Wandsworth, on the South Bank of the Thames in South West London, is a largely residential district with a community spirit and a welcome relaxing escape from the hurly-burly of central London .
Wandsworth is part of the Borough of Wandsworth and the main postcode in Wandsworth is SW18.
There is no shortage of things to see and do in the area. There are some fabulous waterside walks, an array of art galleries, the Wandsworth Museum filled with various artefacts and collections from Wandsworth’s rich history, and historic green spaces, including Wandsworth Common.
Wandsworth, which was an industrial hub in the early nineteenth century, has been subject to waves of immigration since the sixteenth century up to the modern day, with many people having moved into the area from across Europe, most notably the Dutch in the sixteenth century and the French in the seventeenth century.
For further information on the history of Wandsworth, there are historical localised talks and lectures held by the Wandsworth Historical Society on the last Friday of the month at the Friends' Meeting House on Wandsworth High Street, SW18.
The annual rate of council tax in Wandsworth varies, and is dependant on a property's valuation band. The valuation band is determined by the value of the property and the current rates for the local council.
Council Tax in Wandsworth is levied by Wandsworth local authority
There is a wide selection of high street shopping facilities in the Wandsworth area, along with the Southside shopping centre, which offers a pleasant mix of big name fashion stores and places to eat.
There are a decent number of trendy pubs, bars and restaurants in Wandsworth to suit all tastes.
Chez Bruce on Bellevue Road, Brady's on Old York Road, and China Boulevard on Smugglers Way, are among just a few of the vast selection of popular restaurants in Wandsworth.
Wandsworth also has its fair share of modern and historic places to go out drinking. The Old Sergeant, a popular local pub on Garratt Lane, has existed since 1785, while The Ship Inn, located along the riverside, is the perfect place to chill out. Elsewhere, there are many more modern bars, some of which serve funky cocktails, such as the Lost Society on Wandsworth Road.
Wandsworth offers some of the most luxurious homes in London – some of which were featured in the UK hit movie Love Actually in 2003. Consequently, it comes as little surprise that the Wandsworth property market attracts many affluent Londoners.
Large terraced, semi-detached and detached housing situated in and around Earlsfield Road, East Hill and West Side Wandsworth Common attract the greatest level of demand among people seeking to buy property in Wandsworth. Smaller terraced houses - known as The Tonsleys – located behind Old York Road, are also extremely popular, which is reflected in the high asking prices they generally command.
More affordable housing, including some high-rise ex-local authority apartments, is located at the bottom of East Hill.
Wandsworth benefits from superb transport links, both mainline and underground, with Waterloo and Clapham Junction located within close proximity. Vauxhall Station, SW8, is also an option for people commuting to and from the area.
There are a number of trains from Waterloo station providing regular services to other parts of England. The station’s Underground is conveniently served by the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines.
Vauxhall station is served by the Victoria line, while Clapham Junction – one stop from Waterloo – is one of the busiest stations in Britain.
Buses and taxis are also readily available, with a number of services operating in the Wandsworth area.