Have your say
We are calling on local people to add their weight to laying claim to being the Best Borough in Britain.
Wandsworth and its local neighbourhoods of Putney, Earlsfield, Balham, Battersea and Tooting, are some of the most popular places to live in London.
Who says Wandsworth rocks?
In May 2013 a study by banking group Lloyds TSB revealed that Wandsworth is the favourite place to live in England and Wales for aspiring young professionals.
The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide 2013 highlighted Battersea as one of the best places to live in the UK for people with families.
And in 2012, the Metro newspaper drew attention to the benefits of living in Earlsfield.
Battersea is the go-to destination for celebrities, including Posh and Becks, according to the Evening Standard.
Gordon Ramsay has announced he will be opening his next restaurant in Battersea square.
Mumsnet has its own top ten reasons why it loves Wandsworth.
Tooting is the new Shoreditch - a haven for hipsters, says the Evening Standard.
And The Sunday Times has named Southfields and Balham as among the best places to live in London.
Meanwhile, Wandsworth people are the brainiest in the UK, according to the Mail Online.
Census figures show the fourth largest local population growth over the last ten years - people are voting with their feet.
10 reasons people love to live in Wandsworth
High quality schools
92 per cent of local schools are good or outstanding.
Wandsworth has one of the lowest crime rates in the capital.
Low insurance premiums
Thanks to the low crime rate and safer streets.
Close proximity to central London but with open space and lower house prices.
Loads of great parks, sports facilities and Europe's largest outdoor pool at Tooting Bec Lido. Battersea Park has again been awarded a Green Flag award for the high quality of its maintenance and facilities, the Battersea Park playground has reopened after a revamp, and a new pocket park is planned for the Falcon Estate.
Lots of local town centres and residential areas with Victorian terraces, riverside apartments, mansion blocks and conversions to suit all tastes.
Great transport links
Coming soon: Northern Line extension, more Riverbus services and, we hope, Crossrail 2 to north east London.
Huge choice of local independent shops and cafes and a vibrant social scene.
Low council tax
Wandsworth has the country's lowest average council tax bills - this year's band D bill in Wandsworth is £686 compared to a London average of more than £1,300.
Unemployment is the fifth lowest in London and thanks to the capital's most ambition regeneration zone at Nine Elms, jobs, training and apprenticeships are on the rise.
What the papers say
Who are we?
The 2011 census shows Wandsworth has an interesting population:
- 54 per cent are single, compared to a UK average of 25.8 per cent
- 54 per cent are educated to degree level, up 42 per cent since 2001
- The average age is just 32
- The borough has one of the highest employment rates in the UK
- Wandsworth has seen the fourth largest population growth in London over ten years
- 12.1 per cent of us are self-employed compared to a UK average of 9.7 per cent
- 93 per cent of our local businesses are small firms with ten employees or fewer.
@CollinsBeans For being the birth place of two time league title winning 5aisde team - Wandsworth Athletic
@AJH_Worksupport because of the hidden gems of green space amongst our town centres.
@annekafreeman it's so green! And cheap council tax of course.
@AJH_Worksupport because of the hidden gems of green space amongst our town centres.
