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Balham and surrounding areas

A locals' guide to Balham and surrounding areas

"A great mix of independent and high street stores gives Balham a real community feel that always impresses my clients."

Chris Campbell

"There are some breathtaking properties neighbouring Wandsworth Common."

Rupert Greig

"Tooting's popularity is ever growing thanks to its vibrant high street and the soon to be 24-hour service on the Northern Line."

Bradley Slade

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Where do Balham and surrounding areas locals go?

Hildreth Street Market

On a miserable English day, the best place to go to put a 'spring' in your step is Hildreth Street Market, where stall owners sell beautiful seasonal flowers.


The best Caribbean restaurant in Tooting Bec and their lunch deal is only £3.50!

Chez Bruce

Always great modern European food at this Michelin-starred restaurant. Perfect for a special occasion.

Blackbird Bakery

A cafe selling delicious coffee, cakes, bread and healthy juices ready to go.

Camden Coffee House

If you're feeling tired and in need of a caffeine hit, Camden Coffee House is the place to go! #bestcoffeeintown

Lavish Habit

Monmouth Coffee and shopping while you chat! It is a furniture store and boutique, as well as a cafe serving breakfast, lunch and sweet treats with friendly, cosy surroundings.


Amazing place for food and particularly busy at the weekends for breakfast - you can often find queues there, it's so popular!!

Brooks and Gao

One of only a few decent coffee shops on Streatham High Road. It's slightly pricier than its competitors, but for the quality of the food and coffee, it's justified.

Tariq Halal Meats

An amazing butchers in Streatham that is part of a small franchise of equally great stores.


The best fish and chips in South London, right on Tooting High Street.

Balham Bowls Club

The heartbeat of Balham's nightlife, this vibrant pub is open until 1am Friday and Saturday and also serves food from the bar and dining area.

Lahore Karahi

An awesome Pakistani restaurant serving delicious curries! Really busy, a lively atmosphere and really good for large groups of people.

Tooting Bec Lido

A great place for a swim! Because it's an open air pool, it's ideal in the summer.

The Coffee Co. of Tooting

Brand new coffee shop that has opened and I love it! Delicious coffee, chilled out atmosphere and a great edition to Tooting. The falafel and avocado sandwich is awesome!


A really nice café for lunch or a quick coffee with friends. They serve Mediterranean-style food and breakfasts until 5pm on the weekends.

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"Underneath each of Clapham's three Underground stations, Clapham South, Common and North are deep-level air raid shelters built during the Second World War."

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Pram Chorus

The Bedford Side Bar
A fun and friendly daytime choir for parents and carers of pre-school-age children based in Balham. Songs are taught by ear so that you have your hands free to hold jiggle feed or dance with your little one.

Jelly Tots Playgroup

St Stephen's Parish Church
Parent and toddler groups provide a place where parents/carers can take their young children to enjoy play activities and socialise. This group is for parents/carers and their children aged 0-3 years. Attending the group can: give parents/carers a chance to get support and advice, start children meeting and interacting with other children, and help prepare children for starting day care and nursery education. There is no need to book just drop in. Website

Superhero Film Shoots! -Studio Film School Balham

Broomwood Hall School
Inspired by our favourite comic book films, this four day workshop will see us creating green screen effects, dazzling stunts and action set pieces to make a superhero spectacular. Try your hand at filmmaking on an epic scale: the world needs you! For more information, please contact info@studiofilmschool.co.uk. Website

Happy Mondays Parent & Toddler Group

St Stephens Church
Parent and toddler groups provide a place where parents/carers can take their young children to enjoy play activities and socialise. Set up by a mum looking for an afternoon activity that would fit in with naps and an alternative to going to the park every day. We're a friendly lot and the atmosphere is relaxed. Come along have a drink and a chat while your child has some fun! Aimed at the under 4s soft play art activities baby area for under ones small ball pool. Indoor seesaw climbing frame and trikes/cars. Singing at the end. Tea/coffee and biscuits for parent/carer. Juice and fruit for children.

NCT Balham Runaround

St Stephen's Church
Aimed at children aged 0 to 4 years with a soft area for babies. Join us for play craft and singing. Snack time for the children and tea/coffee & biscuits for the adults. Day: Fridays Time: 9.45-11.15 Where: St Stephen's Church Weir Road Balham SW12 0NU Age range: 0 - 4 years Donation: £2 first child 50p additional siblings. Contact: runaround@claphamnct.com

Tooting Bec Athletics Track

Tooting Bec Athletics Track
This eight lane fully floodlit facility is open all year round and caters for individual athletes schools and club competitions. The club is home to Herne Hill Harriers Athletic Club and hosts other special events. Children young people and adults of all abilities are welcome. In addition to providing a full range of track and field facilities the pavilion provides: a fully equipped gym, heated changing and showering accommodation, and a refreshment/rest area with automatic vending and a kitchen. Although top class athletes use the service the track is a safe training area for anyone of any standard. You do not have to join a club to use the track. If the track is booked for competition it will be closed to casual users although the gym and changing areas will remain open. Website

Tin Pan Annie Music

Fabulous fun real music classes accompanied by guitar, packed full of action songs, rhymes, puppets, stories, percussion and bubbles. Written by child music education expert, designed to educate, stimulate, boost confidence and encourage social skills. Our well-loved team of Tin Pan teachers are all talented musicians with that special sparkle to engage children on a journey of imagination with the loveable Tin Pan Annie ragdoll in our innovative themed classes. Website
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