St George’s has been based in Tooting in south west London since our move from Hyde Park Corner in 1980. Tooting has so much to offer from culinary delights at affordable prices to the largest outdoor open-air swimming pool in the UK.
Such is its draw that Lonely Planet described the area as “an uber-cool neighbourhood…. revelling in multiculturalism and originality” when naming Tooting as one of the 10 coolest neighbourhoods in the worldin 2017. Below we’ve picked out three of our personal highlights to help you begin your exploration around your new home
Tooting boasts a wonderful array of curry houses. It is one of only two ’curry corridors’ in London (the other one being Brick Lane) featuring food from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. There are also restaurants offering food from around the world dotted around SW17, from Brazil to Vietnam and Japan to Italy.
Tooting Market has been operational since the 1930s. Today it, and its partner Broadway Market, mix old and new with artisan juice bars, craft beer shops and tapas restaurants rubbing shoulders with butchers, fish mongers and fabric stalls. It’s a great place to grab a tasty lunch at a reasonable price or settle in for a bit longer on a Friday or Saturday evening.
Having first opened to the public in 1906, Tooting Lido is the largest open-air swimming pool in the country. It draws a crowd in the summer months and having featured in the feature film ‘Snatch’, you can follow in the footsteps, or swimming strokes, of Hollywood starlet Brad Pitt.
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