Tubes: Putney Bridge, Parsons Green and Fulham Broadway
London borough: Hammersmith & Fulham
Fulham is the area of south-west London that lies on the north banks of the River Thames, just to the west of Chelsea. The area is believed to be named after the Saxon chief Fulla, who once lived in the area.
For much of its history the Fulham area was very much a rural one, with the main industry being market gardening. In fact the district used to be nicknamed 'the fruit and kitchen garden north of the Thames'.
Up until the 19th century the area had several separate villages and settlements in it, all of which revolved around the powerful Fulham Palace, the country residence of the Bishops of London.
The area was also home to several of London's wealthy families who built country residences in Fulham and so the district first began to gain a reputation as a sought after and exclusive residential district.
Fulham's villages retained distinct characters right up until the late 19th century. But once the expansion of London reached the area, Fulham was quickly transformed. The villages merged together and the market gardens were replaced with rows of residential housing.
But Fulham has retained a very genteel and elegant feel, and to this day the district has remained the home of London's wealthier residents.
Fulham was formerly the seat of the diocese of "Fulham and Gibraltar", and Fulham Palace the former official home of the Bishop of London, (whic his now a museum), of which the grounds are now divided up into public allotments and an elegant botanical garden.
During the 18th century, Fulham had a reputation of debauchery, becoming a sort of "Las Vegas retreat" for the wealthier people of London, where there was much gambling and prostitution.
During the first half of the twentieth century, Fulham remained a working class area, but after the Second World War, it was subject to extensive restoration. Today, Fulham is one of the most expensive parts of London, and hence the United Kingdom; average actual sale price of all property (both houses and flats) sold in the SW6 area in March 2015 was over £1.2 Million However in parts of the area, houses can be valued at over £4.5 Million. Average rental prices at the beginning of 2015 were £2910.00 per month with many properties made available for rent at over £15,000.00 per month
Fulham has been through many changes in its history, but today it is a gloriously green London area within close reach of Chelsea and Kensington and this is reflected in the local house prices. You will find two of the Premiership football clubs are located in Fulham, these are Fulham and Chelsea.
Also found in Fulham is the famously exclusive sports club, the Hurlingham Club. Previous members include British monarchs. Joining the club has a waiting list on average of over fifteen years.
If you are looking for parks and open spaces, you will find many of them in Fulham with the largest ones being Bishops Park, Fulham Palace Gardens, Hurlingham Park, South Park, Eel Brook Common and Parsons Green.
You can see Fulham in many films including The Omen and The L-Shaped Room. Fulham Broadway's tube station featured in the film Sliding Doors.