Local Area Guide

Tooting

There are three main areas of Tooting - Tooting Broadway, Tooting Bec and Furzedown. Tooting is a favourite with young professionals and families who are looking for a little bit more for their money. Tooting boasts a large open area, known as the Tooting Commons. The commons are home to its famous Lido, the largest open-air fresh water swimming pool in England. People who live in Tooting love its community feel, and the schooling in the area is considered very good. Its popularity with young families means there is plenty to do with the little ones.

Tooting also a great bar and restaurant scene, with a great many places to eat and drink. Whether you're looking for authentic Indian cuisine, which Tooting is known for, or cocktails and a place to dance the night away you will find something for you.

Tooting has excellent transport links. Tooting Broadway and Tooting Bec are on the Northern Line, taking less than 25 minutes to get into the City and central London. Tooting National Rail station also serves Blackfriars and St Pancras in around 30 minutes.

Balham

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Balham has emerged as the popular choice for young professionals and young families in south west London. It is a little less hectic than neighbouring Clapham and Brixton, but has a large number of independent retailers, restaurants, bars and boutiques. Balham is known for its leafy streets, relaxed atmosphere and open green spaces. It's a slightly more mature feel than neighbouring Clapham, ideal if you prefer the slightly less hectic lifestyle, but still want to be close to central London.

Balham offers the perfect mix of high street chain stores and independent retailers, maintaining a vibrant village feel. Among the many great bars and restaurants in Balham, you will find live music and comedy at the Bedford, and The Exhibit which has an American diner, gallery and bar plus cinema

Balham is in zone 3 and is served by both the Tube (Northern Line) and a National Rail station. By tube you can get to central London in 20 minutes, and you can get to Victoria by train in around 15 minutes. Clapham South tube station is also technically in Balham

Streatham is a district in zone 3 south London, mostly in the London Borough of Lambeth. Once known as the ‘West End of South London” thanks to its cinemas, theatres and ballroom, Streatham fell on harder times, developing a less than salubrious reputation. But all of that has started to change. With people being priced out of neighbouring Clapham and Balham, plus a multi-million pound regeneration scheme, Streatham is experiencing a resurgence, and is a great place to both live and invest.

Streatham

Streatham resides in zone 3 and mostly within the borough of Lambeth. Once known as the ‘West End of South London” thanks to its cinemas, theatres and ballroom. Although those glory days are behind it now Streatham has started to change again within recent years. With people being priced out of neighbouring Clapham and Balham plus a multi-million pound regeneration scheme, Streatham is experiencing a resurgence. The area has benefited from a large amount of regeneration, including a £1.4m library refit, a leisure centre, supermarket, and the capital's only Olympic-sized ice rink as well as a new apartment complex a stone's throw from Streatham Hill station. It has become a great place to both live and invest.

Streatham benefits from lots of parkland, including Streatham and Tooting Bec Commons. The Rookery is a beautiful walled garden and one of South London's best kept secrets. There are lots of great places to eat and drink in Streatham, with many of the best establishments located around the high street, which as over two miles is the longest continuous shopping street in the UK.

Streatham has three train stations - Streatham Hill, with swift services to Victoria and London Bridge Streatham mainline, which serves London Bridge in 25 minutes as well as being on the Thameslink line to St Albans and Luton/Luton Airport, and Streatham Common, with services to Victoria in 15 minutes and London Bridge in less than 30 minutes The area is extremely well served by bus with routes to many destinations, including Brixton, Elephant & Castle, Liverpool Street, as well as Kingston and Croydon. While Streatham does not have a Tube station of its own, it is a short journey by bus to Brixton (Victoria Line) or by train to Balham (Northern Line).

Clapham

Clapham is split across two London Boroughs - Lambeth and Wandsworth and is arguably the epicentre of South West London. It's served by some of the best transport links in London, making Clapham a very popular place to live for both young professionals and families. Clapham Common is arguably one of the best public parks in London. There are playgrounds, paddling pools, ponds, public tennis courts, a bandstand, and there's even a skate park. At the weekend, you will find a number of sports being played here. Clapham Common also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, including the SW4 dance music festival, the Calling festival, and the Clapham fireworks display in November.

Most of Clapham is built around Clapham Common, and with countless bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as good schools and quality housing, it's a very attractive place to live.

Benefitting from fantastic transport links, it's easy to get virtually anywhere from Clapham. There's Clapham Junction - a major railway station and transport hub, which serves London Waterloo and London Victoria in less than 15 minutes, and also gives easy access to the south of England. There are three underground stations on the Northern Line – Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South, and there is a further over-ground station at Clapham High Street. There are lots of bus routes that take you all over London. In fact, when it comes to transport links, Clapham is hard to beat.

