A locals' guide to SW12
"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
"Clapham Common is the place to be in south west London when the sun's out."Jon Woods
Where do SW12 locals go?
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.
Submitted by James
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.
Submitted by James
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.
Submitted by Louise
A cafe selling delicious coffee, cakes, bread and healthy juices ready to go.
Submitted by Daisy
Camden Coffee House
If you're feeling tired and in need of a caffeine hit, Camden Coffee House is the place to go! #bestcoffeeintown
Submitted by James
Amazing place for food and particularly busy at the weekends for breakfast - you can often find queues there, it's so popular!!
Submitted by Posy
This bar serves drink and food throughout the day, but by night it becomes one of the most popular music venues in Clapham. There's DJs and dancing in the garden until the early hours.
Submitted by Alex
Always great modern European food at this Michelin-starred restaurant. Perfect for a special occasion.
Submitted by Mami
The best Caribbean restaurant in Tooting Bec and their lunch deal is only £3.50!
Submitted by Akilah
The Ginger Pig
As well as sublime sausage and stilton rolls, the Ginger Pig sells a great variety of lunch treats. Limited vegetarian options, but they do serve many of their products with rocket.
Submitted by Gareth
Tooting Bec Lido
A great place for a swim! Because it's an open air pool, it's ideal in the summer.
Submitted by Oliver
One of the best places south of the Thames to walk your dog on a Sunday morning. There is also a fantastic coffee shop inside the park where you can meet friends and catch up on the week.
Submitted by Tania
A beautiful park to take the kids to or take part in a fitness boot camp!
Submitted by Giorgio
Lovely place for a coffee in the morning before getting in to the office and amazing cooked breakfasts with thick milkshakes. It turns into a bar at night with an extensive cocktail menu and it's open until 2am!
Submitted by Chris
Why do you find SW12 a great place to live?
"So many like minded people around. Balham has a great vibe at the weekend and a huge array of restaurants to choose from. The best part of London."
"Tooting common and the leafy oak trees, and above all else the quiet. Quiet and only 15 minutes from Streatham Hill to Victoria."
What do you like about SW12?
Did you know?
"The original pitch of the Oval cricket ground was 10,000 squares of turf from Tooting Common."
Child-friendly activities near SW12
Acorn Mother and Toddler GroupBalham Baptist Church,
This group is for parents/carers and their children aged 1 month - 4 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. Please contact the group to book.
NCT Balham Pitter PatterSt Stephen's Church
Aimed at parents and carers of newborns crawlers and those attempting their first steps. Join us for refreshments and take the opportunity to meet and chat with others going through the same experiences in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The babies will be able to enjoy some very gentle activities such as singing soft play and stories especially aimed at little ones. Day: Wednesdays Time: 10.00-11.30 Where: St Stephen's Church Weir Road Balham SW12 0NU Age range: under ones Donation: £2.00 per child Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website
Superhero Film Shoots! -Studio Film School BalhamBroomwood 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 email@example.com. Website
Pram ChorusThe 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.
Well Baby ClinicBalham Health CLinic
At the Well Baby Clinic you can get advice and guidance about your child. These sessions are for parents/carers and young children aged 0-5 years. The clinic offers the chance for you to: discuss general health issues and worries about your child, have your child weighed, and get advice about feeding. Drop-in session at Balham Health Clinic. You must bring: your personal child health record book, and your baby changing bag.
Fancy FootworkSt. Luke's Community Hall
This service runs a dance programme offering movement to music ballet jazz modern musical theatre and tap classes. Children and young people from 2 to 17 years old can join these classes. This service aims to: impart the joy of dance to children and young people, give children and young people an appreciation of the art of dance, provide a positive and fun atmosphere, and get children and young people ready to take Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exams if they want to. Classes are held at a range of venues and times. You need to book for all classes. You have to bring suitable clothing and footwear to classes. Please contact Fancy Footwork for more information. Website
Mummy and baby spaIndependent mindbodysou
Pregnancy treatments and baby friendly facilities ensure that our mummy & baby spa takes you through your pregnancy and beyond... Whether for maintenance waxing or luxurious pampering IMBS believes that a woman's beauty needs are just as important when you are a mum and should be affordable and not reliant upon finding childcare. Everything within the spa has been designed to be mum- and baby-friendly, to make life easier for mums to be able to relax and feel comfortable and confident that their little one is as welcome in the spa as mum is. With just two treatment rooms mums can feel safe and secure within the intimate surroundings. The SOTHYS and Aveda products used within the spa are safe for use throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Website
SW12 is the postcode district in South West London incorporating the areas ofBalham, Clapham South, Hyde Farm and is covered by the Wandsworth, Lambeth local authority.
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