A local guide to move in Balham

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Balham is an area in south London, England. It has been settled since Saxon times and appears in the Domesday Book as Belgeham. “

What kind of things are there to do in the city of Balham?

There’s always something going on in a vibrant area like Balham. For ideas on activities, check Timeout which updates weekly on local events. We’re including a link to their Balham listings to help you easily find stuff happening soon. A great way to get oriented in a new area is seeing what’s around and where. Our map gathers property price details and other info from this article to give you a snapshot of Balham offerings.

Things that make us love Balham

What makes the heart of Balham? At Cozee we asked ourselves what would define the culture, the vibe of a given area. We have come up with the following elements so whether you are a foodie or a night bird, we got you covered. Check out the different restaurants, pubs, gym that exist in Balham to help you decide to move in there.

What are the range of supermarkets like?

Out of all the other services in Balham, supermarkets are arguably some of the most important. Take a look at the table below that tells you where the nearest supermarkets are so you can do your shppping conveniently. It would be a shame to move somewhere new and not realise some of your favourite stores aren’t nearby in Balham.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Waitrose & Partners 32-39 Temple Fortune Parade, London 4.3 232
M&S Simply Food 820-832 Finchley Road, London 4.1 316
Superhormuz 4-5 Ashbourne Avenue, London 3.9 23
Kosher Paradise 10, Ashbourne Parade, Finchley Road, London 4.6 33

What kind of restaurants are there?

Balham is able to produce a large amount of different cuisines if you are looking. Take a look at the table below to find the most popular places to eat if you are a resident of Balham.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
The Avalon 16 Balham Hill, London 4.3 1342
Balham Bowls Club 7-9 Ramsden Road, London 4.3 1195
The Georgian 27 Balham Hill, London 4.3 374
Tapajax 1 Balham Station Road, London 4.3 272
Tagine Restaurant 3 Fernlea Road, London 4.3 486
Subway Ground Flr, 1 Chestnut Grove, London 4.3 99
Heart of Balham – HOB 113 Balham High Road, London 4.3 463
Haché Brasserie Balham 37 Bedford Hill, London 4.3 486
Pho 67-69 Bedford Hill, London 4.3 911
The Exhibit 12 Balham Station Road, London 4.3 1650
Ciullosteria 31 Balham High Road, London 4.3 368
Spicy Noodle Cafe 189A Balham High Road, London 4.3 210
Taro – Balham 193 Balham High Road, London 4.3 497
China Town Balham 250 Balham High Road, London 4.3 24
Beijing Noodles Balham 250 Balham High Road, London 4.3 64
Burger King 67, 73 Balham Hill, London 4.3 749
Bodean’s BBQ Balham 225 Balham High Road, London 4.3 514
Seascape Fish Bar 9 Bedford Hill, London 4.3 192
Verona Pizza 245 Balham High Road, London 4.3 102
King Rooster 2A Westbury Parade, Balham Hill, London 4.3 51

Pubs in the area

As Londoners at Cozee, we cherish our weekly visits to the local pub. Why not embrace the same in your new living space? We’ve diligently tested and reviewed all the pubs in Balham – well, not literally, but we wish we had! Here’s our list of the finest pubs in Balham.

Pub name Name Address Description
Effra Social 89 Effra Road Brixton SW2 1DF Former Antic pub opened in February 2013 in former Effra Conservative Club premises, including a dance hall unchanged since the 1970s.
Elm Park Tavern 76 Elm Park Brixton SW2 2UB This free house is the only pub left on the estate and was substantially refurbished in 2017 and again more recently. It is owned by the same freeholder as King & Co, SW4 and operated by the same company as the White Horse in nearby Brixton Hill.
Hand In Hand 61 New Park Road Brixton SW2 4EN Real ale is occasionally served in this single bar pub with real fire, juke box and two TV sports channels. It was Exmoor Gold on 18 April 2023, GK Old Golden Hen on 19 September
White Horse 94 Brixton Hill Brixton SW2 1QN One or two real ales are served here, an early 18th century inn now popular for late night partying, drinking and dining. Candle-lit tables, comfortable sofas, exposed brickwork and advertising posters create a friendly atmosphere in this ‘DJ boozer’ with fortnightly Sunday guitarist and Wednesday film nights. Children welcome until 6pm. Pool table; TV sports for major events only. Food served all day at weekends. Front patio inside railing has heaters and shelter for smokers. An alternative real ale may occasionally replace the Tribute.
Windmill 22 Blenheim Gardens Brixton SW2 5BZ Small, intimate, friendly and welcoming pub next door to the sorting office, featuring live music every night and appropriately decorated with posters for music gigs. TV sports available. An admission charge often applies after 8pm, depending on the band.
Prince of Wales 169-171 Lyham Road Brixton (SW2) SW2 5PY An old Wenlock house from 1860, changed in the 1930s and still retaining its two bars, wood panelling and other traditional features. The only pub left in Lyham Road, it has a ladies’ darts team, a pool table and TV sports.

