A locals' guide to SW16
"Streatham Common is the perfect place to hang out when the sun is shining."Stephanie Kele
"A mixture of independent and high street shops line Streatham High Road, which has seen great development over the past few years."Chris Campbell
"You can be at London Victoria or London Bridge in less than half an hour from West Norwood Station."Stephanie Kele
Where do SW16 locals go?
Le Tour de France
The best fresh coffee, croissants and bread. Lovely family-owned independent. Get there early for their bread and croissants - they sell out fast.
Submitted by Bevelee
A walled garden that would not look out of place in a BBC costume drama. Stunning throughout the year and still relatively undiscovered by the residents of South London. The gardens are beautifully maintained by a justifiably proud set of volunteers.
Submitted by Stephen
Norwood Grove House
Known locally as the "White House", Norwood Grove House and its well-tended formal gardens were opened in 1926 by the future King Edward VIII. It is the centrepiece of Norwood Grove itself; a large expanse of grass from which you can overlook Streatham and its surrounding areas. It is thoroughly underutilised and all the better for it!
Submitted by Stephen
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
Tariq Halal Meats
An amazing butchers in Streatham that is part of a small franchise of equally great stores.
Submitted by Ermal
Cut the Mustard
This delightful cafe between Tooting and Streatham is a real hidden gem. They have everything you would expect on a brunch menu and the portions are huge!
Submitted by Daisy
This gastropub next to Streatham Common is fantastic! The décor is really cool, there's an impressive outdoor seating area with fires and the food is outstanding.
Submitted by Daisy
Classic hot and cold desserts, milkshakes and gelato served in a low-lit, purple and black setting.
Submitted by Natalie
Lovely place for a coffee in the morning before getting in to the office and amazing cooked breakfasts with thick milkshakes. It turns into a bar at night with an extensive cocktail menu and it's open until 2am!
Submitted by Chris
Brooks and Gao
One of only a few decent coffee shops on Streatham High Road. It's slightly pricier than its competitors, but for the quality of the food and coffee, it's justified.
Submitted by Daisy
West Norwood Feast
A community market in south London. Community comes together to taste, eat, drink and admire or buy all handmade items and all things that are on offer.
Submitted by a local resident
West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre
So many activities for adults and children. I personally love the exercise classes, Zumba and Boxfit.
Submitted by a local resident
A great recently opened restaurant on Streatham Hill. Go here for something completely different to the other places in the area.
Submitted by Graeme
Why do you find SW16 a great place to live?
"The area has a relaxed atmosphere with a good selection of convenience shops and a local bakery. Situated just off from Tooting common there is an abundance of green space to walk and run around. Balham is about a 20 minute walk past the duck pond and swings. Very family friendly and the only place I have lived in London where I actually know my neighbours name. Transport isn't as convenient as other places but the lower p... more
"Streatham Common is amazingly quiet and perfect for family living. There are loads of lovely old Victorian houses. We are also seeing an influx of young professionals, a bit like Balham a few years ago. Check out the Rookery and the woodlands at the top of the common, you wouldn't believe you were in central London. The transport links are great too. Every 15 minutes to Victoria, every 30mins to London bridge (although cha... more
"It features a beautiful park with a hill view of the surrounding areas. Suitable for a modern life style with 24h Tesco, nice local pubs, gyms and well connected to central London. Many areas are also under development by the local council."
"It is a very exquisite area with a strong sense of a peaceful atmosphere. The friendly community surrounded makes it a very peaceful atmosphere, where all individuals are loving and caring. The nearby shops make it easy for one to have access to a variety of food and clothing. It is very close to a bus stop, and a railway station, allowing one to have easy access to transport. The houses in the area are very big, with a spacio... more
"1. Access to two lovely wild-life-friendly open spaces (Tooting Common and Streatham Common/ Rookery/ Norwood Grove) 2. Good transport links (would be even better if we had the tube) 3. The unique, wonderful (and huge) Tooting Bec Lido "
"Streatham Common is very family friendly."
"It is quiet area, good for new families with mostly 3 bed houses. Outstanding and good schools in the area. A quick walk to both Streatham Common and Norbury station for commuting 20 minutes to Victoria or 30 to London Bridge. Fantastic parks like Norwood Grove, Streatham Common and the Rookery are a short walk away. Norbury has a post office and by Streatham Common is the very family friendly Railway pub and Tea Rooms!"
"I'm a student and I've lived in Streatham Common for almost a year now and I love it! My road is lovely and quiet, and just down the road from the common and Thornton Heath park which is gorgeous in summer. The Streatham High Road is your typically diverse South London high road, and has everything you need (banks, shops, cinema, restaurants, bars etc.). There are 3 big supermarkets nearby (Sainsbury's, Morrisons a... more
"Excellent nursery (Cavendish Lodge in Lewis Road) - has just been ranked best in south London by Mamas & Papas. Lovely community feeling and lots of young families. Schools are getting better too, some really decent primary schools around."
"The rookery up the common - lovely place to go for a picnic. Also great are Streatham festival and overground connections."
"Streatham Common overground is at the end of my road which means transport links around London are perfect. It takes less than 15minutes to get into Victoria and is 3 mins away from Balham which gives direct access to the Northern Line. Also, at the other end of my road is Streatham Common. Always clean and very family friendly. Great for summer runs or just relaxing in the sunshine. "
"Tooting Common and Wigmore Lawn Tennis Club."
What do you like about SW16?
Did you know?
"Once the backdrop for the pool scene in Guy Ritchie's 'Snatch', Tooting Bec Lido is 100 yards long and 33 yards wide, coming in as the second largest swimming pool in the UK."
Child-friendly activities near SW16
Small group or individual classes taught in a private house in Streatham with the pool heated to a minimum temperature of 30°C. Website
Play and Learn Session - Under 2sFayland Children's Centre,
A weekly stay and play session giving families of very young children the chance to meet share experiences and play together. Website
Playhouse Parent and Toddler GroupSt. Albans Parish Hall,
Parent and toddler groups provide a place where parents/carers can take their young children to enjoy play activities and socialise. Website
Stay and Play - Babies under oneFayland Children's Centre
A weekly stay and play session giving Dads Mums of very young children the chance to meet, share experiences and play together. Website
The ABC Ballet SchoolSt. James' Church Hall 236,
At The ABC Ballet School the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment whilst learning skills such as coordination musicality confidence building and imagination that will be beneficial in everyday life. Website
Parent and Child GroupThe Waldorf School of South West London, Streatham Methodist Church,
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 pine cones. Website
Postnatal GroupFaylands Childrens Centre
This is a group for parents with young babies where they can make friends and get support from other parents in a similar situation. This group is for mothers and fathers who have a baby under the age of 1 year. At the group parents can get help from a professional about: weaning, First Aid, and sleep routines. There is no need to book please drop in. Website
SW16 is the postcode district in South West London incorporating the areas of Streatham, Norbury, Thornton Heath, Streatham Park, Furzedown, Streatham Vale, Pollards Hill and is covered by the Lambeth, Croydon, Wandsworth and Merton local authorities.
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