Tooting Broadway

Tooting Broadway shares much in common with the other stations I’ve just visited. It opened on the same day, 13th September 1926,  was designed by Charles Holden and is effectively the same design as both South Wimbledon and Colliers Wood. There’s not much more I can add to how I described those stops! Its also a Grade II listed building.

Also of note, there is a statue of Edward VII outside the station taking pride of place right in front of the station.

The Pub: The Tram and Social, 46-48 Mitcham Road, SW17 9NA

The Tram and Social is a couple of minutes up Mitcham Road, but you have to look out clearly to see it as its down a small alleyway and you wouldn’t spot it unless you knew it was there. Its just past the McDonalds

In a former life, the Tram and Social was, as its name suggests, an old Tram Shed. The scale of the place is certainly impressive with its high ceiling, as well as the ‘mezzanine’ level which looks down on the rest of the bar. With chandeliers hanging from the wall and alcoves set away from the bar, it has always reminded me of the Ocean Zone(sadly not being featured in the upcoming remake!) from the Crystal Maze for some reason.

As we went on a Sunday afternoon, it was really quiet but having been a number of times before,  I know from experience how busy it gets on Friday and Saturday nights. With DJs and bands here, the main floor has its seats swept away and turned into a dance floor. The seating was in place on our visit, as was a Table Tennis table, which must be a nightmare to move every night! The entrance way also serves as a small outside seating area. Beer wise, there were no ales on tap with lagers such as Krusovice and Brewdog’s Dead Pony Club IPA. They don’t do food but like I said, there is a McDonalds a few doors away.

I’ve always liked the Tram and Social as its such a unique venue – had a fantastic birthday party there a few years back, from what I remember of it. I don’t think there is anywhere else quite like it in London. I love the fact a building like this has been preserved and put to good use. It is definitely worth a visit to take it in yourself. Just bear in mind it gets incredibly busy on weekend evenings, so might be best to pop in earlier in the night if you’re in the mood for a quieter drink!

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