One of London’s Most Popular and Vibrant Locations
Fulham has undergone significant investment and regeneration over recent years and is now one of the capital’s most desirable residential locations.
Back in the 1800s, when Charles Dickens was writing his biting social commentaries in such books as Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, Fulham would not have featured high on the social scale. The area had a number of the dreaded poorhouses that featured so strongly in Dickens’ work and was home to working-class people scraping a living.
Like so many London suburbs, it went through difficult times in the mid-20th century, too, but from the 1960s onwards, the area saw steady investment and regeneration, and gradually transformed from its working-class roots to the haven for the young and upwardly mobile that we see today. Here are five reasons you would love to live in Fulham.
The best schools
Fulham is famous for its superb selection of schools. Pre-schoolers can get the best possible start at this outstanding nursery in Fulham, and from there, you have a choice of both private and state schools, including The London Oratory, Fulham Prep School, and Lady Margaret School for Girls to name but a few. There is also a good choice of international schools.
Food and drink
Whether you are looking for an a la carte meal in a top restaurant or a quiet pint in a back-street boozer, Fulham has it all, and in the best possible style. You could even come close to blending the two into one experience at The Harwood Arms. Tucked away on a back street it might be, but this is the only pub in London to hold a Michelin star!
Claude’s Kitchen, on Parson’s Green Lane, gets frequent rave reviews from the major food critics, or for something simpler, visit The White Horse, which is located close by. This traditional pub has a history dating back to the 17th century and is affectionately known as the “Sloaney Pony” by locals.
The local shopping center is Fulham Broadway, and it has all the everyday shops you could ever need. For something a little more unusual, there is a range of fashion boutiques on Fulham Road, where you will find all the most exclusive labels.
Fulham boasts several venues, including the Grand Hall and Fulham Palace. But it is the Shepherd’s Bush Empire that is the most famous. Take a look at their upcoming events, there is sure to be something to appeal to every taste. Where else could you watch Simon Amstell performing one night and Howard Jones the next?
Of course, it is impossible to talk about the pull of Fulham without mentioning its most famous sports team. Fulham FC is London’s oldest premiership club, having been founded in 1879, and has been based at Craven Cottage for 120 years.
Even if you are not usually a football fan, you really should get along to this iconic ground at least once – and who knows, once you have watched one game, you might find you have caught the bug!