Fulham is a district inside the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in southwest London. It's 3.7 miles south-west from Charing Cross, making it an Inner London district. It's on the north bank of the River Thames, in between Hammersmith and Kensington and Chelsea, facing Putney and Barnes. Formerly, it had been a parish within the county of Middlesex. It's identified in the London Plan as among the 35 major centres in Greater London.
Fulham's reputation of industrial enterprise extends back to the 15th century, with its Mill at Millshot on the south side of what's now Fulham Palace Road. There was also a pottery, tapestry-weaving, paper-making and brewing industry in the 17th and eighteenth centuries in the area of what's now referred to as Fulham High Street. The subsequent two centuries were known for power production, transportation, the automotive industry, food production and laundries.
For the first half of the 20th century, Fulham remained primarily working class with pockets of wealth at the North End, along the top of Lillie Road and New King's Road. Specifically wealthy regions were Parsons Green, Eel Brook Common, South Park and also the location around the Hurlingham Club. The region attracted waves of immigration, and quick changes meant that there was poverty - Charles Dickens and Charles Booth noted this, and there were poorhouses that attracted benefactors.
Today, Fulham is rated among the most expensive parts of London and the United Kingdom overall. The typical sale price of all property in 2007 was £639,973 - and is likely to be a great deal more now.