Man with Van in Balham

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Sightseeing in Balham

Balham is an area located partly within the London Borough of Wandsworth and partly within the London Borough of Lambeth. It is basically trapped between four London commons: Clapham Commons, Wandsworth Commons, Tooting Graveney Commons and the Tooting Bec Common.


The earliest record of the Balham area is in the Domesday Book, as a small hamlet. It has existed as a living area since Saxon times. The creation of Balham High Road starts the development of the area and soon it becomes a preferred settlement for affluent personas. Its biggest development stage was, naturally, as with most of London, when the railways were introduced, and more specifically, with the opening of the Balham railway station. The area suffered a lot of damage during the Second World War, when its tube station was badly damaged in air raid bombings, but it has been restored since then to become a stable suburban town.


Balham has a very diverse demography, being a home to different ethnicities and nationalities. It has a number of communities: Irish, Polish, Portuguese, Somali, Pakistani, and Brazilian. The Polish community in particular is quite the thriving one, having its own community centre: The White Eagle Club. And just across the street from the club is The Polish Roman Catholic Church of Christ the King.


If you go to Balham for sightseeing, then you will not be disappointed. It offers plenty of cultural and historical landmarks to view. If you want to have fun while listening to live music with a good drink in hand, then there is a good chance that The Bedford is the place for you. Also known as the ‘Banana Cabaret’ and favourite place for some local man with van Balham teams. This pub is also a place for stand up comedians to take stage and show their art. Here is where names like Eddie Izzard, Catherine Tate, and Stephen K Amos have performed in the past. Balham also houses Du Cane Court, which is the largest block of flats in Europe, with its total of 676 flats. It has accommodated Dame Margaret Rutherford, and has been the location where scenes from Agatha Christie’s Poirot have been filmed. Balham also houses a big library and leisure centre. And deaf pupils from all around London and the UK can find a great educational place in the face of Oak Lodge School. Balham High Road is also where the UK’s first ever pedestrian X-crossing was created.