Having started life as Fullenham or Fullonham, Fulham in south west London is one of our favourite spots in London….which of course has nothing to do with the fact I live there. It might not spring to mind as one of London’s most happening places but if you’re looking for cosy pubs, long lazy brunches and spots to refuel after the gym all of which make for a great weekend, then Fulham is your answer. And here are five places not to miss:
More smoothies then you know what to do with
Moosh is your one stop shop for a hit of healthiness. You’re hungover and need to get some vitamins, you’ve overdosed on the comfort food and are now resembling the carbs you’ve been eating or, you know, you just want a juice, there is that option too, then Moosh is your answer. They’re known for their smoothies and juices (they have over 40), but they also do sandwiches, toasties, cakes and the likes of porridge, scrambled eggs and salmon.
All the wine
Vagabond Wines is an independent wine shop and enoteca, there are a few in London but it all began in Fulham, you go Fulham. With over 100 wines to choose from, Vagabond Wines is the place to while away the weekend, drinking wine, eating cheese, snacking on charcuterie and basically enjoying the finer things in life. They host events so you can become knowledgeable at wine, because let’s be honest we all like to think we know but we don’t and they have a wonderful thing called The Wine Club. It’s basically like a wine Ocado… you choose how often, how much and what sort of wine you like and they deliver it to your house. Genius.
Dinner and gin
If you’re looking for dinner and drinks with friends then you need Manuka Kitchen. Small but perfectly formed it’s homely and feels like a neighbourhood restaurant, but they still serve up the likes of Waygu beef bolognaise, parpedelle, pesto – which isn’t the sort of thing you’re going to cook at home on a Tuesday is it? Downstairs is their cocktail bar, 510 Below which has over 40 different types of gin – again not the sort of thing you’d have at home…if you do, party at yours?
Your new local
The Malt House has been standing in Fulham since 1729, albeit under several different names, but that aside just think how many pints have been poured and drunk in that time. A lot, that’s all we’re saying. They’re constantly making top 50s for their food, they do a cracking Sunday roast and they’ve got rooms too; so if your parents/grandparents/siblings come to stay and you live in a flat the size of a cupboard then send them over to The Malt House.
Cocktails and brunch
With its art-deco inspired interior, The Lucky Pig is a relative newcomer to Fulham, if the name sounds familiar, you might have visited the first Lucky Pig in Fitzrovia. It’s all sumptuous leather banquettes, strong cocktails, live music and lazy brunches at the weekends and partying like it’s the 1920s, because they sure knew how to party.