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The safe haven of Londoners. Find family friendly, leafy streets and a village-like atmosphere, all just down the round from Chelsea. For the foodie, whether you're eating in or out, there's plenty to be explored in the area.

Ivy's Guide to Fulham

A Brief History
Today, Fulham is a much-loved residential neighbourhood, full of cute cafés and eateries. But its name is derived from the Saxon 'Fullenhame', which means 'the place where birds live'. Hundreds of species of wild bird and water-fowl lived and roamed the Fulham waterside, nourished by the flora and fauna of the River Thames. 

Early settlers date back to the Iron Age, and for many centuries, Fulham had only a handful of inhabitants. In the 14th century, it was named 'Parsons Green' after the ruins of St Dionis Church on which it was built. Over two centuries later, in 1625, Parsons Green still only had 16 taxpayers living on the land, and this tiny hamlet remained sparsely populated for the next 200 years. 

Fulham is still home to the 1300 year old Fulham Palace, built by the Bishop of London in 702 AD. English bishops were so wealthy and well-looked after, that in the 16th Century there were 177 homes for only 21 bishops. There are now a more reasonable 43 London homes for 42 bishops! The building as it stands today is the stunning result of centuries of architectural additions to the original Manor House. From the main Tudor house, to the Victorian Chapel and Gothic Revival additions, the Palace is an extraordinary homage to British architecture and design. Archeologists have also recently discovered some of the original building in the cellars and beneath what are now the surrounding gardens, which date back to Medieval times. 

Local Cafes, Eateries & Food Markets
We have many favourite cafes in the area. Try Love Walk Cafe for a hot drink and a slice of cake, or Poppy's Cafe for brunch on tables that spill out onto the pavement. Megan's has a sweet outdoor courtyard and very good salads. 

For a special treat, head to The River Cafe to enjoy exceptional food and potential celebrity-spotting (book ahead). 

The British Fish & Chips served at Brady's are the best in London, according to our Dymock Street homeowner.

You'll find plenty of international food: our favourite Italians are Locale, for rustic, authentic cooking and Gola, which also has very good cocktails and friendly staff. Guaca is an area-favourite for quality Mexican food. 

There's a daily food market (except Sundays) on the North End Road. A large Whole Foods is located opposite Fulham Broadway station.

Gastropubs & Bars 
The Fulham Mitre is great for a quiet pint and good English pub food. For something a little more gourmet, head to the Michelin starred Harwood Arms.

Follow in the footsteps of a Fulham local and have a drink at the White Horse, which dates back to the 18th century, when it was the local haunt of one of the first cricket team's in England. In the summer months, the beer garden that looks onto Parsons Green has an all day BBQ. They also serve the most British of all summer beverages, Pimms. 

Local Butchers & Fishmongers
Londoners flock from all neighbourhoods to come to Randalls, a really extraordinary butchers that sells top quality meat. Copes Seafood Fishmongers is another treat for Fulham residents. 

Kids Activities
The Pottery Cafe is great for little artists in the making. Encourage them to paint smaller items, which are easier to pack in your suitcase!

Chelsea FC stadium tour is great entertainment for football fans big and small. Tours give visitors the full experience, taking you round the stands, press room, dressing rooms and tunnels.  

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