Zone 3 Tooting has benefited from high prices in Clapham and Balham pushing young professionals further along the Northern Line and is now a destination in it’s own right. With plentiful pubs, restaurants and a large common complete with Lido, there’s little need to leave come the weekend.
Housing – One bed flats for sale starting from £250,000 and one bed rentals start at £950pcm, value for money considering the transport links and local amenities.*
Restaurants – There’s been an influx of new openings in Tooting over the past few years, leading to talk of Tooting being the new, you guessed it “Shoreditch”, or the other favoured cliche, being “up and coming”. Call it what you will, all I can say is there are some darn tasty options for eating out in Tooting. These include Lebanese wonder Meza, tapas bar The Little Taperia, The Chicken Shop and The Tooting Italian.
One thing that hasn’t changed in Tooting is the prominence of Curry and there’s plenty of options if this is what you’re after. We’re still eating our way through the multiple choices but can sure recommend Lahore, Apollo Banana Leaf and Kolam.
Or for a traditional London option why not head for Pie and Mash in Harrington’s.
Pubs/Bars – You won’t go thirsty in Tooting as there’s a large range of watering holes to choose from. At the bec end there’s The Wheatsheaf which stands proud on the corner as you come out of the station, a traditional popular pub which also serves good food in a designated dining room.
The Imperial Durbar is just around the corner on Trinity Road and serves Gins as the spanish do (large).
Tooting Broadway boasts the lion’s share with newly refurbed Youngs pub Castle being a favourite, it also serves food and has a very good outdoor area complete with huts available for hire. Graveney and Meadow is another good pub/bar, a great place for large groups. Further down the road another Antic pub, The Antelope is a good staple and serves an awesome roast.
The little bar is, as the name suggests, pretty small, if you are lucky enough to nab a table you’ll be rewarded with well priced cocktails in cool surroundings, think bare brick walls.
For late night drinking and dancing, The Tooting Tram and Social is the place to go, they also frequently have live bands.
Cafes – Graveney and Meadow doubles up as a cafe by day and serves great cakes. MUD Tooting is the place to head if you’re after brunch, as is Tota. If it’s more coffee and cake you’re after then why not try Brickwood in Tooting Market.
Shops – If you’re after a bargain then Tooting is home to both a Primark and a TK Maxx. Amber Skye’s Wardrobe and Lily Flower Vintage are two vintage units which have opened in the market offering residents something a bit different.
What Else – It’s been mentioned a few times already, but if you’re a fan of Brixton Village then it’s worth checking out Tooting Market, which is still in it’s infancy in terms of hosting sit in food places but has long been a place for locals to do their shopping, it’s a clash of the old and new. Unwined, a wine shop with food from pop up chefs is one of the must try venues.
Tooting is also home to a large common complete with outdoor swimming pool and athletics track. A great place for relaxing, exercising and enjoying the great outdoors.
And another thing – What’s now a Gala Bingo Hall started life as an Art Deco Cinema and is Grade I listed, go to check out the interiors and who knows you may leave richer than you arrived.
*Data taken from RightMove on 3rd November 2015