The Tooting Tram & Social
With an airy open-plan space decorated to the nines, this place has a wow factor that offers south London something a little different than your bog standard venue. Knitted out with chandeliers, mezzanine levels and snug chill-out corners, this place makes for the ideal adults' playground to enjoy a wide variation of events ranging from Burlesque shows and live bands/DJs to comedy acts. They also hold open mic nights every Tuesday with sign-up starting from 8.30pm - come show 'em what you got, or simply soak up the sounds.
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The Gorringe Park
Just a standard pub by the station? Wrong. This pub might have one too many shabby chic lampshades downstairs but head up to the first floor and have a good long sit in the swanky library bar. Bored of books? Don’t worry there’s a secret cinema room in the basement. (They post which films are playing every week and are always up for suggestions.) The food here puts pub grub to shame with quite an ambitious menu and a tasty selection of finger food. We love their scotch eggs, their piggies in blankets and their boxed baked camembert - we could go on.
The Antelope is the best pub in Tooting. Maybe even the entire world (don't @ us). It's a gargantuan space - all wood panelling, stained glass, and high ceilings, lending it the distinct vibe of an old village hall. Except it's been a pub since the 1800s, and retains plenty of that old-world charm, including a hefty dose of taxidermy and old leather wingbacks perfect for an extended cotch. Head out back - through the opulent dining room - and you'll find a huuuge beer garden perfect for sunny day sippin'. Did we mention the open fireplace? No? Well there's that, too. Also, they've got one of the best Sunday roasts around, and a pretty solid pub grub menu for the rest of the week. In the evenings, there's good clean quiz fun on a Monday, live music Thursday and Sunday, plus DJs at the weekends.
Posh pub with good grub, you could certainly do worse than the Florence. Cosy is the operative word here: there is both a fireplace and a garden to be had. The food menu is eclectic, boasting everything from popcorn chicken to noodle vegan-ara to Jagermeister-glazed short rib. Incidentally, it's damn good. Look out for their brunch menu in particular, the crab and poached eggs are a real highlight. The pub also brews three of their own ales on-site, making this a truly well-rounded drinking hole.