Tooting has been named as one of the top ten “coolest neighbourhoods to visit” on earth by Lonely Planet.
The district in the south of London is a little off the beaten track – even for Londoners, but with its delicious curries, beautiful common and vibrant markets, it is well worth a visit.
Where to eat and drink in Tooting
The district is home to lots of South Asian restaurants, which arguably serve the best curries in the country. If you live south of the river and fancy some Indian or Pakistani cuisine, check out Saravanaa Bhavan or Lahore Karahi for some yummy dosas or a flavoursome keema karahi.
While Tooting is famous for its curry houses, it is home to a number of other great pubs and coffee shops as well. If you arrive just in time for breakfast, visit Graveney & Meadow. With its quirky furniture and relaxing atmosphere, it is the perfect place to start your day.
Ideal for Sunday roasts or pub quizzes are The Castle and The Antelope. These two pubs are known for their buzzing atmosphere and heavenly food.
If you’re looking for a place to dance the night away, Tooting Tram And Social is your place to be. The converted tram shed is a great pub for live music and offers a decent selection of draught beers and wines.
Where to shop in Tooting
One of the largest indoor markets in London is in Tooting. The Broadway Market is also one of South London’s oldest markets and has been active since 1936. With more than 100 stalls, this eclectic market sells everything from food to clothes.
Best Small Indoor Market according to the Great British Market Awards 2017 is Tooting Market. Regarded as South London’s hippest market, it hosts a variety of stalls that sell arts and crafts, furniture, clothes, and – of course – food.
What to do in Tooting
At the northern end of the district you’ll find Tooting Commons. Formerly split into two open areas, Tooting Bec Common and Tooting Graveney Common, the park, with its big open space, sports facilities, duck pond and a well-run tea house, attracts dog walkers, families, horse riders and fishermen on sunny days.
Tooting Bec Lido is a huge freshwater outdoor swimming pool that gives you the chance to take a swim during hot summer days – but be warned, the water is quite nippy!