In the mid-19th century, Putney was an agricultural village, connected to Fulham by a wooden bridge, and a place to which Londoners would come to enjoy open spaces and clean air. By the beginning of the 20th century, it was thought of as one of London’s most pleasant suburbs, and is still very much deserving of this description, owing to its peaceful atmosphere, away from the bustle of central London.
Like its neighbour over the river, Fulham, Putney is very popular with both families and young professionals. Families are drawn to the spacious Victorian terrace and grand detached Edwardian properties, while professionals seeking contemporary apartments with a river view are won over by the sleek modern developments along the Thames.
On Boat Race day, crowds gather on the banks of the river, to wave the Oxbridge teams on their way. Once normal business has resumed, all the action in the area revolves around Putney High Street, which has a plethora of shops, restaurants, bars and a cinema.
Good schools in the area include Our Lady of Victories, St Mary's, Prospect House and Hurlingham (featured).
Carluccio's has a branch on the river which is popular in the summer. Enoteca Turi (featured) is a favourite neighbourhood Italian restaurant. Five Guys has recently opened so that south west London has access to the best burgers in town.
There is a selection of pubs and bars in the area, such as the popular Bricklayer's Arms (featured).
Wandsworth Park runs all the way along the river between Putney and Wandsworth. Richmond Park (featured) is a short drive away. The ever-popular Putney Leisure Centre is a great place for a work out or a swim.