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T he sweep of gentrification down the Northern line has reached Tooting and there is much talk of a cluster of trendy new restaurants and bars, particularly around Tooting Broadway. So far these newcomers have only added to the character of the area. Tooting is not the new Shoreditch — as some estate agents? The neighbourhood seems that rare thing: a community that has retained its independent spirit and character. This is no clone town; the High Street is dominated by Indian and Pakistani shops and restaurants that continue to thrive, and tonight the neighbourhood will be abuzz with families celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali.
And not a lot else, many seem to think. Some viewed Lonely Planet's accolade as a long time coming, while others were simply baffled by it. But what many have known in this part of the world for three or four years is that the area around Tooting Broadway tube station is an embarrassment of hip riches. It was inevitable that creative types would end up here as rent prices forced them further and further down the Northern line. And so the curry restaurants and pound shops of SW17 have new company.
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