Like its neighbour, Battersea, Wandsworth saw a boom in property construction once the railway arrived in the 19th century, attracting many commuters to the region. The area has continued to be developed over the past 150 years and this has resulted in a terrific variety of architecture: while there are mainly Victorian terraced, semi-detached and detached houses in the area, particularly around East Hill and Wandsworth Common, modern developments are also springing up further towards the river. There are smaller terraced cottages to be found around the ever-popular Tonsleys.
Wandsworth today is a diverse area, popular with both families and young professionals.
Much of the action is centred around The Old York Road in Wandsworth Town, which has a village atmosphere and boasts a wealth of amenities and good transport links. Southside, to the west of the area, is a shopping and leisure centre, with restaurants, gyms, and a cinema. Ram Quarter, an exciting new development of over 600 residential units, will also bring a more premium selection of shops and restaurants further enhancing the local community.
Allfarthing state primary is rated good and is very popular. There are also many excellent independent schools, such as Eaton Manor House, Brookwood Hall (featured) and Thomas’s.
Chain restaurants, such as Byron and Wagamama, can be found at Southside. On Wandsworth Common, Chez Bruce (featured) is a very popular neighbourhood restaurant.
Wandsworth has a diverse range of pubs and bars, many of which are situated around Wandsworth Town. The Alma is a gastropub/hotel. The Ship (featured), which sits on the river, is a popular pub with a pleasant terrace and excellent food.
The area enjoys two commons - Wandsworth (featured) and Tooting Commons, the former of which features sports pitches and a children’s playground.