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
Where do Balham locals 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.
Submitted by James
Camden Coffee House
If you're feeling tired and in need of a caffeine hit, Camden Coffee House is the place to go! #bestcoffeeintown
Submitted by James
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.
Submitted by Louise
A cafe selling delicious coffee, cakes, bread and healthy juices ready to go.
Submitted by Daisy
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.
Submitted by Alex
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.
Submitted by James
Always great modern European food at this Michelin-starred restaurant. Perfect for a special occasion.
Submitted by Mami
Amazing place for food and particularly busy at the weekends for breakfast - you can often find queues there, it's so popular!!
Submitted by Posy
Tooting Bec Lido
A great place for a swim! Because it's an open air pool, it's ideal in the summer.
Submitted by Oliver
The best Caribbean restaurant in Tooting Bec and their lunch deal is only £3.50!
Submitted by Akilah
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.
Submitted by Gareth
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.
Submitted by Tania
A beautiful park to take the kids to or take part in a fitness boot camp!
Submitted by Giorgio
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.
Submitted by Lisa
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."
"Tooting common and the leafy oak trees, and above all else the quiet. Quiet and only 15 minutes from Streatham Hill to Victoria."
What do you like about Balham?
Did you know?
"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."
Child-friendly activities near Balham
Tin Pan Annie MusicSt Luke's Church
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
Allsorts ClubThe Kalos Centre
The Allsorts Youth Club is a place where children and young people can socialise and take part in a range of activities. This is a youth club for children and young people aged 9-16 years old. Younger children are accespted with an older sibling or referral. Activities include: XBox and PS3, arts and crafts, sport, outdoor fun and more. Please call for more information or drop-in one Wednesday.
Acorn Mother and Toddler GroupBalham 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.
Baby MassageBalham Nursery School & Childrens Centre
This is a course where parents can learn how to massage their baby. The session is for parents/carers and their babies. The benefits of using massage are: it assists bonding with your baby, it helps your baby to relax, and it helps relieve colic teething and sleeping problems. Spaces are limited so please book in advance. Massage oil is provided but please bring a towel. Website
Baby Rhyme TimeBalham 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
Mummy and baby spaIndependent mindbodysou
Pregnancy treatments and baby friendly facilities ensure that our mummy & baby spa takes you through your pregnancy and beyond... Whether for maintenance waxing or luxurious pampering IMBS believes that a woman's beauty needs are just as important when you are a mum and should be affordable and not reliant upon finding childcare. Everything within the spa has been designed to be mum- and baby-friendly, to make life easier for mums to be able to relax and feel comfortable and confident that their little one is as welcome in the spa as mum is. With just two treatment rooms mums can feel safe and secure within the intimate surroundings. The SOTHYS and Aveda products used within the spa are safe for use throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Website
Rise and Shine Stay and Play SessionBalham Nursery School & Childrens Centre
Come along and join us for breakfast or just join us for coffee. It's a good way to meet other parents and carers. This session is for parents/carers to support each other. Parent/carers have an opportunity to: make friends, socialise, support each other through sharing experiences, discuss a new topic each month, and find out about new courses and opportunities available locally. Please call in advance.
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 â€“ the latter two historically distinct areas are referred to by both Wandsworth council and some local people as Tooting Common.
Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- Wandsworth Common
- Streatham Hill
- Clapham Junction
- Clapham North
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