London/Hammersmith and Fulham

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BBC Television Centre, Shepherd's Bush

Hammersmith and Fullham is a borough in west London, and boasts 3 Premiership football teams within its boundaries.

Understand[edit]

This is a large district of the inner west of London.

The most well known part of the district is perhaps Shepherd's Bush which has long been a first home in London to second and first generation immigrants. While this is less true today than in the past, the area undergoing gradual gentrification, beautification and development, there is still a substantial expatriate population (including a great many travelling Antipodeans).

Culturally, Shepherd's Bush is well known as the former home of the BBC's TV output, with the Television Centre located on Wood Lane in the White City sub-district. The Bush was also the fictional home of Steptoe & Son at Oil Drum Lane. The members of two influential British bands, The Who and the Sex Pistols grew up in Shepherd's Bush. It is also the home of newly promoted football team Queens Park Rangers (QPR), who play in the top-level Premier League.

Elsewhere in the district, the residential riverside areas of Fulham have been hugely gentrified in the past 20 years and it is now sometimes difficult to determine where (previously much grander) Chelsea ends and Fulham begins. Fulham is also home to the EPL football teams Fulham FC, Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea FC (at Fulham Broadway).

Get in[edit]

By tube[edit]

Tube stations servicing this borough are:

  • Shepherd's Bush (Central line)
  • Shepherd's Bush Market (Circle, Hammersmith & City lines)
  • Wood Lane (Circle, Hammersmith & City lines)
  • White City (Central line)
  • Hammersmith (Piccadilly, District, Circle, Hammersmith & City lines)
  • Goldhawk Road (Circle, Hammersmith & City lines)
  • Barons Court (District and Piccadilly lines)
  • West Kensington (District line)
  • Fulham Broadway (District line)
  • Parson's Green (District line)
  • Putney Bridge (District line)

By bus[edit]

Bus 94 runs between Piccadilly Circus, via Oxford Street, Notting Hill, Holland Park, Shepherd's Bush and Chiswick to Acton Green (also a Night Bus service).

Buses 11, 14, 22, 28, 74, 190, 211, 295, 391, 414, 430, and night buses N11, N22 and N28, all stop in Fulham.

http://lbhf.gov.uk/Directory/Transport_and_Streets/Public_Transport/

By train[edit]

Shepherds Bush Railway Station is served by three trains per hour between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction, and one train per hour between Milton Keynes and East Croydon.

By road[edit]

The A219 links Fulham with the A205 (South Circular) and with the A4.

Get around[edit]

The Gatehouse at Fulham Palace

See[edit]

  •    Chelsea Harbour Design CentreChelsea Harbour, SW10 0XG (train: Imperial Wharf; tube: Fulham Broadway; boat: Chelsea Harbour),  +44 20 7225 9101, e-mail: . 09:30-17:00 daily. The cutting edge of British design from Furniture to Fabrics and Lighting. Some showrooms actually sell their designs (at impossible prices). There is also a nice café here.
  •    Fulham PalaceBishop's Ave, SW6 6EA (tube: Putney Bridge),  +44 20 7736 3233, e-mail: . Sa 11:00-14:00, Su 11:30-15:30, M Tu noon-16:00. The former retreat of the Bishops of London now incorporates Bishop's Park and is a lovely green area in a heavily built part of London as well as home to some important historic buildings. Also a museum which charts the history of the palace back to the 11th century and a small cafe. Free.
  •    Gandhi's Student Accommodation20 Baron's Court Road, W14 9DT (tube: West Kensington). A blue plaque marks to house where Mahatma Gandhi lived as a law student.
  •    Hurlingham Park (tube: Putney Bridge). A large open park which is mainly sports pitches. It does though have some lovely frontage right onto the Thames and makes for a lovely walk for that reason.
  •    Kensal Green CemeteryHarrow Road, W10 4RA (tube: Kensal Green),  +44 20 8969 0152fax: +44 20 8960 9744. One of the "Magnificent Seven" Georgian-Victorian cemetaries in London.
  •    Queens ClubPalliser Rd, W14 9EQ (tube: Barons Court or West Kensington),  +44 20 7386 3400. M–Su 07:00–23:00. hosts the traditional mens warm-up tennis competition, before the Wimbledon Chamipionship. This grand Victorian structure is home to other raquet sports such as badminton and squash. A new National Tennis Centre has been built further west at Roehampton, to hopefully end the Wimbledon English-winner drought.
  •    Ravenscourt ParkPadderswick Rd (tube: Ravencourt Park). An eight hectare park in Hammersmith with a long history. It is home to a lake, tea house, tennis courts, an all-weather football pitch, a bowling green, areas in which to just sit or play, a garden centre and some truly ancient trees, particularly cedars.
  •    Wormwood Scrubs (The Scrubs) (tube: East Acton). One of the largest areas of common land in London. Its sporting facilites include several football pitches (Queens Park Rangers F.C. used to play here in the Victorian age).

