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Tooting area guide

Keep busy in SW17 with Time Out's guide to Tooting's best restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do

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Tooting has come pretty far since the time of Citizen Smith – these days the ‘power to the people’ comes mostly by way of just how much there is to do around these parts. From the budget-priced South Asian restaurants and ace independent pubs and bars to Tooting Bec lido and the leafy, lush common, SW17 has never had it so good. Even the Mayor of London used to call it home. The new Shoreditch? It may well be.

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The Little Taperia

The Little Taperia

  • 4 out of 5 stars

It’s a lovely feeling when you study a menu and want to order everything. It’s even lovelier when you notice the reasonable prices, and realise you could do...

Mud

Mud

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

Tooting now has a proper Aussie-style brunch café, staffed by proper Aussies. They’ve given it the contemporary look of stripped-back brick, copper piping and...

Tooting Market

Tooting Market

An indoor market in south London that's been running for the past 80 years and is open seven days a week. Find fashion, arts and crafts, music, books, food and...

Unwined in Tooting

Unwined in Tooting

  • price 2 of 4

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the former pop-up A Grape Night In has settled into permanent premises. Unwined in Tooting serves as a wine shop,...

Restaurants in Tooting

Apollo Banana Leaf

Apollo Banana Leaf

A humble BYOB venue providing Tooting with an invigorating blast of Sri Lankan chilli heat.

Daddy Bao

Daddy Bao

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

A spin-off of Peckham’s popular Mr Bao, this time in Tooting.

Dosa n Chutny

Dosa n Chutny

Dosas are the highlight at this rudimentary Sri Lankan and South Indian caff in Tooting – along with the minuscule prices.

Bars and pubs in Tooting

The Castle, Tooting

The Castle, Tooting

  • 3 out of 5 stars

The Castle has been home to a public house since 1832, although its newly revamped decor is anything but 19th century. This Young's pub now features a...

Antelope

Antelope

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

The interior of this brilliantly tasteful south London boozer is strewn with so many taxidermied animals and skulls it’s like a homage to the Grant...

Tooting Tram & Social

Tooting Tram & Social

Hard to spot but impressive once you find it, this converted tram shed incorporates a cavernous, chandelier-lit main bar and a smaller mezzanine, filled with...

Things to do in Tooting

Buzz Bingo Tooting

Buzz Bingo Tooting

This beautiful Tooting site was once a Granada Cinema. It opened with a screening of ‘Monte Carlo’ in 1931, and went on...

Oily Cart Theatre Treehouse

Oily Cart Theatre Treehouse

Established in 1981, Oily Cart creates theatre for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Their approach to creating multi-sensory...