There is plenty to do down the Northern Line past Clapham in Balham (and beyond). Start your SW exploration with a trip to Tooting Common and the excellent pubs of Balham.
the fierce balham brunch scene
As you can imagine the brunch scene in Balham is pretty fierce. There is a lot of competition out there and, unsurprisingly, that means there are many places to get your mid morning coffee and food fix.
Our top picks are Brother Marcus (9 Chestnut Grove, London SW12 8JA | Website), Milk (20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG | Their Love It or Hate It Website), Brickwood (11 Hildreth Street, Balham, SW12 9RQ | Website), Gazette (Balham High Rd, Balham, London SW12 9AA | Website).
session pubs in balham
Balham has a wide variety of pubs and the locals are bound to have their favourites. Here is our guide to the best pubs in Balham, all offering a different experience.
Balham Bowls Club (7-9 Ramsden Rd, London SW12 8QX | Website) offers a homely feel with comfotable furnishings and some old sporting memorabilia.
Second up is The Devonshire (39 Balham High Rd, London SW12 9AN | Website) and their spectacular beer garden. Easy to whittle away the summer hours here.
Another favourite is The Regent (21 Chestnut Grove, London SW12 8JD | Website) with live sport and comfy sofas.
multiple parks and the lido
Balham's location is ideal for a weekend stroll. Balham-ites have three beautiful parks on their doorstep - Clapham Common up the hill, Tooting Common and Wandsworth Common to either side. The 100 foot Tooting Common Lido is within a 15 minute walk too.
into the evening in balham
In our opinion, the bar scene isn't quite as strong as the pub scene, but here are a few very good options for nightlife in Balham.
Our favourite include The Exhibit (12 Balham Station Rd, London SW12 9SG | Website) with multiple levels, Lost and Found (10 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG | Website) the traditional bar in Balham and The Owl (15-19 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9EX | Website) which harnesses a speakeasy feel to Foxlow in Balham.
There are plenty of good options for eating in Balham and some really special ones.
We have spoken about the strong pub scene in Balham and there are plenty of good pub eats around as a result. Then you have the likes of Franco Manca and the Dirty Burger/Chicken Shop combo focussing on the quick eats.
Then you get to the top end of Balham dining. We love Foxlow (15-19 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9EX | Website), a sister of the Hawksmoor group of restaurants and Lamberts (2 Station Parade, Balham High Rd, London SW12 9AZ | Website), experts in British Cuisine.
Last but certainly not least is the institution that is The Bedford (77 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9HD | Website).
Music, Comedy, Burlesque, Sport and Drama are all on display at The Bedford, most nights.
If you are ever stuck for a date idea or something this is the place to look!