What kind of gyms are there in Balham?

Working from home means more gym time for many. With chains like EasyGym and PureGym, it’s easy to stay fit in Balham.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Hot Yoga South Balham Unit 5 Hildreth Street Mews, London 4.3 107
Balham Leisure Centre Elmfield Road, London 4.3 323
Dog House Fitness 1 Holbeach Mews, London 4.3 40
SALSA BALHAM @ THE BEDFORD – Every MONDAY night 77 Bedford Hill, London 4.3 7
Andrea Om Yoga Bedford Hill, London 4.3 8
GO Mammoth 45 Chestnut Grove, London 4.3 3
GO Mammoth La Retraite RC Girls School, Atkins Road, Clapham Park, London 4.3 N/A
Jane Wake 239 Balham High Road, London 4.3 1
Englishwren Pilates 95 Nightingale Lane, London 4.3 3
reCentre Health Physiotherapy and Pilates 260 Balham High Road, London 4.3 186
The Train Station Gym 20-22 Jaggard Way, London 4.3 18
whYoga 16 Ramsden Road, London 4.3 26
Bedford Hill Place SAINSBURYS Balham, 147-151 Balham High Road, London 4.3 N/A
Reform Physiotherapy 3 Hildreth Street Mews, London 4.3 138
Sk Bodyworks unit 7 Hildreth Street Mews, London 4.3 N/A
Reformer Collective Balham Balham High Road, London 4.3 N/A
Anytime Fitness Balham 176 Balham High Road, London 4.3 205
House of GPA 63 Balham High Road, London 4.3 48
TRIB3 Balham 63 Balham High Road, London 4.3 N/A
Pilates Plus Wellness Balham Library Hall, 16 Ramsden Road, London 4.3 7

Museums & Galleries in the region

An area lives because of the people who live, work and interact. Art is a great way to discover an area in a new way. If you are looking to move in Balham we definitely recommend that you check for galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. They provide a great source of enjoyment over the weekends.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
St. Margaret’s Badminton Club, Tooting Trinity Road, London 4.3 6

Parks and green spaces in Balham

One of London’s best assets is its green spaces. See if Balham offers room to roam.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Jubilee Gardens Belvedere Road, London 4.5 1413
Elm Court 1 Pump Court, London 4.3 6
Middle Temple Gardens 3 Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London 4.7 82
Bernie Spain Gardens South Bank, London 4.4 488
Bloomsbury Square Garden 14 Bloomsbury Square, London 4.3 2017
The Phoenix Garden 21 Stacey Street, London 4.6 461
LGBT Chairs ️‍ Ground Floor, South East Wing, Bush House, 300 Strand, London 5 1
Victoria Embankment Gardens 4 Temple Place, Temple, London N/A N/A
Potnotch Jubilee Market, Tavistock Street, London 5 1
London Memorial Garden Savoy Place, London 3.8 4
Drury Lane Gardens 58 Drury Lane, London 3.9 16
Fountain Court Temple, London 4.6 8
Southbank boardwalk South Bank, Unnamed Road, London 4.8 13
Street Art Skaterpark 337-338 Belvedere Road, London N/A N/A
National Theatre garden terrace South Bank, National Theatre, London N/A N/A
The Diamond Jubilee Penny Maze Henrietta Street, London 5 1
Southbank (River Thames South) Walkpath. Unnamed Road, London 4.8 18
Victoria Embankment Gardens Villiers Street, London 4.6 2523
Diamond Jubilee Garden St Pauls Church, Bedford Street, London 4.4 12
BIG 7 7 Bell Yard, London N/A N/A

The things you might need in Balham

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Balham name before moving in the neighbourhood.

In Balham, what schools are nearby?