I agree with Battersea Resident, great area unpretentious and relaxed. Only thing blighting the area is constant noise from aircraft, much worse than it has ever been M Barker, Battersea
Location is fantastic - easy to get into town, or out the countryside. However we have plenty of green spaces in Wandsworth and some of the high streets still have some character - this is lost in most places these days. Mike Thomas, Southfields
I would like to ask that we focus on the ten things we need to do to make Wandsworth an even better place - number one - don't drop litter - number two - slow down our traffic! Peter Armstrong, Tooting
I love the cheap rates and excellent service they have. Can't understand why other councils don't use this as a benchmark. James Vaile, Earlsfield
I have lived in the area for 22 years and cannot imagine living anywhere else. As soon as I cross the river I relax as it feels more residential. Unfortunately the only downside is the constant and continuous noise from aircraft which is blighting the area. Beware of this and only move here if you sleep heavily Anna Giannetti, Battersea
I think we have the best of both worlds, brilliant access to the greatest city but better country walks than you can get i the country with Wimbledon common Putney Heath Tooting, Clapham commons and wonderful parks,in the country the land mostly belongs to someone here it's ours. We also have a good council low rates and great healthcare what more could anyone want. Angela Stroud, Southfields
I love living in Wandsworth Common with its space and the village feel, great restaurants and shops and fantastic train service. Sara P, Wandsworth
I like the buzz, the gentleness, the diversity. I love the new coffee shops, restaurants and bars opening up everywhere. There is vibrancy without stress. Dominic Nutt, Tooting
Michelle G I just love the fact that you are never too far away from either a park or common.. We also have so many different types of eateries and coffee shops to choose from. I personally think Wandsworth is a great borough to live in and really would be hard pushed to live elsewhere.
Michele B If you ever lived in Lambeth you would know Wandsworth is a very good council. I think the dustbin men are the best. They are cheery + always take everything.
Vicky K I like the diversity.
Lucy O I love living here in tooting (broadway)! There is a brilliant sense of community and I have always felt very safe here! I love the diversity and different types of people....everyone I've net is lovely! Cheap council tax is always a plus, as is the lovely green spaces/commons already mentioned. There is a huge range of different cuisines in Wandsworth too! Lovely pubs with ever improving transport links! Bindlesticks in the market is great abd has live music every/every other week on a thurs...really lovely and higky recommended! the antic pubs and the others are great too!It is all about the south! We even have tooting wine and beer/ales now! How much better can you get?!?! I love it here! Xxxx
Lucy O I forgot to mention tooting lido where I spent today! AMAZING x
Ian Bull I spend a great deal of time in South East London largely thanks to a charity I volunteer for. Many people I meet ask "what's it like over there" and I explain that whilst Wandsworth can't match their area for greenery, landscape, and open spaces it's still adequately served with commons and has superb transport into central London. Inevitably the topic moves on to money. Typically, "Is it expensive?" and "What's the Council Tax?" I tell them the truth and they are stunned, in some cases literally, by the answers. I suspect that most Londoners would be. In Wandsworth we probably have the most efficient Council in the UK. We also have property prices that many can only dream of. In a nutshell, we benefit from gentrification. I know, I was born in Battersea when the area was a national byword for poverty. And indeed, it was poor.
Lorraine W Have lived here for 30 years and have never considered living anywhere else in London (although I did live north of the river in my 20s). Brought my children up here so it will always be special to me with some wonderful memories. I have walked on Wandsworth Common for over 25 years with children and dog and I never tire of it. Plenty of other lovely parks and commons too. Rows and rows of beautiful Victorian houses. I have had wonderful neighbours in all three streets I have lived in Wandsworth, never had any real issue with streets being clean or my rubbish being collected. Although Northcote Road has changed quite a bit from 30 years ago I still get a buzz from the lovely bars and restaurants and what's left of the market. Harry and Mary at the newsagents feel like old friends. Transport via Clapham Junction and the many bus routes I find excellent and I have always felt safe here.
Tish M I too love the open spaces and diversity, but I particularly like the viliage atmosphere of Wandsworth centred round the Barmouth Kitchen and the west side of the common, dog walkers, mothers and their children and the retirees all greet each other with a smile.
Anita J Wandsworth is a well maintained borough with so many great parks, diverse culture from the diaspora. And a great sense of community. I came from Chelsea and intended to sell up and return there once my youngest finished uni but then decided to stay, and now nothing will make me leave Battersea! I've made some great friends here and am grateful for the good transport links. Off to Battersea Park right now !
Endaf K I love the fact that within the same borough you can go from the edge of the magnificent Wimbledon Common to the bustle of Tooting High Street and eat some of the best food in London there. A nice mix of all sorts of people, who seem to rub along pretty nicely :-)
Peter H I love all the parks and the restaurants