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The Best Things in Streatham, Greater London*

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  • The buildings, the gardens, The Commons, The Rookery, The proximity to Brixton, Balham, Clapham, Tooting whilst retaining a character of its own.
  • The Odeon, Slurp and the parade of restaurants on Streatham Parade just up from the cinema, the British Heart Foundation bookshop, WH Smith, Perfect Blend, Being surrounded by Commons - Streatham and Tooting, THREE ( no less) mainline railway stations all going to different places. Being able to get to St Pancras Int in 25 mins ( 35 from my front door), the Rookery and Norwood Grove gardens. The fireworks on Guy Fawkes night, the Kite Flying on the Common, being close to Clapham, Balham, Tooting and Brixton but not having to live there; much bigger gardens - that you wouldn't get in the afore-mentioned areas without being very, very well off. The Sainsbury's at the bottom of the Common. An interesting cross section of people who are REAL.
  • STREATHAM FESTIVAL EVERY JULY FOR 2 WEEKS - a real mix of music, theatre, comedy art and entertainment for everyone. Check out the vhildrens events at the library, Streatham Saturday on 15th July, comedy at the Waterfront, Shakepspeare in the Rookery, the hugely successful Film Festival and this year the World Music night at St Leonards. Go to for more information and the lastest line up. Streatham has loads to offer.
  • The Common
  • My place, no one ever comes :(
  • Mrs Wongs
  • Cinema, the Common/Rookery, ice rink
  • Top value housing compared to other places not too far away. Streatham Common. Transport links.
  • The best thing about Streatham was when I moved as far away from the place as I could get. Why anyone would want to live in such a disgusting place mystifies me. It's certainly a great place if you want to see "the haves"" live cheek by jowl with the "have nots". The effort people put into convincing themselves and everyone else that they're actually living in a great place to bring kids up still amuses me.
  • Streatham Festival - gete better every year, and its run by volunteers
  • Streatham Festival This year from 3 -11th July. Includes a FREE live music day on the Common on Saturday 10th July. send an email to for more info
  • The charity shops.
  • The Pound shops
  • The rookery on the top end of streatham common is amazing.... espically in the spring.... good place to chill out.
  • there is a mention about the people that run the Rookery Cafe being grumpy, well that was correct until this year. It has been taken over and is family run. they have decorated, and guess what, SERVICE WITH A SMILE :), they really do put themselves out!. They food is excellent, from breakfasts to pasta and also now serve cappuccino's etc. I have been walking my dog up there for 20 years (not the same dog) and even he gives it 10 barks out of 10!, blinding atmosphere now. THIS SHOULD BE MOVED FROM THE WORST TO THE BEST THINGS
  • The number of pubs and restaurants means there is massive choice always.
  • The Mexian Bar (beside La Pergola) does amazing cocktails and tequills and Chico's happy hour lasts all night! It's also ladies night on Tuesdays! The Butterfly Bar (oppisite KFC)is good for a social wickid night while not going far. The Baroque Bar, which is the old Genivive, is also really cool.
  • Spoilt for choice when looking for places to eat or drink.
  • Streatham Common, The Rookery, the pubs.
  • Cheaper than Balham and Clapham, not as dirty as Tooting (close though!)Slowly on the up. Ice rink and bowling alleys
  • It must be said that the previous post about Pratts, Richard shop and the Locarno is very out of date. Pratts and Richards disappeared over ten years ago and the Locarno ceased to be in the 1960s
  • No end of kebab shops
  • The Commons (Streatham & Tooting) 'The Watershed' Bar The best roads sit between Mitcham Lane & Tooting Common (Riggindale Road etc). Nice tree-lined roads with big Victorian houses (some converted to flats).
  • Easy to get too / get away from, it's got three train stations Streatham, Streatham Common and Streatham Hill. Loads of busses, and it's close to Tooting Broadway, Tooting Bec and Brixton underground / train stations.
  • pratt's streatham high road, richards clothing store,w.h.smiths, locarno for dancing at streatham hill, streatham youth centre, and of course streatham police station where my dad had once worked. i could name lots more as i was born and raised in streatham.
  • It's cheap - a flat here is half the price it would be in Clapham
  • Tooting common is a good 10 mins away so is the Lido. To late to make a profit for the suckers who didnt get here earlier.
  • Activies for younsters (Cinemas, skating, swimming, footballing areas. basketball nets ect.. ect.. clubs, pubs restaurants, diversity of people.
  • The Rookery.
  • The amount of pubs in the high road now make it a good pub crawl.
  • streatham pool - thankfully not yet customised by wave machines etc. so you can actually swim loads going on but a villagey feel (my neighbours are friendly!)shepz
  • Streatham Common, and The Rookery in particular.
  • I agree that the Rookery is the best bit- I'm the person who kept bugging the local councillors to reopen the tennis courts.
  • The Best thing about Streatham has got to be the famous Rookery... a scenic Garden very reminiscent of Hampstead. The roads leading onto the Rookery from the side of Streatham Common are part of a little "Village" and there is some sense of community. The Best roads are Braxted Park and Baldry Gardens. There is a very cosy feel... in the Summer this part of Streatham outstrips many other parts of London and is rival to Hampstead.
  • Despite a High Street full of empty shops, Streatham still has a sense of community.
  • Christ Church, Streatham Hill - an incredible bit of Byzantium on the South Circular. Wonderful architecture, shame about the "bells and smells" Anglo-Catholic congregation who occupy it.
  • Bowling, My House and my mate sulaymans dads chip shop
  • It's cool
  • Tje best thing about St Reatham is all the nice ladies standing on the corners of our streets, always asking for a good time.

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Last updated: 2010-01-06

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