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The Knowledge - Tooting

We love Tooting and there is so much more to come from this area - the influx of young professionals into the area is gradually altering the fabric of the area. It is a hectic type of place but varied – it offers so much in one place. If you haven’t looked in this area before you may be surprised to hear that you can but a two bedroomed maisonette with a garden for around the £250k mark.

The housing stock in this area comprises purpose built maisonettes in Tooting Graveney, former workers cottages off Tooting High Street, a small number of conversions, three bed family homes, and very few council blocks. Furzedown is an underrated area which lies close to Tooting Common and has a village feel. There is a strong community here and families tend to stay here for many years – the Graveney School is a big attraction. A more recent addition is the building of Heritage Park by Fairview Homes on the site of the old hospital at Tooting Bec looking on to the Common. This is supplemented by local parks including Figges Marsh and Tooting Common with its famous lido for those hot summer days. Tooting Bec Lido is the largest freshwater pool in England; it has a 90m pool, children's paddling pool and a cafe. Property close to Tooting mainline station slips out of Wandsworth borough and although the council tax is more expensive the properties are available at considerably lower prices – the ABC roads offer good value houses and flats.

Transport is provided by Tooting Mainline station (to London Bridge), Tooting Broadway and Bec (Northern Line) and the forthcoming tram to be built giving access to Wimbledon and Croydon. Great bus lines direct to Clapham, Battersea, Wandsworth, Wimbledon and Vauxhall.

What’s more is that the people who are moving here absolutely love it. The best curry houses in London – most notably Lahore Kahari on Upper Tooting Road. Chicken Tikka roll is a must with meat samosa and a few popadoms – you will still get change from £5. This is in stark contrast to Tower Tandoori close to Tower Bridge where the same feast would cost you £25 plus service.

Jimmy Whites father owns one of two snooker halls in Tooting just off the main road which are open it seems most hours of the day. Another gem is the refurbishment of the Old Tramshed at Tooting Broadway into Tooting Social which is full of conversation in an opulent backdrop every night.

The bingo hall which when first built was the largest cinema in the UK and once hosted the Rolling Stones and The Beatles is now a gala bingo hall but is well worth a visit for the architecture and £1.40 beers! Richard once sold a maisonette on Bickley Street backing onto the former concert hall and he was reminded by the seller of how the Rolling Stones stood on the rear balcony having a break waving at the fans.

Others venues of note are the Selkirk, Smoke Bar, Spirit bar and Hoochi Mamas where if a ‘massive’ pizza is eaten in one seating you get it for free.

Best Bets

Chicken Tikka roll if your mouth can take the heat. Tooting Market – always a bargain and a friendly pet shop inside. Tooting Bec Lido for those down hours.

Worst Bets

The traffic. The smell coming out of JJ Moons – keep walking.

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