01/05/2015 • Development update
Mount Anvil’s Top Ten: Fulham Highlights
Vibrant, handsome and affluent, Fulham maintains the relaxed, London-village atmosphere that it has long been renowned for. Enduringly popular with professionals, families and the savvy London investor, Fulham has established itself as one of the capital’s most desirable places to own property. It’s easy to see why. As Killian Hurley, Mount Anvil’s CEO says, “Fulham’s remarkable history, dynamic cultural scene and increasingly diverse lifestyle offering provides everything that Mount Anvil looks for when investing in an area. That’s why it’s home to one of our most prestigious developments, The Landau.” Here are our our top ten Fulham highlights, from Michelin stars and historic bars to riverside walks. Read more below.
1. Shopping on Fulham Road
Popular with Fulham and Chelsea’s ‘Sloane Rangers’, Fulham Road boasts an impressive and eclectic mix of vintage and new clothing boutiques, antique and contemporary furniture dealers and interior design showrooms. Our favourites are Fired Earth for its beautiful feature tiles and timber flooring, and the tiny frontage and Italian fashion of Ella Boutique. The bright lights and high-end offerings of some of London’s most exclusive shopping destinations are on the doorstep too – Harrods is no more than 14 minutes by tube, the King's Road 20 minutes, and Sloane Square 20 minutes.
2. World-Class Schools and Universities
London boasts more universities in the world top 20 than any other city. Imperial College, ranked second globally in 2014, has campuses in nearby Hammersmith and Kensington, while UCL, King’s College and LSE – all also in the world top 20 – are within easy reach. Many of London’s most notable primary and secondary schools are also located in and around Fulham, particularly London Oratory School, St Paul’s Boy’s School and Chelsea Independent College.
3. Fulham’s Riverside Walks & Cycle Routes
Fulham boasts a network of paths and walkways that make the most of the area’s Thameside location. Walk the route of the annual Oxford vs Cambridge boat race along the Putney-Richmond path, soak up sweeping, sun-scattered riverscape views from some of the area’s best bars and restaurants, or hit the Thames path for a pre-work run before the rest of Fulham wakes. Cycling enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with quiet suburban streets leading to open countryside roads – including the Box Hill Loop which formed part of the 2012 London Olympics road race route.
4. Parson’s Green Farmers’ Market
This popular local farmers’ market is open every Sunday, and sells a wide range of local produce and artisan foods from small-scale producers. Firm favourites include Eden Farm and their organic vegetables grown in Lincolnshire, local piemaker Little Jack Horner’s, and rare-breed poultry farmer James Evans of Pastures Farm.
5. The High Life at The Hurlingham Club
One of London’s most exclusive clubs, The Hurlingham Club’s 42 acre grounds and iconic Georgian club house are a bastion of the quintessentially British. The club first set out the rules of Polo 1873, and it remains a worldwide centre for croquet, cricket and lawn tennis. Events here are elegant, historic affairs, which only members – and their guests – ever get to sample.
6. Michelin-Starred Dining
Fulham is home to an eclectic mix of renowned eateries. One of our favourites, The Harwood Arms, is one of London’s first Michelin starred restaurants. Not so much a hidden gem as a rightly celebrated one, the pub oozes quality, with excellent service, a remarkable head chef and a menu bristling with wild game from estates in Berkshire, line-caught Cornish fish, and beef from small holdings in the Lake District. Unmissable.
Equally as tantalising, is the high-end Thai cuisine at one of London’s most flamboyant, immersive restaurants, Blue Elephant is completely unique. Situated just off bustling Fulham Broadway, and a few short steps from the riverside, Blue Elephant feels like stepping into a different world. Expect lily ponds, fragrant Thai dishes and a real taste of Bangkok, and you’ll still be surprised.
7. Architecture and Ambience at Fulham Palace
The home of the Bishops of London for over a millennium, since 1975 Fulham Palace has opened its doors, its grounds and its beautiful botanic gardens to visitors. The visitors’ centre, on-site artisan café and museum are all worth a visit, or just take a picnic blanket and a bottle of wine on a summer’s day and soak up the sun in stunning, historic surroundings.
8. Fulham’s Football Clubs
London is the epicentre of world football, and Fulham is home to two of the capital’s most popular teams - Craven Cottage’s Fulham Football Club, and former Premier league, FA Cup, and Champions’ League winners Chelsea FC. If you’re heading to a Chelsea game, pre-book lunch at Marco Grill - Marco Pierre White’s steakhouse inside Stamford Bridge.
9. Roman Black Gallery for Contemporary Art
Roman Black Gallery on Fulham Road was founded in 1998, and specialises in the sale of fine paintings, drawings and sculpture. They are champions of new talent, worth watching for a cross-section of London’s young blood, and their books boast established contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Anthony Gormley and Bridget Riley.
10. The White Horse, Parson’s Green
The White Horse, known colloquially as the ‘Sloaney Pony’, is perhaps the most iconic of all London pubs – quite a feat in a class of over 7,000. Voted ‘the Best Place to Drink in Britain’ in an industry poll a few years ago, this famous watering hole perfectly blends a historic British elegance with award-winning food and one of the best beer selections in England.
To find out more about The Landau, Mount Anvil's boutique residential property development in Fulham, watch this short video, or visit our dedicated pages about the scheme. For locations in and around the development, see our area guide.