Explore Versatile Balham, SW12
Balham is a suburb in the London Borough of Wandsworth, situated between four south London commons - Wandsworth Common to the west, Toting Bec Common to the east, Tooting Graveney Common to the south and Clapham Common to the north. Other nearby neighbourhoods include Battersea, Streatham Brixton, Clapham South and some parts of Clapham Park. Some areas of the district lie within the London Borough of Lambeth.
There are several local landmarks in Balham such as the Bedford, which is a pub venue for comedy and live music. Stephen K Amos, Harry Hill, Eddie Izzard, Al Murray and Catherine Tate have all performed there at Banana Cabaret in the pub. The Bedford pub hosts the Balham Comedy Festival every year in July. The Devonshire and The Gove are other popular locations in the area.
Locally grown fruits and veggies, homemade desserts and cakes, as well as crafts and arts can be found at the monthly Balham Country Market, hosted by the Balham Bowls Club. Hildreth Street Market is the weekly farmer’s market, situated near the Balham tube station. In terms of leisure and sports, the Balham Leisure Centre offers gym and squash courts, a swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Near the area is situated the Tooting Bec Lido, which is the UK’s largest open air swimming pool.
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