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Chez Bruce

Chez Bruce

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

Blackbird Bakery

Blackbird Bakery

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

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.

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.



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

Tariq Halal Meats

Tariq Halal Meats

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



Great brunch, cakes and coffee!

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.

Lahore Karahi

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

Tooting Bec Lido

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

The Castle

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.



Great coffee and food in the heart of Tooting Market.



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!



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

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

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

"The Bedford is one of Balham's most celebrated nightspots and has been host to a number of well known comedians and recording artists, including U2 and Eddie Izzard."

There are some breathtaking properties neighbouring Wandsworth Common.

Rupert Greig

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

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Chris Campbell

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

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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

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.

Perform - Acting, Singing and Dance classes

St Mary & St John the Divine
The only drama, dance and singing workshops for 4-8 year olds that focuses on helping develop children's confidence, co-ordination, communication and concentration skills. Perform will give your child amazing social skills and will be the best fun of their week.  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

Baby First Aid

The First Aid for babies course focuses on all aspects of First Aid crucial for those looking after a new baby; we will help you to keep your baby safe and prepare you with the skills and confidence to be able to help in a medical emergency. Saturday, June 27, 2015 Saturday, July 4, 2015 Saturday, July 11, 2015 Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Website

NCT Balham Pitter Patter

St 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: pitterpatterbalham@gmail.com Website

Under 1's Group

Fayland Children's Centre Triangle Site
Come and take part in a session aimed at the needs of very young babies. For parents/carers with babies under 1. Parents/carers will have a chance to: explore different activities with their child, meet other parents and little friends for their baby, and have fun. Please call for more information. Website

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