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Fulham area guide

Discover the best things to do, see, eat and drink in Fulham and its surrounding areas, from lovely green spots to upmarket dining.

Fulham - area guide 2018

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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The best bits of Fulham

13 reasons to go to North End Road
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13 reasons to go to North End Road

North End Road might run through the middle of posh west London but it’s a beguiling place worth visiting. 

You know you live in Parsons Green when...
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You know you live in Parsons Green when...

Countless pub gardens, independent cafés and boutique shops make Parsons Green feel like a small English village. 

Restaurants in Fulham

Ardiciocca
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Ardiciocca

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. 

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The Brown Cow
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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. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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Flavourtown Bakery
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Flavourtown Bakery

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. 

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5 out of 5 stars
Harwood Arms
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Harwood Arms

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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5 out of 5 stars
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Things to do in Fulham

Fulham Palace
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Fulham Palace

Explore the delights of Fulham Palace, which still seems largely uncovered by the majority of Londoners. 

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5 out of 5 stars
Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

Originally an art deco cinema, this now iconic live venue has played host to acts from Slipknot to Spongebob.

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Bars in Fulham

Amuse Bouche
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Amuse Bouche

Dedicated to the democratisation of champagne (although the residents of Parsons Green hardly qualify as the great unwashed), Amuse Bouche has hit on a winning formula: a list of 40 or so champagnes – including at least eight available by the glass – that are served in relaxed, modern surroundings. The prices are admirably restrained, but with such specialisation it would be good to see some of the exciting champagnes being produced by the new wave of growers, rather than the big brands to which Amuse Bouche sticks so resolutely. Food is restricted to tapas-style nibbles on a global theme (wun tuns, mini fish ’n’ chips, plates of cured meats); the champagnes are supplemented by a small selection of non-sparkling wines. On warm weekend evenings, the windows open on to the street and the champagne cocktails flow happily.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Below the Cut
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Below the Cut

Every now and then in this city you get to see someone great before they become famous – maybe a comedian or a band in the back room of a pub. Or, in this case, a mixologist in a quiet speakeasy under a restaurant in SW6. But Fulham, not exactly the first place you think of for cocktail bars, might not be big enough for the wonderful world of Charles Gaboreau. For now, in a small, eclectically furnished room under the Hanger steak restaurant, you’ll get the Frenchman’s undivided attention as he suggests tipples according to preference. Guinness and tequila? Oh for heaven’s sake! But it works, I tell you. In even quieter times he’ll sit with you and tell you of his love for old cocktail books from the ’20s and how he had always dreamed of creating a thriving ‘secret’ bar. Which is exactly what he’s done here: Below the Cut is Gaboreau’s baby. There are plans for some real off-the-wall drinks, should his budget be extended – as if setting light to your Mai Tai isn’t enough – but for now just marvel at and indulge in what’s on offer. The Hanger Old Fashioned is a fine example of this bartender’s skill; bacon-infused bourbon with a couple of drops of maple syrup among the usual ingredients, topped with house-made pork scratchings. You know the joy a Hawksmoor Full Fat Old Fashioned brings? Now triple it. His love of the American prohibition era extended into a recommendation for The Last Word – a sharp lime number that washed away to leave a quick hint of gin before the light C

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5 out of 5 stars
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Simmons Fulham
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Simmons Fulham

A few years ago, the bottom of the North End Road was one of those places where you were guaranteed to get your Friday or Saturday night slice of Sodom and Gomorrah – four or five sweaty pubs rammed with Aussies, Kiwis, Saffers and students. Of course, times change: the pubs are now either closed or gentrified, the area is awash with pavement cafés and the regular revellers have moved on. Strange, then, that party-pub chain Simmons have turned up late for the, er, party. Their five-hour-long ‘happy hour’ is the honey trap but, in return, beer choice (should you take advantage) is limited, as is the range of their sickly-sweet and gimmicky cocktails. All in all? The depressing feel of a once-great bar in a long-forgotten seaside town.

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Kona Kai
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Kona Kai

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.   

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5 out of 5 stars
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Pubs in Fulham

White Horse
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White Horse

An airy pub with Chesterfield-style sofas that surround huge tables, ideal for families and groups of friends.  

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
The Crabtree
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The Crabtree

A vast Victorian venue within shouting distance of Craven Cottage, the homely home of Fulham Football Club. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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The King's Arms
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The King's Arms

A beautifully decorated, well-furnished meeting place that rivals anything else in the area. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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The Prince
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The Prince

A big ol' comfy corner pub in southwest London that's also home to 4 self-service restaurants.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Hotels near Fulham

Draycott Hotel

Draycott Hotel

A fice-star hotel just off Sloane Square, in the heart of Chelsea.

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Adria Boutique Hotel

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.

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The Franklin Hotel - Starhotels Collezione

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.

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Novotel London West

Novotel London West

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The perfect weekend in Fulham

Explore: Fulham Palace
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Explore: Fulham Palace

Wander around this former episcopal retreat for the Bishops of London and soak up some history.

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5 out of 5 stars
Do: Clip 'n Climb
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Do: Clip 'n Climb

A themed climbing attraction where you can clamber, climb, hang and drop from 22 colourful challenges.

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4 out of 5 stars
Eat: Boys 'n' Berry
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Eat: Boys 'n' Berry

A good spot for starting, or finishing, a weekend, this popular brunch spot serves some seriously good coffee.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Drink: Below the Cut
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Drink: Below the Cut

A quiet speakeasy under a restaurant with one heck of a killer mixologist and excellent value drinks. 

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