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.

Housing

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.

People

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.

Parks

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.

Transportation

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.

Good Points

  • lots of good restaurants and places to go out at night
  • a short walk to the river
  • relatively close to the city

Bad Points

  • District Line is overcrowded and unreliable and makes getting into work a nightmare
  • you don't get as much for your rent as you do in other areas of London
  • supermarkets in the area are pricey
  • limited parkland

AREAS OF LONDON


Acton
Cheap rent means more money to spend at the pubs.


Brixton
Gritty, cheap and international with loads of character.


Camberwell
Edgy, gritty and artsy area close to central London.


Camden Town
Full of punks, market stalls and a great canal.


Clapham
Diverse area with everyone from yuppies to yobbos.


Ealing
Decent shopping but the nightlife is a bit uninspired.


Earl's Court
In zone one but expensive and full of tourists.


East Dulwich
A posh area south of the river but still affordable.


Finsbury Park


Fulham
Very nice area but expensive and the District line is crap.


Greenwich
Nice, safe, close to the city but not much nightlife.


Hammersmith
Great transport links and near to the Thames.


Kilburn
Great transport links but a bit dodgy at night.


Putney
Green and pretty but a little bit on the dull side.


Shepherd's Bush
A lively, edgy, multicultural area in West London.


Shoreditch
Edgy, creative and trendy with a great nightlife.


Stoke Newington


Tooting
A bit rough around the edges but a great place for a curry.


West Hampstead
Well connected by transport but a little expensive.


Willesden Green
Cheap, full of travellers and well connected.


Wimbledon
Nice area, decent nightlife and good transport to the city.

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