Five of the most well-loved dining destinations in the charming little patch of south west London that is Balham…

1 Arlo’s
The team behind newcomer Arlo’s is serious about steak, and what better way to spend a date night – or indeed a mate date – than with a prime piece of tender British bavette? It’s situated next to Balham Bowls Club – the perfect spot for a pre-drink under the fairy light-strewn ceiling.
1 Ramsden Road, Balham SW12 8QX; 020 3019 6590; arlos.co.uk

Arlo's, Balham, is serious about steak

Arlo’s is serious about steak

2 Lamberts
At 14 years young, this Balham stalwart is clearly doing something right. It could be the seasonal British food, the smart, modern dining room, or its low-key, intimate atmosphere – or most likely, it’s all three.
2 Station Parade, Balham High Road SW12 9AZ; 020 8675 2233; lambertsrestaurant.com

Lamberts, Balham, serves seasonal British food

Lamberts serves seasonal British food

3 Milk
Start the day the best way – with a lazy breakfast at Milk, which, judging by its popularity, is probably Balham’s premier brunch spot. The menu offers more than your usual bacon butty (although there’s a fine version available), and the restaurant is licensed – bonus.
18-20 Bedford Hill SW12 9RG; milk.london

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4 Gazette
If you can’t make it to Paris, do the next best thing and book a table at Gazette, SW12’s French favourite, where you can show your cherie amour just how serious you are. They are have branches in Battersea and Putney too.
100 Balham High Road SW12 9AA; 020 8772 1232; gazettebrasserie.co.uk

Gazette has branches in Balham, Battersea and Putney

Gazette has branches in Balham, Battersea and Putney

5 Zizou Tagine
For a great dinner with friends, pile into Moroccan restaurant Zizou Tagine and share plates and plates of mezze. Established over a decade ago, it has become one of the best Moroccan restaurants in London.
3 Fernlea Road, Balham SW12 9RT; 020 3674 3803; zizoutagine.com


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