Tooting Bec is a district in the London Borough of Wandsworth, about five miles from central London, and just north of Tooting Broadway. It’s slightly quieter than neighbouring Tooting and Balham, and has become a favourite with young professionals and families who are looking for a little bit more for their money. Tooting Bec is famous for its Lido (outdoor swimming pool), which happens to be the biggest of its kind in England. People who live in Tooting Bec love its community feel, and schooling in the area is considered very good. Its rising popularity with young families means there is plenty to do with the little ones, while there is also a great bar and restaurant scene.
What makes Tooting Bec a great place to live
Tooting Bec is on the Northern Line, and it takes less than 25 minutes to get into the City. Tooting Bec is also close to Tooting’s National Rail station, which serves Blackfriars in 25 minutes and St Pancras in 37 minutes. If you’re a cyclist, then you will love the fact that Tooting Bec is on the CS7 cycle superhighway, offering a faster and safer cycle route into the City. There are also numerous bus routes serving Tooting Bec, both into central London, and out west to the likes of Wimbledon.
Like its neighbour Tooting, Tooting Bec is home to some of the best curry in London. There are too many to mention, but try Chatkhara and Spice Village for traditional and authentic cuisine.
A great night out
Tooting Bec has over 50 bars and restaurants, and of course Tooting is not far away for even more choice. A favourite of Daniel James is The Wheatsheaf, just across from Tooting Bec tube station. If it’s culture you’re looking for, head to the Tooting Arts Club, and you can dance the night away underneath a spectacular chandelier at the Tooting Tram and Social.
Tooting Bec Common has 220 acres of open space, with a running track, tennis courts, a riding arena, playing fields and, of course, the Tooting Bec Lido. The Lido is the largest open-air fresh water swimming pool in England at 90 metres long and 30 metres wide.
More for your money
When it comes to property, Tooting Bec is still offering more for your money than its neighbours.
Average property prices in Tooting Bec are slightly less than neighbouring Tooting and Balham:
• 1 bedroom - £300,000
• 2 bedroom - £430,000
• 3 bedroom - £583,000
• 4 bedroom - £783,000
The average rental in Tooting Bec is £400 per week for a flat, and £850 per week for a house.
Why invest in Tooting Bec
Tooting Bec offers more for your money than Tooting and Balham, so if you don’t mind being in a slightly quieter neighbourhood, then it’s a great time to invest. It benefits from being near some excellent schools, and with quick and easy links into central London, Tooting Bec is ideal for the commuter. Transport for London are currently investing millions into the Northern Line, which is set to increase capacity by 20% and speed by 18% by the end of 2014. It’s also worth noting that the borough of Wandsworth has the cheapest council tax in London.
If you are looking to buy, sell, rent or let a property in Tooting Bec, make sure you get in contact with our team on 020 8767 7001.
School Ofsted reports – www.Ofsted.gov.uk (search ‘tooting bec’)
CS7 cycle route - www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/bcs7-map.pdf
Friends of Tooting Common - www.friendsoftootingcommon.org.uk
Places of interest
Bertrum House School
We are a non-selective family school with a village school atmosphere in the heart of South London. There is a strong community spirit among our children, parents and staff.
We specialise in the education of young children aged 2 to 7 years old. Bertrum House was established in 1984, which gives us many years of experience in guiding children successfully through these very important first five years of school life.
For young children it is especially important that their first big step beyond the secure world of family life is a very positive one. Our staff, chosen for their energy and commitment to children, nurture the children in our care with creativity, humour and affection, in a bright and secure environment. Our aim is to develop and mature the interest of our children in the world around them and to help them to achieve excellent academic results while they grow in social and emotional confidence.
There are real benefits and opportunities to being a big fish in a small pond. Our teachers know every child well and can give them the individual attention and support they need. Children have opportunities to shoulder responsibilities and take a more prominent role than they might have in a larger school. Our Class 2 children are high-profile seniors at the top of their school. As a result, when our children leave to go to their chosen prep schools at the age of seven, they are confident, independent and enthusiastic young learners.
We would be delighted to show you Bertrum House School at work. Please telephone the school office to make an appointment for a personal tour.
