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You might be interested in the Financial Section on this site. Banks, like Building Societies, often have a restricted range of services - and are notoriously conservative when investing your money. This usually results in very low rates of return. Our financial section covers other Financial Institutions, Mortgages, Investment Consultants, Credit & Finance Companies - and Crowd Funding!

Also see below for all the Building Societies around Your Postcode with their contact details. Just click through to go to a map, street views, reviews and a link to their own websites.


Lloyds Bank

186 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1BE, UK – 0345 300 0000

Great local branch. nice staff they welcome you with a smile

Great staff


238-240 Lavender Hill, London SW11 1LH, UK – 0345 740 4404

Great experience setting up a bank account - friendly and efficient


512 Brixton Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8ER, UK – 0345 740 4404

Very small so it can get busy and have a queue easily, but most of the times I was here I didn't have to wait much even though there was a queue of about 4 people. Staff were always helpful and friendly.

Slow but helpful staff

Building Societies

Local Chambers of Commerce for SW12 8EN. These can be an extraordinarily effective way of getting into the business community and / or getting things done. Equally they can be entirely useless depending on the chair. If they have networking events associated with them definitely go, and keep going, if you have a business that need local support. What you put in is exactly what you get out. Below is the national site. Watch this slot - it might improve!
Lambeth Town Hall

Lambeth Town Hall, 1 Brixton Hill, Brixton, London SW2 1RW, UK – 020 7926 1000

Was undergoing refurbishments so part of the town hall (registry office) had moved to Vauxhall. Staff are friendly and helpful.

Amazing architecture

Wandsworth Borough Council - Planning Department

Town Hall, London SW18 2PU, UK – 020 8871 7620

This link works well. If you have fly tipping, litter issues etc you can either click and enter your local authority or find it on an interactive map. The services just drop down for you.
Find the local council, MP and MEP for SW12. Type your postcode into relevant box and find details for your local councillor, MP and MEP. MPs can be extremely useful if you want a local issue aired or fixed. Get an appointment for a surgery meeting if you want to talk directly to your MP.

Councils have also become increasingly useful, business focused and lean. If you want something done think about contacting your local council or contacting your local representative. Click below to get the contact details of your representatives for the Balham area
Find local dentists and dental practices around Balham and SW12 8EN with location maps and contact details. The link below takes you to a vastly improved NHS site which tells you what you need to know! This includes whether they take NHS patients and lots of other useful information. You can also find out whether they do orthodontic dentistry and other complex work.

Well worth a click.

Dental Surgeries

Streatham Dental Care

Dental Surgery, 11 Becmead Ave, London SW16 1UN, UK – 020 8769 1920

Very happy to have treatment at that surgery. Professional service at reasonable cost. Friendly and helpful dentists, taking special care of any dental problem. Recommended to whole families with children.

Friendly and helpful staff. Might like to see more availability in pre-booked appointments.

Summerstown Dental Centre

742 Garratt Ln, London SW17 0NN, UK – 020 8879 1725

Have been a patient for two years. One filling and two wisdom teeth out. Everyone has been friendly and capable, appointments are reliable and they are cooperative in sorting you out. Have never before actually quite looked forward to going to the dentist! Highly recommend.

I have been a patient at the Summerstown Dental Centre for over 10 years. I always get to see the same dentist, Dr Shah whom is caring, friendly and professional. He has the ability to make each visit informal and put nerves at ease - which is important if you don't like going to a dentist. The practice is modern, bright and very clean. The reception staff are very approachable and helpful. A truly 5-star service!


10 The Pavement, Clapham, London SW4 0HY, UK – 020 7622 7610

I have been really impressed with how professionally and courteously I was treated throughout the procedure. I felt totally confident in their hands as time and care was taken to explain everything carefully to me at each step of the way. All staff, from receptionists to surgeon were welcoming and charming, quickly putting me at my ease. Follow up sessions were dealt with speedily and equally professionally. Thank you.

I was recommended ten dental for a rather intensive treatment plan. I cannot fault them. The service from the reception team, dental nurses, hygienist and Dr Nik in particular was better than I could have ask for at all times. Not only did they do an amazing job with a difficult task they made me feel at ease at all times. Nik fixed the problems, gave me my smile back and genuinely made the whole experience as pleasant as is possible. I would now not go any where else and travel over 1 hour to visit them. I trust Nik and the 100% and would recommend their practice to anyone.

