Earlsfield Area Guide

Earlsfield is an up and coming suburb in south west London, characterised by Victorian and Edwardian terraces that reflect its working class past. Although it’s less known than its trendier neighbours, Clapham, Putney and Battersea - Earlsfield is gaining popularity as it’s slightly more affordable for young professionals and families. One of the benefits of living in Earlsfield is its easy access to central London. It takes just 13 minutes by train from Earlsfield over ground station to Waterloo and is close to the District Line tube station such as Wimbledon Park and Southfields. On top of this, there’s plenty of regular busses which take you to Clapham and Vauxhall. Earlsfield and its surrounding area, has many attractions of its own. A busy high street centred around Garratt Lane, where you can chill out in a coffee shop after doing the ‘food run’ at Sainbury’s or Waitrose. Both of these supermarkets provide a pleasant shopping experience but may be a little pricey for those on a tight budget such as students or young commuters who may have limited disposable income once the costs of rent and travel are factored in. But it you do have some cash to splash Southside shopping centre at the top of Garratt Lane is worth a visit. Apart from big names like Office, Topshop, River Island, New Look, Primark, Superdrug and Watersones there’s a 14 screen cinema in the complex along with Nandos and other restaurants to unwind in after all that exhausting ‘retail therapy’. For something a little different by way of entertainment, ‘Tara Arts’ is an excellent fringe theatre in Earlsfield with a growing reputation for its innovative productions. Or maybe you just fancy hanging out with friends in one of Earlsfield’s characterful pubs. I can recommend The Wandle, which has a large beer garden with table tennis, the Pig and Whistle and The Halfway House – all do great Sunday Roasts. Earlsfield has lots of green open spaces to get away from the drone of the city. There is Garratt Green, Garratt Park and King George’s Park – which are all great places to go for a run, or idle about, breathing in fresh air and taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Wimbledon Park is quite close too; it’s got tennis courts, crazy golf, a croquet club and a lake where you can hire a paddle boat. Perfect idea for a date with a difference! If you have kids, or like pretending you are still a kid, they are all good places let off steam and and have a fun time for free. Wandsworth Common is fairly close too and Putney Bridge is just a couple of tube stops away on the District Line if you fancy lunch by the Thames. By Georgette Culley. Georgette is the Features Editor at Talk to The press and a guest writer for Property People Local Area Guides Series
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