‘Captivating’ Tooting has been named one of the best neighbourhoods in the world, alongside exotic hotspots in Rio, Seoul and New York. Sound unlikely? Not if you live there, says the Guardian’s online Travel editor
Brookyln’s Sunset Park, Frelard in Seattle, Botofogo in Rio and … Tooting. The south London neighbourhood has joined the ranks of the world’s coolest city areas according to Lonely Planet. The guidebook publisher, which hailed “captivating” Tooting’s “multiculturalism and originality,” is known for including publicity-generating surprises in its lists of best destinations (earlier this year Leeds made it into the top 10 places to visit in Europe) but for residents of Tooting – me included – being ranked alongside other up-and-coming hotspots around the world merely confirms what we already knew: Tooting is a brilliant place to live and visit. And Lonely Planet is not the first big name to recognise the buzz in Tooting. In January this year the New York Times published its guide to the “The London of London’s Mayor”, a reference to Tooting resident and its former MP, Sadiq Khan.