Streatham, in south west London, is a vibrant and very popular residential neighbourhood with a lively local lifestyle. It also offers proximity to several other desirable parts of south London, each with its own contrasting attractions. These include Brixton and Clapham, laid back Balham, and genteel Dulwich, all of which offer a wide array of shops, restaurants, leisure and culture. In addition, central London is just over six miles from Streatham, putting all the delights of the capital within easy reach by road and rail.
In Streatham itself, hip cafés and intriguing new restaurants are opening up everywhere and there’s a positive buzz in the air. Streatham Green plays host to an artisan food market on Saturdays. Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre is a sparkling new complex, housing an ice rink of Olympic proportions, plus a 100-station gym, two swimming pools and a sports hall.
London Square Streatham Hill also includes a new community theatre space which will bring live performance back to part of London once famous for its evening entertainment scene.
There’s a surprising amount of open space around Streatham. The Tooting Commons are about 12 minutes’ walk from London Square Streatham Hill and form a wonderful local outdoor resource. Tooting Bec Lido is one of the few places left in London where you can swim outdoors in summer, in the beautifully renovated 91 metre long pool. Streatham Common, a little further away but easily reached by bus, is another lovely spot to while away a sunny afternoon
Streatham buzzes with life from morning till night, and is earning a reputation for excellence in food and drink. The area’s range of restaurants, cafés and bars, many just a few minutes’ walk from London Square Streatham Hill, seems to expand almost on a daily basis, offers a wide range of cuisines, and now includes Turkish, Spanish, Indian, Lebanese, Thai, Mexican and Japanese, as well as locally sourced seasonal British food at the new Hood restaurant.
When you’re meeting friends for a drink, you can choose from gastro pubs such as Earl Ferrers or enjoy a special cocktail at The Hamlet on Streatham High Road. Pratts & Payne is another uniquely Streatham bar/restaurant in a distinctive Art Deco building.
There are some really unusual eateries in nearby Brixton, many to be found in Brixton Village, close to the market. KaoSarn is a small, busy and authentic Thai restaurant, while Seven At Brixton, describing itself as a ‘food, drink and art concept’ serves up potent cocktails and Spanish pinchos – food on skewers. Fish, Wings and Tings, as the name suggests, is the place to try out spicy Caribbean dishes created by a Trinidadian chef.
One of Streatham’s best kept secrets is the Hideaway, an award-winning jazz club that showcases new talent and star names. Streatham Festival is another sign that the arts are alive and flourishing in SW2. It takes place in July and brings together music, comedy, an art trail, workshops and social events – something for all ages.
Neighbouring Brixton is famous all over London for its energetic night life and vibrant music. You might be in the mood for one of the superclubs such as Jamm, The Dogstar or Plan B. The revered O2 Academy is the place for live bands; it attracts some of the biggest names in the business.
Quieter times can be had at the Ritzy Picturehouse, another much-loved Brixton fixture, housed in an ornate Edwardian building. It has five screens, and shows an engaging programme of independent films and mainstream movies in very comfortable surroundings.
Streatham Hill is lined with shops of every description, so you’ll never have far to go for
daily essentials. As well as four major supermarkets within half a mile, there’s a new M&S Simply Food on the ground floor of London Square Streatham Hill, one of three new shops within the development. All will add to the animation of the high street, and bring even more quality to the area.
Clapham and Brixton, both of which can be easily reached by bus or train from Streatham Hill, offer many tempting choices. In Clapham, the big stores, including Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Boots, TK Maxx and Waterstones cluster around Clapham Junction, while Clapham Old Town is more about independent shops, such as gift and fashion boutiques. Abbeville Road and Clapham South are great for delicatessen foods, fresh meat and fish, gifts, furniture, wine and antiques.
It’s also worth remembering that Clapham Junction station is only four stops by London Overground from Shepherd’s Bush for Westfield, the phenomenal shopping centre where luxury brands such as Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Prada can be found.
Brixton’s main shopping areas are around Brixton Hill and Brixton Road, where major brands like Top Shop, Benetton and New Look can be found. For more unusual purchases, try Brixton Village and Market Row, a treasure trove of vintage fashion, retro finds, crafts, artisan food and farmers’ markets.
If you like your markets traditional, Brixton Market is one of the biggest and best, where more than eighty traders proffer groceries, fresh produce and household goods.
London Victoria can be reached by train in 17 minutes* from Streatham Hill station, which is only 50 metres from London Square Streatham Hill. Streatham station is served by Thameslink, with trains running to Blackfriars, and Farringdon, while Streatham and Streatham Common stations both provide direct services to London Bridge. South Londoners also know that the bus is often a very efficient way to get from A to B. Fourteen different routes serve Streatham Hill, covering local and central London destinations.
*Travel times sourced from National Rail Enquiries
Computer generated images depict London Square Streatham Hill. Details correct at time of distribution, July 2016. *Choices available dependent on stage of construction. Please ask your Sales Consultant for details. Journey times approximate. Source: tfl.gov.uk.