Balham Area Guide
About the Area
Balham—pronounced, Ba-lahm, darling—has soared in popularity in recent years. A haven for young pros, families and people with frothy coffee coming out of their taps, this once unfancied corner of South London has gone from not-spot to hot-spot in the blink of an iPad.
Not quite suburb, not quite Soho, Balham is one of those great in-between areas boasting all the action of city life but with plenty of space to breathe. At night, you’ve got loads on your doorstep for a casual bite — think sushi bars and pizzerias — or chug on session IPA at Balham Bowls Club (a quirky haunt from the now legendary Antic collective). When the weekend comes, sway to late-night DJ sessions at Hagen & Hyde, where industrial decor meets classic cocktails and great things happen.
Round these parts, the bright lights of Brixton are a simple hop, skip and jump (we prefer an Uber), and get this: Balham is home to that rarest of South London species… a tube station! It’s bang on the Northern Line (get to Leicester Square in less than 20 mins) and with a National Rail station to boot, Balham’s a great location for work and play.
Oh, and there’s a massive Waitrose. Always a plus.
Banana Cabaret Comedy Club
Banana Cabaret Comedy Club This 30 year old place has been a spring board for many British Comedians. Book your Friday and Saturday tickets in advance!Visit Website
An all-day open eating and drinking hub with retro films, weekend comedy and art exhibitions.Visit Website
Balham Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre
Daily Aqua classes including Aqua Jog, Aqua Fit and Aqua Circuits plus steam room and sauna.Visit Website