South London's Earlsfield is a prime example of a residential neighbourhood with a strong sense of community. This little pocket of southwest London offers the family vibes of Battersea without the rental premiums.
Open spaces, proximity to a bustling high street and rows and rows of period homes await you if you're thinking of moving to the SW18 postcode. But what is it really like living in Earlsfield?
In our latest London guide, we're bringing you the lowdown on a prime South London hotspot. So, read on and find out everything there is to know about Earlsfield, from rental prices to things to do and see.
On a map
Earlsfield is located in southwest London and falls under the London Borough of Wandsworth. It's around seven miles to Charing Cross and nearby neighbourhoods include Wandsworth, Clapham, Southfields and Putney.
History of Earlsfield
In medieval times, Earlsfield was part of the manor and hamlet of Garrat in the parish of Wandsworth. By the 18th century, it was already industrialised and featured several mills along the river.
In 1884, Earlsfield Station opened on Garratt Lane, further opening up access to the area. Initially a working-class suburb of Wandsworth, over the years Earlsfield has grown to become predominantly middle class – though many of the initial smaller Victorian houses that were built for workers during the Victorian times still remain.
Who lives there?
Earlsfield primarily attracts younger families who are drawn to the more affordable property prices than those found in nearby Clapham, Putney, Wandsworth and Battersea. Along with these areas, Earlsfield was nicknamed Nappy Valley, a reference to the strong family contingent in the local neighbourhoods.
Renting in Earlsfield
The majority of homes in Earlsfield are Victorian properties, many of which remain as houses. Over the years, however, there has been an increased focus on new homes – especially along Garratt Lane, which is the primary shopping hub in the area.
Expect to pay in the region of £1,400 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in Earlsfield and £1,800 for a two-bedroom property. Homes with three or more bedrooms tend to go on the market from £2,700 per month.
Earlsfield train station is located on Garratt Lane and is the primary transport hub in the area. It has direct trains to Waterloo, which take around 15 minutes. Nearby Southfields is one of the rare South London neighbourhoods with a tube station, which is on the District Line. Earlsfield is located in travel Zone 3.
The Jolly Gardeners
Enjoy casual and relaxed dining at The Jolly Gardeners, a stylish pub that's located in the heart of Earlsfield. Sample locally brewed ales and tuck into a menu that serves pub grub Monday to Saturday, with a special Sunday lunchtime menu.
If you're big on succulent cuts and mouth-watering steaks, get yourself down to Roxie Steak. It all starts with a tasty steak, but that's not where it finishes. The menu includes burgers and ribs, and there is a cocktail menu on hand too.
The Halfway House
Get cosy at The Halfway House with fireside dining and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. This local eatery is just a stone's throw away from Earlsfield station and has a menu that includes small plates, bar snacks, Sunday roasts and much more.
Things to do in Earlsfield
Southside Wandsworth is where you will find the local shopping centre. Shop in a range of stores that include fashion and electronics. Then visit the local Cineworld cinema, which is housed in the shopping centre, and catch a flick.
If you're looking for a few independent shopping gems and restaurants galore, go for a stroll down Garratt Lane. It's the heartbeat of Earlsfield and provides plenty of places to eat, drink and shop.
Whether you're going for a pleasant autumn stroll or to catch some rays in the warmer months, Garratt Park is the place to be for local open spaces. Visit the park and admire blossom, bulbs and shrubs while you go for a wander.
Moving to Earlsfield
Earlsfield offers a slice of the quiet life in London but is so close to major hubs [that] you're never far away from the hustle and bustle. Throw in the lively shops, restaurants and bars on Garratt Lane, and Earlsfield is an appealing choice, whether you're a family or single professional.