Lying south west of the centre of London, Wandsworth has a suburban chic with plenty of elegant yet understated establishments to eat, drink and be merry. The family-friendly setting means that it’s a highly-popular place to live and there’s no end of schools to choose from.
If you enjoy good food, Wandsworth is the place to go. In 1995 it announced its arrival on the culinary scene with a bang, after Chez Bruce – a Michelin-starred restaurant – opened. Since then, a flood of high-quality eateries and food have arrived, from small and intimate cafes to larger bars and French restaurants. There are top-notch providers too including an independent butcher and a craft beer boutique too. Development in this quarter of the town is continuing at a rapid pace so it’s likely to increase in popularity over the coming years.
Wandsworth lies right on the river, providing panoramic views and a perfect place to sit and watch the world go by. If you visit Wandsworth on the right weekend in March, you’ll also be able to watch the Boat Race. An annual event between Oxford and Cambridge, the race begins on the Thames at Wandsworth, providing the ideal spot to cheer your favourite team on!
Although Wandsworth is increasingly becoming known as a foodie heaven, there’s plenty for culture vultures too. If you are planning advance you can book a guided trip around 575 Wandsworth Road, formerly the home of Khadambi Asalache, a Kenyan poet. This Georgian house showcases the very best of metallic pottery from the 19th century and Moorish decor that Khadambi Asalache was passionate about.
There’s also Wandsworth Museum, which covers the history of the area starting from Roman times and stretching past its mention in the Domesday Book up to the modern day. Located in a Victorian mansion, the museum has some rare items such as a shield which was found in the River Thames, believed to date back to the Iron Age.