Earlsfield Area Guide for Businesses

With such a profusion of businesses in Earlsfield and the wider Wandsworth area, there are plenty of opportunities to build connections through business networking events.

“More Light, More Power”
– Earlsfield town motto

While Clapham and Wimbledon tend to take the spotlight, Earlsfield is a beautiful and distinguished area of Wandsworth. The property market is flourishing, with a new influx of young professionals flocking to the area, in no small part due to its fast links to central London. That’s not to say that this short commute is the only option for career-minded individuals; Earlsfield is, in itself, an increasingly thriving business hub.

Families are also very fond of Earlsfield, due to its good schools and lower crime rates than most London suburbs (crime in the area tends to equal that of nearby Wimbledon). Overall quality of life score (broken down by income, employment, health, education, barriers to services, living environment; and crime) in Earlsfield indicates that it is among the top third of areas in England.

Earlsfield Transport Links

From Earlsfield railway station, it takes just 12 minutes to reach London Waterloo; three stops and no changes. It’s one stop from Wimbledon and a quick change at Clapham Junction to get to London Victoria. No fewer than 16 trains per hour go to Waterloo from Earlsfield and back. As a business, colleagues, clients and associates will have no trouble reaching your office and heading out for meetings in the city.

Southfields tube station, on the District line, is about 15 minutes’ walk from Needspace? Earlsfield Business Centre on Garratt Lane. From there, it’s a 20 minute ride to London Victoria.

Buses, too, are in good supply in Earlsfield. Buses 44, 270 and N44 go regularly from Garratt Lane, heading to and from Battersea, Tooting, Mitcham, London Victoria and Putney.

Information for Businesses in Earlsfield: Facts and Stats

The latest available figures (at time of writing) show that, in 2018, 2,954 new businesses were formed in the borough of Wandsworth. The total active businesses operating in the borough in 2018 was 19,890. The vast majority (93.7%) of these businesses in Wandsworth are classed as ‘Micro’ businesses, employing up to 9 staff. Over 30% of businesses in Wandsworth are within the ‘Professional, scientific and technical’ industries (more than 12% above the national average).

There is an abundance of high quality talent in Earlsfield. The area boasts an economically active population of over 80%, the majority of which are in full-time employment. Over 30% of those living in Earlsfield are within Professional occupations; 22% are Associate Professionals and Technical Specialists. Managers, Directors and Senior Officials make up 14.3% and Business, Media and Public Service professionals comprise 13.8%. Earlsfield has 20% more Higher and Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional households than the national average.

53.6% of the entire Earlsfield working population is educated to degree level or higher (the national average is 27.4% for Level 4 education), many of them being single and never married. The average age of those living in Earlsfield is 35, with nearly 31% aged between 30 and 44.

Office Space in Earlsfield

With so many businesses in Earlsfield, finding the right kind of office space for small businesses that is both affordable and good quality can be a challenge. Affordability is perhaps the biggest issue, given high rent in the area. It is a good idea to seek out offices to rent in Earlsfield which offer more ‘bang for your buck’.

Rather than simply renting a unit, try managed offices where some of your other monthly bills are included in the price. Like Needspace? at Earlsfield Business Centre, for instance, where your business rates, building insurance, utility bills, communal area cleaning, maintenance, security and service charges are all included within one affordable monthly fee. This also includes high speed internet connectivity and phone systems. There are even kitchen and shower facilities, and meeting rooms on site.

Networking in Earlsfield

With such a profusion of businesses in Earlsfield and the wider Wandsworth area, there are plenty of opportunities to build connections through business networking events. Networking is a great way for micro- and small business owners to grow their company through mutual advice, knowledge and assistance. These are a few of the most popular networking groups in Wandsworth which you might like to check out:

Earlsfield Business Network

Wandsworth Chamber

The Athena Network Balham Group

BNI Central London & The City: Nightingale BNI (Balham)

Women in Business Network

Where to Entertain Clients in Earlsfield

Best Restaurants in Earlsfield

Earlsfield, like nearby Wimbledon and Clapham, is blessed with a profusion of fantastic eateries. These are our top 5 favourites:

The Jolly Gardeners

A casual and informal dining space where the food is always top-notch, The Jolly Gardeners offers both a lunch menu and an evening à la carte menu (Wednesday to Saturday, plus Sunday lunchtime).

The Wandle

A favourite after work spot for Earlsfielders, The Wandle is also a great choice of location for a casual client lunch in a pleasant, gastropub atmosphere. Just a short walk from the station.

Il Girasole

Il Girasole is a popular and welcoming Italian trattoria and pizzeria in the heart of bustling Garratt Lane. Along with the standard pizza and pasta offering, Il Girasole is renowned for its outstanding seafood.

Amrutha Lounge

Veganism is on the menu at 5* rated Amrutha Lounge. Innovative recipes stand side by side with familiar classics. Thirsty? Choose from healthy kombucha, coconut water, lassi or lemonade – or bring your own bottle for something a little stronger.


A well-established local favourite, Nazmin’s has been running since 1966. Serving cracking Indian food presented with exquisite, haute cuisine aesthetics, it’s little wonder that Earlsfield locals return time and again to this Garratt Lane gem.

Golf Courses in Earlsfield

Being in South West London, you may think that golf courses are thin on the ground. But just a little way outside of Earlsfield itself, you will find there are some excellent courses on which to entertain clients.

Wimbledon Park Golf Club

In the heart of SW19, Wimbledon Park is a well-known 18-hole parkland course and clubhouse surrounding Wimbledon Park Lake, featuring 65 newly designed and rebuilt bunkers. Welcomes visitors and guests of members.

Wimbledon Common Golf Club
Just 8 miles outside of Central London, Wimbledon Common Golf Club offers a challenging woodland course with award-winning greens. The relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of the club makes it exceedingly popular, as do the reduced rates for weekday games.

Richmond Park Golf Course
Richmond Park Golf Course boasts two 18-hole courses and a 20-bay driving range. Enjoy swinging your club around, or head to the popular Nineteen Bar & Kitchen, the club’s friendly, laid back restaurant.

Other Ideas for Client Entertainment in Earlsfield

With its proximity to Central London, there is no shortage of ways to entertain clients. Earlsfield itself boasts Tara, an award-winning multicultural theatre and arts centre. However, for entertaining clients, London proper is your best bet; the city is your oyster!

A Bit of Earlsfield History

Earlsfield dates back to medieval times, when it was part of the manor of Garrat (then a hamlet). In the 18th century, Garrat became known for its satirical mock elections, where the winning candidate was decided based on being “the most deformed and stupid”, as the candidates’ policies mocked the real general election pledges of the time.

Over time, as transportation routes permeated the area during the Victorian era, suburban development began to make its way closer to Garrat, culminating in the opening of Earlsfield station on Garratt Lane in 1884. Named Earlsfield after a nearby property upon whose land the station was constructed, the station’s nomenclature gave birth to that of the Earlsfield area we know today.

Earlsfield was traditionally a working class area, reflected in the mid-sized terraced properties that make up most of the established residences in the area. These, along with newer developments, are now principally home to middle-class young families who enjoy the relative affordability of Earlsfield compared with that of nearby Wimbledon and Clapham.

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