Fulham is a district within the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in southwest London. It is 3.7 miles south-west from Charing Cross, rendering it an Inner London district. It is 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 dates 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 seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the area of what is now called Fulham High Street. The following 2 centuries had been recognized for energy production, transportation, the automotive industry, food production and laundries.
For the first part of the twentieth century, Fulham remained mainly working class with pockets of wealth in the North End, along the top of Lillie Road and New King's Road. Particularly wealthy places were Parsons Green, Eel Brook Common, South Park along with the area 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.
Nowadays, Fulham is rated as one of the most costly parts of London and the United Kingdom overall. The average sale price of all property in 2007 was £639,973 - and is most likely to be significantly more now.