Bars, eateries and galleries galore

You won’t find it hard to get a pint in Balham. This leafy south London borough is the perfect place to meet for dinner and drinks - no matter what your cuisine preferences. For a genuine hidden gem, Balham High Road is also home to the London Sewing Machine Museum. It might not sound like your thing, but trust us, its 600-strong collection of rare and wonderful machines has made many a TV appearance... plus it's free admission.

Take part in a great escape

For interactive fun, try solving the mystery of Lady Chastity’s Reserve - an experience that challenges you and your friends with an hour of puzzles and immersive theatre. Solve the clues in time to escape the room and win a bottle of her fabled aphrodisiac wine. Created in partnership with Punchdrunk Theatre Group and Secret Cinema, you can try your luck out at The Four Thieves Pub.

Cool off in Tooting Common

If you’re looking for some peace and quiet in an otherwise hectic city, Tooting Common is ideal. Take a picnic and relax, or visit the ducks by the lake. If it’s a hot day - or if you’re feeling brave - the Tooting Bec Lido is also nearby. The lido is an open-air fresh-water swimming pool that has the largest surface area of any swimming pool in the UK, being 100 yards long and 33 yards wide. Looking for somewhere to stay Near Balham? The Balham Travelodge Hotel is practically next door to Balham tube. Or if you fancy being slightly further north, the Travelodge Clapham Junction is also close by.