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A village of farms and country houses 200 years ago, Balham is now a vibrant area of south-west London. Book one of our Balham hotels and explore the bars, cafés and independent boutiques and bookstores of this trendy neighbourhood.
Pubs and bars
The award-winning Bedford pub, originally a Victorian hotel, is one of the area's central nightspots and has been played by The Clash and U2. It has three floors, five bars and five function rooms, and hosts live music four nights a week and the Banana Cabaret comedy club every Friday and Saturday.
The former clubhouse of Balham Bowls Club is also now a pub with several rooms and quirky, vintage décor reflecting its history – there are chesterfields, rosettes and an old scoreboard. Here you can enjoy real ales, pub grub, board games, two snooker SEOSITE_LEVEL_DESCRIPTIONs, a fire in winter and beer garden in summer. There's plenty of entertainment here too, including comedy, open mic nights, film screenings, craft fairs and quiz nights.
You can also choose from ten real ales, mainly from London breweries, at Hagen and Hyde, which also serves ciders, cocktails and food every day. There is a DJ every Friday night and live music every Saturday night, and the pub is open till 02:00 on both days. There's also a quiz every Monday, a big screen TV for sporting events and a beer garden.
Balham Farmers' Market is held in the playground of Chestnut Grove School – which singer Adele attended – every Saturday. You'll find fruit, juices, vegeSEOSITE_LEVEL_DESCRIPTIONs, meat, eggs, honey, preserves, cakes, breads, cheeses and plants on sale, as well as hot food.
Balham Country Market, which is similar, is one of the few country markets in London and is held in Balham Bowls Club, usually on the first Saturday of every month. Artwork, craft items, toys, jewellery and cards are sold alongside food and produce.
There are three large parks within walking distance of Balham – Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common and Tooting Common.
All three have play areas, sports facilities, lakes and plenty of wildlife, and both Wandsworth and Tooting are designated sites of importance for nature conservation.
Clapham Common also has a bandstand, a skate park and three cafés, and you can fish two of its three lakes – the other is used for model boating. The Friends of Clapham Common have planted trees, a wild flower meadow, daffodils, crocuses, snowdrops and bluebells here.
Tooting Common is actually divided into two areas, Tooting Bec Common and Tooting Graveney Common. Look out for its myriad of woodland birds, follow the nature trail, go horse riding or swim in the Tooting Bec Lido. One of the UK's largest swimming pools at almost 100 metres long, the lido is open to the public from late May until the end of September.
Wandsworth Common has an environmental education centre, and is home to foxes, squirrels and more.
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