Our community

Tooting has recently been described as the trendiest place in London! It's residents may raise an eyebrow at that; but it's certainly a vibrant and interesting place to live, work or visit. It is culturally mixed and the different communities generally live harmoniously together. The area around Tooting Broadway underground station is extremely lively at peak times of day - never a dull moment! Tooting URC is just off Mitcham Road, a busy main road packed with shops, restaurants and including a library. Further up Mitcham Road is Amen Corner, on the way to Streatham.

The church is on Rookstone Road, a residential street housing families of a variety of cultures and faiths. Tooting is not an affluent area, but it is becoming more popular. Just up the hill is Tooting Bec Common, bustling with life especially at the weekends.

The Balham and Tooting Community Association is a group that brings together representatives from many of the faiths and cultures that live locally. The churches have a strong input into this group, which holds regular activities aimed at bringing people together to celebrate social cohesion.

Tooting also has a very active MP, Sadiq Khan, who communicates regularly with the churches and supports any community activity that enhances local life.

Tooting claims to fame

  • Tooting Popular Front! This (fictional) movement appeared in the 'Citizen Smith' TV drama (1977-80) where Robert Lindsay starred as Tooting resident Wolfie Smith.
  • Another BBC TV drama from 1962-67, 'Hugh and I', also featured Tooting
  • Sandi Thom, recording webcasts from her Tooting basement, reached No. 1 in the UK charts in 2006 with her hit song, 'I wish I was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)'.
  • Asian restaurants along Upper Tooting Road are a well known feature; the first South Indian restaurant in Tooting was Sree Krishna, established in 1973. Today, there are many more.
  • Tooting Bec Lido - the longest outdoor cold water swimming pool in the country.
  • Tooting Commons to the north of Tooting, open common land very popular for exercising, dog-walking, making snowmen and bird-watching.

About Tooting URC
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