St George’s Hospital takes pride of place at the heart of Tooting, one of London’s trendiest towns. Nestled between Balham, Clapham, Battersea and Wimbledon, Tooting is a vibrant mix of green spaces, great cafes, restaurants and bars and excellent shopping.
Tooting Bec common not only offers huge swathes of green parkland, playgrounds, tennis courts and an athletics track, but is also home to the biggest swimming pool in the UK. Tooting Bec Lido is the perfect place to get your day going or unwind after work. The lido is open 365 days a year, so as well as sunbathing by the pool in the summer you can literally break the ice in the winter.
There are lots of smaller parks and recreation grounds around Tooting, and you are never more than a short bus or train ride from the other great south London parks and commons, including Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common, Battersea Park and Clapham Common.
Hitting the town
There is no shortage of options for places to eat in Tooting. Whatever your fancy, you can find it here. Whether you’re looking for brilliant burgers, cool chicken or fabulous fish, you will find it all in the bakeries, cafes and restaurants on the hospital’s door step. Of course, it wouldn’t be Tooting without a curry! Whether you’re in the mood for south Indian or Sri Lankan, jalfrezi or dosa, your taste buds are in for a treat!
Tooting is also home to some of south London’s trendiest bars and pubs. From tiny bars serving local cocktails, to family friendly gastro-pubs and late night bars and clubs, it’s all here.
Of course, you are never more than a 20 minute tube ride from Tooting Broadway or Tooting Bec stations to the restaurants, bars and theatres of London’s west end.
Getting around town
St George’s is very easy to get to from anywhere in London. St George’s Hospital is just a few minute walk from Tooting Broadway underground station, and just between 10 and 15 minute walk from Tooting Bec and Colliers Wood underground stations.
Tooting Station is a 15 minute walk from the hospital, providing overground train services across London.
Tooting is also very easy to get to by bus, with two bus routes entering the hospital site and a further 11 bus routes stopping at Tooting Broadway station. Four of these bus routes run for 24 hours a day.
You can get help towards your public transport travel expenses by taking advantage of our interest free travel costs loans
Cycle Superhighway 7 runs straight past St George’s and through Tooting. Running from Merton to the City, Cycle Superhighway 7 is a safe route for cyclists. Sign up to the St George’s Cycle-2-Work scheme and you could get help with buying a new bike and cycling equipment.
Find out more about travelling around town on public transport on the find us pages of our website
Tooting High Street is bustling with well known high street brands and independent shops. The 100 year old Tooting Market is south London’s premier indoor market, offering a wide range of fresh foods, fashion and furniture.
You are only 20 minutes from the shops of central London and the world famous shopping on offer at places like Oxford Street and Knightsbridge. You are also only a short bus ride from Wimbledon, Battersea and Clapham.