I am looking at a week's rental on an apartment in Fulham, but I would like to verify that this is indeed a fine area. I'd like somewhere relatively close to central London, but I'd like a walkable neighborhood that is safe and attractive. Would this fit the bill? The apartment is located with a few minutes of the Imperial Wharf station, the Fulham Broadway tube station and a river taxi station. Thanks in advance for your help!!
Could be good, could be a bit less. Generally it is a decent borough, but be aware that very few areas in London are homogeneous and most areas will have better and less good streets and even parts of streets. I'd want to be a reasonable distance from the hospitals, and if you are on a route to the football stadiums they can get busy on footy days.
If it were I, I would look carefully at google street-view the full length of the walks from tube stations and bus stops to the flat, so that you can have an idea of what the walk at night will be like. Do be aware that the photos on street-view are some or several months/years old.
If I provide greater specificity with regards to streets, would you be able to speak to the neighborhood? According to the map, it lies on Furness, right between the Imperial Park on the river and William Parnell Park. East of Wandsworth Bridge Road. Thanks! I will do as you suggest and take a look at the street view...
Also, could you say if the Fulham area in general is too far out to be pleasant as a tourist? Thanks for taking the time to respond, Nigel! It is much appreciated.
Another question: How does it compare with the West Kensington area, right near the Queen's Court and Hammersmith Cemetery?
The property is not really in Fulham; it is in Sands End. Historically this was a working class district where people tended to work in the local gas works, power station or laundry. It has been considerably gentrified in the last 40 years, like neighbouring Walham Green, although the transport links aren't so good. Imperial Wharf is of limited use to a tourist as it is on a north east/south west axis which does not take you into central London, although you can change at Clapham Junction / West Brompton / Shepherds Bush. There is a bus to Earls Court (C3), and to Fulham Broadway (424).
William Parnell Park aka Pineapple Park used to be the site of a large building of public housing flats, which happens to be where my grandmother lived from 1940 to 1972. But there is no plaque.
It has been recognized here, now, Marco.
Put a blue background around it and you have a Blue Plaque ...
Marco and Nigel, you have both been very helpful! Thank you so much!! I studied the Tube map with much more care and see what you mean.
Now I am focusing more on the West Kensington apartment. It lies within blocks of Baron's Court and West Kensington tube stops. That is much better, correct? How would that neighborhood be? I see a college nearby, which suggests lots of restaurants (I'm a professor; I know what usually congregates around colleges!) and the main road near West Kensington also looks like it has restaurants and such. What would you think of that area?