The lowdown: Tooting
The housing stock is mainly Victorian and Edwardian, including some flat conversions and the area is filling up with thriving bars, restaurants and cafes.
(Left) Laura Wood, co-owner of Unwined wine shop, bar and kitchen, runs a tasting session
Images by Daniel Lynch
Average property prices in Tooting
One-bedroom flat: £348,000
Two-bedroom flat: £503,000
Two-bedroom house: £547,000
Three-bedroom house: £665,000
Four-bedroom house: £932,000
Average rental prices in Tooting
One-bedroom flat: £1,285 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,560 a month
Two-bedroom house: £1,614 a month
Three-bedroom house: £2,267 a month
Four-bedroom house: £2,719 a month
Tooting's top primary schools include Hillbrook, Gatton, St Boniface RC, St Anselm’s RC and Tooting Primary. Rutherford House is a free school. Local comprehensives include Ernest Bevin, Graveney and Chestnut Grove. See a full list of schools here.
Upper Tooting Road,
the High Street
and Mitcham Road
have something for everyone, from sari and Asian jewellery shops and fruit and veg, to Sainsbury's
and TK Maxx. Tooting and Broadway indoor markets
sell everything from luggage to spices. See our full list here
Tooting Broadway and Tooting Bec Tube stations are on the Northern line. Tooting station is on Thameslink with trains to Blackfriars in 27 minutes and St Pancras in 37 minutes. It's Zone 3 - an annual travelcard costs £1,508.
Soho House’s Chicken Shop is popular, while The Antelope is considered the best gastropub and Graveney and Meadow is an all-day brasserie. Get good, well-priced curry at Apollo Banana Leaf, Dosa n Chutny and Sree Krishna. See our full list here.
Leisure and the arts
Tooting Arts Club produces drama old and new - shows that have moved to the West End include Sweeney Todd and Barbarians. The Gorringe Park pub has a cinema. Tooting Bec Lido, the largest freshwater swimming pool in England, is open year-round.
Tooting Common, all 220 acres of it, is popular with local dog walkers and joggers. It has a café, athletics track, tennis courts, sports pitches, fishing and a horse riding arena.