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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

What is your favourite place?

Where do SW12 locals go?

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

Milk

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

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.

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.

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.

Chez Bruce

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

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!

Tooting Bec Lido

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

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

Clapham Common

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

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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

What do you love about SW12?

Why do you find SW12 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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"Built in 1937, Du Cane Court is Balham's largest landmark and Europe's biggest privately owned residential block. Owing to its Art Deco design, it has been used in the filming of ITV's Poirot."

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Child-friendly activities near SW12

Superhero Film Shoots! -Studio Film School Balham

Broomwood 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 info@studiofilmschool.co.uk. 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

Superhero Film Shoots! -Studio Film School Balham

Broomwood 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 info@studiofilmschool.co.uk. Website

Storytime

Balham Library
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

TinyTalk Baby Signing - Wandsworth Hearing Support Service

Wandsworth 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

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

Baby First Aid


The First Aid for babies course focuses on all aspects of First Aid crucial for those looking after a new baby; we will help you to keep your baby safe and prepare you with the skills and confidence to be able to help in a medical emergency. Saturday, June 27, 2015 Saturday, July 4, 2015 Saturday, July 11, 2015 Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Website
  1. 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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