Fulham is a family residential area known for trendy shopping streets like King’s Road and Fulham Road, which have chic boutiques, home-goods stores, and posh delis. Popular brunch cafes and relaxed pubs give the Parsons Green area a village atmosphere. The riverside Fulham Palace is a centuries-old former bishops’ residence featuring architectural styles from Tudor to Georgian amid landscaped gardens. The most famous building in Fulham is Fulham Palace; the Bishop of London bought the estate roughly 700 AD, and his ‘successors’ enjoyed the property as a summer get away for the next eight centuries. Fulham Town Hall was built in 1888 and is a historic landmark. Initially Fulham was a very rural area, but with the introduction of railway at the end of the 19th C it became perfect for commuters. Discoveries in Fulham Palace are thought to evidence Neolithic people lived in Fulham near the Thames, there is also evidence of Roman settlements in the area.