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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?

Milk

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

Chez Bruce

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

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.

Blackbird Bakery

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

Camden Coffee House

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

Tooting Bec Lido

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

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.

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.

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.

Refill

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?

Charlie

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

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Child-friendly activities near Balham

Joanna Pinewood Education

Pinewood Education
We understand how important it is for your child to be encouraged and driven in his or her educational career. That's why we offer proactive, personalised tuition at affordable and realistic prices. Website

Hedgesparrows

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

Baby Massage with Susan Patterson-Smith

The Studio, 2nd Floor, Thurleigh Road Practice
Clinical research has shown that positive, loving, nurturing touch has an important impact on a baby's development. Baby massage is something that every parent can learn - providing benefits to both the baby and parent. Website

Perform - Balham

The Parish Church of St Mary & St John The Divine
Perform runs unique drama dance and singing based workshops as well as parties and holiday courses throughout London and the South East. It is designed for children aged 4-8 years old. At Perform classes children can: meet children in their age group and make new friends, learn as they sing dance and play, improve their confidence and self-esteem, and be active and improve their health. You can contact Perform for further information to book your free first session and to sign your child up for a class. There is a termly fee for classes and places must be booked in advance. Children attending the classes will need comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear as there is a lot of movement involved. Website

Jelly Tots Playgroup

St Stephen's Parish Church
Parent and toddler groups provide a place where parents/carers can take their young children to enjoy play activities and socialise. 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. There is no need to book just drop in. Website

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

Perform - Acting, Singing and Dance classes

St Mary & St John the Divine
The only drama, dance and singing workshops for 4-8 year olds that focuses on helping develop children's confidence, co-ordination, communication and concentration skills. Perform will give your child amazing social skills and will be the best fun of their week.  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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