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Wandsworth, just south of the river between newly upmarket Clapham and always classy Putney is known as Nappy Valley for the huge amounts of trendy young families who’ve made this safe and attractive corner of south west London their home.
Posh townhouses, open green spaces and pushchairs the size of people carriers are the most common sights around Wandsworth way: the Common and surrounding areas are some of the plushest parts of south London, with sporting facilities and a lake within the 175 acre park.
Closer to the river, Wandsworth Bridge crosses over to Fulham on the north bank, with its friendly Premier League football club in easily the capital’s most picturesque waterside ground (Craven Cottage, www.fulhamfc.com) and the hugely popular White Horse Pub (1-3 Parsons Green, 020 7736 2215, www.whitehorsesw6.com), known universally as the ‘Sloaney Pony’ and twice voted the UK’s best boozer.
Not that Wandsworth itself is short of famous local venues: Chez Bruce (2 Bellevue Road, Wandsworth Common, 020 8672 0114, www.chezbruce.co.uk) was voted London’s favourite restaurant by the eminent Harden’s guide not long back (toppling Covent Garden’s Ivy for the first time in a decade), and its elegant comfort food still never fails to impress. It is also the site of a little bit of culinary history: previously "Harvey’s or Chez Bruce's" kitchen was home in which the potty-mouthed celeb chef Gordon Ramsay learnt his trade as a junior under fellow firebrand to Marco Pierre-White. Just imagine the conversations which took place over a hot stove here.
The Youngs brewery chain are based in Wandsworth, worth a mention is that the ale was delivered by horse and cart – how very Wandsworth! Deliveries were made to local hostelries up until as recent as three years ago from the now-defunct Rams Brewery. You can still sample their amazing ales in the Old Sergeant (104 Garratt Lane, 020 8874 4099, www.youngs.co.uk), a Youngs pub since 1836 and with a good menu of classic British bites.
The Southside (020 8870 2141, www.southsidewandsworth.com) is the area’s big mall/cinema complex in Wandsworth town centre, but nobody calls it that: to locals, it will forever be the Arndale.
There’s train stations at Wandsworth Town, Earlsfield and Wandsworth Common – 12 minutes from Victoria.
|East Putney Station||2||District||1.33 miles|
|Southfields Station||3||District||1.58 miles|
|Putney Bridge Station||2||District||1.75 miles|
|Parsons Green Station||2||District||2.25 miles|
|Wimbledon Station||3||District||2.53 miles|
|Wandsworth Town Station||0.54 miles|
|Earlsfield Station||1.64 miles|
|Putney Station||1.74 miles|
|Clapham Junction Station||2.07 miles|
|Balham Station||3.20 miles|