Southfields Area Guide

Southfields, SW18 is a small town nestled between Wimbledon and Wandsworth offering a suburban and pseudo- village lifestyle to those not wishing to rack up their commuting mileage into the city for their daily commute. This area comes in two parts. Coming out of Southfields tube you will be greeted with a small high street boasting smaller food and wine shops, ye olde style groceries and butchers, a handful of local chain supermarkets, hairdressers, library and a locals pub called The Old Garage. It also has a lovely Italian restaurant (mainly dominated by families) and an up-market Thai place. Furthermore there is ‘The Savanna’ shop catering for the significant and well-settled South African community in the area, providing them with the tastes and flavours they miss from back home. Southfields is also humorously nicknamed “SaffaFields” due to this prevalent population. Furthermore the famous closed- down Riley’s Snooker Hall is under planning application to become a mix of residential flats, retail units and perhaps leisure space which would certainly be the injection of life into the high street. However the main fear by the community is that the ‘Southfields Plaza’ could take away from the village feel of the area pushing it forward to become more like its big brothers- Wimbledon and Wandsworth. Coming off the high street there is a mesh of parallel roads, tree-lined, peaceful and more like the suburban dream one would envisage. This area, aptly named “The Grid,” consists of mainly Edwardian houses with the odd small business dotted here and there. On the weekend it is mostly populated with young families, dog-walkers and couples making their way to the pretty green open spaces of Wimbledon Park (with the lake) or to coffee shops/ pub to wile away the afternoon. From down in the grid one can make out in the distance the tall shadows of the tower blocks which are situated in the other side of Southfields. A combination of council and private occupants these places offer the most affordable living in such a sought after area of South West London. Where people may have their reservations about large high-rise housing blocks they do offer quite breath-taking views stretching our far over the city. Southfields is also a part of the large borough of Wandsworth, which means for its residents they can enjoy the cheapest council tax in the UK (surprising I know). Of course the final and probably most important event which Southfields is known for, is the famous Wimbledon Tennis. Every year Southfields prepares itself for the busiest two weeks in its social calendar as tourists flood to the area to watch the Championships. Or tourists travel down just to be a part of the vibe and hopefully do some celebrity sight-seeing in Wimbledon Village during the post-Tennis celebrations. Some local residents will even leave the area to rent out their homes during this brief period, and can expect to achieve a very high rental. All in all, Southfields – also called Southfields Village by local estate agents has a lot to offer. It is certainly a growing community that takes pride in its neighbourhood. By Natalie Elms. Senior Lettings Negotiator at Property People. Letting Agents in Southfields
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