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|Ceremonial County:||Greater London|
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The BBC comedy series Citizen Smith was set in Tooting (although allegedly partly filmed in West London) and popularised the cry "Freedom for Tooting!". Star of the series Wolfie Smith (played by Robert Lindsay) was a beret-hatted Communist "leftie" type, member of revolutionary political organisation, the Tooting Popular Front.
Tooting has a large south Asian population, which has endowed the suburb with a distinctive streetscape. Tooting High Road has a string of curry houses and Indian sweet shops. However, in recent times the town has become more cosmopolitan, with a variety of bars and a wide range of world cuisines including Italian, Chinese, Japanese and many others.
Its position on the Northern Line — with two stations at the top and the bottom of the hill that slopes down the High Road, Tooting Bec and Tooting Broadway — has led to its becoming a popular place to live for young professionals, particularly in the media and financial sectors. This has caused the continuing gentrification of Tooting.
Nearest tube stations:
- Tooting Broadway tube station
- Tooting Bec tube station
- Balham tube station
- Colliers Wood tube station
- South Wimbledon tube station
Nearest railway stations:
- Wandsworth Common railway station
- Tooting railway station
- Balham railway station
- Hayden's Road railway station
Tooting has been settled since pre-Saxon times, and its name means "the dwelling of the Sons of Totas". The Romans built a road from London (Londinium) to Chichester (Regnum) which passed through Tooting. Tooting High Street is built on this road (Stane Street).
- Tooting and Streatham (then Toting-cum-Stretham) given to the Abbey of Chertsey.
- Suene (Sweyn), believed to be a viking, given the Land by Edward the Confessor.
- King Athelstan of England gave lands including Totinge (Tooting) to the family of Chertsey Minster.
- Tooting Bec and Tooting Graveney appear on the Domesday survey as two distinct areas, Upper and Lower Tooting.
- Citizen Daniel Defoe was a Tooting Presbyterian Minister in hiding.
Pubs, Bars, Clubs and Restaurants in Tooting
- Hoochie Mama's
- Rick's Cafe
- Smoke Bar