The lowdown: Fulham
Three and a half miles west of central London, Fulham has transformed in 50 years from solid working-class neighbourhood to affluent suburb. New riverside walks are being created as remnants of its industrial past make way for several thousand new apartments.
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Average house prices in Fulham
One-bedroom flat: £694,000
Two-bedroom flat: £981,000
Two-bedroom house: £811,000
Three-bedroom house: £1.58 million
Four-bedroom house: £1.94 million
Average rental prices in Fulham
One-bedroom flat: £1,754 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £2,298 a month
Two-bedroom house: £2,276 a month
Three-bedroom house: £3,183 a month
Four-bedroom house: £4,635 a month
Fulham primary schools include six that are rated “good” by Ofsted, while four senior schools are rated “outstanding” by the education watchdog, among them the London Oratory RC school, where Tony Blair sent his two sons, and which is also attended by Nick Clegg’s son. There are local private primary, prep and French schools.
The main shopping area around Fulham Broadway station has a Waitrose. There are also shops in Munster Road, Wandsworth Bridge Road, Lillie Road and Fulham Palace Road. New King’s Road boasts Chelsea Design Quarter, with George Smith for chairs, John Cullen Lighting and Deirdre Dyson for designer rugs. Antique hunters forage in Lillie Road.
Fulham has three stations on the Wimbledon branch of the District line: Fulham Broadway, Parsons Green and Putney Bridge. Nearby Barons Court is also on the Piccadilly line. Imperial Wharf is on the Overground, one stop from Clapham Junction which has trains to Waterloo and Victoria. All stations are in Zone 2 and an annual railcard costs £1,284.
The Harwood Arms in Walham Grove bills itself as London’s only gastropub with a Michelin star. Eelbrook in New King’s Road is a smart British- and Med-influenced café/restaurant with tables overlooking Eel Brook Common. In Parsons Green, Hally’s and Little H cafes have a Californian vibe. Chairs & Coffee in Fulham Road morphs from coffee bar to wine bar at night.
Leisure and the arts
The Hurlingham private members club offers tennis, cricket, bowls and croquet, playgrounds and crèche. Nuffield Fitness and Wellbeing Gym in Stevenage Road has a private pool, and council-owned Fulham Pools is in Normand Park. There’s a Vue multiplex cinema in Fulham Broadway shopping centre. London Theatre Workshop is above the Eel Brook pub, New King’s Road.
The commons off New King's Road, Eel Brook Common and Parsons Green, are popular for picnics. By the river in Bishop’s Avenue, Bishop’s Park, with playgrounds, a lake, an urban beach and a bowling green, borders the grounds of Fulham Palace, historic home of the Bishop of London, now a museum with activities and an outdoor cinema.
£350,000: designed for pure enjoyment, this 45ft houseboat with two en suite cabins is at Imperial Wharf Marina in The Boulevard.
£775,000: this new-build two-bedroom apartment is located in the popular Vera Road, offering contemporary living space and rooftop views from a private terrace.
£1.15 million: this three-bedroom terrace house in Mendora Road is a charming property arranged over three floors with a private garden.
£2.5 million: a five-bedroom property in quiet Gironde Road, this family house has wood floors and stylish interior décor throughout