Your Guide to London Fulham
Where is Fulham?
Experience the fantastic pubs, open spaces and premiership football grounds (Fulham and Chelsea) of this South West London district and come and stay in trendy, upmarket Fulham. Situated in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on the banks of the River Thames, you’ll never be far from fabulous shopping hotspots like King’s Road and Sloane Street in exclusive Chelsea when you stay here. You’ll also be surrounded by districts like Sands End, West Brompton, Barnes and Putney. You’ll find that Fulham is situated in Tube Zone 2, with tube stations like Putney Bridge, Parsons Green and Fulham Broadway scattered all over the district that offer you fast and easy access to the city centre. You won’t even be inside the congestion charging zone when you stay here, so feel free to bring your car!
History of Fulham
It’s likely that the name ‘Fulham’ comes from the Saxon ‘Fullenhame’, which means the resort or habitation of birds. Before the Thames was embanked the land here was basically a swamp, and many places were under water at every high tide which led to an abundance of water-fowl. The parish was given to the Bishop of London in the late 7th Century. He lived in Fulham Palace and its grounds.
During the 18th century there was a lot of gambling and prostitution in the area and Fulham became a sort of 'Las Vegas retreat' for the wealthy of London. It remained a working class location for the first half of the twentieth century, but underwent extensive restoration between the Second World War and the 1980s. Today you’ll find that Fulham is an upmarket area of South West London, full of boutiques and drinking establishments for you to try.
The Positives of Fulham
The best thing about Fulham is that although it’s an exclusive area, next to some of West London’s most expensive locations like Kings Road and Sloane Street in nearby Chelsea, there’s something for everyone here. You can eat in fine restaurants and shop in boutiques, or you can sample some of the best, down-to-earth and friendly pubs in the capital and shop more modestly on Fulham Broadway. It’s also very easy to get around London with Fulham as your base. Some of London’s main attractions are really nearby, including Chelsea Harbour and Earl’s Court – and there are three tube stations that serve the area if you want to venture further a-field. It’s also a great place to stay if you’re coming to watch premiership football at Fulham FC or Chelsea FC, as both of these team’s football grounds are located within the district.
Need to Know Fulham
Fulham is a busy area and the main Fulham Road is a bit of a nightmare if you’re driving around London. But you won’t need your car here because it’s so well served by public transport. You may think that the tube stations look to be a bit of a hike away from where you are staying, but at least you’ll be able to explore some of the district on foot when you walk to the nearest tube station; even if you don’t like walking you can always hail a black cab! And if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle, Fulham has plenty of lovely green spaces like Bishops Park and Hurlingham Park.