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Tooting Bec

A locals' guide to Tooting Bec

"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

"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

What is your favourite place?

Where do Tooting Bec locals go?

Graveney and Meadow

A restaurant with cool, quirky décor and a great bar for a quiet drink.


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


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

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!

Tooting Broadway Market

One of the busiest markets in the South West, Tooting Market injects life and diversity to the already vibrant Tooting Broadway area. We're always talking about the property market, this is the real market we should be raving about!

Honest Burgers

Awesome place for a burger and definitely some of the best in London.


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!

Lahore Karahi

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


Great brunch, cakes and coffee!


Awesome Lebanese food at a good price. I would recommend a £6 lunch box deal, but make sure you order a little in advance.


Great coffee and food in the heart of Tooting Market.

The Castle

Jump off the tube at Tooting Broadway and straight to the bar! The beer garden is amazing. Definitely one of the best pubs in Tooting and South London.

Camden Coffee House

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


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


An amazing restaurant for brunch or dinner, serving dishes from all over the world. The ribs are fantastic!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Tooting, Balham, Earlsfield, Streatham, Wandsworth Common, Colliers Wood, Streatham Hill, Wandsworth, Clapham Junction and Clapham

What do you love about Tooting Bec?

Why do you find Tooting Bec a great place to live?


"An underrated gem sandwiched between 2 beautiful commons and close to one of my favourite restaurants, Chez Bruce. I was living in Earlsfield and was never able to get on the first train that comes, but in Tooting Bec, I can usually get on the first train. "

August 2016

Mum of two

"I love vast Tooting Bec Common just on my doorstep. It is so convenient for kids, with its two playgrounds, duck pond and little cafe, not to mention the lido. Tooting Bec Underground Station is just a short walk away with its direct access to the city and West End. I love the many shops and fantastic food joints, not to mention the two markets. There are lots of baby playgroups around and some very good schools. I love the at... more

February 2016


"Tooting Bec Common on a Sunday morning, fresh fruit smoothies from Tooting Market, amazing restaurants, live music in the local pubs, the lido in summer and the fabulous melting pot of its constituents. Tooting has been burning a fire for years but now the heat is palpable. I love it!"

February 2015


"Very conveniently located for transport links, but not too busy either with some lovely cafes and restaurants around. I much prefer it to its neighbours on the Northern line."

January 2015


"I love Tooting Bec because of how diverse the community is yet it is so accepting of everyone. Walking home, I pass a phone store and a butchers and we always greet each other despite me never having purchased anything from there. The area is filled with so many things to do and has really good transport links with Balham only being a 10 minute walk away. It really is so convenient! It's not the trendiest part of London bu... more

January 2015


"Northern line takes you straight to the centre of London and, being just before busy Balham and Clapham, you actually get a seat. You also have an Overground rail option just down from Balham. Vast open green parks with tennis courts and the largest lido in the country. Great curry houses just around the corner in Tooting Broadway and, if you have a car, just a short drive from beautiful places such as Richmond, Wimbledon, etc... more

May 2014


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"The Granada Cinema in Tooting is the first Grade II listed cinema in Britain. It is built in an Art Deco style and has seen many famous faces on its stage, including Frank Sinatra and Carmen Miranda."

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Child-friendly activities near Tooting Bec


St Boniface RC Primary School
Come and combine yoga postures into exciting adventures. YogaBugs classes are magical fun and totally interactive story-style adventures for children. This session is for parents/carers and their children 2-5 years. Children will have the chance to: improve their co-ordination balance and muscle strength, concentrate and balance their energy levels using breathing techniques, and make friends and have lots of fun. Please call to book a place. Children will need to wear comfortable clothes they can move around in. Website

Friday Frogs

St Nicholas' Church
The children play with the toys and with playdough, colouring and crafts as they wish. Parents and carers have the chance to chat and enjoy cups of tea, coffee and fruit tea and delicious homemade cake with a watchful eye on their children! At the end of the morning, we sing some of our favourite songs and out comes our puppet friend 'Max' who tells us a Bible story. It is our hope and prayer that the group offers good support and friendship to parents and carers in the local community. We'd love you to join us. Website

Rhythm-n-Babes@Graveney & Meadow

Graveney & Meadow
Shake, sing, wiggle, meet Chirpy the chicken and friends, dance, and pop the bubbles. A stimulating and fun 45 mins of musical variety that your little one (and you) will love. Our fun & lively music classes are for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers based in Tooting, south London SW17. Website

Caterpillar Music

The Bruce HallAll Saints Parish Church
Amazing fun, music, action songs, puppets, instruments and exciting activities every week at Caterpillar Music - a creative learning experience for babies and young children.. Website

Chess Club

Tooting Library
Come and join in our Chess Club. For children aged 5-11 years. Children will: learn chess, meet other children, and have fun! Please call to book a place. Please note: These sessions are for members of the library only. Website

Play and Learn

Smallwood Children's Centre (Based in Smallwood Primary School)
Play is fundamental in supporting a childs development learning so join us and learn how to include play in every day routines. First Wednesday day of the month: Family Support Drop-in - speak to a family support worker for parenting advice. Last Friday of the month: librarian from Tooting Library drops in for storytelling and singing session. Community Nursery Nurse will be here to help answer any health related concerns. There is no need to book, just turn up. Please come dressed for messy play. Website

Meadow Makers Club

Graveney & Meadow
This is a crafty club for toddlers and carers. Choose from toddler activities, projects to make together or craft something for yourself while baby is napping! Then enjoy a cuppa and some yummy freshly made Graveney and Meadow cake. The workshops are drop-in and all materials are provided. Cost £5 per child. Splash proof aprons will be provided, but these are messy play sessions so old clothes are advised. Website
  1. About Tooting Bec

    Tooting Bec is a place in the London Borough of Wandsworth in south London. It is named after Bec Abbey in Normandy, which was given land in this area (then part of the Streatham parish) after the Norman Conquest. Tooting Bec sits on Stane Street, a former Roman Road which linked Roman London with Chichester to the southwest. The area includes Tooting Commons, which features Tooting Bec Lido, the largest fresh water pool in England as well as a small athletics stadium. Often considered part of Tooting, it forms the northern part of the latter suburb.

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