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About Balham Town


In Recent Years...

In recent years, Balham has witnessed significant change, which is reflected by an increasingly affluent residential population, but has retained its multicultural community and identity. Balham Town Centre is well used by local residents and has started to become a destination within its own right.

Balham Town Centre is focused on three main roads, Balham Station Road, Balham High Road and Bedford Hill, which create a triangle with Hildreth Street at its heart where all of the capital redevelopments have been recognised with a design award including the Ugly wall – now The Music of Architecture – and the development of the community space opening in late 2016 called Bedford Hill Place.


The population

Balham is well served by public transport with both the Northern Line tube and National Rail services  into Victoria via Clapham Junction along with the much debated site of the new Crossrail 2 site being situated at Tooting Broadway or Balham. Balham is served by at least four bus routes providing links to a wide range of destinations. In addition, there is one night bus route that runs through the town centre with the opening of the Northern Line around the clock at weekends from late 2016.

There are approximately 21,000 residents within half a mile of Balham Town Centre. Of these, a higher than average proportion are between the ages of 25 and 35 and a higher than average proportion are in managerial and professional roles with many citing Balham as part of “Nappy Valley” running through the borough. This is very much supported by a wealth of nurseries and childcare services across Balham.

Balham is the smallest of the town centres in the borough of Wandsworth with approximately just over 340 businesses, many of which are small independents. Balham is identified as a ‘District Centre’ in the London Plan. You can see all of our businesses here.


Local Balham Town Investment

Balham Town Centre received significant private sector investment during recent years. For example with many businesses upgrading / expanding their premises or in moving into Balham. Indeed Balham continues to have a very low vacancy rate with enquiries for premises and pop-up shops far outstripping supply.

Balham Town Centre retains many of its older Edwardian and Victorian buildings though newer developments have brought large format convenience shopping floorspace to the town centre. The main supermarkets within the town centre are the Sainsbury’s superstore on Balham High Road, which has a town centre shoppers car park to the rear, and Waitrose are also located on Balham High Road, which has a smaller car park in front of the store. Balham also has a number of small independent food retailers.

Balham has a mixture of high street names and independent businesses. Town centre names include Pizza Express, Nandos, McDonalds, TKMaxx, Boots, Caffè Nero and Starbucks. The increasing variety of independent shops and boutiques is attracting customers from a wider area. Balham provides a range of financial and professional services and a good number of high street national banks and building societies are represented. Balham is also home to a variety of health, hair and beauty establishments.

A History of Balham

The Community

Balham Town Centre offers a vibrant evening economy with an enticing selection of restaurants, wine bars and pubs.

Balham is home to The Bedford, one of south London’s anchor entertainment venues which holds the renowned annual Balham Comedy Festival as well as the Balham Literary Festival and Folk Music festival.

Over recent years there has been significant growth of food and drink related establishments. Balham also has a selection of community facilities, including several places of worship, dental surgeries and a health centres.

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