Right by the Thames and also boasting its own common, Wandsworth is a bucolic little neighbourhood in south west London. It would be a shame not to make the most of that riverside location, so pull up a pew at one of many pubs or restaurants along the river. Alternatively, saunter around independent shops in Wandsworth Village or delve into the area’s rich past as a hub for artistic crafts and trades at the Wandsworth Museum or De Morgan Centre.
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An all-day brasserie and café Battersea, open for brunch through to dinner. There's a neighbourhood feel to things here, with a loyal local clientele making it their go-to hangout for weekend brunches, lazy long lunches and relaxed dinners. The brunch menu ranges from breakfast burritos, banana pancakes and full Englishes to sweetcorn fritters, toasties, burgers and Ben's smokey caesar salad - it's dressed in the house BBQ sauce. The burgers feature on the evening menu too, but are accompanied by small plates such as pulled pork nachos, calamari chips, chorizo with aioli and a mac'n'cheese scotch egg. Indulgent desserts - think chocolate and peanut brownie with peanut butter ice cream - do brisk business. Keep an eye out for special evenings, too. They currently include a collaboration with the Meantime Brewery (Meantime Mondays), a night dedicated to ribs, and a Saturday night burger offer. There's a loyalty card scheme, too.
There’s a focus on quality ale at this dinky Victorian boozer between Wandsworth and Putney – it’s even got a gong from Camra to prove it. It’s not all about the booze though - expect decent food, cocktails, wines and a bunch of special events, too. The beer list goes big on Harvey’s, with Sussex Best, Old Ale, Wild Hop, Armada and seasonal guests on rotation, plus continental lagers, Guinness and Thatcher’s Gold on draught. A solid selection of whiskies and bourbons should keep those partial to a wee dram happy. The regularly changing food menu ranges from small plates of sausage rolls with homemade piccalilli or cheese and onion tartlets to larger plates of smoked chorizo and avocado salad, roast beef and ale pie or penne pasta with a homemade rocket and parmesan pesto. Cheeseboards and charcuterie platters are available, too.
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This community museum celebrates the social and cultural history of Wandsworth, paying tribute to the traditional and contemporary skills of locals through artefacts and art works. Relaunched in September 2010, the museum features gallery and exhibition spaces, an audio-history archive, research library, community spaces, gardens and a café. Artefacts on show include the fossil of a woolly mammoth found at Battersea Power Station and a chieftan's shield, discovered in the Thames at Battersea Bridge.
De Morgan Centre
Re-opening after refurbishment on September 16 2011, the De Morgan Centre is dedicated to the Victorian ceramic artist William De Morgan and his wife Evelyn, a symbolist painter. There are around 250 objects on display including William De Morgan's 'Blackbird Bottle' (1888-1907), which reflects the Victorian fascination with the Middle East in terms of form and decoration, and his iconic 'BBB' thistle tile (1872-1904), which was produced in a range of colourways throughout De Morgan's career.
Bars and pubs in Wandsworth
A landmark Young’s pub and rightly so, the large, Victorian-era Alma serves punters of all stripes gathered around a low, island bar. Some perch on barstools, others at tables nearer the windows: most will be gawping at the large, pull-down screen for big matches. Outside of these magic 90 minutes plus stoppages, the Alma attracts ale fans eager to sample Sambrook’s Wandle, Wells Bombardier or something from the regular Young’s range. Bar food is another plus: deli boards of cured meats, honey-and-mustard chipolatas, burgers with brie and bacon. For finer dining, head to the adjoining restaurant for the likes of honey-glazed Gressingham duck breast. If you don’t want to leave at chucking-out time, then stay: there are 23 hotel rooms here.
The land around the Cat’s Back is increasingly given over to modern residential developments, but this wonderful, bohemian community pub continues to plough its own singular furrow; it’s the kind of eccentric, genuinely alternative place that’s all too rare in this corner of the city. Locals gather conspiratorially round the cosy main bar, a fire-warmed cabin decked out with intriguing tat: photographs of Terry-Thomas, a Christmas greetings card from Robson-era Ipswich Town, a Johnny Suede poster and, in opposite corners, a piano and an acoustic guitar. The real ales might include Hepworth Dark Horse mild and Sambrook’s Wandle; eight wines are all sold by the glass. That whirr you hear in between three-minute snatches of indie din is a dumb waiter, lowering the likes of lamb kofta or rib-eye steak; you can also eat in an upstairs room where live bands play amid Nick Cave prints and vintage artwork. The cat’s miaow, and no mistake.
The East Hill
The East Hill sits in the heart of South London in Wandsworth; a homely country pub inspired by long weekends at the country estate (we wish!).With comfy leather sofas, walls lined with bookcases, rustic wooden scrubbed tables and armchairs in which to sink into, The East Hill channels a relaxed vibe, perfect for anyone wishing to seek refuge from the hustle and bustle of SW18.