Wandsworth – The Most Dynamic SME Borough.
Wandsworth is an important location within striking distance of central London. Noted for its cluster of innovative SMEs, it now plans to become the greenest inner-London Borough.
The name comes from the Wandle River which courses up from the Southwest to join the Thames at Wandsworth. The Manor of Wandsworth dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086, and it was a carters' route into Westminster and the City. Modern travellers arrive at Clapham Junction or any of the other main links to the metropolis. Nowadays it hosts interests for many different sections of the urban population, including the revitalised Southside Shopping Centre in the High Street, many cafés and bars, and a wide range of housing from delightful, though expensive, Victorian Townhouses to modern urban residential blocks.
The council is noted for its support of small businesses and was awarded 'Best All Round Small Business Friendly Borough'. Since 2014 Wandsworth Enterprise Month has been the focal point for entrepreneurs and developing SMEs. This has resulted in a cluster of technology companies making their place locally and benefiting from the network effect of having lots of the necessary input available including skills, offices, business services and industrial capabilities. Houston Lawrence offer commercial property for sale and to let in strategic locations throughout southwest London.
Eating and Drinking
There is a wide variety of food to partake in the area. Cuisines include Indian, Mediterranean and many others. There are several gastropubs, including The Alma, which has a boutique hotel attached and a menu of British, carefully-sourced food or The Ship, where you can watch the river traffic go by while noshing on superb food.
Ben’s Canteen is noted for its brunches and doughnuts; it recently launched its own micro-brewed Bloody Bens Signature Gin at its Earlsfield location, which is excellent. There are plenty of traditional pubs and restaurants scattered around the Borough.
Arts and Culture
The famous Battersea Arts Centre is just up the road from Clapham Junction. Once the town hall, it was damaged in a fire in 2015 but has now reopened and hosts all sorts of popular events, including an annual beer festival. The renovations continue to create an even better venue as it rises like a Phoenix from the ashes. Wandsworth Museum is hosted in a former library on West Hill. This area was once famous for its fabric workers – French Huguenots (Protestants) who fled to England to escape persecution and brought their weaving skills with them.
Cineworld, housed in the Southside Centre, is the leading local cinema, boasting 14 screens.
Sports and Leisure
Centrally-located, Wandle Recreation Centre has something for everyone, including football pitches, gym and sports hall and Adventure Zone Soft Play. The Borough has no fewer than 31 parks, although the most well-known is the 200 acre Battersea Park, alongside the River, home to tennis courts, football and cricket pitches.
Links and transportation
The area is well provided with transport links, including Clapham Junction overground (the busiest station in London), Wandsworth Town, and three underground stations surrounding Clapham (Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South). There are many bus routes, though the roads can become crowded and slow at times. Parking is available around the Borough with three NCP car parks and others in various locations.
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