Get out of the city centre and indulge in decadent curries, inventive ice cream and freshly baked bread with a trip to south London’s Tooting
Afters in Tooting is a must-visit for a sugar hit (they also have branches in other parts of London). This bright pink vintage ice cream parlour attracts kids of every age for sundaes, sorbets, smoothies and enormous desserts which require multiple people to tackle. Try the Honey I’m Home: vanilla and chocolate ice cream served with a drizzle of honey, chocolate honey comb pieces, whipped cream, florentine wafers, a flake and a vivaldi cigar wafer.
Located on Mitcham Rd, this cute Aussie-style café is known by locals for its exceptional coffee, brunch menu and freshly-made sandwiches. The menu offers traditional brunch dishes including the likes of avocado, bacon, pancakes, and fresh sourdough bread from the Blackbird Bakery. Overall the vibe is quintessentially Aussie, incredibly laid back, so if you’re looking for a chilled weekend lunch spot, make sure you don’t miss this gem.
Tooting is best known for its budget-priced South Asian restaurants, particularly South Indian, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan. One of the most popular in Tooting is Apollo Banana Leaf, a South Indian and Sri Lankan fusion restaurant that operates a BYOB policy, perfect if you’re looking to save the pennies until payday. Its basic high-street exterior may not scream fine dining but the delicious food has won the hearts of locals.