14 Balham Hill, Balham, SW12 9EBShow on map
The Gateway Hotel enjoys a peaceful, leafy location close to Clapham Common, in the south of London. Housed in an elegant, Victorian style red brick building, this low-cost hotel offers a convenient and... Read More »
90-93, Clapham Common South Side, Clapham, SW4 9DJShow on map
The Euro Lodge Clapham is housed in an attractive, 18th century, red-brick building just a few steps from Clapham Common in southwest London. The area is quiet and peaceful and good for transport links into... Read More »
80-81 Clapham Common South Side, Clapham, SW4 9DQShow on map
Euro Hotel Clapham is housed in an extraordinarily charming building, with a turreted spire on one side, giving it a distinct Harry Potter vibe. Situated in a quiet part of Clapham Common, with views... Read More »
Pub / Hotel
Windmill Drive, Clapham Common, Clapham, SW4 9DEShow on map
"A pub-hotel which gets great reviews" It's no secret that a Londoner's social life largely revolves around the many pubs of the city, so for a quintessentially British experience, why not stay in one during... Read More »
18 Leigham Court Rd, Streatham, SW16 2PJShow on map
London has a long history of titled residents living in the city's boroughs, but fortunately for visitors many of these grand residences have now been turned into luxurious hotels for those of less noble birth... Read More »
268 Franciscan Road, Tooting, SW17 8HFShow on map
Choosing to stay in a serviced apartment in London, over a hotel, gives visitors certain advantages, including greater flexibility and freedom, the services of a hotel at guests' discretion and the opportunity... Read More »
Bed and Breakfast
685 Wandsworth Road, Battersea, SW8 3JEShow on map
Clapham Guest House is a rather elegant low-cost hotel situated on the Wandsworth Road in the Clapham area of London, south of the River Thames. The hotel is housed in an attractive guesthouse in a quiet,... Read More »
Pub / Hotel
East Hill, Wandsworth, SW18 2QBShow on map
Traditional English pubs are renowned for their cosy seats, great range of ales and warm, welcoming atmosphere. They are also a great place to meet Londoners and soak up the atmosphere, so they also make great... Read More »
Pub / Hotel
499, Old York Road, Wandsworth, SW18 1TFShow on map
It's no secret that Londoners are fond of the odd drink; the 7,000 plus pubs in the city are a testament to that. The conviviality and camaraderie of meeting with a pint is definitely something you should... Read More »
Bed and Breakfast
372 Wandsworth Road, Clapham, SW8 4TEShow on map
The newly decorated Chelsea Guest House is a very affordable establishment situated on the south bank of the River Thames, in between Battersea and Clapham. The hotel resides in a charming Georgian, colonnaded... Read More »
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Balham may not be quite as gentrified as nearby Clapham, but it has become a desirable place to live, especially in recent years, largely due to the lower living costs than central London, the still grand Victorian properties lining the streets and its reputation as a surprisingly lively area with plenty to see and do. Many of the residents are middle class professionals, as evidenced by the appearance of a Waitrose Supermarket, but it also has a strong multi-cultural identity. Balham is full of surprising activities and sights and you definitely won't be bored staying here. Balham lies in between four large green areas, Wansdworth, Clapham, Tooting Graveney and Tooting Bec Commons. Clapham Common is perhaps the liveliest, featuring sporting events and large outdoor festivals in summer months, but all nearby green spaces have sporting facilities and stunning areas to picnic or take a stroll amongst local wildlife.
Balham was developed in the late Victorian period, when the railway station was opened and workers moved to the area. It is also acknowledged as the centre of London's Polish community, which has grown since waves of immigrants arrived after the Second World War. Balham also has a strong Afro-Caribbean community after the 'Windrush' migration brought immigrants from the West Indies in the latter half of the 20th century, most of who settled in Brixton, which is just 15 minutes north of Balham. The Afro-Caribbean and Polish communities have contributed significantly to the area and have implemented many of the cultural events in the area, such as the Balham Food Festival, which featured Jamaican cookery classes, and Polish community centre, The White Eagle, holds traditional Polish dances called 'zabawa', which are attended by people of all nationalities from across London.
The area is also a great place to watch comedy, as many comedians live in the area and have earnt their stripes performing at the legendary Banana Cabaret venue. Famous names have included Jo Brand, Eddie Izzard and Al Murray and Stewart Lee and Richard Herring and Jack Dee have lived in the area previously. Balham also has a great selection of trendy wine and cocktail bars, and traditional style pubs so you can enjoy a pint whilst rubbing elbows with the locals. Balham's restaurants reflect the areas diverse community, with Spanish food at The Lounge, mezze at Meze Kitchen and Moroccan food at Tagine, as well as chic venues such as The French Cafe and The Exhibit, which spans three floors. If that isn't enough for you, Balham is also home to the London Sewing Machine Museum, which has the largest collection of sewing machines in the UK, and a Leisure Centre. The bars and restaurants of Clapham are just a short bus or tube ride away and Brixton, where you will find the fantastic O2 Brixton Academy gig venue, is also just a few tube stops away.
Balham has great rail and tube links. Situated on the Northern line, Balham runs an overground service to Crystal Palace and Croydon and from Balham Tube Station you can be in central London in 15 minutes. Hotels in the area are also cheaper than in central London and are becoming much more upmarket with every year as more professionals move into the area, so it is a great place to stay when you visit.