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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?

Refill

The best Caribbean restaurant in Tooting Bec and their lunch deal is only £3.50!

Lahore Karahi

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

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!

MUD

Great brunch, cakes and coffee!

Kaosarn

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

Honest Burgers

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

Meza

Fresh and healthy Lebanese food to go!

Kennedy's

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

The Trafalgar Arms

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

Fisher & Co.

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

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 Little Taperia

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

Franco Manca

Great tasting sourdough pizza in a bustling market environment.

Graveney and Meadow

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

Chicken Shop

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

Know a great place?

Share your favourite place to go in or around SW17.

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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

Yogabugs

St Boniface RC Primary School
Come and combine yoga postures into exciting adventures. YogaBugs classes are magical fun and totally interactive story-style adventures for children. This session is for parents/carers and their children 2-5 years. Children will have the chance to: improve their co-ordination balance and muscle strength, concentrate and balance their energy levels using breathing techniques, and make friends and have lots of fun. Please call to book a place. Children will need to wear comfortable clothes they can move around in. 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

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

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

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

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

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
  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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