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Rachael’s guide to Wandsworth

Tree-lined streets, green parks, and more places to eat brunch than you can shake a cat at; Wandsworth is one of London’s largest suburban areas.

Nestled between Wimbledon and Clapham, this area has lots of advantages, such as convenient public transport links, enough park space to play a proper game of rounders, and an abundance of beer gardens. The zone 3 area has gone through major changes in the last 10 years that have seen house prices rise, but the borough is still considered affordable. With many houses having gardens (whether they be communal or private) and a short walk to a large park, you’ll never be far from outdoor space. If Wandsworth has piqued your interest, below are some of the hot spots to check out if you are thinking about checking the area out.

Wandsworth Common

Once home to the largest refracting telescope, Wandsworth Common is not South London’s biggest park, but it is a great open space. Surrounded by Victorian semis knows as the “Toast Rack”, little quirky stone bridges, and a hidden-away windmill to look out for, a venture into the area is definitely worth it.

Brew Café

This Aussie chain, which was bought to South London by Jason Wells, has five restaurants across the south of London with a new branch opening in Kew! It offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails, snacks, dessert, coffee, freshly baked bread, cookies and so much more. It is fair to say that Brew Café a favourite in the Wandsworth area for lazy Sunday brunches and coffee with friends.

Chez Bruce restaurant

Opened in 1995, Chez Bruce not only has a Michelin Star and a Diner’s award, but also a 4.5 rating on Tripadvisor. With seasonal menus, expert wine tasting, and a brilliant atmosphere, it’s great for splashing out on a special occasion.

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Graffiti Bar

This name is definitely not misleading – you can literally doddle over the walls. That’s not the only attraction of Graffiti Bar, however, as they offer bright colours, 90’s pop and more cocktails than you knew existed. The greatest part is that you can get your own menu (that is kept behind the bar) that allows you to tick off each drink and on completion, you get a photo on the wall and a £80 bar tab. Take THAT Nero loyalty card! The bartenders have flair, there are dark corners to dwell in and a generous happy hour – perfect!

The Wandle

If live music, board games, decent beer, and a beer garden are your thing, then this place is a must. The Wandle is a cracking bar with wonderful bar staff who seem to be enjoying their time at work as much as you. Friday and Saturday nights are busy due to the live music and great drink deals. If you happen there on a Sunday (the roast is recommended), you’ll find yourself curled up on a sofa playing a game of chess before you know it.

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Flip Out

From trampolines to foam pits, Flip Out is, basically, being a big kid all over again. At £12 a session, you can make yourself dizzy to your heart’s content. Great for a first date, a group outing or for an early morning workout.