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?
Always great modern European food at this Michelin-starred restaurant. Perfect for a special occasion.
Submitted by Mami
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
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
A cafe selling delicious coffee, cakes, bread and healthy juices ready to go.
Submitted by Daisy
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
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
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
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
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
Let's Act JuniorsSt 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 ServiceWandsworth 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 MusicST JAMES' COMMUNITY CENTRE
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
HedgesparrowsTooting 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 toddlersTooting 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 CentreBalham 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
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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