Explore the Neighbourhood of Balham, SW12
Balham is located in the London Borough of Wandsworth for the most part, with some areas within the London Borough of Lambeth. The area falls within the SW12 postcode district.
There is evidence of a settlement existing in the area during Saxon times. Historically, the village was part of the Streatham parish, with large residences for the wealthy classes built in the 18th century. The arrival of the railways in 1856 with Balham railway station offering services to Crystal Palace enabled rapid development of the area.
One of the notable estates near Balham is the Heaver Estate, situated just south of the district, in Tooting. The estate was designed by Alfred Heaver, a renowned Victorian architect. The development consists of mostly substantial houses.
Among the most popular pubs of the area is the Bedford on Balham Hill Street. It is a grade II listed building and a popular venue for comedy and live music. The pub has won multiple awards over the years, including Morning Advertiser Pub, Publican Music Pub and Evening Standard Pub.
The apartment block of Du Cane Court is another notable landmark. This art deco block of apartments is the largest one in Europe, with over 650 apartments and flats.
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