Wandsworth, less than half an hour from the City and West End, is at the same time a haven of green spaces, great schools and family friendly communities. People who love the buzz of London but want their children to grow up in a gentle environment with plenty of outdoor and indoor activities have been settling in the area for decades.

The borough has some of London's best schools, and plenty of parks and leisure facilities to keep the kids entertained and busy. Battersea Park has its own gallery, playground and children's zoo, and the Commons - Clapham, Wandsworth and Tooting - are among London's best open spaces, full of children and parents playing, cycling or just chilling out. When it rains, there are soft play centres to retreat to, classes galore or cultural activities to explore at the Wandsworth Museum or Battersea Arts Centre.

And from the cafés, boutiques and food shops of the Northcote Road – the teeming heart of ‘nappy valley' – to nearby Battersea Rise, or the high streets of Balham, Tooting or Putney, families are spoilt for choices when it comes to places to shop and eat out.

See our Local Listings for further details and many more suggestions.

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