Fulham & Hammersmith

FULHAM is an attractive part of London where you can holiday and blend in with the locals at the same time. This affluent area borders Chelsea and Kensington, and offers quick and easy access to Hammersmith, West Brompton, Putney, and Wimbledon. The famous museums of South Kensington and the designer hotspots of Knightsbridge are close by and Chelsea is a pleasant stroll away.

Streets such as Lots Road, Lillie Road and Wandsworth Bridge Road house antique and interiors shops, and you will find more antique shops and galleries on the Fulham Road.  Chelsea Harbour has become the “interior design world Mecca” with a design centre devoted to supplying high end interior decorators. Whilst there, take a break at Imperial Wharf and Chelsea Pier where you will find many eateries and have a chance to chill by the river Thames.

Enjoy the relaxed, community feel of this popular area, ideally suited for families. Fulham Broadway with its shopping centre offers supermarkets, restaurants, a health club and a cinema complex. There is a well-known fresh produce market on North End Road and local shops, bistro’s, cafes and restaurants abound; all very handy for our London short lets.  The justly famous and well-loved River Café by the Thames is still going strong, and London’s first Michelin starred gastro-pub, The Harwood Arms is here. If you happen to be a football fan, Fulham has not one but two famous and rival clubs you can visit in the immediate area: Craven Cottage home to Fulham FC and Stamford Bridge home to Chelsea FC.

Enjoy the many lovely local parks and open spaces to be found in the area such as Hurlingham Park, South Park and Brompton Cemetery. They provide sporting facilities and family attractions for all ages. Bishops Park has Fulham Palace inside it, a lake and pleasant river walks. These are convenient green spaces to recharge and relax in, or indeed to play sports or run in, and they add greatly to the areas attraction and character. Many of Fulham’s pretty side-streets are lovely to behold with their pastel coloured houses with trees alongside. Not forgetting that the great River Thames rolls just a stone’s throw away…

Neighbouring HAMMERSMITH has some interesting local attractions and areas closeby.  You will find Shepherd’s Bush to the north, Kensington to the East, Chiswick to the West and Fulham to the south. Along with Fulham, Hammersmith forms part of the north bank of the River Thames. It is an important commercial centre in London and has good transport connections. There are famous theatres and other cultural hot spots here, and the area has an interesting international influence, making this a great place to be entertained and to find bars and restaurants serving top notch food.

King’s Street is the areas main shopping street where you will find the Kings Mall, plenty of small shops, the Town Hall, the well known and popular Lyric Theatre, cinemas and hotels. Shepherds Bush Road a little further north, and Fulham Palace Road a little further south also provide good services and shopping facilities.

The Riverside Studios were once an old water pump factory which is now a cinema, performance space, bar and café. It is a pleasant building and the inside boasts a bar, a restaurant and comfy sofas for reclining and musing about the arts… They often screen old classic films here and there is an outdoor terrace with lovely views of the Thames to enjoy in the summer. The Hammersmith Apollo concert hall and theatre and the Hammersmith Palais nightclub are here, but the latter is now disused.

The Dove is a well known old pub with quite a history. It is said to have the smallest bar in the world, and was frequented by Ernest Hemingway and Graham Greene in their heyday. The narrow alleyway that is home to this historic site is the only bit left of the old riverside village this once was.. The much loved and famous Riverside Café lies here, famed for its innovative style and insistence on serving fresh, seasonal produce. Jamie Oliver trained there.

Much leisure and fun is to be had alongside Hammersmith’s pedestrianised riverside, where you will find pubs, Auriol Kensinton Rowing Club and Furnival Gardens. Another large municipal park, Ravenscourt Park lies to the West. It has excellent facilities, including tennis courts, basketball courts, a bowling lawn, a paddling pool for the younger one’s and playgrounds. The William Morris Society  & Museum is to be found here alongside the river.

Charles Dickens made Hammersmith the home of the Pocket family in Great Expectations and they lived close to the river. The Thames still casts its magical spell here as it did then…  Discover it all for your self in one of our London short lets.