Bodean's BBQ Restaurant
Back in 2002 Andre Blais had a dream - to bring the taste, the style, the soul of his beloved Kansas City barbecue to London town.
10 years later, the Bodean's family of diner-delis goes from strength to strength - the result of a tireless team effort dedicated to living the dream.
Ice hockey and all-round sports nut Andre is a team player, and among his big hitters are award-winning chefs making sure that when you eat at Bodean's you're getting the real thing just as surely as if you were sitting 3775 miles away in KC, USA.
Meanwhile, riffing on the styles of inspirational diners from Broadway to Texas to Hollywood, Bodean's resident designer Quentin Reynolds puts a fresh twist on Americana that's a feast for the eye as well as a great place to relax and have fun.
Bodean's regulars all over London know Andre and his team - they're around and about, making sure the slow-smoked BBQ and secret-recipe sauces are up to snuff, the beers frosty, the music hot and the bar stools comfy. Oh, and just keeping an eye on the big screen sports beamed live Stateside.
They say they're working. But when your dedication to the Bodean's dream means you can boast "Best Ribs this Side of the Atlantic'' (Time Out), "Best Sandwich in London'' (Capital Radio) and Best American Restaurant (Tio Pepe Nominated), we guess you're allowed a little me-time.
Ernest Bevin College
Finton House School
Furzedown Primary School
The Kings Head pub is a traditional British London pub in Tooting serving great freshly cooked traditional pub food. We also serve a fantastic range of beers from around the world, warming red and crisp white wines and a fantastic selection of spirits.
Dating back to 1770’s, this classic London Gin Palace once served as a coach house for those travelling south from London. The Kings Head was built in 1896 and still retains much of its original features.
It was constructed as part speculative building boom, and designed by then famous William Mortimer Brutton, who was renowned for his exquisite architectural design and ability. The Kings Head proudly boasts magnificent ceramic tiling, ornate wood work, engraved glass as well as the majority of the original partitions remain intact. The Kings Head is justly grade II listed building, and stands in contrast to its bland and mundane surroundings in comparison, it really does need to be seen to be believed.
Tartine Artisanal cafes offer great tasting, modern French-Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine in contemporary, bright and comfortable interior settings near the bustling Balham and Tooting Broadway main centres. Customer service is second to none and on par with the quality of our freshly prepared, appetising fare.
The French Cafe
The French Café is an authentic all-day venue. By day, it’s an enchanting lunch-time retreat and café, and by night, it’s a fabulous French bistro and friendly bar.
A creation of David Healey, the chef-proprietor, whose classical French culinary training saw him voted into the top ten most recommended restaurants in The Good Food Guide. The popular prix fixe menu is great value and available daily for lunch and dinner.
Rose & Crown
From nights out to Sunday lunches, visit The Rose & Crown in Tooting.
Our beautiful and unique pub and guest house is situated in the heart of Tooting - an ideal stop off after a busy day's shopping or a great place to begin your night out.
The bar itself is stunning, with oak panels and beams and a real fire burning, plenty of comfortable seating and room for the biggest of parties.
We have fantastic entertainment, including games and quizzes, as well as tasty food served all day and a huge range of real ales and ciders. A friendly local pub, we are confident that you'll have a great night at The Rose & Crown - come down and see for yourself!
Sitting proudly opposite the Tooting Bec tube station, this beautiful Victorian pub, which retains many of its original features, has a strong reputation as a vibrant and social meeting place.
We take our role in the community seriously. The Times voted Tooting as the best place to live for single people in the whole UK after all, so we are committed to providing the best in our area (whether you’re single or not). We always have seven ales on, and strive for two of these to be local. Not to be outdone by drink, the food menu is creative and, most importantly, delicious. If you’re in the market for fun, you’ve come to the right place. We have late nights on Friday and Saturday until 2am, live blues music once a month (with every other Sunday featuring live blues jam with Geraint Watkins) and a quiz night every Sunday evening. We’re proud of our comedy club as well. The first Thursday of the month sees us go all funny inside and we’ve had the likes of Micky Flanagan, Stewart Lee, Milton Jones and Stephen K Amos perform for our guests. With a pretty outside space and function room available for parties, it’s fair to say we’ve got something for everyone.