London : A guide to Tooting Broadway

Tooting Broadway

Ever moved to a new place and feel like you’ve lived in that place since forever. Hear me on this. I’ve lived in Tooting Broadway for a year from February 2015 until March 2016.

Tooting Broadway

When I first moved to London for University, I stayed at my uncle’s place in Chingford, that is North London. After a few weeks, I eventually moved out to a shared house in South London, Carshalton where I stayed for another 2 months. My main issue about living in Chingford was commuting to my university in King’s Cross which involved long waiting hours for buses in Walthamstow which doesn’t have a really good reputation. As for Carshalton, it is a nice area but again far away from shops and restaurants. 

My final move was a student accommodation in Tooting Broadway, zone 3. My accommodation was about 12 minutes’ walk from the tube station. It took me only five minutes to fall in love with this place the moment I walked from the tube station to my student accommodation.

Here is why this place became my favorite place to live in London:

Great transport links
You can choose between traveling by tube, tram or bus. The fastest option, i.e. the tube took me to King’s Cross in 30 minutes. The bus routes are excellent and scenic too. The tube station is clean compared to many other tube stations in London. 

Food
Did you know that Tooting has some of the best restaurants of London?

Whether you fancy a pizza, a coffee or curry, there is something for you. Head to Dosa and Chutney for their Dosas and Chicken Korma. I used to get food from there at least once a week. There is also the famous Saravana Bhavan and Lahore Karahi for Indian/Pakistani food as well as Apollo Banana Leaf and Spice Village. For sweets and desserts, head to Pooja Sweets, Afters or Kaspa’s.

Starbucks, Graveney and Meadow, McDonalds, Subway, KFC and few other eating places are found on the high street. 

If you just want to chill after work or on a Friday night, check out Tooting Tram and Social for a drink & live music. Entry is free, bonus!

Shopping
Grocery shopping : there’s a big and modern Sainsbury next to the tube station. There are also 2 Iceland Stores, Tesco, Lidl, Poundland and many other little shops.

Clothes/Beauty stores : You will find a big Primark opposite the tube station and New look, TK Maxx and hundreds of boutiques as well as Indian shops along the high street.

Extra : Wilko, almost all the banks, Phone shops, Boots, Super-drug and what not.

Let’s not forget about the famous Tooting market for fresh vegetables and fruits as well as cheap food. Oh if you miss home food (Mauritian food), there is a little eating place inside the market for some yummy Dalpuri.

Safety
Safety, one of the most important question when moving to a place. I promise this place is not dodgy at all. As a girl who never ever goes out alone in Mauritius at night, I walked the streets of Tooting almost everyday late in the evening around 10pm and never felt unsafe. There are normally a lot of people still roaming the high street at night meaning that you can always shout for help if something happens. By no mean is this place noisy.

Others
There’s a big library and gym plus parks to relax. One of my favorite places in Tooting is St Boniface Church where I would normally go whenever I used to miss home. You will find the Tooting Leisure centre and maybe you didn’t know that the largest open air swimming pool in the country i.e Tooting Bec Lido as well as Gala Bingo Cinema which is the first cinema to be preserved and given a Grade I listing (strangely I never knew about this all the time I was there furthermore I used to walk by the building daily) are both situated in Tooting.

I hope this post is helpful to you if you are planning to move to Tooting Broadway.

Cheers,

Ashna

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