Updated: Aug 5, 2019
Are you looking for a London quarter that is not too far from the city and not too chaotic and congested? Welcome to Southfields, where tranquillity and vitality come together!
London is a very beautiful, magic and boundless city, but with more than 8 million inhabitants moving frantically, it is also chaotic, congested and polluted as much as any other global metropolis.
Nevertheless, if you're looking for a district not too far from the city centre, quiet, immersed in the greenery and still cheap: Southfields is the right place for you.
SHORT HISTORY OF SOUTHFIELDS
Positioned in South West London, between Putney and Wandsworth, one of city's 20 districts, Southfields was established in the Middle Ages and take its name from an old manorial system, meaning the fields in South of Dunsford.
For centuries, Southfields was only agricultural possessions and forests crossed by streams that flowed into the Thames.
After the Industrial Revolution and the demographic boom, Southfields began to be populated and filled with houses, becoming an inhabited neighbourhood, with many small villages turning into real towns. At that time, Southfields was still mainly composed of vast fields, but the urbanization of that territory was stimulated above all by the construction of the "District of London and South Western Railway" between Wimbledon and Putney Bridge in 1889.
In the following years, schools and factories were born, allowing the growth of an area that fortunately was spared by German bombings in World War II. So, after the end of the conflict, Southfields underwent a new impetus for the construction of public housing, until it became an increasingly appreciated residential district.
The good transport network has made Southfields an ideal residential quarter for workers and professionals in Central London.
The same for the numerous families living in the area thanks to the many parks, schools and services.
Southfields is very popular among young residents thanks to the presence of many shops, restaurants, pubs, clubs, gyms and so on: the ideal ingredients of a vivid social life in a busy city.
The most important residential areas of Southfields are:
The Grid, so called because of its network of parallel streets going from North to South from Replingham Road to Revelstoke Road and from East to West from Astonville Street and Merton Road to Elsenham Street;
The Triangle, with its distinctive triangle shape, goes from Granville Road to Standen Road, and from Merton Road to Pulborough Road.
Both the Grid and the Triangle are within reach of Edwardian and Victorian townhouses, dating from the first half of the 20th century. Many of these townhouses have been divided into apartments.
SOUTHFIELDS: IN THE HEART OF SPORT
If you love sports too, living in Southfields allows you to follow some of London's most famouse worldwide sport events.
First of all, Southfields is close to Chelsea and Stamford Bridge that hosts one of the best teams in the Premier League, which is, with the Spanish Liga, the most famous football league of the world.
In Southfields, there are several notable golf clubs, like the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club. Nearby Wimbledon is also where one of the most important tennis tournment in the world takes place.