Trevelyan House Surgery

Trevelyan House, 160 Tooting High St, Tooting, London SW17 0RT, UK – 020 3883 5700

This is an amazing surgery with amazing staff both in reception and the clinician. They all do the best they can with what is made available to them. due to there amazing service, patient have become more demanding and rude and expect what ever they want to be done straight away. the reception are so friendly and helpful and work to the best of there capability with what is made available to them by there seniors. what patient need to realize is the reception are only capable of certain things with out having to go to a doctor. doctors are normally busy as-well so it wont be possible to immediately sort a query, especially in a surgery of this size.

I have had the same doctor for 17 years, he is excellent, unfortunately since the practice expanded I usually get given any available doctors for regular medication reviews even when I ask for mine I'm told that for routine appointments any doctor or pharmacist is appropriate(all seem perfectly good doctors) but this lack of continuity has caused problems. Reception service is hit and miss depending on who is on duty and what pressures they are under generally- just like any other business. I think they do the best they can given the growing pressures on the NHS generally. If at all possible see your own doctor for all appointments and make routine appointments well in advance of when they are due.

Dr K E Procter - Macmillan Way Surgery

103 Macmillan Way, London SW17 6AT, UK – 020 3883 5800

Very helpful reception and very happy with the doctors and nurses myself and children I have seen. Been going for 4 years.

Outstanding GPs, absolutely amazing Nursing Team and very helpful reception. Also good availability of on-line bookable appointments which makes life so much easier! For emergencies (to be see on the same day) just give them a call and explain what the problem is and the reception will do their best to help you.


Sandmere Practice, 10-14 Sandmere Road, London, Clapham SW4 7QJ, UK – 020 7274 6366

I have been attending this Practice for some years now. In the face of the difficulties facing the G.P Practices generally these days, Sandmere Practice still stands out in their approach towards patient care. Booking an appointment is one area they have managed very well to ensure that clients are seen as requested. The receptionists have always been polite and very helpful. Sometimes they get overwhelmed, but they manage to keep the Practice running smoothly. Clients are adequately informed if there are any delays. The Practice also allows clients who turn up in emergency to be seen by the Doctors during their opening times. The environment is comfortable, reassuring and reduces anxiety. Dr Haraar is very patient and thorough.

I do not understand how anyone can give this practice a negative review? I have been using this practice for 20 years now and Dr H Harrar has been the best GP I have ever had by far. GP's are under massive pressure these days to keep consultation times to a minimum. This is not the case at The Sandmere Practice as my doctor always give you the time required to deal with your ailment. I would never dream of moving away from this practice!

NHS Direct is now NHS 24. Just dial 111 to speak to a professional or click the link below for there self help website. Lots of really useful info but keep clear of heart surgery! If in doubt ask your GP or call 111. Good luck.

British Gas - Breakdown & Repairs 0845 9 60 50 40

Fire - Ambulance - Police 999

St George's Hospital

Blackshaw Rd, London SW17 0QT, UK – 020 8672 1255

I was extremely happy with the care I received while giving birth to my son. I went in for an induction and within 24 hours I had delivered the baby. I was looked after by a total of five midwives at different stages. My husband and I were lucky enough to be given a trainee midwife (and ex doula) who stayed with us during the harder contractions. She was a great support to my husband in particular. I wanted an epidural but due to a doctor/room not being available and the speed of which I was dilating, the boat was missed. Although it was painful, I am happy that this was the outcome and I managed to give birth naturally. The midwife during the birth was amazingly supportive, as was the overnight care I received on the Gwillam Ward. I am lucky to live near a hospital that offers such a good level of care. I am lucky to live in a country with the NHS.

The Lambeth Hospital

108 Landor Rd, London SW9 9NU, UK – 020 3228 6000

Nobody likes being in hospital but if you really have to be there Lambeth is one of the best psychiatric hospitals in London.

Experience staff good hospital

St George's, University of London Reception

58 Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0QS, UK – 020 8672 9944

Local hospitals - community hospitals and hospitals with A&E departments for SW12 8EN.

