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Tooting Broadway Market

Tooting Broadway Market

A hidden gem with good food, market stalls, and bars for a different evening out.

Chicken Shop

Chicken Shop

Much better than your average high street chicken shop! You must visit this place...

Kaosarn

Kaosarn

A great family-run Thai restaurant opened after success in their Clapham Junction and Brixton restaurants.

Tartine

Tartine

A really nice café for lunch or a quick coffee with friends. They serve Mediterranean-style food and breakfasts until 5pm on the weekends.

Honest Burgers

Honest Burgers

Awesome place for a burger and definitely some of the best in London.

The Wheatsheaf

The Wheatsheaf

Great function room for parties and meetings as well as delicious food all year round. Weekends always have a great vibe which makes it my local.

TOTA

TOTA

An amazing restaurant for brunch or dinner, serving dishes from all over the world. The ribs are fantastic!

The Trafalgar Arms

The Trafalgar Arms

A brilliant gastro pub that has been refurbished beautifully. The outdoor seating area at the front is great in the summer.

Tooting Broadway Market

Tooting Broadway Market

One of the busiest markets in the South West, Tooting Market injects life and diversity to the already vibrant Tooting Broadway area. We're always talking about the property market, this is the real market we should be raving about!

Fisher & Co.

Fisher & Co.

Really nice paninis, jacket potatoes and pastries. It serves a good cup of tea as well!

Meza

Meza

Awesome Lebanese food at a good price. I would recommend a £6 lunch box deal, but make sure you order a little in advance.

Lahore Karahi

Lahore Karahi

An awesome Pakistani restaurant serving delicious curries! Really busy, a lively atmosphere and really good for large groups of people.

Brickwood

Brickwood

Great coffee and food in the heart of Tooting Market.

Kennedy's

Kennedy's

The best fish and chips in South London, right on Tooting High Street.

The Little Taperia

The Little Taperia

A recent addition to Tooting High Street, this delightful tapas restaurant has a very reasonably priced menu.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Tooting, Earlsfield, Balham, Colliers Wood, Wandsworth Common, Streatham, Wandsworth, Merton, Southfields and Wimbledon

"The Granada Cinema in Tooting is the first Grade II listed cinema in Britain. It is built in an Art Deco style and has seen many famous faces on its stage, including Frank Sinatra and Carmen Miranda."

A great mix of independent and high street stores gives Balham a real community feel that always impresses my clients.

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Chris Campbell

Tooting's popularity is ever growing thanks to its vibrant high street and the soon to be 24-hour service on the Northern Line.

Bradley Slade

There are some breathtaking properties neighbouring Wandsworth Common.

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  1. Tooting is family-friendly and safe. You have everything here on your doorstep.

  2. Great community feel with loads of small business activity in the indoor market.

  3. So many good places to eat out and a great atmosphere in the evenings and weekends.

  4. Attractive terraces and a wide selection of places to eat out.

  5. An underrated gem sandwiched between 2 beautiful commons and close to one of my favourite restaurants, Chez Bruce. I was living in Earlsfield and was never able to get on the first train that comes, but in Tooting Bec, I can usually get on the first train.

  6. I love vast Tooting Bec Common just on my doorstep. It is so convenient for kids, with its two playgrounds, duck pond and little cafe, not to mention the lido. Tooting Bec Underground Station is just a short walk away with its direct access to the city and West End. I love the many shops and fantastic food joints, not to mention the two markets. There are lots of baby playgroups around and some very good schools. I love the atmosphere when I walk down the high street. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

  7. Tooting Bec Common on a Sunday morning, fresh fruit smoothies from Tooting Market, amazing restaurants, live music in the local pubs, the lido in summer and the fabulous melting pot of its constituents. Tooting has been burning a fire for years but now the heat is palpable. I love it!

  8. Very conveniently located for transport links, but not too busy either with some lovely cafes and restaurants around. I much prefer it to its neighbours on the Northern line.

  9. I love Tooting Bec because of how diverse the community is yet it is so accepting of everyone. Walking home, I pass a phone store and a butchers and we always greet each other despite me never having purchased anything from there. The area is filled with so many things to do and has really good transport links with Balham only being a 10 minute walk away. It really is so convenient! It's not the trendiest part of London but I've never felt unsafe here.

