The written history of Fulham can be traced back to as early as the 7th Century; however signs of habitation from Roman and prehistoric times have also been found in the area. Nestled in a bend in the Thames, the land that comprises Fulham would have been well irrigated and ideal for farming. Fulham's position at the riverside and close to London's centre meant the area was a key stopover and resting place for visiting invaders; Viking soldiers and civil war fighters were among those who spent time here. Fulham Palace is the area's longest occupied site - for many centuries this part of London was a tiny enclave surrounding one grand building.
With the advent of history and rail travel Fulham transformed from backwater to a thriving - and colourful - London suburb. In the 1700's the area's reputation was a place of debauchery; the wealthy of London would come to this part of the city to engage in their vices. Up until the late Twentieth Century the area was a working class enclave of London and was also relatively overlooked, with properties often in disrepair. At the end of the century, from the 1950's onwards, Fulham was gradually regenerated and money was spent upgrading and restoring the old buildings. Today, with investment levels in Fulham following a long term upward trend, the area's properties are generally very well cared for, the retained period features respected and restored.
In recent years, with Fulham's popularity growing, new development schemes have brought outstanding modern properties to the area, most notably in Imperial Wharf. This part of Fulham sits at the riverside and has been transformed in recent years from a largely industrial corner of the city to a destination for homeowners drawn to its sleek modern buildings, amenities and connection to Central London via the London Overground
Modern Fulham is charming, cosmopolitan, well connected, upmarket and vibrant. The area's retail offerings combine city elegance with classic luxury, which can perhaps be accounted for in part by its proximity to Chelsea and its large proportion of French and Italian residents. Fulham Road, Fulham Broadway, Parsons Green and Wandsworth Bridge Road are some of the local shopping and dining destinations; each has its won style so it's worth exploring or reading more on our shopping and restaurant pages. The local economy is thriving, with a combination of independent and chain businesses including homeware stores, luxury fashion retailers, delicatessens and supermarkets. What's more, the area offers plenty to do and see, with two top football clubs, numerous sports clubs, a cinema and a range of art galleries inviting exploration.
Fulham's transport links are extensive and connect residents with the rest of London with rapidity and ease. Perhaps the most popular form of transport here is the London Undergound, whose District Line branch stops at Fulham Broadway
and Parsons Green
. The London Overground line connecting Shepherd's Bush to Clapham Junction stops at Imperial Wharf, as do a number of National Rail services
. Buses also frequently serve the area, while for the cyclist a range of cycle paths connect Fulham with Kensington and Putney.