Living in Parsons Green: travel links, parking, schools, best streets — and the average cost of monthly rent
Fulham’s leafiest neighbourhood, Parsons Green is a magnet for young couples and families in search of the fabled London village experience.
Fulham Football Club used to play on the area’s eponymous Green but you’d never know that now as the streets are thronged with cafés, boutiques, pubs and pretty houses, with Little Waitrose just next to the Tube rather than the local football team acting as the main community hub.
The lowdown on Parsons Green
Whereas 10 years ago the typical renter in Parsons Green was someone who could not afford Chelsea, nowadays the area is the first choice for most of the people who move there.
There are well-kept parks, wide, quiet streets and excellent nurseries for the well-heeled families, along with plentiful beer gardens and bars for everyone.
Who lives there? “We get a lot of young professionals in their twenties and thirties, some with young children, some not yet,” says Robert Stewart of Hamptons International. “There’s a high proportion of UK nationals renting here but also some French and Italians.”
Parking in Parsons Green
A parking permit in Hammersmith & Fulham costs £119 per year. Fully electric vehicles park for free, while a permit for low-emission vehicles costs £60 a year.
Crime in Parsons Green
Crime in Parsons Green is average for London, with nine crimes per 1,000 residents. The most commonly reported crimes are theft, theft from a vehicle and harassment.
Fitness clubs in Parsons Green
There are several boutique fitness outlets in the area. Ride Republic is a spin studio in Fulham Road; The Climbing Hangar offers climbing and bouldering classes and coaching, and there’s also The Hot Spot Yoga and The Power Yoga Company.
Slice Urban Fitness offers the latest fashionable classes such as kettlebells and TRX, there’s a branch of Pilates brand Heartcore and also Evolve 353, for hardcore body transformation, all within an easy walk of the Green.
Average cost of renting in Parsons Green
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Best Parsons Green streets to live on
“People want to be close to the central hub of Parsons Green so they tend to gravitate to the Peterborough Estate, in particular Bradbourne Street and Chiddingstone Street,” says Robert Stewart of Hamptons International.
Parsons Green travel links and accessibility
Parsons Green Tube station is in Zone 2 on the District line. “A lot of people commute to the City on the Thames Clipper,” says Robert Stewart at the local branch of Hamptons International.
Best schools in Parsons Green
Fulham Cross Girls’ School and Lady Margaret School are both Ofsted “outstanding” rated girls’ secondary schools.
There are also several fee-paying independent schools in Parsons Green and the Lycée Français Marie d’Orliac French primary school.
Supermarkets and food markets in Parsons Green
It’s easy to spend big on a food shop in Parsons Green with a large branch of high-end deli Bayley & Sage and a Whole Foods in the area. Supplement with basics from Little Waitrose or the branch of Co-op on the Green.
Like much of west London, the closure for restoration of 132-year-old Hammersmith Bridge has greatly increased local traffic congestion, made even worse worse by the “staggering” amount of roadworks in the area, says Stewart.
What the locals say:
‘There are gyms and parks on the doorstep’
Caspar Rose pays £1,150 a month including bills for his Parsons Green house share (Adrian Lourie)
When people first move to London, especially from smaller towns or cities abroad, they often bemoan the capital’s sprawl.
Canny new arrivals pick their area and don’t stray too far from it, gaining a circle of friends rooted in the neighbourhood. This was the main attraction of south-west London for Caspar Rose, 29, who has lived in his current house in Parsons Green with three friends for two years.
He pays £1,150 a month, including bills, for a good-size double room. The house has a large, open-plan living room/kitchen and outdoor space.
“My friendship group is all in south-west London and my past three houses have also been in this area,” he says. “In London, you lose touch with local friends if you move to a new area. So we decided to all stay in this area because we are a very sociable, close-knit group and want to live within a £10 Uber ride of each other.”
Keeping fit is important to Caspar, who is chief executive of Fresh Fitness Food, a healthy meal delivery company, so having the many parks and boutique gyms of Parsons Green on the doorstep is a plus.
For young families Parsons Green has many buggy-friendly cafés and pub gardens but Caspar tends to seek cooler thrills in the bars and clubs of Chelsea, Clapham or Notting Hill.
“It’s a very nice, very safe place to live,” he says. “We’ve never seen any trouble in the pubs or clubs. It is very suited to people in their thirties.”
Commuting: Parsons Green Tube station is in Zone 2 on the District line. “A lot of people commute to the City on the Thames Clipper,” says Robert Stewart at the local branch of Hamptons International.
Shopping in Parsons Green
Caspar and his renter friends are not the target market for the area’s famed antiques and interiors shops. “If you want to buy a chandelier it’s the area for you but it will cost a fortune,” he says.
Other locals enjoy the mix of such chains as Oliver Bonas boutique homeware store, Space NK beauty shop and a mix of independents.
Eating and drinking in Parsons Green
Popular cafés include St Clements, Hally’s and Local Hero while there are also family-friendly restaurants and pizzerias. Caspar’s top pick is Megan’s by the Green, for “an absolutely great vibe and fairly affordable wine list”.
Culture in Parsons Green
It’s a sporty, outdoorsy, family-oriented residential neighbourhood but you need to travel for theatres and galleries. There’s a Vue cinema in Fulham Broadway.
Green space in Parsons Green
“My friend has a dog so we go to Eel Brook Common and hang out,” says Caspar. South Park is also popular with dog walkers and families and has a play area, a café, tennis courts and a cricket pitch.