A small snapshot of how the High Street has evolved over the years. Click on the images to see larger versions.
1908: HARRINGTON’S PIE & MASH OPENS
Harrington’s Pie & Mash first opens its doors. The Harrington family are still serving their famous pie, mash, and liquor to queuing punters to this day.
1916: WOOLWORTHS OPENS
Woolworths opened their 64th store in Tooting, opposite the Broadway.
1926: MIND THE GAP
The arrival of the underground transforms Tooting from a village into a London suburb.
1930: TOOTING MARKET OPENS
Tooting Market opens.
1931: THE GRANADA OPENS
The Granada cinema opens.
1932: THE MAYFAIR OPENS
The Mayfair cinema opens and is renamed the ABC in 1933.
1936: LA REINE FOUNDED
The La Reine manufacturing company is established. They specialised in all types of hairdressing equipment including barber, hairdressing, optical, and dental chairs.
1936: TOOTING BROADWAY MARKET OPENS
Tooting Broadway market opens.
1939 – 1945 WORLD WAR II
1946 – JA TAYLOR OPENS
JA Taylor Bakers opens. Many years later people will recognise it as one of the 800 sites belonging to Greggs.
1950s – GIGS AT THE GRANADA
The Granada Cinema moves with the times and starts hosting music gigs, headlining acts such as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Little Richard, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Jimi Hendrix, The Supremes, and The Rolling Stones.
1952: TRAMS CEASE
Trams cease operating in Tooting.
1955: MORLEYS OPENS
Morleys Stores take over Smith Bros in 1955. Over 60 years later, Morleys prides itself as Tooting’s largest Home Store.
1960: TABORNS OPENS
The Taborn family has four shops selling a variety of different goods in Tooting, with a flagship store at 66-68 Tooting High Street.
1960: CHELSEA GIRL OPENS
Chelsea Girl opens.
1968: MARKS & SPENCER OPENS
Marks & Spencer opens in Tooting – or M&S as we know it today.
1970s: DAVIES OPENS
Davies the pram shop opens.
1973: GRANADA CLOSES
Granada Cinema closes due to declining audiences.
1973: SREE KRISHNA OPENS
Sree Krishna opened in 1973 and was the first South Indian restaurant to open in Tooting. The business permanently closed in 2020.
1976: ST. GEORGE’S, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
St. George’s, University of London (medical school) moved to Tooting.
1976: GRANADA REOPENS
Granada reopens as Granada Bingo Club.
1979: MAYFAIR CLOSES
The ABC (Mayfair) Cinema closes.
1980: ST. GEORGE’S HOSPITAL OPENS
St. George’s Hospital opened its doors in Tooting.
1980: SHERRY’S MENSWEAR OPENS
Sherrys Menswear opens.
1980: SAMRAT OPENS
Samrat opens. The family-run restaurant now claims to be the longest-established curry house in Tooting.
1987: THE GREAT STORM
On the 15/16 October, there was a hurricane that hit the UK. It caused much damage to buildings, vehicles, and felled trees all over Tooting.
1996: MAYFAIR CONVERSION
The circle foyer of the Mayfair (ABC) Cinema was converted into a Muslim cultural centre. Upper parts of the building converted into a Islamic school.
2008: M&S CLOSES
M&S closes in Tooting with a plan to open a superstore in Colliers Wood.
2011: PRIMARK OPENS
Primark opens in Tooting on the site of the old M&S.
2012: SAM’S 99P OPENS
Sam’s 99p shop opens on the site that used to house the Gordon Bennett public house. It had been converted into a retail space after suffering bomb damage in the war. It was originally the Broadway Palace Theatre.
2015: CARRIER BAG CHARGE INTRODUCED
The 5p single use carrier bag charge is introduced in shops to try to combat the impact they are having on the environment. The government encourage retailers to donate the proceeds to charitable causes.
2017: SAVERS AND ICELAND OPEN
Savers and Iceland open on the redeveloped site that used to house The Astoria Cinema (formerly the Tooting Electric Pavilion).
2021: B&Q OPENS
B&Q opens on what used to be the site of:
C and J Attlee, Brewers
Leonard Wood *, C Attlee and Co. Tooting Brewery
Tooting Brewery Ltd.
Tooting Brewery Ltd.
Leslie Warner Shoe Co and Electroscope Theatre, J Fabro, Junior Manager
Leslie Warner Shoe Co and Our Premier Picture House, Leon Valley, Manager