Moving To Fulham – Everything You Need To Know

If you’re thinking of moving to London, you have a whopping 33 boroughs to choose from, each with it’s own unique charm. In 2018, The Sunday Times listed the southwestern borough of Fulham as one of the top three places to live and it’s no wonder why. It is home to stunning historical Edwardian and Victorian architecture, and some of London’s largest greenspaces. Not only that, there are some highly regarded schools in the area. Just a stone’s throw from central London, this village-like borough has a lot to offer. Read on to find out if Fulham is the right place for you.

Areas of Fulham | Geographical Location

The inner London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is partly in west London and partly in southwest London. It includes the neighbourhoods of Wormwood Scrubs, White City, Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith, and Fulham. Although Hammersmith and Fulham are often grouped together as a single borough, we will be exploring Fulham as a separate area when possible.

Just 3.6 miles (5.8 km) southwest of Charing Cross, Fulham has a uniquely “village feel.” It lies on the north bank of the River Thames, and is just west of Chelsea, with Hammersmith to the northwest.  

Demographics

Fulham attracts a wide demographic. It is appealing for young families looking to enrol their children in some of the best schools that London has to offer. Not only that, it’s spacious Victorian terrace homes attract couples and retirees. Young professionals looking for a slower paced style of living are also drawn to this beautiful borough.

In 2018, Hammersmith and Fulham’s population was estimated at 185,426 people. Below is an estimated breakdown of the area’s demographics:

  • 0-9 years old: 11.8%
  • 10-19 years old: 7.7%
  • 20-29 years old: 26.8%
  • 30-44 years old: 30.6%
  • 45-59 years old: 12.9%
  • 60-74 years old: 6.9%
  • 75 and over: 3.2%

The area’s first class schooling options, coupled with an upscale housing market, make it a large draw for young, affluent couples looking to put down roots.

Cost of Living / Property

Since the late 20th century, Fulham has had a reputation as one of the most sought-after locations in London. This year, properties in Fulham had an average price of £1,089,876. The majority of sales in Fulham were flats, selling for an average price of £789,937. Terraced properties sold for an average of £1,613,634, and semi-detached properties selling for £2,114,467. 

Despite having one of the highest proportions of Edwardian and Victorian style properties in London, there is also a handful of new developments including Imperial Wharf, North End Road and the former trading estate in Farm Lane. Here you can find smaller flats and townhouses.

Not in the market to buy yet? Not to worry. The rental market is very diverse. Below is the average price for rental properties in Fulham:

  • One-bedroom flat – £1,794
  • Two-bedroom flat – £2,817
  • Two-bedroom house – £2,230
  • Three-bedroom house – £5,375
  • Four-bedroom house – £4,406

Education / Schools

There is no shortage of educational institutions in Fulham. Not only that, there are numerous schools rated “good” and “outstanding” by OFSTED.

For primary schools, Fulham is home to some highly rated primary schools, listed below, all rated good or outstanding:

  • St Peter’s Primary School
  • St Stephen’s CofE Primary School
  • Chesterton Primary School
  • St Mary Abbots CofE Primary School

For a list of the best rated primary schools near Fulham, see The Best Primary Schools In Fulham | Ratings and Reviews

There are also some well known secondary schools in the area such as:

  • The London Oratory School
  • The Hurlingham Academy
  • Fulham Cross Girl’s School
  • Lady Margaret School in Parsons Green

For a list of the best rated secondary school near Fulham, see The Best Secondary Schools In Fulham | Ratings and Reviews – Here you can see parent reviews, catchment areas, and exam results.

There are also numerous pre-school nurseries with ‘outstanding’ OFSTED ratings in and around Fulham including Pippa Pop-ins, Puffins Nursery School, Melrose House Nursery , and Bishop’s Park Montessori Nursery School to name a few.   

Transportation / Getting Around

There are four Underground stations in Fulham: Putney Bridge, Parsons Green, Fulham Broadway and West Brompton, all on the Wimbledon branch of the District line.

The Overground has two stations: West Brompton and Imperial Wharf.

The M4, A3 and M25 are all easily accessible, each being within a 25 minute drive of Fulham.

Leisure & Culture

Shopping

Fulham Broadway is located in the heart of Fulham. It offers name brands, as well as a multiplex cinema, luxury health club, and numerous restaurants.

At the southern end of King’s Road, you will find smaller, more glamorous shops and galleries. These trendy boutiques and designer labels come with higher price tags though, so come prepared to spend. 

Sports

Fulham is home to 2 professional football leagues. Fulham Football League play at Craven Cottage, the oldest football stadium in London. Chelsea Football Club play a 30 min walk away at Stamford Bridge.

Stamford bridge also serves as a concert venue (Under the Bridge) getting it’s name from the fact that it is literally under the Stamford Bridge.

Fulham is a fitness fanatic’s dream come true. There are independently owned gyms scattered throughout the borough. On top of that, Normand Park is split between public facilities and private facilities, with fantastic features for the general public. There are two public swimming pools and a public gym, along with other features available for private members only.

For tennis lovers, you can find some of the most prestigious courts in London here. At The Hurlingham Club there is a rumoured 15 year waiting list for membership. If you don’t have 15 years to wait, or basketball is more your game, you can head over to Eel Brook Common, Bishops Park, or Hammersmith Park, all equipped with public basketball and tennis courts.

Markets & Greenspaces

Bishops Park is one of the best green spaces in London and includes an urban beach, lake, tennis and basketball courts, gardens, and bowling alley. Next to Bishop’s Park is  All Saints Church, which dates back to the late Victorian period.

Bishop’s Park Farmer’s Market sells locally sourced goods every Sunday from 10am – 2pm. When you’re done there, head over to Thames Path for a stroll along the River Thames.

Fulham Palace Garden  is a botanical garden complete with educational workshops (think pruning and seed sowing), monthly family fun days, a museum, and a historical house with installations and exhibitions. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

North End Road Market  is open 6 days a week and offers some of the most reasonably priced fruits and vegetables in the area. Vendors also sell cheese, meat, and fish.

Other green spaces include Brook Green, Eel Brook Common, Hammersmith Park, Hurlingham Park, Normand Park in Lillie Road, Parsons Green, and Wormwood Scrubs, the boroughs’ only local nature reserve.

Food & Drink

You’ll find a wealth of restaurants specialising in Italian, French, Moroccan, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asian cuisines in Fulham.

You can also find a range of speciality food shops, with traditional British goodies, as well as food from around the world. Bayley and Sage  offers a selection of wine, cheese and deli meats, as well as flowers, home baked goods, and gift baskets. 

Market Hall is a really cool venue in a former underground ticket office. It is equipped with 7 kitchens, 2 bars, a coffee shop, an event space, a fitness centre and a roof terrace.

There are a number of well known pubs around the area such as White Horse, and the Duke on the Green. You can also find some contemporary wine bars such as Vagabond on Fulham Broadway and Amuse Bouche off Parsons Green. There is also an array of nightclubs on the borders of Fulham and Chelsea

The Michelin starred River Café is one of the best-known Italian restaurants in the area.  In the summer, the view from the terrace can’t be beat.

With loads of green spaces, amazing schools, spacious homes and a lively sport culture – what’s not to love about Fulham?

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