The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is a London borough in West London, and forms part of Inner London. The borough was formed in 1965 by merging the Metropolitan Borough of Hammersmith as well as the Metropolitan Borough of Fulham. It was generally known as the 'London Borough of Hammersmith' until its name was changed on 1 January 1979 by the borough council. The two had been joined with each other previously as the Fulham District from 1855 to 1886. The borough covers a total area of 6.33 square miles.
In line with population estimates in the middle of 2014, it has a permanent population of around 178365 people. Within this population, around 50 per cent of households are owner-occupiers. Passed through by the east-west main roads of the A4 Great West Road plus the A40 Westway, several international corporations have offices in the borough.
Hammersmith and Fulham is served by numerous London Overground and London Underground stations. The borough is unique in London in housing three professional football clubs: Chelsea, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. Hammersmith and Fulham includes 4 theatres and the Lyric Hammersmith, on Lyric Square off King Street, is viewed as one of the most notable theatres outside the West End in London.