The locals call Colliers Wood “Collywood”. And while it doesn’t quite match the bright lights of Los Angeles, this southwest London neighbourhood is a vibrant little area with plenty of shops, restaurants, good-quality schools and period homes.
It can also draw on popular places like Wimbledon, Tooting, Clapham and Balham as its neighbours while benefiting from a stop on the Northern Line. With good amenities, transport and homes all covered, there’s a lot to like about Collywood.
But what’s it like living in the SW19 postcode? In this guide, we’re finding out everything you need to know about Colliers Wood. So read on and discover what there is to do and see, where to eat and, most importantly, the properties that might just be your next home.
On a map
Colliers Wood is located in southwest London and falls under the London Borough of Merton. It features an SW19 postcode, which it shares with Wimbledon, and is located just under eight miles from Charing Cross.
Colliers Wood history
A wood that once stood east of the high street is the reason for the Colliers Wood name. There is plenty of history in the area, with the Merton Priory (now in ruins) the location of King Henry VI’s crown-wearing ceremony. The ruins were considered as a possible British candidate for World Heritage status.
The world’s first public railway ran through Colliers Wood en route to Croydon from Wandsworth between 1803 and 1846. Fast-forward to 2010, and another first happened in Colliers Wood, with the first London Cycle Superhighway opening in the area.
Who lives there?
Excellent schools and more affordable rental prices than Wimbledon and Clapham mean Colliers Wood is a huge draw for younger families looking to lay down roots. It’s also become increasingly popular with singles who want to escape the “noise” of London yet still live within close proximity to the action.
Renting in Colliers Wood
You will find plenty of Victorian and Edwardian houses, many of which have been converted into flats with modern interiors. Other property types include cottages and recently built contemporary flats.
Expect to pay around £1,250 per month for a one-bedroom home in Colliers Wood. A two-bedroom apartment fetches in the region of £1,650 per month, and three-bedroom property rents for around £2,000 per month.
Colliers Wood travel
South London isn’t particularly well known for its tube connections, but Colliers Wood is fortunate enough to benefit from a stop on the Northern Line. It services the City and West End, giving residents in the area enviable travel connections. Nearby Haydons Road train station has half-hour trains to Waterloo and St Pancras. Colliers Wood is located in travel Zone 3.
Colliers Wood eateries
Istanbul Meze Mangal
Sample fine Turkish meze dishes and char-grilled main courses at Istanbul Meze Mangal. This sleek restaurant has its own shisha bar and is the place to go if you’re after tasty dishes with a Mediterranean influence. So book yourself a table and enjoy a great evening out dining.
Assisted by Nature
If you’re looking for a vegan option then get yourself down to Assisted by Nature. This spot enjoys a riverside location in Merton Abbey Mills and has a menu featuring a range of vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian dishes.
Wandle Pirates Steakhouse
Don’t fancy vegan grub? In that case, Wandle Pirates Steakhouse might be the restaurant for you. Get ready to say “ooh argh me matey” as you tuck into a range of succulent cuts and some of the best steak in South London.
Things to do in Colliers Wood
The River Wandle runs through Wandle Park, adding a touch of tranquillity to what’s an already peaceful green space where you can go for a stroll. There’s a flower garden, tennis courts and a children’s playground located in the park.
Merton Abbey Mills
A former textile factory, Merton Abbey Mills has shops, cafes, restaurants and a weekend crafts market you can explore. It offers something a little different from your typical shopping centre and has a range of quirky stores to discover.
The Colour House Theatre
Visit The Colour House Theatre for a range of shows, from pantomime to comedy and music events. There’s also an annual two-month summer entertainment programme with a host of shows for the entire family.
Moving to Colliers Wood
Colliers Wood is a great alternative to Wimbledon and Clapham with its excellent travel links and charming homes. It’s easy to see why so many people are moving to this part of SW19, and Colliers Wood is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a peaceful neighbourhood that’s only a stone’s throw away from the action.