  10. Open and airy yet still feels like you're close to London.

  11. Lovely community feel and lots of older settled families and also lots of young professionals couples and families moving in. Tooting has long been the hidden gem in London.

  12. Northern line takes you straight to the centre of London and, being just before busy Balham and Clapham, you actually get a seat. You also have an Overground rail option just down from Balham. Vast open green parks with tennis courts and the largest lido in the country. Great curry houses just around the corner in Tooting Broadway and, if you have a car, just a short drive from beautiful places such as Richmond, Wimbledon, etc. Finally, the council is around the most efficient in the country with among the lowest tax rates. Tooting Bec pretty much has it all.

  13. Young professionals and families moving in. New bars and restaurants opening, turning Tooting into an increasingly trendy place.

  14. I like living in Tooting because of Tooting Bec Common and the leafy oak trees, and above all else the quiet.

  15. I love Tooting because of Tooting Bec Common and Wigmore Lawn Tennis Club.

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Friday Frogs

St Nicholas' Church
The children play with the toys and with playdough, colouring and crafts as they wish. Parents and carers have the chance to chat and enjoy cups of tea, coffee and fruit tea and delicious homemade cake with a watchful eye on their children! At the end of the morning, we sing some of our favourite songs and out comes our puppet friend 'Max' who tells us a Bible story. It is our hope and prayer that the group offers good support and friendship to parents and carers in the local community. We'd love you to join us. Website

The Boys' Brigade

Trinity Road Chapel
Each week The Boys' Brigade works with thousands of young people many of whom have no other connection with the Church. The Boys' Brigade provides a balanced programme of activities for children and young people from 5 to 18 years old of any faith and background. Through the many different activities children will: learn about themselves, get to know people and learn to work together, explore their community, and personally develop. Visit the website for more information. Website

Toddlers Gym

Tooting Leisure Centre
Toddlers Gym offers the opportunity for toddlers to be active and have fun on bouncy castles and soft play areas. This activity is open to children aged 0-5 years and their parents/carers. Benefits of taking part include: a chance for toddlers to have fun be active and make new friends, and an opportunity for parents/carers to meet and form friendships. There is no need to book just drop in at the beginning of one of the sessions. Website

Stories and Rhymes

Tooting Library
Session for parents to share stories and rhymes with their young children. For parents carers childminders and children aged 0-5 years. Families can: learn rhymes that can then be shared with babies at home, develop their speech and language skills, and have fun. Please drop in as there is no need to book but please be aware that sessions can be very busy. Please note these sessions are for members of the 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

Tooting Bec Athletics Track

Tooting Bec Athletics Track
This eight lane fully floodlit facility is open all year round and caters for individual athletes schools and club competitions. The club is home to Herne Hill Harriers Athletic Club and hosts other special events. Children young people and adults of all abilities are welcome. In addition to providing a full range of track and field facilities the pavilion provides: a fully equipped gym, heated changing and showering accommodation, and a refreshment/rest area with automatic vending and a kitchen. Although top class athletes use the service the track is a safe training area for anyone of any standard. You do not have to join a club to use the track. If the track is booked for competition it will be closed to casual users although the gym and changing areas will remain open. Website

Play and Learn

Smallwood Children's Centre (Based in Smallwood Primary School)
Play is fundamental in supporting a childs development learning so join us and learn how to include play in every day routines. First Wednesday day of the month: Family Support Drop-in - speak to a family support worker for parenting advice. Last Friday of the month: librarian from Tooting Library drops in for storytelling and singing session. Community Nursery Nurse will be here to help answer any health related concerns. There is no need to book, just turn up. Please come dressed for messy play. Website

Expectant Fathers Programme (EFP)

St. Georges Hospital
The Expectant Fathers Programme is a one day birthing and parenting class for expectant fathers which has been developed as a result of talking with fathers. These sessions are for expectant and new fathers only. This programme provides an opportunity for men to look at the changes they will be going through and looking at the impact that a baby will have on their lives. The session will concentrate on: Building up the general confidence of new fathers but particularly in terms of their role their skills and their ability to support their partner and baby Providing information so that new fathers engage more actively in the pregnancy and understand that they have an important role to play. Supporting fathers to learn the practical skills they will need with their babies to enable them to be competent and confident fathers. For more information and bookings please call. Website

About SW17

SW17 is the postcode district in South West London incorporating the areas of Tooting, Mitcham and is covered by the Wandsworth local authority.

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