Tooting Area Guide
Tooting is located five miles from Central London and benefits from a lively high street and open green spaces at both Tooting Bec Common. The area is loved by the local residents due to the fantastic choice of schools and the community feel the area brings.
Tooting offers over 200 acres of open green spaces, historically named as two separate parks (Tooting Bec and Tooting Graveney Common). Tooting Bec is home to the Lido which is open to the public from late May to mid-September and is 91m long making this the largest open-air swimming pool in the UK. The Central London Golf Centre also boasts a nine-hole golf course, making this the perfect spot for golfing enthusiasts who don’t want to travel out of London.
Eating and drinking
Tooting is home to some of the best curry houses in London such as Radha Krishna Bhavan’s and Mirch Masala. Tooting Broadway is a lively high street which is also home to some to some newer additions such as the Chicken Shop and Ricks. The area also offers a range of bars and pubs which offer locally brewed ales and cocktails. Locals often dance away their nights at the Tram and Social.
Similarly, to Balham, the area was very rural until the late 19th Century when the railway arrived. Tooting’s houses now mainly consist of Victorian and Edwardian terraces, purpose-built maisonettes and new build apartments which now provide fantastic accommodation for both the sales and lettings market. However, there are some rare examples of early Georgian developments on Upper Tooting Road.
Train: Tooting station provides links to St Albans via Blackfriars and Sutton via Wimbledon.
Tube: Tooting is served by two underground stations, Tooting Bec and Tooting Broadway (Zone 3), linking the area into the City and West End.
Bus: There are a number of bus routes that serve the area:
44 to Victoria
57 to Kingston
7 to Waterloo
333 to Elephant and Castle
355 to Brixton
There is also a night bus that serves the area. The N44 provides connections to Aldwych and Sutton.
A word from Patrick: Tooting is a very cool place to live, whether it is the densely populated Tooting Broadway end or the more leafy Tooting Bec side of town. My favourite part is the slightly hidden away Tooting Tram and Social. Essentially a pub/bar, this venue was converted from an old tram shed that was used to service trams in the early 1900s. These tram lines are no longer in existence but used to cross through Tooting from the East to West and the South to North on the junction where Tooting Broadway now stands.