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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.

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

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.

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.

Milk

Milk

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

The Wheatsheaf

The Wheatsheaf

Great function room for parties and meetings as well as delicious food all year round. Weekends always have a great vibe which makes it my local.

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!

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.

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.

The Hamlet

The Hamlet

The best decor I have ever seen in a bar. The Hamlet is almost like a Hidden Gem in Streatham. Beautiful food, cocktails and staff.

Manifesto Pizzeria

Manifesto Pizzeria

Fresh and seasonal pizza for a good price!

Clapham Common

Clapham Common

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

Bar 61

Bar 61

The owners who are friendly and love a chat and a joke. The bar sells great tapas and you can enjoy an old fashioned leisurely lunch in a bar that has the atmosphere of a bygone age - love it.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Balham, Wandsworth Common, Tooting, Streatham Hill, Clapham, Streatham, Earlsfield, Clapham Junction, Clapham North and Brixton

"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."

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

Clapham Common is the place to be in south west London when the sun's out.

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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.

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Child-friendly activities near SW12

Parent and Child Group

Waldorf School of SW London
Parent and toddler groups provide a place where parents/cares can take their young children to enjoy play activities and socialise. This is an Early Years group for 0 - 3 year olds held indoors. In a quiet relaxed environment with soft colours and natural materials children play freely with simple wooden toys handmade rag dolls play cloths and nature's toys like conkers shells and pinecones. There is a seasonal craft or activity drawing with pure beeswax crayons then tidying-up time is followed by a wholesome organic snack and the session ends with ring time singing seasonal songs and playing finger games. 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

Pitter Patter

St Stephen's Church
Aimed at babies under 12 months, Pitter Patter is also for mothers, fathers and carers. Join us in St Stephens Church and take the opportunity to meet and chat with others going through the same experiences in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The babies will be able to enjoy some very gentle activities such as singing, soft play and stories, especially aimed at little ones.

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 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

Under 1's Group

Fayland Children's Centre Triangle Site
Come and take part in a session aimed at the needs of very young babies. For parents/carers with babies under 1. Parents/carers will have a chance to: explore different activities with their child, meet other parents and little friends for their baby, and have fun. Please call for more information. 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

About SW12

SW12 is the postcode district in South West London incorporating the areas ofBalham, Clapham South, Hyde Farm and is covered by the Wandsworth, Lambeth local authority.

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