A locals' guide to SW12
"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
"Clapham Common is the place to be in south west London when the sun's out."David Law
Where do SW12 locals go?
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.
Submitted by James
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.
Submitted by James
A cafe selling delicious coffee, cakes, bread and healthy juices ready to go.
Submitted by Daisy
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.
Submitted by Louise
Camden Coffee House
If you're feeling tired and in need of a caffeine hit, Camden Coffee House is the place to go! #bestcoffeeintown
Submitted by James
Amazing place for food and particularly busy at the weekends for breakfast - you can often find queues there, it's so popular!!
Submitted by Posy
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!
Submitted by Akilah
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.
Submitted by Gareth
Tooting Bec Lido
A great place for a swim! Because it's an open air pool, it's ideal in the summer.
Submitted by Oliver
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
A beautiful park to take the kids to or take part in a fitness boot camp!
Submitted by Giorgio
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.
Submitted by Linda
Why do you find SW12 a great place to live?
"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."
What do you like about SW12?
Did you know?
"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."
Child-friendly activities near SW12
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.
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
Songs and Stories - JabadaoFayland 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.
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
Beacon Toddler GroupChurch of the Ascension
Beacon Toddler Group is a large and growing group for parents and carers of pre-school children offering toys fun and games and a great social space in church every Thursday morning. 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. To find out more or get involved please contact Jacqui Hance. Website
Perform - BalhamThe 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
NCT Balham Breastfeeding CafeHarrisons Restaurant
Are you breastfeeding a baby or planning to breastfeed? Would you like support or information on breastfeeding? Would you like to meet other breastfeeding mums? Then drop-in at our breastfeeding café for free support and information from qualified NCT breastfeeding counsellors. You'll find a relaxed and friendly environment. ALL welcome. When Every Monday (except bank holidays) 10.00 am & 12.00 noon. Please arrive by 11.30am. Where Private dining room Harrison's 15-18 Bedford Hill SW12 9EX Contact For other enquiries email: Kate firstname.lastname@example.org DONATE to keep our breastfeeding cafe open & free to all www.justgiving.com/claphamnct 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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