There are a whole host of reasons to head to Fulham and its surrounding areas. Just a short tube journey south from Earl's Court on the District Line, you'll find a cornucopia of restaurants, including the famous River Café, with something on offer for every price range. Likewise, there's no shortage of watering holes, and the area boasts an eclectic mix of bars and pubs. Its location means that, nearby, there are lovely green spots and riverside walks, and footie fanatics can often be found roaming around due to its proximity to Stamford Bridge and Craven Cottage.
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Gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free … that’s the schtick at this Italian joint from the team behind the Marcellaio RC mini-chain. Produce comes exclusively from indie artisan outfits, and the kitchen rolls out plenty of decent stuff – from arancini balls and Sardinian gnocchi to surprisingly good pizzas with very thin, flat bases (try the version topped with stracchino cheese and Genoese pesto). To drink, there’s gluten-free Peroni beer as well as a selection of ‘natural’ and low-intervention wines.
The Brown Cow
From the folks behind the Sands End gastropub on nearby Stephendale Road, this buzzy rustic-chic Fulham boozer has food on its mind – although you can still quaff pints of real ale in the lively bar. Satisfy those hunger pangs with gussied-up modern pub dishes ranging from Cornish crab with apple mayo and celeriac rémoulade to braised lamb shank with cavolo nero and rosemary. Decent wines, weekend brunch and Sunday roasts too.
From the smiley, cartoonish bubble-letter logo to the displays of vividly coloured layer cakes, Flavourtown Bakery’s narrow Fulham shop is a sheer delight. There are no weird flavour combos here; instead, stuff yourself with nostalgic classics like vanilla, salted caramel, Nutella and Oreo – not forgetting their ‘posh’ peanut butter cupcakes topped with a blob of gold-sprayed mousse. Flavourtown’s pink interiors, relentlessly upbeat vibe and snappy service also contribute to the feel-good sugar rush.
Is it a pub? Is it a restaurant? In truth, this upmarket backstreet boozer just off Fulham Broadway is a bit of both – although with a serious global wine list, a Michelin star to its name and backers including Brett Graham (of The Ledbury), we know where its priorities lie. Prime British produce is the key, with furred and feathered game receiving special attention when in-season – from venison Scotch eggs in the bar to masterful dishes such as roast muntjac with celeriac, kale and pickled pear in the chunkily furnished dining room.
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This is a Polynesian-inspired cocktail bar with a Hawaiian theme on the Chelsea-Fulham border. The drinks list features rum cocktails divided into 'new creations', 'old favourites', 'Tiki drinks' and 'classics'. There are also drinks for sharing between 2-3 or 4-8 people. The internationally-inspired food menu allows for grazing or a full meal. Friday and Saturday there's a DJ in residence.
Pubs in Fulham
Hotels near Fulham
Adria Boutique Hotel
Boasting sumptuously decorated rooms, butler service, and gourmet cuisine across 5 stylish lounges, this boutique Victorian townhouse nestles in elegant Kensington. Just 10 minutes’ walk from the famous museums of Exhibition Road, Adria is only 15 minutes on foot from Hyde Park.Stunning, opulent design and sleek, marble bathrooms with underfloor heating and walk-in waterfall showers feature in each luxury room at Adria. You can relax amongst elegant furnishings with your own espresso machine, an iPod dock, and a HD iMedia hub.Breakfasts are served amidst a relaxed atmosphere in the morning room, including a selection of pastries, eggs cooked to order, yoghurts and fresh fruit. If your favourite dish is not on the menu, the chefs can make it for you. With a retractable roof, the open-air Garden room can be used for afternoon tea or coffee after dinner.Healthy juices are served at Adria, along with classic teas and coffees, and non-alcoholic cocktails.South Kensington and Gloucester Road tube stations are located just 5 minutes’ walk from the townhouse, and Harrods is less than 20 minutes away on foot. The Natural History Museum is a 10-minute walk away, and Heathrow Airport is a 30-minute drive.
The Franklin Hotel - Starhotels Collezione
Set in the heart of Kensington in central London, just steps from the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Franklin Hotel - Starhotels Collezione offers elegant accommodation with free WiFi access and a Hammam floor. Guests can dine in The Franklin Restaurant by Michelin starred chef Alfredo Russo or enjoy a drink in the bar.Reopened in 2016 after an extensive refurbishment, the hotel features elegant rooms and suites designed to incorporate classic elements and Italian details. Each room at The Franklin is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV, a seating area, a signature bed with premium linens and a pillow menu. The luxury bathrooms come with bathrobes and toiletries.Further facilities include a 24-hour front desk, concierge services, a techno gym and a spa.The famous Harrods Department Store can be reached in a 7-minute walk, while the Natural History Museum is less than 10 minutes away. The Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park are 1 km from The Franklin Hotel - Starhotels Collezione.The nearest underground station is South Kensington, just 600 metres away. London Heathrow is approximately 45 minutes away by car, depending on traffic, and airport transfers can be arranged at an extra fee.