Battersea

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Battersea is in Zone 2, less than four miles from the city centre. Nestled on the south side of the river, it's famous for its imposing power station, a dogs' home, and one of south London's most beautiful parks. Without a London tube station, Battersea has somehow slipped under the radar of many investors, although that's all changing with the redevelopment of Battersea power station, and the opening of two Northern Line tube stations in 2020.

Battersea prides itself on its community feel, with New Covent Garden Market still playing a central role in every-day trading. Battersea Park is one of the most loved parks in London, with a riverside promenade, adventure playground, Children's Zoo, boating pond and the Pump House Gallery.

Until the new Tube stations open Battersea can still be easily accessed via Battersea Park and Queenstown Road train stations, and it is home to Clapham Junction, which is actually located in the centre of Battersea. There are also lots of buses to all over London, and you can walk to Chelsea and Fulham, located just across Battersea Bridge.

Earlsfield

Earlsfield, in the past, has played second fiddle to the likes of Wimbledon, Battersea and Clapham. But all that has changed and Earlsfield has become a bustling, trendy suburb, popular with young professionals and families. Earlsfield is close to lots of amenities for both young professionals and families. There are two good gyms in the area - Nuffield Health and Virgin Active, and you're close to some nice parks - King Georges, Wimbledon Park and Wandsworth Common.

Garratt Lane is home to great artisan microbrewery, as well as a as a number of quirky little shops, gastro pubs, cocktail bars, and organic delis giving Earlsfield a real village feel. For large high street shopping, you're a stone's throw from Southside shopping centre which also hosts a multi-screen Cineword. Along Garratt Lane, and there's plenty to choose from. There is everything from high street offerings such as Carluccio's, to one of the best Korean restaurants in London.

Earlsfield is only three stops on the mainline to Waterloo, providing access to central London in a few minutes. It is one stop from both Clapham Junction and Wimbledon, providing easy access to London Victoria and the south of England. The station was redeveloped in 2013, and provides lift access to both platforms.

Wandsworth

Wandsworth resides in Zones 2 and 3. It's extremely popular with professionals thanks to its proximity to the city, and families due to a plethora of good schools in both the private and state sectors, many with outstanding Ofsted reports. Wandsworth takes its name from the River Wandle, which enters the Thames at Wandsworth, and is famous as the local authority with the lowest council tax in the country. Wandsworth has dozens of parks and green spaces, with easy access to Wandsworth, Clapham, Tooting and Putney Commons, as well as Battersea Park.

Wandsworth has a lively social scene and boasts a wide range of exciting restaurants, award-winning pubs, clubs and live music venues. It benefits from being close to The Northcote Road, with its large array of independent shops, bars and restaurants, as well as market stalls and for the high street brands, you can head to Southside shopping centre.

Trains take you into Waterloo in less than 15 minutes from Wandsworth Town station, and there are Victoria-bound trains from Wandsworth Common. There is an Overground service from Wandsworth Road, the District line at East Putney and the riverbus from Wandsworth Riverside Quarter to Canary Wharf. There are also excellent bus connections and cycle routes into the city.

Colliers Wood

Collier's Wood is an up-and-coming area in South West London, and one of its best kept secrets. Sharing the famous SW19 postcode with nearby Wimbledon, there are traditional and modern properties offering more for your money than its more affluent neighbour. With large public funding regenerating the area, as well as the refurbishment of the Collier's Wood Tower into luxury apartments, this is a great place to invest.

Colliers Wood is home to an arts and crafts village with a bustling weekend market, live music and a wide range of restaurants. The fully restored waterwheel powers a pottery wheel in the Wheelhouse with classes available for all ages. It is very close to all of the amenities of Wimbledon, and is next to the National Trust owned Wandle Park, with over eleven acres of park-land. Colliers Wood is also close to Merton Park, Wandle Meadow Nature Park, and is a bus-ride from Wimbledon Common.

Colliers Wood is situated on the Northern Line, and it takes less than 25 minutes to get into the City.

Wimbledon

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Home of the famous tennis tournament where the eyes of the sporting world fall on SW19 as the All England Tennis Club hosts the Wimbledon Championships. However, Wimbledon is so much more than just a two-week tennis championship with its large open green spaces and its lively shopping, bar and restaurant scene, it somehow manages to achieve a country and city feel. It's an affluent suburb in South West London and is popular with young professionals and families alike. Wimbledon has three distinct areas – Wimbledon Village (the original medieval town), Wimbledon town centre and South Wimbledon.

Wimbledon has an abundance of bars, restaurants and shops, while also having some of the largest green open spaces in the whole of London, including the famous Wimbledon Common. New Wimbledon Theatre is renowned for some of the best productions outside of the West-End, while the Polka theatre is one of the UK's best children's theatres.

There are excellent transport links, with the mainline station servicing overland trains that take less than 20 minutes into Waterloo, or the District Line that takes less than 30 minutes into the City. South Wimbledon tube is on the Northern Line, with quick links into the City and the West End. There's also Haydon's Road Station, and the Croydon tram-link.

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