A locals' guide to SW2
"A mixture of independent and high street shops line Streatham High Road, which has seen great development over the past few years."Chris Campbell
"I do not know of a better park in London with more to offer than Brockwell Park - a lido, BMX track, miniature railway, tennis courts..."Jon Purvis
"Herne Hill has a fantastic community feel with its independently run boutiques and cafes."Chris Campbell
Where do SW2 locals go?
Streatham Wine House
Excellent wine by the bottle or special wines can be tasted by the glass.
Submitted by Vivien
A great recently opened restaurant on Streatham Hill. Go here for something completely different to the other places in the area.
Submitted by Graeme
The owners who are friendly and love a chat and a joke. The bar sells great tapas and you can enjoy an old fashioned leisurely lunch in a bar that has the atmosphere of a bygone age - love it.
Submitted by Linda
The best Caribbean food and the rum punch really packs a punch! The platter is amazing and the saltfish fritters with the gravy are unbelievable...
Submitted by Janatpreet
Happy hour cocktails and a range of dishes and cuisines from all over South East Asia.
Submitted by Priscilla
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.
Submitted by Charlene
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
A great place for an early morning run, where you feel like you aren't even in London - yet you are only 10 minutes from central London on the Victoria line. There are tennis courts, a gym and a Lido too if running isn't your thing.
Submitted by Poppy
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
Tariq Halal Meats
An amazing butchers in Streatham that is part of a small franchise of equally great stores.
Submitted by Ermal
The Lido Cafe
A modern British restaurant overlooking Brockwell Lido. Great for breakfast - plus lunch and dinner for that matter!
Submitted by Stephen
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.
Submitted by Gareth
Why do you find SW2 a great place to live?
"I love Streatham Hill, with all it's new bars, coffee shops and eateries, it has become a popular place to be, morning, midday, or evening."
"I love Streatham Hill so much because of the variety of places to eat. Get fresh croissants and coffee at Le tour de France on Sunnyhill Road. Eat the best Jerk chicken at the White Lion whilst listening to great music, or eat authentic pizza with the Sicilian brothers Bravi Ragazzi, again on Sunnyhill Road. "
"Close to Brixton, Brixton Village and Pop Brixton. Can always get a seat on the tube from Brixton! Great restaurants at Naughty Piglets and The Shrub and Shutter. "
"Lived in Streatham Hill for 13 years. Has the diversity of people that Clapham and Balham don't have anymore. I can say this as I am a born and bred South Londoner and was born in Clapham. It feels safe and we have really friendly and helpful neighbours. Tooting Bec common is a stone's throw away and part of the common has a distinct villagey feel. The houses are a decent size and many of the roads are avenues."
"Nestled in between Streatham Hill and Balham and right by the common, it is a quiet place but with so much on the doorstep. "
"Streatham Hill is such a lovely place to live. It was always okay actually, but in the last couple of years it has just improved so much. We are loving all our new cafes, bars and restaurants. We can access Balham, Brixton and Dulwich within minutes, plus the beautiful green spaces of Tooting Bec, Streatham Common & Rookery and Brockwell Park, and our house is gorgeous with a large garden. Property prices have increased qu... more
"Acre Lane, Brixton is an ideal place to live for any busy young professionals like ourselves. Short walks to both Brixton and Clapham North/Common tube stations means we are in the city or central London within 20 minutes. There are countless pubs, shops and restaurants just minutes away and so in our leisure time we have no reason to leave this peaceful, friendly and vibrant community. Finally, a highlight in the summer month... more
"Brockwell Park, now a National Trust Park is excellent with a Lido and Gym, Tennis Courts, paddling pool, play park and a old house cafe in the centre."
"Streatham Hill borders desirable suburbs like Clapham and Balham, but the property prices are far more affordable. The transport links are fantastic with regular buses and easy access to the rail station. Whilst bars and restaurants are starting to establish themselves in the area, it's also convenient to get to surrounding areas. A safe and quiet area without the high property prices."
What do you like about SW2?
Did you know?
"Built in 1816, Brixton Windmill was used by the Ashby family to produce flour. But in 1864, they decided to move production, as ever expanding London and its new buildings prevented the flow of winds to its sails."
Child-friendly activities near SW2
Under 5s StorytellingAll Saints Church,
Fun, interactive story telling that often pulls a 'large' crowd. Arrive early. Website
Disco DuckBrockwell Park One O'clock Club,
Our classes are best suited to any pre-school age children. More classes are being added all the time. Website
Windmill ToursBrixton Windmill,
Explore the windmill with one of their tour guides. Visit the 'two mills in one' and hear the intriguing story of the Ashby family. You will see the original wind-powered machinery and find out how it was once used to make stoneground flour. Booking required. Website
Wriggle and RhymeJubilee Children’s Centre and Primary School
Singalong with toys and instruments. Weekly 9:00am — 11:15am. Every Monday except for bank holidays. Drop-in free play and song session for under 5's. Please bring fruit or a donation. Website
Storytime and RhymeHoly Trinity C Of E Primary School
Another singalong specifically for babies under 12 months old. Bring fruit or a small donation
Multi-Sport Holiday Club-Christ Church , Streatham CofE Primary SchoolChrist Church , Streatham CofE Primary School
Inspire to Engage is Premier Sport's brand new holiday course initiative. Your children will keep busy and active with a huge variety of activities and sports for them to enjoy during the school holiday. The fun environment on our holiday courses means they mix with loads of children of their own age, get active and most importantly have fun. The scheme is not avaliable on Good Friday and the Easter Bank Holiday on Monday 6th April. Website
Baby Rhyme TimeEffra Early Years Centre,
Come along and meet other parents with young babies. Become familiar with a variety of songs and rhymes that you and your baby can enjoy by joining in with our fun singing session. It is then time for a story and before leaving there is an opportunity to choose a book from our borrowing scheme. Website
SW2 is the postcode district in South West London incorporating the areas of Brixton, Brixton Hill, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill, Clapham Park, Eastern parts of Balham and is covered by the Lambeth local authority.
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