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Population: 12800
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Birthplace of:
Margaret Rutherford Ainsley Harriott Jimmy Hill
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Folk Customs:
April Fools Day
Baddeley Cake
Beating the Tower Boundaries
Blessing of the Throats
Bonfire Night
Changing of the Quill
Doggett's Coat and Badge Race
Footbridge Rent of one Red Rose
Hot Cross Buns for the Widow’s son
Mass for the executed Charles I
Quit Rents Ceremony
Vintners' Company Procession

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Gateway Hotel
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"Balham - Gateway To The South" is a slogan made famous by the late, great comedian Peter Sellers in his classic spoof on local authority advertising, and it brought this unprepossessing south-London suburb to national attention. Several decades later, Balham is no longer the down-at-heel neighbourhood lampooned so memorably by Sellers: rather, it has become a vibrant, multicultural community filled with the kind of fashionable clubs, bars, restaurants, cafés and patisseries that reflect its recent influx of young professionals - and soaring property prices. Beautifully located, Balham is surrounded by some of London's great commons, all within easy reach, namely Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common and Tooting Common. Balham offers everything from convenience and specialty shopping to a leisure centre providing swimming, squash, aerobics, sauna, steamroom, sunbeds, massage, beauty therapy and a gym, but as befits an area that claims to house the world's longest-running scout group, it also celebrates the past. The London Sewing Machine Museum in Balham High Road is a fascinating attraction, with one of England's biggest private collections, open for viewing on the first Saturday afternoon of every month. And Du Cane Court, one of the biggest private housing developments in Europe, is renowned for its landmark art-deco buildings.

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Alderbrook Primary School
Chestnut Grove School
Holy Ghost Catholic Primary School
Ravenstone Primary School
Trinity St. Mary's CE Primary School


5000 Mini Cabs
Herald Mini Cabs


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Sewing and Craft Superstore
As Nature Intended
Balham Wholefood & Health Store

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Gateway Hotel (0.21 miles)

Gateway Hotel
The Gateway Hotel offers high standard and convenient accommodation located close to Clapham South tube Station. We are conveniently located close to the heart of the city yet within 3 minutes walk of one of ... More | visit website
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Euro Lodge Clapham (0.49 miles)

Euro Lodge Clapham

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This attractive property overlooks Clapham Common, and is an ideal base from where to explore historic London, with major road links and public transport conveniently located close by. Euro Lodge Clapham provides ... More

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Euro Hotel Clapham (0.53 miles)

Euro Hotel Clapham

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The Euro Hotel Clapham is an attractive property overlooking Clapham Common Park. The hotel is located close to the London Underground, with all public transport facilities.

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FlexiStay ApartHotel (1.58 miles)

FlexiStay ApartHotel

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UNIQUE APARTHOTEL for those looking for the benefits of a hotel and the HOMELY ATMOSPHERE of an apartment.The FLEXISTAY solution is perfect for persons wishing to stay for one week ... More | visit website

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Brewers Inn (1.60 miles)

Brewers Inn

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In the centre of Wandsworth, Brewers Inn has en suite bedrooms and a Young's pub serving great beers and fine food. Wandsworth Town Train Station is within walking distance.
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Chelsea Guest House Hotel (1.69 miles)

Chelsea Guest House Hotel

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Centrally located in London, these newly decorated modern rooms all with en-suite have been superbly converted and refurbished to create luxurious fully furnished rooms suited to discerning executives or tourists ... More

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Travelodge London Battersea (1.85 miles)

Located on the York Road, this Travelodge provides contemporary quality accommodation. Spacious en-suite rooms, television in every room, tea and coffee making facilities and free limited parking makes Travelodges terrific value for money.

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The Alma (1.90 miles)

The Alma

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In South West London, The Alma is just 50 metres from Wandsworth Town Train Station, just one stop from Clapham Junction and 12 minutes direct into Waterloo. The boutique bedrooms feature ... More

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Rafayel on the Left Bank (2.00 miles)

Rafayel on the Left Bank

The concept of the hotel on London's new Left Bank in the culturally prosperous environ of a bustling Battersea is a key step forward in formalising the intellectual renaissance of Battersea,not unlike the discovery and ... More | visit website

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Hotel Verta (2.00 miles)

Hotel Verta

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We’re located at London’s Vertical Gateway, The London Heliport, Battersea. So who could blame us if we see things from a different angle? At Hotel Verta we believe that luxury ... More

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