Do[edit]

Cinema, theatre and concerts[edit]

Bush Hall

Football[edit]

Hammersmith and Fulham is well stocked when it comes to football clubs, a legacy of its working-class past.

  •    Chelsea FCStamford Bridge, Fulham Rd, SW6 1HS (tube: Fulham Broadway),  +44 871 984 1955. Despite the name, this club is actually ironically located in Fulham. Stamford Bridge has tours on non-matchdays, though the tickets are fairly pricey, as is the Club Shop for souvenirs. It is the one of the best supported teams, hence tickets are hard to come by, unlike QPR and Fulham to a lesser extent. The stadium has an illustrious history, dating back to before the foundation of the team, and is worth a visit as it may not be around in a couple of years time, if Chelsea's owner has his way.
  •    Fulham FCCraven Cottage, Stevenage Rd, SW6 6HH (about 10 min walk from both Putney Bridge and Parsons Green tube stations),  +44 870 442 1222, e-mail: . The home of EPL football team Fulham. The oldest team in London. Tours of their quirky old stadium on non-matchdays are fun.
  •    Queen's Park Rangers FCLoftus Rd Stadium, South Africa Rd, W12 7PJ (Loftus Rd is about a 5-min walk from White City, Shepherd's Bush Market and Wood Ln tube stations, and is situated just north of the Uxbridge Rd),  +44 20 8743 0262. The home of Premiership football team QPR.

Buy[edit]

Westfield Shopping Centre

Shopping in this area runs the gamut from street markets to luxury shops in the largest enclosed shopping centre (or "mall" to American travellers) in Europe.

  •    Fulham Broadway (above Fulham Broadway tube station). Small shopping centre built around the tube station of the same name. Includes a supermarket, some restaurants and cafés along with its other shops, as well as a cinema and pub.
  •    New Shepherd's Bush MarketUxbridge Rd (tube: Shepherd's Bush Market),  +44 20 8749 3042, e-mail: . M–Sa 09:00–18:00; Su closed. Privately owned street market.
  •    North End Road MarketRunning the length of North End Rd, between Lille Rd and Fulham Rd (tube: Fulham Broadway). M–Sa 08:00–18:00. A London street market that's high on character and low on tourists, this has been running since the 1880s. A good place for fresh and affordable fruit and vegetables, household goods, and other items.
  •    Shepherds Bush MarketBetween Uxbridge Rd and Goldhawk Rd (tube: Shepherd's Bush Market or Goldhawk Rd). An astonishing array of goods with Afro-Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Indian cultural influences vying for the shopper's attention.
  •    Westfield Shopping CentreAriel Way, W12 7GF (tube: Shepherd's Bush),  +44 20 3371 2300. M–Sa 10:00–22:00; Su noon–18:00. The largest urban shopping mall in Europe. Vast array of stores, restaurants and a 14 screen cinema.

Eat[edit]

There are loads of great restaurants in Fulham along the high streets and also a distinct lack of any chain restaurants (don't worry, you can find all of these along Putney High St if you're desperate). It is often a good idea to just start walking along any of the main roads and you should have more choice of places to eat than you will ever need.

Budget[edit]

Uxbridge Road is noted for good-value and diverse restaurants.

  •    Abu Zaad29 Uxbridge Rd, W12 8LH (tube: Shepherd's Bush),  +44 20 8749 5107. M-Su 11:00-23:00. Authentic Syrian fare. Great value. Averge £10.
  •    King Solomon's300 Uxbridge Rd (tube: Shepherd's Bush Market),  +44 20 8749 1355. Try the falafel kebab and hummus—delicious! The take away menu is well priced, falafel is only £3. £3-7.
  •    Raj of India46 Shepherd's Bush Road W6 7PJ (tube: Shepherd's Bush),  +44 20 7602 9112. Very reasonable prices and good service at this popular Indian restaurant.
  •    Red Sea Restaurant382 Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LL (tube: Shepherd's Bush),  +44 20 8749 6888. All manner of Middle Eastern food with Eritrean and Ethiopian also town in! All at very reasonable prices.

Mid-range[edit]

  •    Fiesta Havana490-492 Fulham Rd, SW6 5NH (tube: Fulham Broadway),  +44 20 7381 5005. Latin themed restaurant with live DJs and staff who will give you Salsa classes in between courses! The set Tapas menu for £10 is very popular.
  •    Shimla Mirch (formerly Le Cinnamon), 158A Shepherd's Bush Rd, W6 7PB (tube: Hammersmith or Goldhawk Road),  +44 20 7602 8899. Contemporary takes on many classic Indian dishes.

Splurge[edit]

  •    The River CafeThames Wharf, Rainville Rd, W6 9HA (tube: Hammersmith),  +44 20 7386 4200, e-mail: . M–Th 12:30–14:15/19:00–21:00; F 12:30–14:15/19:00–21:15; Sa 12:30–14:30/19:00–21:15; Su noon–15:00. Classy Italian and modern gourmet cuisine at Rainville Rd, Fulham, (not to be confused with the cafe at Craven Cottage which is open non-matchdays and nice for a quick bite or afternoon tea). A 3-course meal will set you back from £60-100, with lovely views of the Thames, you can often glimpse a celeb or two dining here.

