Shepherd's Bush, Hammersmith & Fulham
Shepherds Bush was, until the 19th century, the last grazing point drovers would stop at on their way to Smithfield Market, being just 4 miles west of the City of London. Since then it has been the site of the Olympic Stadium for the 1908 Games and now is home to Westfield, one of Europe’s largest undercover shopping malls. The area grew quite rapidly at the end of the 1800’s as part of Victorian Metroland so much of the housing dates back to that period. The area has had a slight facelift with the introduction of Westfield Shopping Centre and the regeneration of the green but it has a way to go before it reaches the standing of its more affluent neighbours, Fulham and Notting Hill. Shepherds Bush may be considered to be a little rough around the edges, previously being home to a large amount of social housing, and as such the area has remained quite ungentrified. In turn this keeps house prices down and therefore makes it popular with first-time buyers and young families. There are good transport links in the area with the A40 to the north, 5 Underground stations with access to 3 different lines and a very good bus service.
Hammersmith is just south of Shepherds Bush and is a hub for buses running into Central London and there is also access to four Underground lines. That combined with the access to the A4 (leading on to the M4) makes it ideal for anyone looking to travel into or out of London. The area has always had quite a strong industrial influence with its location next to the river, previously being home to factories and a distillery, and the area remains quite commercial with several multi-national companies having offices here or nearby. However there are a good selection of cafes, restaurants and entertainment venues in the area almost making up for this. Also, the River Thames is not far for riverside walks (or runs) along the Thames Path. Hammersmith Bridge, the first suspension bridge built over the river, spans the river over to Barnes. Housing in the area is quite varied in style and price with the area to the east, near Kensington, being more expensive and prices lowering as you head out to the West. The area is quite multi-cultural with a strong French presence in the area due to the French School at Brook Green. The area is more desirable than Shepherds Bush and property prices reflect this.
Fulham is south of Hammersmith and has very affluent Chelsea sitting at its north-east corner. The area started with just the Palace, owned by the Bishop of London. In the 1800’s the area became popular as a site for sugar refineries and distilleries but it was the introduction of the railway in Victorian times that really saw the area grow. As such, much of the housing is Victorian or Edwardian though in recent years there has also been an influx of developers building apartment blocks, particularly along the river, starting with Chelsea Harbour a high-end development which includes a marina and 5-star hotel. This former working-class suburb is now home to many City workers who have been drawn here because of the numerous green open spaces, leafy streets and access to the Underground District Line. The area is also popular with families who want to make the most of the offering of good quality state and independent schools in the area, including two French schools. The area also has a good supply of shops, bars, boutiques and restaurants and is home to a weekly Foodies market. Due to the location quality the house prices are higher here than Shepherds Bush or Hammersmith. The only downsides to the area are the fact there are two football clubs situated here, Fulham and Chelsea, and during football season (September to May) match days can be busy around the grounds and stations. Also, transport links are minimal with the only rail link being the Underground District Line and being situated in the bend of the River Thames means road access through the area is very busy at peak times.
|From Fulham to...||By Car||By Train/Tube|
|Central London||4 miles, 20 mins||21 mins (direct to Embankment)|
|Heathrow Airport||13 miles, 20 mins||37 mins (1 change)|
|Gatwick Airport||36 miles, 45 mins||57 mins (1 change)|
Shepherds Bush has a good selection of public transport with access to the Underground Central, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines and Overground. There are also a number of bus routes that run to the shopping centre from every direction, a rail link between Milton Keynes to the North and South Croydon to the South and easy access to the A40 and A4 main roads.
Hammersmith has great connections to public transport on the Underground District, Piccadilly, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines and there is a bus station on top of the Hammersmith station opening the area out further. Also there is very quick access to the M4 and road and direct (if not slow) Underground access to Heathrow.
Fulham has more basic transport links, only having access to the District Line though there is a reasonable bus network. Also access to the main roads is busy at peak times.
Types of Housing and Pricing
In Shepherds Bush there are two areas that really stand out for better quality housing. The conservation area around Cathnor Park which is popular with families as most housing is semi-detached Victorian and Edwardian housing with loft extension making 3 / 4 bedrooms houses. Also, the roads just north of Brook Green are popular. Mainly Victorian terraced properties which are smaller and some have been converted into apartments, a favourite with first-time buyers and couples with young families. For those with a slightly lower budget the ‘Flowers Estate’ is becoming ever more popular. Also there is proposed development of the old BBC Television Centre with plans to convert the buildings into modern apartments with a gym and other facilities.
Hammersmith has quite a variety of property from apartments to small terraced houses to larger five bedroom semi-detached houses. The area of Brook Green on the Northern edge of Hammersmith is very affluent for the area and popular with families for the schools. Housing around the green is a mixture of two - four storey Victorian houses and apartment blocks. Along the banks of the river you will also find some pretty Georgian houses and some good quality apartment blocks.
