Balham is a great commuter town, made up of the postcodes SW12, SW11, SW4. Situated on the northern line as well as the overground, you can be in central London in no time at all. The last decade has seen the gentrification of Balham. It’s now home to some great restaurants, brunch places like Milk, through to great GastroPubs, Italian restaurants and delicatessens. Situated around a triangle, Balham is easy to navigate.
Originally Baelgenham, which probably meant ‘smooth or rounded enclosure’, was established around the eighth century, when woodland still covered much of the area. It remained an insignificant hamlet until the mid-1770s, when the first large houses began to appear on Balham Hill.
Balham still boasts great green spaces. Bordering Tooting Bec and Tooting Common, there are great playing fields, a lido, an athletics track, and a pond which houses terrapins that have become a mini attraction in their own right.
In the 1800s, Balham was the setting of a high profile murder. Charles Delauney Turner Bravo and his wife’s marriage ended in a senstaional murder case shrouded in bad behaviour. The barrister was poisoned and took 2 days to die. It wasn’t ever proven who killed him, but there were several suggestions – his wife, doctor and housemaid being amongst some of those accused.
Balham neighbours Streatham, and has easy access with only one stop on the train, the bus or a short drive away.
Yoga in Balham
Yogarise opened its doors in Streatham in January 2019 offering classes here throughout the week. Whether you’re after something to soothe your soul, or get your heart pumping, our friendly neighbourhood yoga classes accommodate all levels and abilities, plus there are two donation-based community yoga classes taught each week too. Some of our most popular classes are Rocket Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga.
We offer a range of different styles of yoga, which are open to all levels: Ashtanga yoga classes, Baby & Me, Creative Flow, Forrest Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Jivamukti, Prana Vinyasa flow yoga, Pregnancy Yoga London, Postnatal, Restorative, Yin, Yin Yang, Vinyasa Yoga London. Whatever your style, Yogarise has something to suit all!