles southwest of Charing Cross and offers plenty of attractions and activities for those keen to immerse themselves in city living. With excellent shopping and restaurants found throughout the area, houses and flats are snapped up quickly. As one of the prime areas to live in London, buyers and tenants will relish the variety and quality on offer.
Originally known as “Fulanhamme”, Fulham has a long and varied history as one of London’s key areas of interest. Local landmark Fulham Palace was once home to the Bishop of London – a fact that hugely contrasts with Fulham’s 18th century reputation as a “Las Vegas style” retreat for the wealthy inhabitants of London, during which time gambling became the area’s major source of wealth generation.
Fulham remained a predominantly working class area until extensive restoration works took place after WWII, after which it became the mecca for the well-heeled homeowner. Today, Fulham is one of the most affluent residential areas in Central London and home to The River Café, Chelsea Football Club and The Hurlingham Club.
Sports fans will be in their element if they choose to move to Fulham, as it is home to not one but two Premiership football clubs – Fulham and Chelsea. However, if the beautiful game is not to your liking, there are plenty of other recreational activities on offer. Fulham Broadway is the prime destination for shopping with all the well known high street retailers and coffee shops, 9 screen cinema, luxury health club and restaurants.
Away from Fulham Broadway and you’ll find a collection of small independent shops, including a superb range of speciality food shops, stocked with fresh produce from Britain and mouth-watering goodies from more exotic parts of the world. An eclectic mix of pubs, restaurants and clubs also ensure that the night comes alive both during the week and at weekends.
Fulham doesn’t have parkland along the same scale as Hyde Park or it’s Royal Park cousins, but, as estate agents in Fulham will point out, there are many green spaces including South Park, Parsons Green, Hurlingham and Eel Brook Common. Plus, Fulham has the distinct advantage of being close to the river.
Thanks to so many new riverside properties hugging the banks of the river, it has encouraged a welcome mix of cafes, waterside pubs and restaurants to take up residence here as well. With stunning pedestrian walkways and cycle routes along the river, Fulham offers a great way of life. From a short commute to work, to within minutes of your front door, enjoying a weekend brunch or weekday lunch or supper, with glorious riverside views, there’s something for everyone in Fulham.
As Fulham is a hugely popular area of London, property prices can be high. Fortunately, the increasing number of new, high spec developments has added to the housing stock available. One of the most exciting opportunities lies at Fulham Riverside. Upon full completion, the scheme will consist of 460 new homes spread out in an 8.25 acre site, with a variety of unit sizes to suit everyone’s needs. The fabulous views over the River Thames makes this development one of the most desirable residential projects in London. Those interested in viewing should contact a Fulham estate agent as soon as possible.
Whether you are looking for a converted Victorian flat, a striking riverside development, or terraced house for a family, Fulham estate agents are sure to be able to help.
There are plenty of choices when it comes to early years education in Fulham, with a large number of primary schools to choose from. In addition, when children reach secondary school age, some of London’s finest institutions can be found in the area – Latymer Upper School, St Paul’s Girls’ School and The Godolphin and Latymer School, which are independent, all saw 100 per cent of pupils gain three A-levels in 2012. Moving up into sixth form, Fulham children have the opportunity to attend nearby Chelsea Academy which has been rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted.
As Fulham lies in a loop of the River Thames, some may fear that public transportation options could be few and far between but fortunately, this is not the case. Fulham is served by no less than three tube stations – Putney Bridge, Parsons Green and Fulham Broadway – along with the London Overground West London Line, which stops at Imperial Wharf. As with everywhere else in London, buses to the city centre run frequently and the area also provides the opportunity for commuters to squeeze in a spot of early morning exercise by hiring a Boris Bike.
Fulham Broadway underground station (District line, Zone 2)
Parsons Green (District Line, Zone 2)
Putney Bridge (District Line, Zone 2)
Bus number 14 to South Kensington
Bus number 22 to Piccadilly Circus