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Tooting

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Tooting
OS Grid Reference:Template:Gbmappingsmall
Administration
Borough:Wandsworth
County:Greater London
Region:Greater London
Nation:England
Other
Ceremonial County:Greater London
Traditional County:Surrey
Post Office and Telephone
Post townLONDON
Postcode:SW17
Dialling Code:020

Tooting is a place in the London Borough of Wandsworth in south London.

The BBC comedy series Citizen Smith was set in Tooting (although allegedly partly filmed in West London) and popularised the cry "Freedom for Tooting!". Star of the series Wolfie Smith (played by Robert Lindsay) was a beret-hatted Communist "leftie" type, member of revolutionary political organisation, the Tooting Popular Front.

Tooting has a large south Asian population, which has endowed the suburb with a distinctive streetscape. Tooting High Road has a string of curry houses and Indian sweet shops. However, in recent times the town has become more cosmopolitan, with a variety of bars and a wide range of world cuisines including Italian, Chinese, Japanese and many others.

Its position on the Northern Line — with two stations at the top and the bottom of the hill that slopes down the High Road, Tooting Bec and Tooting Broadway — has led to its becoming a popular place to live for young professionals, particularly in the media and financial sectors. This has caused the continuing gentrification of Tooting.

The large open area of Tooting Bec common lies at the northern end of Tooting. The common has the largest open air pool in Europe, which is 90 metres long.

The Member of Parliament for Tooting is Sadiq Khan, first elected at the 2005 General Election.

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History

Tooting has been settled since pre-Saxon times, and its name means "the dwelling of the Sons of Totas". The Romans built a road from London (Londinium) to Chichester (Regnum) which passed through Tooting. Tooting High Street is built on this road (Stane Street).

666
Tooting and Streatham (then Toting-cum-Stretham) given to the Abbey of Chertsey.
900
Suene (Sweyn), believed to be a viking, given the Land by Edward the Confessor.
933
King Athelstan of England gave lands including Totinge (Tooting) to the family of Chertsey Minster.
1086
Tooting Bec and Tooting Graveney appear on the Domesday survey as two distinct areas, Upper and Lower Tooting.
1703
Citizen Daniel Defoe was a Tooting Presbyterian Minister in hiding.

Pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants in Tooting

  • ABar2Far
  • Spirit
  • Hoochie Mama's
  • Rick's Cafe
  • Sila
  • Smoke Bar
  • Fujisan

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