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Milk

Milk

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

Lavish Habit

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.

Hildreth Street Market

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.

Blackbird Bakery

Blackbird Bakery

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

Balham Bowls Club

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.

Camden Coffee House

Camden Coffee House

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

Tooting Bec Lido

Tooting Bec Lido

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

The Wheatsheaf

The Wheatsheaf

Great function room for parties and meetings as well as delicious food all year round. Weekends always have a great vibe which makes it my local.

The Ginger Pig

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.

Kerbisher & Malt

Kerbisher & Malt

Sustainable and stylish fish and chips that taste fantastic!

Wandsworth Common

Wandsworth Common

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.

Manifesto Pizzeria

Manifesto Pizzeria

Fresh and seasonal pizza for a good price!

Clapham Common

Clapham Common

A beautiful park to take the kids to or take part in a fitness boot camp!

Free Fitness Clapham

Free Fitness Clapham

For just £40 per month, you can take advantage of 6 classes a week, which include a running club, martial arts and Insanity workouts. You can also hire personal trainers for 1 on 1 sessions.

Hot Power Yoga

Hot Power Yoga

Hot Power Yoga has 2 sites they practice in, either in Lambeth College or at The Balance Studio on Gauden Road. The teachers are lovely and the times vary from 6:30am to 9pm so very flexible.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Wandsworth Common, Tooting, Clapham, Streatham Hill, Streatham, Earlsfield, Clapham Junction, Clapham North, Brixton and Wandsworth

"Once the backdrop for the pool scene in Guy Ritchie's 'Snatch', Tooting Bec Lido is 100 yards long and 33 yards wide, coming in as the second largest swimming pool in the UK."

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

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There are some breathtaking properties neighbouring Wandsworth Common.

Rupert Greig

It's fun to watch the ducks swim across the ponds at Wandsworth Common.

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  1. 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.

  2. Tooting common and the leafy oak trees, and above all else the quiet. Quiet and only 15 minutes from Streatham Hill to Victoria.

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Child-friendly activities near Balham

Storytime

Balham Library
Storytime is half an hour of songs stories and rhymes. This session is for parents/carers and their children aged 2-4 years. Storytime gives you an opportunity to: make friends and socialise, listen to popular stories that will help your child learn, and help develop your child's imagination. There is no need to book just turn up. Please note these sessions are for members of Wandsworth libraries only. If you would like to join the library you will need to complete a library application form and provide a proof of identity and address. You will then be given a library membership card which will allow you to borrow items and attend this type of session. Website

Jelly Tots Parent and Toddler Group

St Stephens Church
This group is aimed at under 4s, with lots of toys, soft play, art activities, baby area for under ones and singing at the end of each session. Tea/ coffee and biscuits for adults, juice for children.

Baby Rhyme Time

Balham Library
Baby Rhyme Time is half an hour of songs and rhymes. This session is for parents/carers and their children aged 0-3 years. Baby Rhyme Time gives you an opportunity to: make friends and socialise, listen to popular stories that will help your child learn, and help develop your child's imagination. There is no need to book just turn up. Please note these sessions are for members of Wandsworth libraries only. If you would like to join the library you will need to complete a library application form and provide a proof of identity and address. You will then be given a library membership card which will allow you to borrow items and attend this type of session. Website

Acorn Mother and Toddler Group

Balham 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.

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.

Swimming Academy

Balham Leisure Centre
Swimming Academy lessons are delivered under the Swimming Academy brand and follows the Amateur Swimming Association's (ASA) Learn to Swim framework. This uses fun and games to take children from the first splash to full competence in the pool and will ultimately help your child develop confidence in the water. The ASAs Learn to Swim Programme guides your child through ten clearly defined stages and there's a foundation level to get babies as young as six-months-old started. All of the ASA Learn to Swim Programme is supported by the Kellogg's ASA Awards scheme. Children and young people can: enhance their swimming skills improve their fitness have fun Please bring a swimming costume no loose fitting shorts a swimming hat a towel and goggles. Please call to book in advance. Spaces are limited. Website

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: [email protected]

About Balham

Most of Balham is in the London Borough of Wandsworth, although the SW12 postcode, generally thought to be coterminous with Balham, includes the Hyde Farm area east of Cavendish Road within Lambeth.The southern part of Balham, towards Tooting Bec, near the 1930s block of flats called Du Cane Court and the area to the south of Wandsworth Common, comes under the SW17 postcode. Balham is situated between four south London Commons: Clapham Common to the north, Wandsworth Common to the west, Tooting Graveney Common to the south, and the adjoining Tooting Bec Common to the east – the latter two historically distinct areas are referred to by both Wandsworth council and some local people as Tooting Common.

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