Living in Fulham
By Kirsty Henderson
Fulham is located just west of Chelsea which might give an indication of what sort of area it is. Chelsea is posh. Fulham is nice, but still affordable. Hammersmith is to the northwest, Earl's Court, Baron's Court and West Brompton to the north and Putney lies south across the river.
Rents in Fulham can be pretty expensive and you might find yourself paying the same price for a twin share in Fulham as you would for a single room in a place like Acton or Willesden. There's a variety of housing options from flats above shops all along Dawes Road, Fulham Road and Fulham Palace Road to two-story terraced houses sandwiched in between these streets. There are also a few small apartment blocks close to Fulham Broadway Underground station and also on the road into Hammersmith.
There are loads of antipodeans in Fulham and, despite the area being more posh then other antipodean hangouts like Shepherd's Bush and Acton, they still know how to party hard. People living in Fulham tend to be earning a bit more than your average labourer or office worker.
Pubs, Clubs and Entertainment
The Mitre Pub on Dawes Road is a good place to grab a couple sneaky pints before heading out. For the Aussie/Kiwi crowd there's a Slug and Lettuce and a Belushi's near to Fulham Broadway station. If pubs aren't your thing then there's a Vue cinema inside the station mall.
Fulham has two major football stadiums. Craven Cottage located by the river next to Bishop's Park is home to Fulham FC and Chelsea play at Stamford Bridge which is more centrally located next to Fulham Broadway. When Chelsea play at home the entire area gets clogged up with supporters. You'll have to queue up even to grab a Subway sandwich and dining out anywhere near the station just before a home game is impossible. Public transport is a nightmare and police will usually close the Underground station and parking lot for a few hours on game day. Things are lively but if you have to get things done, you'd be advised to steer well clear.
Fulham doesn't really have a lot of parkland but being close to the river I guess makes up for that. Bishop's Park right next to the river near to Putney Bridge station is a nice space to chill out. Fulham Palace's grounds are here as well.
Shops, Restaurants and Takeaways
There are a few really terrible curry places around these parts but of course I forget their names. There's a weekend market on North End Road with loads of fresh produce that's a great place to stock up with a week's full of fresh groceries for a good price.
Mark's and Spencer and Waitrose, two of the UK's most expensive supermarkets, have shops in Fulham. They're stocked with some really nice food but shopping here on a regular basis isn't really practical for your average working holiday type. Luckily there's a Sainsbury's in the mall at Fulham Broadway which isn't the cheapest either but for the area it's the best you'll do.
Transport in Fulham is pitiful and is enough to turn people off of the area completely. If you don't need to travel during rush hour then you might be ok, but if you have to attempt to cram yourself onto the District Line with the masses around 7:30-9am then be prepared to throw a few flying elbows to even got onto the train. There are a lot of buses to the city and West London but many of these fill up during these times as well. Getting to work in the mornings isn't a pleasant experience.
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