Table Talk #58
Welcome to another week of Table Talk. In this edition, we are back with our exclusive neighbourhood tours, this time to Tooting in the southwest of London. Get ready for a whirlwind tour of one of the city’s most enchanting neighbourhoods, alongside some recommendations on where to enjoy a glass of Sanguine or Piquant while you’re there.
But first, while we are in the area…
🍡 AMUSE-BOUCHES 🍡Do: if you’re braving cold swimming this winter, Tooting Bec Lido is the place for you.
See: Tooting’s Sewing Machine Museum has one of Queen Vic’s original Singers. London truly has it all.
Stroll: Tooting Bec Common is a gorgeous green lung that is perfect for a crisp afternoon wander.
🍝 MAIN COURSE 🍝
Compared to the rest of London, Tooting is a fairly new postcode – up until 1900, the area was predominantly rural. That’s centuries behind the Houses of Parliament which are located a mere 6 miles away (we just learned the original building on that site was built in 1016. Woah). But what it lacks in history, Tooting has more than made up for in culture.
One thing we strongly advise when visiting the area is to arrive hungry. There is absolutely no shortage of things to eat and drink while you’re in the area. A good place to start is Tooting Market (not to be confused with the smaller Broadway Market nearby). Here you’ll find both food and retail vendors, with chairs spilling out into walkways as visitors amble through the offerings. On weekends, live music adds to the infectious atmosphere making it near impossible to leave. The market is also home to Unwined, originally a pop-up wine bar but now an established stalwart in the area. You can indulge in a glass of Wednesday’s Domaine while you’re there, or choose from their impressive wine list.
If you’re a lover of South East Asian and Asian cuisine, you’re in for a treat. There are stellar offerings from nearly every corner of the continent, including Thai at Kaosarn, Indian from Dosa n Chutny’s, and Lebanese from Meza. As the evening draws in, find respite in a traditional London pub, The Wheatsheaf, or if you’re after something livelier, the Tooting Tram and Social is the place to go. It’s a good thing the Northern Line runs 24 hours on the weekends…
🍮 SWEET ENDINGS 🍮
Wednesday's book club.
Our final book from this month is an old favourite: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. If there is one book that you are able to make space for this holiday, let it be this one. You won’t regret it.
Next week, we are returning to our weekly music drops in the form of a festive season playlist.
In brief: a story about forbidden love, family bonds and heartbreak set on the balmy shores of southern India.
🍷 WHAT'S NEW
WEDNESDAY'S DOMAINE? 🍷
Irrespective of your views on the phrase “Silly Season”, there’s no escaping its clutches this time of year. On Monday, we were serving up glasses of Wednesday’s Domaine at the London EDITION with our friends at The Stack World, we’re pouring drinks at Unwined Tooting tonight and we’re rounding off the week with an appearance at Christie’s on Friday.
Whilst it’s certainly all systems go, we can’t wait to slow down and bed in over Christmas. If there’s somewhere you’re planning to get your Christmas drinks from and you know they don’t yet stock Wednesday’s Domaine, give us a shout and we’ll do our best to correct that in the coming weeks.