Check out some of the hidden gems around the corner in Tooting and Wimbledon. Whether it's shopping, dancing or eating there’s plenty for all! Here are my top 10 places in the local area to take a breather from your busy uni week.
1. Brunch Spots
If you’re looking for affordable and delicious brunch spots then ‘Bonjour Brioche’ is one to add to your list. With fresh croissants and pastries, it never fails to disappoint. ‘Bills’ is another tasty and affordable spot for Sunday brunch with a great Eggs Royale.
2. Mixed Blessings Bakery
This West Indian bakery is located just down from Furzedown Student Village on Mitcham Road, make sure to ask for the ‘Salt Fish Patty’ and the ‘Jamaican Bread’. They even sell frozen patties to cook in the comfort of home!
3. Odeon Cinema
With so many great films out you've got to see them on the big screen. With student tickets coming to around £9, it’s worth the trip.
4. Wimbledon Village
If you’re wanting to escape from the mad London rush, take a day out and relax up in Wimbledon Village. With organic supermarkets and great charity shops brightening up your wardrobe at a tiny cost!
Hiding away just down from Tooting Broadway station is the buzzing ‘Tram and Social’, the perfect end to the night. It’s even busy on weeknights with open mic Tuesdays. If Wimbledon is closer then ‘The Garratt and Gauge’ is also a lively spot to enjoy a drink!
6. Cocktail o’clock
‘Berties Bar’ is the place to head for an evening of happy hour and cocktails. This quirky bar is hidden under the Prince of Wales in the old cellar. The entrance through a small lit up courtyard creates a great atmosphere.
7. Tooting Market
In the busy hub of Tooting be sure to take a visit to Tooting Market. Filled with beautiful fabric stalls, hidden bars and delicious pizza. There’s something for everyone!
8. Tooting Bec Lido
When the sun peaks through all the locals will be here! With Tooting Bec holding the largest lido in the country. Centred in the middle of Tooting Common it’s a gorgeous place to spend a lazy day in the sun.
9. Coffee Spots
Wimbledon spoils you for choice with countless places to sit and have a coffee. ‘Bliss’ is just around the corner from South Wimbledon station where you can enjoy the best chai lattes
10. Student Shopping
Tooting has all the essentials for a good food shop. With Lidl and Aldi down the road from Tooting Broadway Station, you can be sure to save those pennies. Not to mention the fresh fruit and vegetables in the street markets at amazing prices!