This church is interesting .It has been the site of Christian worship from the 13th century.In 1647, during the English Civil War, the church was the site of the Putney Debates on the English constitution.The existing building .as seen many changes; parts of the church date from medieval times, such as the 15th century tower and some of the nave...more
The local council of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Fulham Palace Trust have started restoring and reviving Fulham Palace.They have a five year plan.These are some of the new things they are going to implement:~ Restore the landscaped garden, and the walled garden and vinery areas~ Promote the culture and history of the palace and its surrounds~...more
Fulham Palace seems to have been the home of many Bishops in the past.This was a place where royal banquets and balls were held in the Great Hall.Where Kings and Queens dined.In its hey-day it had a large moat around it... with magnificent gardens... where there were many gardening/botanical pioneers that took place.The oldest part of the building...more
I think what first grabbed my attention when we neared the palace were two things.Firstly, that this was not a castle in the usual sense of the word. ~ This was more understated and more of a dwelling, rather than a fortress with towers and huge defensive walls etc.Secondly, I saw that it was built during a favourite time period of mine. ~ The...more
As you enter Fulham Palace Gate, this little house is on your left hand side.Thois is often where the caretaker of the time would have stayed.It is gothic in style and we spent a little while looking around it, even though I dont think many peopel do, they just wander on past, heading straight for the palace!Lance and I love this kind of place...more
The only remnants from the time of Bishop Howley in the cafe area today are the paintings re him, and the fireplace and sofas are remeniscent of it being a drawing room, not just a cafe.High ceilings and wooden oak floors, this is a beautifully lit area with much charm.But who was Bishop William Howley?He lived from 1766 - 1848, and was the...more
The builidng you can see in the photo is where the cafe is.This lawn was, and I am NOT kidding.. full of buggies! Moms, dads and their kids and babies came here and spent the afternoon playing ball, on their trikes, having a picnic etc.There were also two ladies in their mid-forties I would say, who were having a yoga session in the one (quiet)...more
This Rose Garden is found on the walk from Putney Bridge to Fulham Palace.There is so much to see along this route, and we stopped here for a bit, to savour the fresh air and lovely sights, sounds and smells.There is another flower garden right next to it - and it's quite a bit larger actually - but we really liked this little rose garden.There are...more
This was quite a find! We certainly didnt expect to find such a delectable tea room when we went gallivanting to Fulham Palace!To get to it, you need to go in at the front gates to the palace, and then, at the entrance to the palace (an archway that leads into an inner courtyard into the palace), you take a right turn, following the path round to...more
The Royal Institute of Architecture, the Wandsworth Corporation and the American Institute of Architecture have each given this restaurant an award for its stylish and sleek design. There are eight buddha figures scattered here and there, which continue with the Thai theme.It is a feature of Putney now, lying alongside the Thames river. A beautiful...more
There is nothing extra special about the food here at all, I think what appeals to me re this little outdoors cafe is just that. It's outdoors.It's situated alongside the banks of the River Thames, amongst beautiful trees and gardens, at the entrance to Fulham Palace.It's child friendly and people friendly. The toasties here are rather nice, and...more
A special little cafe, with nice staff here!If you feel like a little nibble on something healthy and light whilst shopping, with a good cup of proper coffee to go with it... then this is the place for you!I had a blueberry muffin, with a coffee latte. Filled the spot nicely!They have a wide variety of healthy wholewheat, whole grain and rye breads...more
I have come here twice, once with a group of friends and another with hubby.The service here is typically Italian... loud and friendly and 'happening'... so do not come here thinking you might have a romantic evening, because it won't happen! It's noisy and bustling. The food is scrumptious... I think I can easily say that the pizzas here are the...more
This restaurant used to be called 'Madiba'... until Madiba's own lawyer phoned the owner and asked him to change it... Nelson Mandela's nickname is not copyrighted but they are trying to protect it from any kind of overuse or possible abuse. Hence the birth of 'Chakalaka'! This restaurant is top notch... the food, decor, service... and *gulp* the...more
We are quite spoilt for choice really.. with tubes, trains AND buses taking us places here :)Having commuted for years on the tubes and trains, we then settled for thebus. Yes, it takes twice as long sometimes in bad traffic, but if you leave early enough you miss all the traffic and get into town fast... and see all the lovely sights along the...more
A lovely thing re living near Putney is that there is an overland train station as well as an underground tube station. They are about a 5 minute walk from eachother.The tube line that comes to East Putney tube station is the green line, the District line. This line takes you straight into Central London, or into Wimbledon. The trains do not come...more
Although South West London is a beautiful part of London, there is one bad thing about it... the overhead airplane noise!It used to be worse when we lived IN East Sheen, and is a lot better in Wimbledon, and okay in Putney. The planes take off from Heathrow every 10 seconds or so apparently, not all come via our way, but plenty do!Thankfully there...more
www.urbanmapz.co.uk isn't so much a shop. It is your online high street guide. Urbanmapz.co.uk has interactive internet maps that allow people to easily navigate the shopping districts of Putney! The site is really easy to use and understand. We make sure that our database is regularly updated, so you only get information that is current on the...more
The Putney Exchange is a mall, but is not your typical High Street mall in my opinion.It offers some usual UK brands like Gap, Accessorise, Argos etc... but it also offers some other delightful paper and home shops.It is expensive to shop here... South West LOndon is not a cheap place to live... but for someone (me), who is not a keen shopper, I...more
I don't like long sleeves but I do like having my arms covered. This stems back to my many years as a therapist, I'd have to roll up my sleeves to work and finding 3/4 length sleeves were very hard to find. So imagine my surprise whilst I was killing some time on a walk about in Putney to come upon a shop with many choices of tops and blouses with...more
We were VERY disappointed when we happened upon this walled garden, and thought we had somewhere magical to explore!
Alas, when we eventually found a side entrance to the garden (this main entrance was closed), we saw how overgrown and unkempt it is... very odd to have a palace garden in this state of disrepair we thought!
We then read up on the fact that the local council of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Fulham Palace Trust have started restoring and reviving Fulham Palace.
They have a five year plan.
One of their areas of restoration is in the garden, where they hope to revive it and bring it back to being a productive walled garden again.
We were happy to read this - however, we will keep this tip in this 'warning' section for now until it is restored fully.
The weather varies here a lot, season to season... and even amidst seasons!
Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing.
Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for this type of weather, and they are a godsend!
Wear flat shoes that have a good grip, as when it is snowing, and afterwards, when it is sludge, it's really difficult to walk and keep your balance!
Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.
Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.
Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars
This extraordinary building has become something of an icon for Putney.It stands on the edge of the Thames River, between another modern development of flats and restaurants... and St Mary's church.We have been looking at property prices recently, and noted that a 2 bed flat in this highly sought aftre building will set you back nearly £4,000 every...more
Something I love about so many old towns and villages in the UK.... the juxtaposition between the old and the new... even though they are so different, they seem to marry so well.And just sit RIGHT :)Putney is no exception... there are a few tudor buildings along the High Street, as well as many Edwardian houses and outlets.There are some other...more
I have always loved Cemetaries.I don't know why, but for as long as I can remember I have been fascoinated by the history and charm to be found here.A love of mine.Wherever I go and there is an interesting cemetery, I am there. England has so many really old cemeteries that tell a story!This cemetary is found on Upper Richmond Road, near the...more