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  • The Nightingale, 
  • 97 Nightingale Lane, 
  • Balham, 
  • London, 
  • SW12 8NX
020 8673 1637
Opening Hours:
12pm - 12am
Food Service Times:
12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm
A Warm Welcome

The Nightingale is a traditional British pub, perfectly situated on Nightingale Lane by the leafy Wandsworth Common. We pride ourselves on our excellent beer & wine and delicious pub food. Whether you're after a cold drink post work, an afternoon in our sunny beer garden, or a Sunday dinner with family, the Nightingale is the place to be.

Balham's Best Kept Secret

Our hidden Beer Garden is perfect for enjoying a tipple of your choice or a meal with friends. A sun trap in the summer months, we encourage you to take advantage of the good weather while it lasts! Book your favourite spot now.

Seasonal Food & Drink

Our menus evolve with the seasons, ensuring the best quality and freshness in our ingredients. Our highly skilled chef team are proud to produce delicious pub food and champion British farmers. Whether you're after a meal with friends and family or a light bite with drinks, we have something to offer everyone.

Sunday Roasts

Join us every Sunday for Balham's best Sunday roasts. Prepared with classic British ingredients, our roasts are served with a double egg Yorkie, roast potatoes, all the trimmings and lashings of gravy. Why not bring the family along and let us do the cooking this Sunday? All you have to do is sit back, relax and we'll do the rest.

Welcome to The Nightingale

The Nightingale is a quintessential community pub, proudly serving Balham locals. Built on the Old Park Estate in 1853, the Nightingale is a mid-Victorian cottage style pub and Grade II listed building.

As a pub that appears year after year in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, we pride ourselves on serving a great pint of Young’s, along with other more modern touches such as Sambrooks and Sharps. We also boast a fantastic wine list and have a first-rate collection of rum, gin and whisky. Great food is available every day, served by our attentive and friendly staff.

At just a 5 minute walk from both Clapham South Tube Station (Northern Line) or Wandsworth Common Train Station, we’re easy to find. Bring your appetite and beer jug, we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Hops & Wines

At the Nightingale we are proud of our heritage as an Ale House and you won’t be disappointed with the choice or great condition of award winning beers that we have on offer. Our guest ales change frequently to ensure great variety and seasonal offerings.

Our wines are supplied by the fantastic Berkmann Wine Cellars and include hearty reds and refreshing, crisp whites. Our spirits are vast also with a great selection of rums, gins and whiskeys ensuring we are the perfect pub for everyone.

Classic Pub Food

Providing pub goers with classic pub fayre, our traditional menu is packed with classic dishes. Whether you’d prefer to dig into a juicy burger, a classic fish & chips, or a summery salad, we have something you’ll love. Why not choose one of our fantastic sharers to go with a round of pints. We use only the freshest British ingredients, guaranteeing you won’t be disappointed with our take on pub grub.

Young’s On Tap App

Download our On Tap app to book your table, order food and drinks, pay your bill and so much more. We’ve gone cashless to reduce contact and create a safe environment for both our team and customers.


I really like this little pub. Tucked round the back of Clapham South station (about 10 minutes walk), it’s quaint. It is a really cosy pub for rainy afternoons or when the sun is out you can sit in the garden or out the front. They have a moderate selection of draft beer and ale, good for a pub this size, and a kitchen producing tasty food.


Henry Harry

Best pub in SW London. Proper community feel, lovely looking food (definitely eating next time) and beautiful old building walking distance from Wandsworth common.

Joshua Van Haaren

Prior to coming here I had experienced a pretty rotten day, but stopping in here brightened things up. I was greeted warmly by a young woman behind the bar, who was very helpful and friendly and took my order promptly. The ambiance of the place is fantastic. The chairs are comfy and the tables are well appointed with everything you might need. My fish and chips were fantastic as well as a great bargain. Everyone working was warm and friendly. Such a nice way to end the day, I’ll definitely be back.

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