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A locals' guide to SW17

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

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."

Rupert Greig

What is your favourite place?

Where do SW17 locals go?

MUD

Just along Mitcham Lane, this cafe serves a delicious brunch menu. The coffee is really good and the dishes are all served with a MUD twist - the prettiest breakfast I've ever seen!

The Castle

Jump off the tube at Tooting Broadway and straight to the bar! The beer garden is amazing. Definitely one of the best pubs in Tooting and South London.

Kennedy's

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

The Little Taperia

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

Graveney and Meadow

A restaurant with cool, quirky décor and a great bar for a quiet drink.

Franco Manca

Great tasting sourdough pizza in a bustling market environment.

MUD

Great brunch, cakes and coffee!

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.

Honest Burgers

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

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.

The Coffee Co. of Tooting

Brand new coffee shop that has opened and I love it! Delicious coffee, chilled out atmosphere and a great edition to Tooting. The falafel and avocado sandwich is awesome!

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!

Meza

Fresh and healthy Lebanese food to go!

Kaosarn

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

Lahore Karahi

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

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

What do you love about SW17?

Why do you find SW17 a great place to live?

Alex

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

February 2017

Shahin

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

February 2017

Shannon

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

February 2017

Harry

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

February 2017

Mami

"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. "

August 2016

Mum of two

"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 at... more

February 2016

Lou

"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!"

February 2015

Ben

"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."

January 2015

Hayley

"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 bu... more

January 2015

Colin

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

January 2015

oldtimer

"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."

August 2014

David

"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... more

May 2014

Local resident

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

October 2013

Local resident

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

June 2013

Local resident

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

May 2011

You

What do you like about SW17?

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"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."

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Child-friendly activities near SW17

Rhythm-n-Babes@Graveney & Meadow

Graveney & Meadow
Shake, sing, wiggle, meet Chirpy the chicken and friends, dance, and pop the bubbles. A stimulating and fun 45 mins of musical variety that your little one (and you) will love. Our fun & lively music classes are for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers based in Tooting, south London SW17. Website

Meadow Makers Club

Graveney & Meadow
This is a crafty club for toddlers and carers. Choose from toddler activities, projects to make together or craft something for yourself while baby is napping! Then enjoy a cuppa and some yummy freshly made Graveney and Meadow cake. The workshops are drop-in and all materials are provided. Cost £5 per child. Splash proof aprons will be provided, but these are messy play sessions so old clothes are advised. Website

Chess Club

Tooting Library
Come and join in our Chess Club. For children aged 5-11 years. Children will: learn chess, meet other children, and have fun! Please call to book a place. Please note: These sessions are for members of the library only. 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

Rhythm-n-Babes@Graveney & Meadow

Graveney & Meadow
Shake, sing, wiggle, meet Chirpy the chicken and friends, dance, and pop the bubbles. A stimulating and fun 45 mins of musical variety that your little one (and you) will love. Our fun & lively music classes are for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers based in Tooting, south London SW17. 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

Storytime

Tooting Library
This session is for parents and young children to listen to stories. For parents carers childminders and children aged 2-5 years. This session helps to: develop listening and social skills, develop speech and language, and become familiar with picture books stories and the library. 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
  1. 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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