Wandsworth Area Guide
Wandsworth takes its name from the River Wandle, which enters the Thames at Wandsworth. Divided up into different areas, Wandsworth Common is set back from the river, at the top of East Hill, and is adjoined by an area known locally as "the Toast Rack" that has some of the most expensive townhouses in London, as well as the restaurant Chez Bruce, formerly Harveys, where chef Gordon Ramsay learned his trade. "The Tonsleys" /Old York Road is a residential area of old Wandsworth close to the river and town centre, so called because many of the street names have the word "Tonsley" included. It has a village feel with the Old York Road's cafes and shops at its heart. Wandsworth High Street is dominated by the recently regenerated Southside shopping centre, cinema and restaurant complex (formerly called the Arndale Centre). Behind the shopping centre, and following the River Wandle upstream towards Earlsfield and further south to Wimbledon, is King George's Park. Wandsworth itself has two rail stations, Wandsworth Town and Wandsworth Common both with excellent links to central London and surround.