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.
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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.
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If you're feeling tired and in need of a caffeine hit, Camden Coffee House is the place to go! #bestcoffeeintown
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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.
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A cafe selling delicious coffee, cakes, bread and healthy juices ready to go.
Submitted by Daisy
Amazing place for food and particularly busy at the weekends for breakfast - you can often find queues there, it's so popular!!
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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
Always great modern European food at this Michelin-starred restaurant. Perfect for a special occasion.
Submitted by Mami
The best Caribbean restaurant in Tooting Bec and their lunch deal is only £3.50!
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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
A great place for a swim! Because it's an open air pool, it's ideal in the summer.
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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
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.
Submitted by Charlene
A beautiful park to take the kids to or take part in a fitness boot camp!
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Did you know?
"Underneath each of Clapham's three Underground stations, Clapham South, Common and North are deep-level air raid shelters built during the Second World War."
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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.
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Pitter PatterSt 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.
NCT Balham Pitter PatterSt Stephen's Church
Aimed at parents and carers of newborns crawlers and those attempting their first steps. Join us for refreshments 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. Day: Wednesdays Time: 10.00-11.30 Where: St Stephen's Church Weir Road Balham SW12 0NU Age range: under ones Donation: £2.00 per child Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website
Well Baby ClinicBalham Health CLinic
At the Well Baby Clinic you can get advice and guidance about your child. These sessions are for parents/carers and young children aged 0-5 years. The clinic offers the chance for you to: discuss general health issues and worries about your child, have your child weighed, and get advice about feeding. Drop-in session at Balham Health Clinic. You must bring: your personal child health record book, and your baby changing bag.
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
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 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
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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