Living and renting in Fulham: travel links, parking, schools, best streets — and the average cost of monthly rent
Walk a mile through Fulham in west London and you will experience the area’s three different faces: the excellent old-school North End Road Market; the clone-cluttered Fulham Broadway main street, and the glossy tail-end of King’s Road.
Just on the fringes of prime central London, Fulham sits in a loop of the Thames just west of Chelsea.
Its proximity to one of the most expensive swathes of real estate in the UK means that its working class history of pottery, brewing, and heavy industry has given over to glossy gastropubs and gentrification.
The area is full of people — renters and buyers — who might once have aspired to living in SW3 but have been pushed out by rising prices.
Its equally popular with twentysomethings (often bankrolled by the bank of mum and dad) because of the sheer quantity of bars and clubs, and with families because of its safe vibe and good schools.
In a neighbourhood where appearance matters there are masses of gym options, from big brands like Virgin Active and David Lloyd to personal trainers. Lillie Road Fitness Centre has a 70-station gym, loads of weekly classes, and a crèche.
The council-run Fulham Pools, has swimming, tennis courts, and a fitness suite on Lillie Road.
Crime rates in Hammersmith and Fulham are about average for London. In the Fulham Town Ward, there were nine offences reported per 1,000 residents compared to a London average of eight offences.
However all areas with a concentration of pubs and bars inevitably have inflated crime rates.
The area is covered by a Controlled Parking Zone every day apart from Sunday. Annual permits cost £119 for the first car, and £497 for any subsequent vehicles.
Average cost of renting in Fulham
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Best streets in Fulham to live on
Fulham is full of micro areas, with Munster Village — the streets off Munster Road between Fulham and Lillie Roads — among the poshest.
Tim Hassell, director of Draker Lettings, estimates that a three-bedroom Victorian terrace house in Munster Village would rent for about £3,500 a month.
Moore Park Estate, a network of streets close to King’s Road, is another smart area. A two-bedroom flat here would cost in the region of £2,300 per month, and a three-bedroom house would rent for more like £4,300.
For value, Hassell suggests looking around North End Road, where a two-bedroom period conversion flat would cost about £1,700 a month.
Fulham travel links and accessibility
For those travelling further afield there is a choice of Zone 2 District line Tube stations: Fulham Broadway, Parsons Green and West Brompton. Local buses go to Kensington High Street, Knightsbridge and Sloane Square.
Best schools in Fulham
Fulham Primary School and St Johns Waltham Green CofE Primary School are rated “good” by Ofsted. The London Oratory School, for seniors, is the one to aim for – one of the highest performing state schools in the UK and rated “outstanding”.
Supermarkets and food markets in Fulham
Fulham Broadway has a Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, and Whole Foods Market. If you run out of caviar or vodka Dacha Russian Shop, Fulham Road, is your one stop shop for all things Soviet.
Its also worth taking the trouble to find Del’Aziz on Vanston Place, a smashing Mediterranean deli with particularly fabulous cakes.
Renting here is not cheap and you must put up with terrible traffic congestion on the main roads, particularly when Chelsea FC are playing at home. And some might feel there are a few too many Made in Chelsea wannabes strutting about with a sense of entitlement.
‘A lot of my friends have gravitated to the area’
Sasha Holt rates the safe, slightly vilaggey feel that Fulham offers (Adrian Lourie)
Sasha Holt has rented a maisonette in Fulham for two years and, as a part-time food blogger (greatbritishgrub.co), is a particular fan of Fulham’s award-winning market where she shops for ingredients for her recipes.
“It is probably the cheapest place to buy fruit and veg in London,” she says. Fulham Broadway, meanwhile, is a basic drag of banks, estate agents, fast food joints and pubs, while King’s Road is more about expensive antiques and interiors.
“It’s not really my price range,” says Sasha, 25. “It’s maybe more for people of my mum’s age group.”
Sasha’s day job is head of marketing and creative at Peppersmith, a firm making, additive-free mints and chewing gum, and she moved to Fulham shortly after graduation. “A lot of my friends had gravitated to the area.”
She pays £760 per month for her room in the home she shares with two friends, and particularly rates the safe, slightly villagey feel that Fulham offers, as well as its easy links to central London.
Shopping in Fulham
There’s a range of chains on Fulham Broadway, and rather glamorous but expensive interiors shops and galleries at the southern end of King’s Road.
Culture in Fulham
There’s a Vue Cinema on Fulham Broadway; the museums of South Kensington are within walking distance, and the micro theatre above the Finborough Arms pub is brilliant.
Eating and drinking in Fulham
Sasha likes the newly opened Market Hall, a mini street food market housed within a former Edwardian station building on Fulham Broadway.
Across the neighbourhood there is a fabulous hotchpotch of foodie treats, starring The River Café, with its laid-back yet grand atmosphere, and The Harwood Arms, London’s only Michelin-star gastropub.
Other top choices include Claude’s Kitchen, a top-rated neighbourhood restaurant; Bistro Mirey, for French/Japanese fusion food, or Best Mangal, an excellent Turkish grill.
For drinks Sasha likes The Crabtree, close to the river. Elsewhere, the wine menu at Vagabond is comprehensive, while The Durell Arms in Fulham Road is a classy pub with live music.
Fulham’s green space
No superstar parks, but if you feel the need for some outside space there is Eel Brook Common, just south of Fulham Broadway, plus Normand Park and Lillie Road Recreation Ground, both on Lillie Road.
Bishops Park is really closer to Putney, but worth the walk for river views and an urban beach.