Having a school near the place you live is a great feature of the property you are about to move in. Please find below a list of the schools within the area of Balham.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Saint Francis Xavier Sixth Form College Francis Xavier College, 10 Malwood Road, London 3.9 30
Chestnut Grove Academy 45 Chestnut Grove, London 3.2 62
Oak Lodge School 101 Nightingale Lane, London 4 8
Balham Leisure Centre Elmfield Road, London 3.8 323
Lochinvar Pre-School Playhouse Care Of Alderbrook School/Oldridge Rd, London N/A N/A
Piano, flute and clarinet tutor 68 Oakmead Road, London 5 1
Bertrum House School Nursery 53 Rowfant Road, London 5 1
The Michael Tippett College Belthorn Crescent, Weir Road, London 3.7 3
Nightingale 2 Montessori Nursery School 35 Weir Road, London 5 6
Ecole de Danse of Balham Streathbourne Road, London N/A N/A
Woodentops Abbeville Village Ltd 1 Poynders Road, London 5 1
Apples and Honey Nightingale 105 Nightingale Lane, London 5 1
Crescent III Kindergarten 70A Thornton Rd, Grafton Tennis Club, London 1 1
London Academy of Performance 211 Balham High Road, London N/A N/A
Hornsby House School Hearnville Road, London N/A N/A
Trinity St Mary’s CE Primary School, Balham 6 Balham Park Road, London 4.8 6
Ravenstone Primary School and Nursery Ravenstone Street, London 4.7 9
LEYF – Weir Link Nursery & Pre-School 33 Weir Road, London 5 1
The Montessori School 102 Chestnut Grove, London 5 2
Balham Nursery School and Children’s Centre 72 Endlesham Road, London 4.8 16

Tube & Train stations nearby Balham

Most prefer transit within a 10-15 minute walk and if there aren’t public connections nearby then this could be something that takes down the price of property or can even deter people from moving in to Balham entirely. Here is a table below so you can see where these connections are for yourself.

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Balham United Kingdom 3.9 60
Balham Underground Ltd, Balham High Road, London 4 43
Clapham South Balham Hill, London 4.3 77

The number of hospitals, pharmacies and doctors in Balham

Balham has 2 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Flowan Health – Ultrasound & Wellbeing 22 Ritherdon Road, London 5 37
Minnie Kidd House – Community Eye Clinic Hazelbourne Road, London 4.5 2

Post offices of Balham

Nearby post offices make sending and getting packages easy. In a post office you can do things like exchange currency, post your packages, buy everyday items and even redirect your mail. It is likely you will use one at some point if you were to move in to the area so we have compiled the post offices nearby in a table below so you know if this area is the right place for you.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Balham Post Office 90-92 Balham High Road, London 2.3 137
Cavendish Road Post Office 273 Cavendish Road, London 3.5 29
Balham Hill Post Office 1A Westbury Parade, London 2.4 37

What areas are nearby?

You are not 100% sure that you want to move in Balham? Check out our other guides about some nearby areas. You might find your next neighbourhood. The following tables shows the nearby areas within a 3.5km radius.

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Streatham Vale See the guide here
Furzedown See the guide here
Tooting See the guide here
Streatham Park See the guide here
Streatham See the guide here
Earlsfield See the guide here
Streatham Hill See the guide here
Hyde Farm See the guide here
Clapham Park See the guide here
Tulse Hill See the guide here
Brixton Hill See the guide here
Clapham South See the guide here
Wandsworth See the guide here
Brixton See the guide here
Clapham Junction See the guide here
Clapham See the guide here
Battersea See the guide here
Streatham Vale See the guide here
Furzedown See the guide here
Tooting See the guide here
Streatham Park See the guide here
Streatham See the guide here
Earlsfield See the guide here
Streatham Hill See the guide here
Hyde Farm See the guide here
Clapham Park See the guide here
Tulse Hill See the guide here
Brixton Hill See the guide here
Clapham South See the guide here
Wandsworth See the guide here
Brixton See the guide here
Clapham Junction See the guide here
Clapham See the guide here
Battersea See the guide here

Looking for something more precise? Have a look at our analysis on the property market at the postcode level Check our property prices guides

Tell us what you think of Balham

It would be great to hear what you think about Balham. Especially if you live there or have lived there in the past. Your opinion could really help as other people moving in could read this article and I’d also helps us understand you. So, we’d love your opinion of Balham below. Please leave some feedback if you have a moment

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