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Balham and surrounding areas

A locals' guide to Balham and surrounding areas

"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

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

Chris Campbell

What is your favourite place?

Where do Balham and surrounding areas locals go?

Chez Bruce

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

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

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.

Blackbird Bakery

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

Streatham Wine House

Excellent wine by the bottle or special wines can be tasted by the glass.

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.

La Casita

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

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!

Franco Manca

Great tasting sourdough pizza in a bustling market environment.

Hood

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

Camden Coffee House

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

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!

Graveney and Meadow

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

Milk

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

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

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Play and Learn

Fayland Children's Centre (Triangle Site)
Stay and Play sessions aim to help parents/carers learn how to include play in every day routines with their children. These sessions will provide a variety of activities to support parents/carers in developing their understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage. These sessions are for parents/carers and their children aged 0-5 years. At the sessions parents/carers will: meet other parents and carers help their children explore their creativity, and have fun. There is no need to book just drop-in. Please come dressed for messy play.

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

Coffee & Chat Baby and Toddler Group

Balham Community Centre
We aim to provide a friendly atmosphere where parents can come and chat while children are having fun with activities. Refreshments are provided for both adults and children. This is a drop in session where parents/carers stay for the duration of the session and have a coffee and chat. Due to space we are limited to the number of parents & children we are able to take so we advise you to arrive early to avoid disapointment . Website

Beacon Toddler Group

Church of the Ascension
Beacon Toddler Group is a large and growing group for parents and carers of pre-school children offering toys fun and games and a great social space in church every Thursday morning. This group is for parents/carers and their children aged 0-3 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. To find out more or get involved please contact Jacqui Hance. 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

Balham Leisure Centre

Balham Leisure Centre
The service provides many activities and facilities including: a training area childcare large gym sauna and steam room sunbeds exercise classes children's activities over 50s activities swimming lessons. You can visit the website telephone email or drop in for information on activities. You do not have to become a member to use the service but membership will allow you to get discounts on activities. You can use the service during opening times and set activity times. It is advisable to bring: a towel water bottle change of clothes and appropriate footwear. Website
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