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Milk

Milk

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

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.

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

Chez Bruce

Chez Bruce

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

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.

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.

Gigalum

Gigalum

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

Tooting Bec Lido

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

Refill

Refill

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

The Ginger Pig

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

Kerbisher & Malt

Sustainable and stylish fish and chips that taste fantastic!

Wandsworth Common

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

Clapham Common

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

Free Fitness Clapham

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

"In 2011 a lemur was found living on Tooting Bec Common."

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

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There are some breathtaking properties neighbouring Wandsworth Common.

Rupert Greig

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

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  1. 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.

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

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Child-friendly activities near Balham

Fancy Footwork

St. Luke's Community Hall
This service runs a dance programme offering movement to music ballet jazz modern musical theatre and tap classes. Children and young people from 2 to 17 years old can join these classes. This service aims to: impart the joy of dance to children and young people, give children and young people an appreciation of the art of dance, provide a positive and fun atmosphere, and get children and young people ready to take Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exams if they want to. Classes are held at a range of venues and times. You need to book for all classes. You have to bring suitable clothing and footwear to classes. Please contact Fancy Footwork for more information. Website

Superhero Film Shoots! -Studio Film School Balham

Broomwood Hall School
Inspired by our favourite comic book films, this four day workshop will see us creating green screen effects, dazzling stunts and action set pieces to make a superhero spectacular. Try your hand at filmmaking on an epic scale: the world needs you! For more information, please contact info@studiofilmschool.co.uk. Website

Pram Chorus

The Bedford Side Bar
A fun and friendly daytime choir for parents and carers of pre-school-age children based in Balham. Songs are taught by ear so that you have your hands free to hold jiggle feed or dance with your little one.

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

Swimming Academy

Balham Leisure Centre
Swimming Academy lessons are delivered under the Swimming Academy brand and follows the Amateur Swimming Association's (ASA) Learn to Swim framework. This uses fun and games to take children from the first splash to full competence in the pool and will ultimately help your child develop confidence in the water. The ASAs Learn to Swim Programme guides your child through ten clearly defined stages and there's a foundation level to get babies as young as six-months-old started. All of the ASA Learn to Swim Programme is supported by the Kellogg's ASA Awards scheme. Children and young people can: enhance their swimming skills improve their fitness have fun Please bring a swimming costume no loose fitting shorts a swimming hat a towel and goggles. Please call to book in advance. Spaces are limited. Website

Songs and Stories - Jabadao

Fayland Children's Centre Triangle Site
An opportunity for adults and children to move together which will help children's development learning health and well being. These sessions are for parents and carers with their children aged 18 months to 3 years. Jabadao helps: adults and children feel better after exercising, movement which is important for children's health development and learning, and children to enjoy excercise. This session will be held at the Fayland site. Please ask staff for details.

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

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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