Introduction to Fulham
Fulham. Once a place characterised by poverty and crime, run down and with anything but a good reputation in the years following the second world war, it has now by objective standards become an area associated with the best parts of London, much like neighbouring Chelsea, Putney and Kensington. Bordering the scenic beauty of Putney Bridge, it leads easily into central London by either bus, train or car and offers many exquisite pubs and shops in addition to these good connections. For history fans, it has a long and rich past stretching back to Anglo Saxon times; for those who love sport, it is the home of Fulham F.C and Chelsea F.C.
History of Fulham
Fulham has always been a place associated with industry and enterprise for the last six hundred years, back in the 15th century with its Mill at Millshot on what has now become Fulham Palace Road. After pottery and tapestry weaving developed, then followed paper-making and brewing by the 17th and 18th centuries; Fulham High Street is this area nowadays. When energy production, transportation and the automotive industry improved in the two hundred years after, the Lillie Bridge Depot then opened in 1872 and this was synonymous with the rail transport development of London. Interestingly, Fulham’s actual name derives from “Fulanhamme”, meaning either ‘place of fowls’ or ‘of mud’, based on the ancient Anglo Saxon. One of the biggest historical landmarks of the area is Fulham Palace, also known as ‘the manor of Fulham’. Once the residence of the bishop of London, it is now a museum.
Transportation in Fulham
Fulham is exceptionally well connected to the rest of London and offers many different methods of transportation. Fulham Broadway underground station is only five stops away on the district line from Victoria; merely three from South Kensington. Imperial Wharf station is one stop away from Clapham Junction and three from Shepherd’s Bush and the Westfield shopping centre. Within the same borough you also have the underground stations of Putney Bridge, Parsons Green, Baron’s Court and West Kensington. West Brompton station is also merely a stone’s throw from Fulham. If travelling by car, the Wandsworth Bridge and Lillie Bridge as well as Putney Bridge are all accessible. Buses also travel from Fulham to Hammersmith, Willesden Junction, South Kensington, Putney, Piccadilly Circus and more; you won’t find it hard to travel if you live or operate a business here.
Going out in Fulham
Fulham offers many attractive places to drink and dine, from the White Horse, a beautiful Victorian gastropub not too far from Parsons Green station with a mahogany interior offering numerous beers from all over the world, to the Harwood Arms, a restaurant and gastropub offering handmade scotch eggs and game as well as excellent wines; not to mention the old charm of The Brown Cow with its rustic decor, the Elk Bar with its American style barbecue cuisine and an Elkhorn lampshade right near Fulham Broadway station and Megan’s Restaurant on King’s Road, offering homemade cooking which is heavily mediterranean influenced. It’s not troublesome to find a good place to dine or drink in Fulham at affordable prices.
Attractions in Fulham
Chelsea Football Club’s home stadium is Stamford Bridge, a wonderful place to go if you like sport. The magnificence of Fulham Palace, former home of the bishops of London, is now a museum with free entry to the main palace and garden, offering many wonderful exhibitions. Bishops park is a great place to walk if you like being out and about surrounded by natural scenery, and is only a few minutes’ walk from Putney Bridge station. The Hurlingham club is a great place to go if you like something more exclusive in the realms of sports and social clubs. Finally, if you feel the need or have the desire to stay in Fulham, why not check out the Chelsea Harbour Hotel.