So for the second visit of the Easter experiment I was down on Fulham Broadway.
A bit of a contrast to yesterday, this area is over in West London and, I think due to the proximity of something that draws big crowds and is about 100 yards away, is home to many bars and restaurants, the most interesting of which is TGI Friday’s. Interesting because the restaurant occupies the building that was previously the ticket hall for Walham Green’s District Line station, which was renamed to Fulham Broadway in 1952. The station entrance has been located in the Fulham Broadway shopping centre since 2003. Just over the road is another remarkable restaurant, El Metro – blink and you could be in Normandy
So, what’s down the street that influences the local area so much? Well it’s not the admittedly grand edifice of Fulham Town Hall – it is of course Stamford Bridge football stadium, home of Chelsea Football Club, the Premiership team owned by Roman Abramovich and currently managed by Carlo Ancelotti. It’s an impressive ground alright, with room for just over 42,000 spectators. Architecturally though it’s not a patch on Arsenal’s Emirates stadium, but some might say that Chelsea play infinitely more entertaining football…
Just next door to the stadium, at the end of Fulham Broadway, was my surprise find of the day, the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation. Sir Oswald funded the construction of this rather ostentatious and quirky building in 1917, and it still serves the needs of disabled and vulnerable military veterans to this day.