You might want to consider living in a pleasant and friendly neighborhood that is close to the city’s center and accessible to commercial areas. South Wimbledon is a good option, and you might want to look into Putney in particular. In Putney, London, real estate agents will emphasize not just the beauty of the property but its surroundings as well, including the famous Thames where the annual Putney Boat Races are held. Putney is close to the heart of London, near all the busiest and liveliest sight. At the same time, you have a quiet and private home to retreat to at the end of the day.
If you are new to Putney, which places should you check out? What will become your regular hangouts?
To consider yourself a true local, you must become acquainted with the place. This means a proper, quick Google search of its history. Putney offers a good dose of history. You can roam the haunts of St. Mary’s Church or explore the precious artifacts and architecture of Fulham Palace. If you are into tours, try getting a Rock Cab Tour or a Catamaran Cruiser boat tour, both of which are highly received by online reviewers. If you want to get a glimpse of the past through literature, you will find yourself returning to the cozy and quaint Hurlingham Bookstore. You can also stroll along the old neighborhoods and streets.
Places to Eat
Putney offers a lot of choices when it comes to food. There are famous coffee shops, like Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero. But if you want more creative alternatives, you can try the coffee and pastries of Scandinavian-style Ground Coffee, which also offers lunch options. Tried and True also serves excellent brunches, and you must try their best-selling pulled pork benedict. Bread Angels is just a short distance from Putney Bridge, but it is a paradise for pastry lovers.
Other restaurants you might want to check out include Isala de Sole, which serves great Italian cuisine and Italian-inspired cuisine. For night drinks, consider The Boatside that overlooks the Thames river, Be At One that is near Putnam Bridge, and everyone’s favorite cocktail bar, Tequila Mockingbird.
Relax and Rejuvenate
Another hidden gem of Putney is its variety of spas and other places of recreation. Aside from cab tours, stadiums, and churches, you have an assortment of spas and massage places with different themes and offerings. If you are into Asian massages, try getting on at Sukkai Thai Therapy or Amara Spa. You can also try the popular and well-reviewed The Moroccan Spa or the straightforward Fulham Massage and Wellness, which offers services other than massages. The London Hammam also has high reviews from its patrons.
You don’t have to be lost in your new neighborhood. A little research pays off, and it helps to view the place in the eyes of a tourist first before coming to terms with your being one of its residents. You will gain a better appreciation of your surroundings, and you will find it easier to familiarize yourself with it. You will soon have other favorite spots outside (but near) your home.