Nestled between the River Thames and Chelsea, Fulham was once the royal vegetable patch, owning to its rich and fertile soil, before becoming the summer residence of the Bishop of London, who bought the Manor House (now known as Fulham Palace).
By the end of the 19th century, the arrival of the railway transformed Fulham from a rural region into a prosperous commuter hub, and resulted in the building of countless Victorian terraced homes.
Today Fulham is hugely popular with both families and young professionals, all of whom have come to the area for that unique combination of wide green spaces, buzzy local life and excellent transport facilities.
Families, in particular, favour the much-sought after “lion houses” on the Peterborough Estate, which is situated close to Parsons Green, a beautiful little triangle of green, around which the majority of Fulham life revolves.
The private primary schools are amongst the best in town including Thomas's (featured), Kensington Prep, Fulham Prep, Parsons Green Prep. All Saints is a very good state school.
Head to the New Kings Road for independent restaurants and cafes: Emilia's Delicatessen for London’s best mozzarella. Hally's (featured) or Megan's for brunch or casual dinner. Tendido Cuatro for tapas. Koji for contemporary Japanese food.
The nightlife is low-key but vibrant. Amuse Bouche (featured) is a champagne bar, which also features a very good restaurant, Claude's Kitchen; The White Horse and Aragon House are two much-loved pubs which provide good food and have ample outside space.
Bishops Park runs all the way along the river and is home to beautiful Fulham Palace (featured). Hurlingham Park, South Park & Eel Brook Common are all lovely green spaces. Hurlingham Club is a prestigious private member's leisure club.