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Laid back nightlife and independent shops, bars and restaurants

"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

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

Rupert Greig

What is your favourite place?

Where do Balham locals go?

Chez Bruce

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

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!!

Blackbird Bakery

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

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

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

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.


This bar serves drink and food throughout the day, but by night it becomes one of the most popular music venues in Clapham. There's DJs and dancing in the garden until the early hours.

Tooting Bec Lido

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


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

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

Sustainable and stylish fish and chips that taste fantastic!

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.

Clapham Common

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

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.

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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

What do you love about Balham?

Why do you find Balham a great place to live?


"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."

January 2015

Local resident

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

June 2013


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"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."

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Child-friendly activities near Balham

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

Let's Act Juniors

St luke's church & community Hall
The classes are designed to train children to a professional level in drama. The classes enhance communication and confidence, unlock creativity and improve articulation. Website

TinyTalk Baby Signing - Wandsworth Hearing Support Service

Wandsworth Hearing Support Service
TinyTalk baby signing classes encourage communication in pre-verbal babies through signing & singing. Babies have a lot to say and if they can communicate their needs, frustration on both parts can be avoided. Which leads to happier babies & mommies. 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


Tooting Bec Common
An outdoor nature group for parents and toddlers. A short walk leads to a wooded glade where we arrange our base camp. Gathered together outside in the natural environment children are free to explore their surroundings. Parents and children from newborn to three and a half years are welcome. Sessions are held on Tuesday mornings during term time 10-12. Meet at the Triangle Playground at the southern end of Cavendish Road (northern part of Tooting Bec Common) . Attending a he group can: start children meeting and interacting with other children, and help prepare children for starting day care and nursery education. Please bring appropriate clothing for all weather experiences for you and your baby or toddler as well as your own cup plate and blanket. Call for more details. Website

Hedgesparrows - an outdoor nature group for parents and toddlers

Tooting Bec Common
Gathered together outside in the natural environment children are free to explore their surroundings. There is a seasonal craft using naturally found objects and materials followed by (organic) snack time and then we finish with ringtime 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
  1. 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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