A map showing the Sands End ward of Fulham Metropolitan Borough as it appeared in 1916.
Sands End is in the southernmost part of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in London, England. Sands End was a close knit working class community and was once the industrial heart of Fulham with its gas works, power station and petrol depot providing work for generations of local families. A property boom beginning in the 1970s coupled with the advent of oil fueled processing of North Sea oil has led to an inexorable process of Gentrification with offices and studio businesses and flats on the market for more than £2.4 million.
On the bank of the Thames is Hurlingham Retail Park, which includes Currys and PC World. There is also a business enterprise centre in the Sulivan district. Across the other side of Townmead Road there is a large Sainsbury's, and Imperial Wharf, a brownfield development of the former Imperial Gasworks which is growing to include a mixture of affordable housing, both private and public, shops, a park and a new railway station.
Because of the notoriously poor transport links for the area (including Chelsea Harbour) and the absence of tube stations due to the many medieval plague pits, which deterred their building in Victorian times, the nearby Imperial Wharf station was opened on 27 September 2009, providing direct rail links with Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction via Kensington (Olympia). Southern also provides direct train services from Imperial Wharf to Milton Keynes Central and East Croydon. The new station will help re-vitalise the area and increase the transport links in the areas which had previously only been served by bus routes 391 and C3.