Wandsworth is a riverside area benefitting from green spaces including the 172 acres Wandsworth Common. It developed primarily in Victorian times with some well preserved grand houses and terraced streets. Recent Riverside development has provided apartments and gardens.
It boasts the Ram brewery where beer has been made since 1581.
The name derives from the river Wandel which meets the Thames at Wandsworth. Wandsworth is named in the 1086 Domesday Book as 'Wandesorde' and developed over the centuries into an industrial centre, benefitting from migrants including Dutch metal workers in the 1590s and French Huguenot cloth workers in the 1700s. There were mills and iron works and in 1801 the Surrey Iron Tramway was built to link to Croydon. The prison was built in 1851 and Wandsworth Bridge was built to link to Chelsea on the north of the Thames in 1873.
Leisure & Amenities
Places to go and things to do:
- Southside Shopping Centre which also houses a cinema and restaurants
- Wandsworth Museum
- De Morgan Centre (Arts & Crafts museum)
- Wandsworth Common
Eating and drinking ideas:
- Chez Bruce restaurant
- Ship Inn
- Waterfront pub
- Wandsworth Town station for South West trains
- Wandsworth Common station for Southern trains
- Southfields station for the District line.
- Wandsworth Riverside Quarter Pier for river bus services on the Thames
- Numerous bus routes to central London and elsewhere in south London.
- South Thames College