Welcome to Wandsworth, a leafy, south-west London borough overlooking the River Thames. It’s right opposite Fulham, and while the area has plenty in common with its affluent neighbour, living here is notably kinder on the bank balance.
Good transport links & Michelin stars
Young professionals regularly vote Wandsworth as one of the best places to live in London, pipping sought-after postcodes, like Battersea and Wimbledon, to the post. And it’s no wonder. The area brags contemporary waterside apartments and great connections – it’s just 12 minutes to Waterloo from Wandsworth Town station, and Wandsworth Common gets commuters to Victoria in even less. There’s also a fabulous drinking and foodie scene here, largely centred on the area’s many pubs. The star of the show is pared-back Chez Bruce, on Bellevue Road, which has bagged a Michelin star for its delectable French cuisine and wines.
HomeViews reviewer verdict…
“This is cosmopolitan, classy London at its finest. There’s a great selection of fine restaurants and gastropubs in close proximity, along with a clutch of beautiful cafes and boutiques.”
Despite its plentiful hustle and bustle, this is a peaceful, green borough – the perfect antidote to busy city life. Wandsworth Common is the area’s heart, a 175-acre stretch of picnic space and nature trails. There’s a wildlife centre and a lake made for strolling, as well. You’ll find more of the same at King George’s Park, plus sports pitches and a tennis club.
Naturally, all that green space – together with some excellent schools and good-size Victorian houses – has seen an increase in the family population here. So much so, Wandsworth’s been nicknamed ‘Nappy Valley’. It’s the mixture of ages in Wandsworth that make it the diverse, harmonious community it is. To see the local spirit at its best, head for the Wandsworth Fringe in May – a celebration of dance, theatre and art talent.
HomeViews reviewers say…
“Garratt Lane runs through the centre of Earlsfield and connects Wandsworth High Street to Tooting Broadway. Lined with shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants, it’s the beating heart of the area.”
“This vibrant community is an ideal choice for families in particular, looking for a peaceful place to put down roots in the capital. With some of the best schools, shops and parks in the surrounding area, Wandsworth has increasingly become a popular choice for growing families and young professionals.”