Drink[edit]

Shepherds Bush Green contains many large chain pubs. Uxbridge Road and Goldhawk Road have smaller, more laid-back bars and gastro-pubs. Fulham is full of highly rated, popular pubs some of them right by the Thames.

  •    The Dove19 Upper Mall, W6 9TA (tube: Ravenscourt Park),  +44 20 8748 9474, e-mail: . M–Sa 11:00–23:00; Su noon–23:30. This pretty 17th century riverside establishment may have London's smallest bar (room just to the right of the entrance), as well as an outside seating area with river views.
  •    Duke on the Green235 New King's Rd, SW6 4XG (tube: Parson's Green),  +44 20 7736 2777, e-mail: . M–F 11:00–midnight; Sa 10:30–midnight; Su 10:30–23:30. Very popular Young's pub at the Fulham end of the King's Rd.
  •    The Walkabout (Walkie), 56 Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8QE (tube: Shepherd's Bush),  +44 20 8740 4339. Largest concentration of Aussies and Kiwis in London (most people will find that idea horrible!). Expect lots of Antipodean sports. The Walkabout closed it's doors for the final time late in 2013.
  •    The White Horse1-3 Parson's Green, SW6 4UL (tube: Parsons Green),  +44 20 7736 2115, e-mail: . Awarded best pub of the year several times, it offers an extensive choice of local and imported beers, both draught and bottled. It also serves restaurant grade meals. Particularly interesting, each one of them is matched with a beer. Somewhat expensive, but it is a must.

Sleep[edit]

Shepherd's Bush and Hammersmith are well known as the home of many discount hotels (some of low quality, unfortunately) and B&Bs. With the gradual gentrification of the area, more comfortable and expensive options are appearing.

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  •    Jurys Inn Chelsea HotelImperial Rd, Imperial Wharf, SW6 2GA (train: Imperial Wharf; tube: Fulham Broadway),  +44 20 7411 2200. Affordable hotel of one of the better hotel chains. All rooms are ensuite and large by London standards. From £79.
  •    La Reserve Hotel Chelsea422-428 Fulham Rd, SW6 1DU (tube: Fulham Broadway),  +44 20 7385 8561fax: +44 20 7385 7662, e-mail: . Small hotel offering 43 en-suite bedrooms in the extreme south-east of the district bordering Chelsea. The hotel overlooks Chelsea Football Club. £95.
  •    Novotel London West1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (tube: Hammersmith),  +44 20 8741 1555. Very large business-class hotel. The rooms are reasonably priced with basic amenities in each room. Wireless internet available, or basic internet through the room's television. English breakfast available at extra charge. Restaurant/Bar/Lounge, massage center, concierge, cash machine, shoe shine machine, tourist information desk, porter, dry cleaning/ironing available, currency exchange, pets allowed with deposit. From about £130.
  •    Premier Inn3 Putney Bridge Approach, SW6 3JD (tube: Putney Bridge),  +44 870 238 3302. In the extreme south of the district close to the Thames From £90.
  •    The Ville's B&B39 Brookville Road, SW6 7BH (tube: Parsons Green),  +44 207 381 2093. In the friendly area with fashionable restaurants, cafes, pubs and antique shops From £80.

Splurge[edit]

  •    K-WestRichmond Way, W14 0AX (tube: Shepherd's Bush),  +44 20 8743 3206. Modern, fashionable hotel with a day spa. From £150.
  •    Lamington Serviced Apartments109 Hammersmith Gr, W6 0NQ (tube: Hammersmith or Goldhawk Road),  +44 20 8748 2645, e-mail: . Luxury short term serviced apartments for business and leisure guests. Spacious and modern apartments in a quiet residential area, with local restaurants, delicatessens, and amenities, and in walking distance of major transport links. From around £68.50.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Hammersmith and Fulham
ENDNorth London  W Bakerloo line flag box.svg E  Paddington-Maida ValeBloomsbury
ENDWest London  W Central line flag box.svg E  Notting Hill-North KensingtonBloomsbury-Soho
END  W Circle line flag box.svg E  Notting Hill-North KensingtonMayfair-Marylebone
Richmond-Kew (Richmond branch) / END (Ealing branch)West London  W District line flag box.svg E  South Kensington-ChelseaWestminster
WimbledonWandsworth  W District line flag box.svg E  South Kensington-ChelseaWestminster / Mayfair-Marylebone
END  W Hammersmith & City line flag box.svg E  Notting Hill-North KensingtonBloomsbury-Camden
Heathrow Airport / North LondonWest London  W Piccadilly line flag box.svg E  South Kensington-ChelseaWestminster-Mayfair-Marylebone
North London ← =HammersmithSouth Kensington-Chelsea  N London Overground flag box.jpg S  South Kensington-ChelseaFulhamWandsworth


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