Located on the south bank of the River Thames just east of Putney, west of Battersea, and north of Clapham, the area known as Wandsworth covers quite a spread, and has developed into a very desirable residential neighbourhood popular with young professional families. There are lots of good schools and some great hidden-gem restaurants and pubs. Like Putney, and most of south west London it is an extremely green area, filled with parks and green spaces.
Formerly, it was famed for The Ram Brewery, founded in 1533 London & the UK’s longest running brewing site. However sadly Youngs brewers moved out of town a few years ago but the site is undergoing massive regeneration and the main brewery has been replaced by some fun micro-brewers and pop-ups, and other cultural activity. The area has been renamed The Ram Quarter. Another interesting fact, Wandsworth prison, on the other side of the borough is London’s largest and the second biggest in the country.
The Lodge Hotel sits proudly on the border of Putney and Wandsworth, thus is a great base for those visiting or doing business in either. A five minute walk behind the hotel is the gorgeous Wandsworth Park, adjacent to the river thames and is perfect for running or, for guest’s with dogs, just to get some fresh air. There also a mini-golf Put in the Park and cafe, ideal for young kids. Wandsworth Riverside Quarter has some great pubs and restaurants with river views, real hidden gems especially on sunnier days.
Wandsworth Common is a charming part of the borough, Bellevue Road SW17 is lovely example of a high-end focal point for Wandsworth residents. Acclaimed restaurant Chez Bruce, where Gordon Ramsey began his career overlooks Wandsworth Common, has been serving some of the finest french cuisine and wines in London for over twenty years.
Architecture enthusiasts might care to view the gothic style Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, built in 1857-9 and designated as a world heritage site in 1973 is quite an unusual sight in the capital. Earlsfield, an enclave within the wider Wandsworth area and popular with young South African professionals and expats is a short ride from Putney. The Lodge is Wandsworth’s leading independent hotel.
For those wishing to do some shopping or check out the cinema, the south side centre is a ten minute stroll from The Lodge. And on Sundays, there is a cute farmers market with high quality stalls on West Hill, moments from the Lodge. Opening times: Sundays 10am – 2pm.
Travelling around Wandsworth is easy. Bus 37 or 337 runs from directly outside the hotel east towards Clapham Junction, through the heart of Wandsworth. It’s also a short walk from Wandsworth High street, but one can also take one stop on the overland train from Wandsworth Town Centre on Old York Road to Putney mainline. And of course one can hail a black London cab or use Uber.
‘‘The Lodge was so easy for attending our friends wedding in Wandsworth. We parked up at the hotel, nothing was too much trouble for the staff – they even had a spare hair straightener as I forgot mine!! And it was a short taxi ride to the church. The rooms were devine and we made full use of the excellent breakfast display. Fab trip. Would definitely recommend.”
‘’Great base if you need a hotel in SW18’’