Putney

Just across the Thames from the popular South-West London area of Fulham, the leafy streets of Putney have been renowned as one of London’s loveliest spots for more than a century, with J.C.Gelkie describing the area as ‘one of the pleasantest of the London suburbs, as well as the most accessible’ in 1903. One hundred and twelve years later and Putney remains much the same, although with many more amenities and better connections than it boasted at the turn of the century. Pretty and peaceful, Putney is characterised by relaxed pubs, good restaurants, and cosy coffee shops rather than the clubs and cutting-edge pop-ups of many East and South London areas.
There’s a wholesome, countryside atmosphere to Putney that’s rather rare in London, making it the ideal area for renters looking for somewhere with a combination of urban amenities and a rural lifestyle. It’s the sort of place where locals spend the weekend jogging by the riverside, rowing on the Thames, or exploring the Heath before nursing a pint and tucking into a gourmet steak pie in a warm, historic gastropub.

Like the majority of London, prices in Putney have risen sharply over the last decade, with an increase of 12% on property prices here in the last year alone. However, Putney is still cheaper to rent in than nearby, similar areas such as Fulham and Wandsworth. Being in the Borough of Wandsworth, Putney also benefits from some of the cheapest council tax in London – around 50% cheaper than many other parts of the city!
Most available properties in the area are traditionally Victorian terraces and detached period houses which have been converted into apartments or kept as single properties, but in the last few years many new developments have sprung up offering sleek, modern living in the heart of Putney. As of September 2017 the average rental price for a two bedroom flat in Putney is around £2,420, although some properties of this size can be found from around £1,400 per month – almost 1k less.

It’s a very popular neighbourhood with affluent families, many of whom work in the City and send their children to nearby independent schools such as Putney High School for Girls. Young professionals are also increasingly drawn to the area by the chic new apartment buildings, relaxed pace and easy links to Central London.

The first mention of Putney was in the Domesday Book in 1086, when it was known as Putelei and was noted for having a river crossing although the earliest proper bridge didn’t appear here until 1642. It grew from a small hamlet into a village during the Medieval period, and by the 1700s there was a church as well as various schools and almshouses, although it still remained a partly agricultural, working-class area. The 400 acre Putney Heath has was a popular spot for Londoners seeking some fresh air and leisure pursuits since the time of Elizabeth I, and was also the site of some fatal duels over the years, including the death of Colonel Henry Compton during a duel with George Lord Chandos in 1652.