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Beat the Olympics in Tooting

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by Lynn Bradshaw (subscribe)
An English and IT teacher, and would-be writer, living in north London. I like to spend my free time travelling, visiting new places, taking photographs and cooking.
Published July 3rd 2012
Tooting is the place to be this summer if you want some relaxing fun away from the hussle and bussle of the Olympic Games. To get to these locations you can take the Northern Line (direction Morden) to either Tooting Bec or Balham, or the bus from Streatham, Wandworth or Sloane Square (319)

Here are my top places to check out for a lazy weekend:

Tooting Lido is an open air swimming pool where you can relax by the pool, go for a swim or have a quiet drink in the cafe while everyone else gets on with it. The pool is open to the general public from 19 May till 30 September from 06.00 till 19.30 (September close at 16.30).

The Lido can be found at:
Tooting Bec Lido
Tooting Bec Road
SW16 1RU

Telephone: 020 8871 7198



Tooting Common is a 21 acre open park dating back to 1860 which is accessed from Tooting Bec Road. The park contains tennis courts, a children's playground, sports fields, walking and cycling paths, a pond and lots of trees and shrubs. It is an ideal place for a picnic, walking, cycling or family sports. On weekends you can often see groups playing cricket and football on the common land.

The Duck Lake is an ideal place to sit and watch the ducks whilst whiling away the time.

Tooting Common, park. leisure, Wandsworth
Tooting Common


Tea House - The tea house dates back to 1906 and is an ideal place for an ice cream, a light snack or a cuppa. During good weather you can sit outside and enjoy watching the local dogs run around. There are also seating facilities indoors.

Tooting Common, tea house
Tooting Common Tea House


Nearby are the athletics track, Streatham, Balham and Tooting.
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Why? Take a trip away from the Olympics
When: During the olympics, or on any weekend
Where: Tooting, UK
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