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Tooting named among Lonely Planet's best neighbourhoods

A top ten of the world's coolest neighbourhoods which includes parts of New York, Lisbon and Dubai - and humble Tooting.

Travel experts Lonely Planet included the south London suburb in its list of the globe's must-visit locations.

See also: Lonely Planet's top places in the world

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Despite being best-known as the setting for Citizen Smith, it is listed alongside New York City's Sunset Park district and the picturesque Borgo San Frediano, in Florence.

Lonely Planet reckon Tooting, where the average price of a semi-detached house is more than £1million, 'has developed into an uber-cool neighbourhood in recent years and lost none of its gritty charm in the process'.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks to traders at East Street Market in Walworth

The area is famed for its mass of Indian takeaways and being home to the country's biggest swimming pool.

Lonely Planet adds: "Rubbing shoulders with perfectly pleasant yet slightly square Wimbledon, Earlsfield and Balham, Tooting is a more captivating affair, revelling in multiculturalism and originality.

"Its high street, which stretches between two Tube stations, is one of the best 'curry corridors' in the country, and contains some superb South Asian restaurants, like Dosa n Chutny and Apollo Banana Leaf.

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The Sugar Loaf and Botafogo Bay, Botafogo neighbourhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America

"The best shopping can be found inside eclectic Tooting Market, and quirky bars and pubs include The Castle, The Antelope and The Little Bar.

"The Tooting Commons create over 200 acres of green space between them, and are home to Tooting Bec Lido - the largest swimming pool in the United Kingdom."

Tooting is also known as the hometown of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who was also MP for the area, and birthplace of snooker champion Jimmy White.

The website said it asked 'on-the-ground city experts' from across the globe to feed back information before it compiled the list of areas.

It said: "Some have been steadily developing their street cred for years, others are in the midst of rapid transformation - all are ripe for exploration right now."

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Dubai, Business Bay

Lonely Planet's top ten

  • Borgo San Frediano, Florence
  • Seongsu-dong, Seoul
  • The Triangle, Lisbon
  • Vesterbro, Copenhagen
  • Business Bay, Dubai
  • Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur
  • Sunset Park, New York City
  • Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
  • Frelard, Seattle
  • Tooting, London

Top holiday destinations 2017 (Lonely Planet)

Top holiday destinations 2017 (Lonely Planet)


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