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Tooting is one of the coolest places on earth – and now everyone knows about it

Best buildings in London: Tooting Gala Bingo Hall
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Okay, we’ve known this for ages and you have too, but now it seems the rest of the world is starting to catch up. Last week, the Lonely Planet guidebooks company picked the ten coolest neighbourhoods in the entire world, and our very own SW17 was on the list.

Lonely Planet calls Tooting ‘a captivating affair, revelling in multiculturalism and originality’, and singles out Tooting Market, Tooting High Street’s ‘curry corridor’ and the selection of ‘quirky bars and pubs’ – though it neglects to mention the terrapins, the lido, the biggest Chicken Cottage in Europe, the UK’s very first purpose-built cinema and the salted-caramel old fashioned at Brick & Liquor.

These minor quibbles aside, we’re tickled that one of the best bits of London is getting its moment in the spotlight – and proud Tootingite Sadiq Khan must be over the moon.

Need an intro to Tootopia? Here’s our insider’s guide to the very best of SW17.




I have just picked myself  up from the floor. I don't live in Tooting but do have a flat in one of the nice residential areas and there are a few well away from the new developments in the Heaver,  bits bordering Wandsworth, Streatham and Balham. The area has improved and there is no denying it- a few trendy chicken and burger shops, bars and market which by the way will be knocked down when cross rail 2 starts.  The curry houses were once very good when there were not too many good ones in London but now in my opinion are all poor to average and don't all provide a non halal option. 

So how can it be in the top 10 in the world?

The article is  also wholly inaccurate as much of Tooting Common, including the lido actually fall in Streatham, SW16 not SW17. The mayor although a previous MP for Tooting, was brought up in Earlsfied and lives in Streatham, SW16 albeit on the Wandsworth side. He did go to a school in Tooting, on the Bec side, when it was a pretty awful School and credit to the School is now much better

The area is still very tatty and in my view the residential areas at the Broadway end far from desirable.

The old cinema now a Bingo Hall is the only iconic bit of history in the town- a wonderful bit of architecture which once hosted the Beatles

Power to the Estate agents -  I am laughing all the way to the bank

John S

This article is a complete load of round dangly things. I grew up in Tooting and every time I pass through it nowadays I am glad to get out of it. Tooting is horrendous and multiculturalism is just another word for absolute chaos. All the good things I remember about Tooting are gone. Modern day Tooting should just be expunged from existence and nobody would miss it.