The new NHS website below is very well worth a look. Hospitals are not only listed but evaluated. I certainly know which ones I would go to! At the very least you will know what questions to ask if you are sent to one which has not entered its data. Good luck!
Find the local Health Trust for SW12 8EN
This Parliamentary website will find MPs - just type in your postcode. It also gives details of how to contact your MP

Find Local Churches & Places of Worship

Springfield University Hospital Roman Catholic Church

236 Burntwood Ln, London SW17 0AN, UK

Help better

Saint Philip with St. Bartholomew Church

57B St Philip St, London SW8 3SR, UK


43 years ago I was married in this Church and returned for a visit last weekend where memories flooded back.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

149 Nightingale Ln, London SW12 8NG, UK – 020 8675 4811

Brilliant place to worship Jesus...

A feeling of peace and love resonates from this building and the people associated with it! Love it!

Your local Christian churches. Click on your town/village to find churches in your area. Good and media savvy churches will give you a real feel for what sort of service to expect.
This is a brilliant site. Click to see virtually everything you are likely to need to know about the Police and crime statistics around Balham. You can often even see a photo of your local policeman!

Crimestoppers - Call 0800 555111 or 101 for non emergency

Find Recycling Centres

New Leaf Recycling Ltd

1, Rufus Business Centre, Ravensbury Terrace, London SW18 4RL, UK – 020 8944 6866

Service was super-fast, friendly, no hassle, and good value. I drove up with a boot of old paperwork, chucked it in a secure bin - job done - with bonus of numerous accounts details consigned to history. Reassuring. Almost therapeutic.

Very professional service and the number one choice for WEEE / E-waste in London.

Chase Metal Co. Ltd

444 Garratt Ln, London SW18 4HN, UK – 020 8947 0416

Always a very professional service when I need my metal cleared off site. They pay for copper and lead but also clear iron in a truck. No complaints.

Have used this metal yard on numerous occasions, they have even picked metal up for me. I have always received a prompt service, and good prices ,payment direct into my bank the same day, I even got a free coffee, staff are very helpful.

Recycle Your Cartridge

158 Norwood Rd, West Norwood, London SE27 9AZ, UK – 020 8674 9976

Give and get free stuff. Here you will find lots of items that people are willing to give away, for FREE! This is instead of taking them to a local landfill site. The aim of this site is to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill (20.9 million tonnes of it last year in the UK) and recycling is great news for the environment.
We all know that we need to recycle more - and this is a great way of doing it.
You may prefer to go through to our Eating Out page which has a complete range of places you can go from the most economical to the most lavish.  Please CLICK HERE!

You will also find Take Aways and Pubs in this section. Enjoy!

Local Restaurants & Places to Eat around Balham

Pizza Express

539-541 Old York Rd, London SW18 1TG, UK – 020 8877 9812

Good food. The chicken is Halal (as claimed). Pizzas are more Italian than American. Cozy sitting. Semi rustic theme. Reasonable pricing. The service timing is as expected. They don't slice the pizzas for you (not sure why...) but they provide a slicer. But the pizzas are larger than the trays that they come on. So slicing the edges are a challenge!

Pleasant environment, though no music! Good for a reasonably priced and comfortable meal - they always have vouchers on their website.


54 Northcote Rd, London SW11 1PA, UK – 020 7585 0654

Stars are for the customer service. Environment lovely. As a mother myself and a full time worker not a place to go for lunch if you want a bit of peace as it seems to be a mother and toddlers meeting point to be fair this sums up Northcote Road . Food was ok

Neither great nor bad. Just okay. The pancakes are good, but they'll dry up in your mouth with the paucity of syrup! The service is a bit hit and miss, and you have to make an effort to get the waiters' attention. By the time I was able to ask for more syrup for the last couple of pancakes, they'd gone cold. I'd suggest asking for extra syrup on the side when ordering...


50-52 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1EG, UK – 020 3058 1756

Great food and service! The food was lovely and came in good sized portions, and wa reasonably priced. We were seated quickly, and our server Joel was really attentive and friendly, quick to act on any requests and offered great suggestions from the menu. One of our desserts was late to come out after our first choice ran out, but the staff kindly removed the late dessert from our final bill. Really recommend, a great place to meet with friends!

Cosy and relaxed place to eat. Very attentive staff and our food was served amazingly quickly. This was my first experience of Vietnamese food and it was absolutely delicious. The vegetables and tofu were all cooked perfectly. I would definitely go again. Well done and thank you.