The Victorian family homes in Fulham, typical of the area, differ greatly from the other areas as soon as you step inside as most have been very well renovated in recent years. The area around Parsons Green is popular with families and as you head down towards Hurlingham Park the properties become larger and more expensive. The ‘alphabet streets’ around Munster Road are small Victorian terraced houses, many of which have been converted into apartments and are popular with working professionals and first-time buyers. Also, there is a good selection of riverside apartment blocks including the very upmarket Chelsea Harbour, the more reasonably priced Chelsea Creek and Imperial Wharf and the newer Fulham Reach.
|Shephered's Bush & Hammersmith|
|To Purchase||To Rent|
|Studio||£250,000 - £475,000||£800 - £1800 per month|
|1 bed||£300,000 - £650,000||£1100 - £2600 per month|
|2 bed||£450,000 - £1,200,000||£1400 - £3600 per month|
|3-4 bed||£500,000 - £2,700,000||£1800 - £4500+ per month|
|5+ bed||£1,100,000+||£3300+ per month|
|To Purchase||To Rent|
|Studio||£400,000 - £550,000||£950 - £2000 per month|
|1 bed||£350,000 - £900,000||£1400 - £3200 per month|
|2 bed||£520,000 - £1,500,000||£1550 - £4300 per month|
|3-4 bed||£600,000 - £2,800,000+||£1900 - £6300+ per month|
|5+ bed||£1,250,000+||£4200+ per month|
Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.
The Local Authority (LA) for the area is Hammersmith and Fulham and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
Around Brook Green and in Fulham there are numerous good quality state and independent schools catering for all ages as well as 3 French Schools and as such very popular with families. As you head north into Shepherds Bush quality lessens and there are no independent schools.
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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates
Hammersmith and Fulham is the administrative authority responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
The police authority for the area is the Metropolitan. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
There is a great selection of shopping in these areas from Westfield Shopping Centre to the boutiques in Fulham as well as the local markets.
Westfield London is one of the largest shopping malls in Europe offering a mix of high street and designer brands with coffee shops and restaurants to quench your thirst at between purchases.
Shepherd’s Bush Market is a street market located to the west of the green and is good for bargain price clothes and fabrics.
Hammersmith Farmers Market is held every Thursday in Lyric Square and was one of the first organised farmer’s markets in London.
In Hammersmith you have two small malls, Broadway Mall and Kings Mall, as well as King Street offering most high street retailers. There is also a regeneration plan in place for the southern side of King Street.
Fulham Broadway Shopping Centre on top of the tube station offers a few high street stores but from there sprawls Fulham Broadway and Fulham Road offering high street stores as well as independent and boutique shops.
There are several farmers markets held in Fulham as the area is popular with foodies. There is the regular farmer’s market held at Parson’s Green or you can find some slightly finer foods at the Bishops Park market on a Sunday.
There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.
Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.
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Phoenix Fitness Centre and Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool offer a gym, fitness classes and a 25m pool
Hammersmith Fitness and Squash Centre has 3 squash courts, a large gym, classes and a cycling studio.
Lillie Road Fitness Centre offers large gym, crèche and fitness studio.
Fulham Pools is a swimming pool and health club with both private and public facilities including 2 pools, a gym and fun club for children.
The Hurlingham Club is a long-established, exclusive club in 42 acres with a reading room, IT room, sports shop, fitness centre, tennis courts, croquet lawns and a cricket pitch.
London Corinthian Sailing Club was established in 1894 and is a very social club offering yacht and dinghy sailing.
Shepherds Bush Vue Cinema is a 12 screen cinema showing all the latest blockbusters.
Fulham Road Cinema shows all the latest international blockbusters.
O2 Empire Shepherds Bush – previously home to the Empire Theatre that the O2 Academy group has turned it into an entertainment, music and comedy venue.
Bush Hall – an independent live music and events venue that was built in 1904, was a dance venue through the 1920’s and still retains the original features making it an architectural delight.
Eventim Apollo Theatre, Hammersmith – an entertainment and music venue set in an old 1930’s art deco building
Riverside Studios – former film and television studios more recently offering theatre productions. Currently undergoing significant refurbishment the show must go on and theatre productions are still playing here.
Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – showing productions of some of the UK’s most adventurous and acclaimed theatrical work it has also gained a national reputation for its work with and for children and young people.
Ravenscourt Park – 13 hectares of open green space with play facilities, tennis courts, basketball courts, a tea house and a garden centre.
Fulham Palace – the Bishop of London’s house and gardens since 704 is a Grade I listed building showing arts, drawings and artefacts from its 1300+ years history.
London Wetlands Centre- a wetland reserve for wildlife and in particular birds.
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour – an interior designer’s paradise from fabrics to taps.
Bishops Park, Fulham – a well-used park next to the river with many facilities including playgrounds, a skate bowl, urban beach, table tennis, basketball, bowling and tennis to name a few.