South London’s Balham neighbourhood is best known for its pubs and parks, being close to three of the capital’s finest green spaces: Wandsworth Common, Tooting Bec Common and Clapham Common. Head to Hildreth Street Market for the local food stalls, and make sure you don’t miss the cosy cafés and brunch spots that surround it. Whether you plan on staying south or seeing the sights across London, these are the best hotels in Balham to check out.
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Balham Lodge occupies a beautiful red-brick Edwardian building within the Heaver Conservation Area on Tooting Bec Common. Nature lovers will appreciate the location right next to one of London’s most picturesque parks, while the private off-road parking makes renting a car and exploring the scenic sights south of the capital easy. On warmer days guests can enjoy a full English or continental breakfast on the patio, which overlooks the hotel’s ornamental fish pond.
The Gateway Hotel is located on Balham Hilll close to Clapham South underground station with plenty of great pubs, restaurants and independent shops on its doorstep including Victorian gastropub The Avalon. The rooms are basic but all feature en suites. Sports fans should consider this affordable option during Wimbledon, when hotels in the south west of London get booked up fast.
The Windmill is a traditional British gastropub on Clapham Common with around 40 stylish boutique bedrooms. The real draw of staying here is the easy access to the pub downstairs, which serves a selection of local brews and modern British fare, with great views across the common. Stay in one of the Feature Common Rooms for the super comfortable Hypnos bed and free-standing roll-top bathtub.
This serviced apartment occupies a new-build block on Balham Hill, close to Clapham South underground station. The self-catered apartment offers guests more freedom and flexibility than a conventional hotel and definitely more space. The apartments come with flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and hotel-quality linen and towels – a perfect home from home.
This stylish two-bedroom apartment sits right next to Tooting Bec station, only a short walk from Balham. The light and lofty rooms look out onto Balham High Road, and there is plenty to explore nearby. If you want to feel less like a tourist and more like a local, this a great option.