Nursery and Preschools

Wandsworth Nursery and Pre-School Academy

Dolphin House, Riverside West,, Smugglers Way, Wandsworth,, London SW18 1DE, UK – 020 8877 1135

My son has recently started the nursery in the toddler room, really friendly environment very resourceful and captivating. The room is very inviting including staff. Management seem very efficient and caring as myself and my wife have been extremely anxious about leaving our child with his specific needs. The new manager Evelyn Herrera is extremely approachable and I already feel at ease with her around. My wife explains she was also very reassured by her with our child's specific needs. I appreciate all there hard work especially in the last few weeks and continue to support as they continue to flourish.

Our daughter has been going to busy bees wandsworth since she turned 1 and she is very happy there. The staff are all very friendly ,caring and absolutely great with the kids. The nursery has recently been refurbished inside and outside and looks fantastic, with nice big playrooms, brand new toys and a nice big outside space. Thanks for the amazing job you do, our daughter has really gained so much from being at your nursery, she surprises us almost on a daily basis with something new she learned. Happy Toddler = Happy Mommy & Daddy. X

Looking Glass Day Nursery & Preschool - Tooting Bec

75 Macmillan Way, Tooting Bec, London SW17 6AT, UK – 020 8767 2901

Staff are amazing. Very friendly and supportive. Can tell they lover interacting with the children. Always smiling at end of day even though you can tell that the children have kept them on their feet.

Great little nursery. My neice attends here and enjoys it very much.

Asquith Nurseries Ltd

18 Latchmere Rd, London SW11 2DX, UK – 020 7228 4722

Nursery is great but the map location is all wrong search for latchmere leisure centre as it's opposite the nursery

Primary and Secondary Schools

Dunraven School

94/98 Leigham Ct Rd, London SW16 2QB, UK – 020 8677 2431

Miss West is a sarcastic witch who does not care how parents feel. Probably because she doesn't have a maternal bone in her body. I can think of many others that deserve the position she has other than her. However Mr Boyle is amazing and in my opinion has the children's best interests at heart.

Ok Mr Cadoux is rude sarcastic he has confused me massively

Clapham Manor Primary School

Belmont Rd, London SW4 0BZ, UK – 020 7622 3919

Lovely school. My two sons have attended Clapham Manor since nursery and they're very happy there. The large majority of teachers there are brilliant, enthusiastic about their job and supportive when there are issues. Children perform extremely well. There's a very nice community feel to it too. Highly recommended.

I would vote 6 stars if I could. One of the premier primary schools in South London. Largely to do with Mr Hazell and his team.

Loughborough Primary School

44 Minet Rd, Brixton, London SW9 7UA, UK – 020 7274 8374

Loughborough primary school is excellent! I am in year 6. This school is special because whoever attends their are taught fairly and treated fairly. No one is left out. I recommend the school to any parent to send their child their.

I go to this school and I think its very good and very big. There are lots of construction sights as they are making an new hall, and some new classes. The new office is being made and the staff room has been made to a new class. If you send you child here they will like it.

Public & Preparatory Schools

Parkgate House School

80 Clapham Common North Side, London SW4 9SD, UK – 020 7350 2452

As a former student - great school with amazing staff and activities!!

A wonderful school with a supportive, family-friendly ethos. The school curriculum integrates a range of enrichment activities including horse riding and karate. The annual concerts are something special to look forward, as are the Christmas plays. The teaching staff are highly motivated and well-supported. Definitely well worth considering if you are looking for a school in the Clapham area.

Streatham & Clapham High School

42 Abbotswood Rd, London SW16 1AW, UK – 020 8677 8400

Well run independent school with lovely atmosphere. Good facilities and its accessible as well. Not too close to train/tube links but bus runs close by.

My sister went here and she always said it was fantastic. My girlfriend went here too and it is probably the best girls school in South West London.

Eaton House The Manor School

58 Clapham Common North Side, London SW4 9RU, UK – 020 7924 6000

An excellent school.

Very good

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Local social service agencies for SW12 8EN with contact details and location maps

Gas Transco

0800 111999

British Gas Breakdown & Repairs

0845 9 60 50 40
Local electricity supply companies for SW12 8EN with contact details and location maps
Local gas supply companies for SW12 8EN, including bottled gas, with contact details and location maps
Local water supply and treatment companies for SW12 8EN with contact details and location maps