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A locals' guide to SW16

"Streatham Common is the perfect place to hang out when the sun is shining."

Thomas Howe

"A mixture of independent and high street shops line Streatham High Road, which has seen great development over the past few years."

Luke Tubb

"You can be at London Victoria or London Bridge in less than half an hour from West Norwood Station."

Thomas Howe

What is your favourite place?

Where do SW16 locals go?

The Bull

This gastropub next to Streatham Common is fantastic! The décor is really cool, there's an impressive outdoor seating area with fires and the food is outstanding.

Norwood Grove House

Known locally as the "White House", Norwood Grove House and its well-tended formal gardens were opened in 1926 by the future King Edward VIII. It is the centrepiece of Norwood Grove itself; a large expanse of grass from which you can overlook Streatham and its surrounding areas. It is thoroughly underutilised and all the better for it!

Perfect Blend

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!

The Rookery

A walled garden that would not look out of place in a BBC costume drama. Stunning throughout the year and still relatively undiscovered by the residents of South London. The gardens are beautifully maintained by a justifiably proud set of volunteers.


Classic hot and cold desserts, milkshakes and gelato served in a low-lit, purple and black setting.

Tooting Bec Lido

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

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.

La Casita

A fantastic choice of Spanish food and drink all at great value!

Cut the Mustard

This delightful cafe between Tooting and Streatham is a real hidden gem. They have everything you would expect on a brunch menu and the portions are huge!

Tariq Halal Meats

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

West Norwood Feast

A community market in south London. Community comes together to taste, eat, drink and admire or buy all handmade items and all things that are on offer.

West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre

So many activities for adults and children. I personally love the exercise classes, Zumba and Boxfit.


A great recently opened restaurant on Streatham Hill. Go here for something completely different to the other places in the area.

Knowles of Norwood

This lovely quirky bar is quiet mid-week for a lovely intimate meal or catch up. And lively on the weekend with a lovely band. Good atmosphere. Rustic style.


Just along Mitcham Lane, this cafe serves a delicious brunch menu. The coffee is really good and the dishes are all served with a MUD twist - the prettiest breakfast I've ever seen!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Streatham, Norbury, West Norwood, Tooting, Streatham Hill, Norwood, Balham, Thornton Heath, Colliers Wood and Mitcham

What do you love about SW16?

Why do you find SW16 a great place to live?


"The area has a relaxed atmosphere with a good selection of convenience shops and a local bakery. Situated just off from Tooting common there is an abundance of green space to walk and run around. Balham is about a 20 minute walk past the duck pond and swings. Very family friendly and the only place I have lived in London where I actually know my neighbours name. Transport isn't as convenient as other places but the lower p... more

January 2015


"Streatham Common is amazingly quiet and perfect for family living. There are loads of lovely old Victorian houses. We are also seeing an influx of young professionals, a bit like Balham a few years ago. Check out the Rookery and the woodlands at the top of the common, you wouldn't believe you were in central London. The transport links are great too. Every 15 minutes to Victoria, every 30mins to London bridge (although cha... more

January 2015


"It features a beautiful park with a hill view of the surrounding areas. Suitable for a modern life style with 24h Tesco, nice local pubs, gyms and well connected to central London. Many areas are also under development by the local council."

January 2015


"It is a very exquisite area with a strong sense of a peaceful atmosphere. The friendly community surrounded makes it a very peaceful atmosphere, where all individuals are loving and caring. The nearby shops make it easy for one to have access to a variety of food and clothing. It is very close to a bus stop, and a railway station, allowing one to have easy access to transport. The houses in the area are very big, with a spacio... more

January 2015

Local resident

"1. Access to two lovely wild-life-friendly open spaces (Tooting Common and Streatham Common/ Rookery/ Norwood Grove) 2. Good transport links (would be even better if we had the tube) 3. The unique, wonderful (and huge) Tooting Bec Lido "

November 2014

Local resident

"Streatham Common is very family friendly."

November 2014

Local resident

"It is quiet area, good for new families with mostly 3 bed houses. Outstanding and good schools in the area. A quick walk to both Streatham Common and Norbury station for commuting 20 minutes to Victoria or 30 to London Bridge. Fantastic parks like Norwood Grove, Streatham Common and the Rookery are a short walk away. Norbury has a post office and by Streatham Common is the very family friendly Railway pub and Tea Rooms!"

November 2014


"I'm a student and I've lived in Streatham Common for almost a year now and I love it! My road is lovely and quiet, and just down the road from the common and Thornton Heath park which is gorgeous in summer. The Streatham High Road is your typically diverse South London high road, and has everything you need (banks, shops, cinema, restaurants, bars etc.). There are 3 big supermarkets nearby (Sainsbury's, Morrisons a... more

June 2013

Local resident

"Excellent nursery (Cavendish Lodge in Lewis Road) - has just been ranked best in south London by Mamas & Papas. Lovely community feeling and lots of young families. Schools are getting better too, some really decent primary schools around."

June 2012

Local resident

"The rookery up the common - lovely place to go for a picnic. Also great are Streatham festival and overground connections."

June 2012

Lisa H

"Streatham Common overground is at the end of my road which means transport links around London are perfect. It takes less than 15minutes to get into Victoria and is 3 mins away from Balham which gives direct access to the Northern Line. Also, at the other end of my road is Streatham Common. Always clean and very family friendly. Great for summer runs or just relaxing in the sunshine. "

May 2011

Local resident

"Tooting Common and Wigmore Lawn Tennis Club."

May 2011


What do you like about SW16?

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"In the '70s and '80s, 32 Ambleside Avenue, Streatham was used as a brothel run by infamous madam Cynthia Payne. Here, well heeled gentlemen, including MPs and judges, could exchange luncheon vouchers for the women's services."

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Child-friendly activities near SW16


Private venue,
Small group or individual classes taught in a private house in Streatham with the pool heated to a minimum temperature of 30°C. Website

Well Baby Clinic

Faylands Childrens Centre,
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. Just drop in, there is no need to book. Don't forget to bring your personal child health record book; and your baby changing bag. Website

The ABC Ballet School

St. James' Church Hall 236,
At The ABC Ballet School the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment whilst learning skills such as coordination musicality confidence building and imagination that will be beneficial in everyday life. Website

Stay and Play!

Lattjo POP
Come and let loose in our cafe as we turn it into a playground for the children with music in the background while you enjoy your cake and coffee! A great session where the café area turns into a play room and children can explore freely and paly with the various toys around. Website

Rhythm 'n' Babes

St James Church Centre,
Rhythm 'n' Babes is a music and activity class aiming to encourage children to enjoy and explore music and movement. Website

Stay and Play - Babies under one

Fayland Children's Centre
A weekly stay and play session giving Dads Mums of very young children the chance to meet, share experiences and play together. Website

Postnatal Group

Faylands Childrens Centre
This is a group for parents with young babies where they can make friends and get support from other parents in a similar situation. This group is for mothers and fathers who have a baby under the age of 1 year. At the group parents can get help from a professional about: weaning, First Aid, and sleep routines. There is no need to book please drop in. Website
  1. About SW16

    SW16 is the postcode district in South West London incorporating the areas of Streatham, Norbury, Thornton Heath, Streatham Park, Furzedown, Streatham Vale, Pollards Hill and is covered by the Lambeth, Croydon, Wandsworth and Merton local authorities.

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