Fulham is an area of southwest London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, SW6 (the successor to the Metropolitan Borough of Fulham) located nearly four miles south west of Charing Cross.
Sands End was a close knit working class community.
Once a rural backwater called Sandy End, it became the industrial heart of Fulham with its gas works, power station and petrol depot providing work for generations of local families.
A property boom beginning in the 1970s coupled with the advent of oil fueled processing of North Sea oil led to an inexorable process of gentrification with offices and studio businesses and flats on the market for more than £2.4 million.
On the bank of the Thames is Hurlingham Retail Park, which includes Currys and PC World. There is also a business enterprise centre in the Sulivan district. Across the other side of Townmead Road
there is a large Sainsbury’s, and Imperial Wharf
, a brownfield development of the former Imperial Gasworks which is growing to include a mixture of affordable housing, both private and public, shops, a park and a new railway station.
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Fulham lies on the north bank of the Thames, between Putney and Chelsea. The area is identified in the London
Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London
. It was formerly the seat of the diocese of Fulham and Gibraltar
, and Fulham Palace served as the former official home of the Bishop of London
(now a museum), the grounds of which are now divided between public allotments and an elegant botanical garden.
The area is home to the Fulham Football Club stadium Craven Cottage and the Chelsea Football Club stadium Stamford Bridge and the various flats and entertainment centres built into it.
Famously exclusive sports club, the Hurlingham Club, is also located within Fulham. With members having included British monarchs, the waiting list for membership currently averages over fifteen years.
has undergone considerable pedestrianisation and is home to a number of cafes, bars and salons.
Fulham has several parks and open spaces of which Bishop's Park, Fulham Palace Gardens, Hurlingham Park, South Park, Eel Brook Common and Parsons Green
are the largest. Many of the residential roads in Fulham are tree-lined, in some cases by houses painted in different pastel shades.
Fulham has appeared in a number of films, including The Omen and The L-Shaped Room. Fulham Broadway
tube station was used in Sliding Doors.
Fulham is home to several schools, including independent pre-preparatory and preparatory schools.