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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A cafe selling delicious coffee, cakes, bread and healthy juices ready to go.
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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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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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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.
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Always great modern European food at this Michelin-starred restaurant. Perfect for a special occasion.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A beautiful park to take the kids to or take part in a fitness boot camp!
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"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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Storytime is half an hour of songs stories and rhymes. This session is for parents/carers and their children aged 2-4 years. Storytime 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
Tin Pan Annie MusicSt Lukes Church hall
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
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
NCT Balham RunaroundSt Stephen's Church
Aimed at children aged 0 to 4 years with a soft area for babies. Join us for play craft and singing. Snack time for the children and tea/coffee & biscuits for the adults. Day: Fridays Time: 9.45-11.15 Where: St Stephen's Church Weir Road Balham SW12 0NU Age range: 0 - 4 years Donation: £2 first child 50p additional siblings. Contact: email@example.com
Superhero Film Shoots! -Studio Film School BalhamBroomwood 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Website
Coffee & Chat Baby and Toddler GroupBalham Community Centre
We aim to provide a friendly atmosphere where parents can come and chat while children are having fun with activities. Refreshments are provided for both adults and children. This is a drop in session where parents/carers stay for the duration of the session and have a coffee and chat. Due to space we are limited to the number of parents & children we are able to take so we advise you to arrive early to avoid disapointment . Website
Baby MassageBalham Nursery School & Childrens Centre
This is a course where parents can learn how to massage their baby. The session is for parents/carers and their babies. The benefits of using massage are: it assists bonding with your baby, it helps your baby to relax, and it helps relieve colic teething and sleeping problems. Spaces are limited so please book in advance. Massage oil is provided but please bring a towel. 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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