Putney Barnes

Putney is best known as the starting point of the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race (pi 92), held each spring. There are references top picks

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■ Buddhapadipa Temple (p213)

■ Hampton Court Palace (p211)

■ London Wetland Centre (opposite)

another place for an afternoon idyll.

FULHAM

Fulham and Parson's Green merge neatly into one neighbourhood that sits comfortably in a curve of the Thames between Chelsea and Hammersmith. While the attractive Victorian terraces and riverside location have drawn a very well-to-do crowd, Fulham's blue-collar roots are still evident in the strong tradition of support for Fulham Football Club.

FULHAM PALACE Map P205

"3 7736 8140; www.fulhampalace.org; Bishop's Ave SW6; admission free; S palace & museum noon-4pm Mon & Tue, 11am-2pm Sat, 11.30am-3.30pm Sun, garden dawn-dusk daily; -e- Putney Bridge; ®

Summer home of the bishops of London from 704 to 1973, Fulham Palace is an interesting mix of architectural styles set in beautiful gardens and, until 1924, enclosed by the longest moat in England. The oldest part to survive is the little redbrick Tudor gateway, but the main building you see today dates from the mid-17th century and was remodelled in the 19th century. There's to the race in the pubs and restaurants in the area and along the Thames Path. Barnes is less well known and more villagey in feel. Its former residents include author Henry Fielding.

The best way to approach Putney is to follow the signs from Putney Bridge tube station for the footbridge (which runs parallel to the rail track), admiring the gorgeous riverside houses, with their gardens fronting the Thames, and thereby avoiding the tatty High Street until the last minute. Alternatively, catch the train from Vauxhall or Waterloo to Putney or Barnes stations.

LONDON WETLAND CENTRE Map P205

"3 8409 4400; www.wwt.org.uk; Queen Elizabeth's Walk SW13;adult/4-16yr/senior& student/family £7.95/4.50/6/19.95; S 9.30am-6pm Mar-Oct, 9.30am-5pm Nov-Feb, to 8pm Thu Jun-late Sep;

Hammersmith then (5} 283 (Duck Bus), 33,72 or209, or (I) Barnes; ® One of Europe's largest inland wetland projects, this 43-hectare centre run by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust was transformed from four Victorian reservoirs in 2000 and attracts some 140 species of birds as well as 300 types of moths and butterflies. From the Visitor Centre and glassed-in Observa-

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INFORMATION

Chelsea &. Westminster Hospital..1 C1

SIGHTS (pp204-206)

Fulham Palace 2 B2

London Wetland Centre 3 A2

Wandsworth Common 4 D3

Blue Elephant 5 C1

Blue Kangaroo 6 C2

Chakalaka 7 B3

Chosan 8 B3

Enoteca Turi 9 B3

Lots Road Pub & Dining Room..10 C2

Ma Coa 11 B3

White Horse 19 B2

606 Club 20 C2

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Coat & Badge 12 B3

Dove 13 A1

Fiesta Havana 14 C1

Jolly Gardeners 15 B3

Mitre 16 B2

Old Ship 17 A1

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Riverside Studios 21 A1

SPORTS & ACTIVITIES (pp323-29)

Fulham Football 22 A2

Club 23 B1

Queen's

Club 23 B1

tory overlooking the ponds, meandering paths and boardwalks lead visitors around the grounds, taking in the habitats of its many residents, including ducks, swans, geese and coots and the rarer bitterns, herons and kingfishers. There's even a large colony of parakeets, that may or may not be the descendants of caged pets. By no means miss the Peacock Tower, a three-storey hide on the main lake's eastern edge. Though there are half-a-dozen hides sprinkled elsewhere around the reserve, the tower is the mecca for the more serious birders, who will be happy to point out what they've spotted. Free daily tours, which are led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff members and are highly recommended, depart at 11am and 2pm daily.

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