Guide to living in
Home to some of London’s most prime residential property, Wandsworth Common has become extremely popular with families and top earning professionals. Often playfully referred to as ‘Nappy Valley’, this area has a lot more to offer residents, including some exclusive shopping areas and many bars and restaurants.
Maintained by Wandsworth Council, the common itself covers nearly 70 acres and is a part of the army of traditional commons found in South West London. There are a number of ponds and a lake which is ideal for fishing – as long as you have a permit. The green space is also home to Wandsworth Common Tennis and Bowls Centre where you can ‘pay & play’ or become a member.
“There is an array of smart Edwardian housing in the village-style areas of Magdalen Estate, Bellevue Village and Between the Commons.”
The Scope, named after Craig Telescope of course, will be of interest to nature enthusiasts whilst Wandsworth Common Windmill is Grade II listed and deservedly so.
Somewhat of a trendy shopping district, Wandsworth has a wealth of retail options. Most famously, Bellevue Road is brimming with independent shops and businesses from florists to cafés. Additional options come in the form of Old York Road and the Southside Shopping Centre.
The property in SW18 is highly desirable, largely made up of grand Victorian semis and detached houses, many with blue plaques. There is also an array of smart Edwardian housing in the village-style areas of Magdalen Estate, Bellevue Village and Between the Commons
Chez Bruce is rarely mentioned without the words ‘Michelin’ and ‘Star’, but this local landmark has heaps more to offer. The French-inspired menu is complimented by a memorable wine list and some elegant artwork. The Hope is arguably the areas most popular pub, with its strong focus on real ale and selection of global beers. The pub cheekily claims to have ‘Britain’s biggest beer garden’, due to its prime location on the edges of the common.
Situated on West Hill since 2009, Wandsworth Museum celebrates the heritage of Wandsworth and the surrounding areas. The perfect place to become a local expert, the museum also houses a café and shop alongside regular themed exhibitions.
Wandsworth Common railway station has a broad range of National Rail services, especially appealing is the prospect of 10 trains an hour to London Victoria during peak times, as well as services to London Bridge. The nearest tube stations are Balham and Tooting Bec, both served by the Northern Line.