Clapham area guide

Discover the best restaurants, pubs, bars and things to do in SW4



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Clapham has had a bit of a resurgence in popularity in the last couple of decades. Gentrification projects in the '80s made the area a desirable place to live, and restaurants, bars and pubs started blossoming near Clapham Common. A night out in Clapham tends to be more relaxed than in other parts of London, but the bars and pubs still make sure a good party is easy to find. Clapham restaurants are perfect for everything from lazy brunches to large dinners for rowdy revellers. If that's not enough, there are plenty of things to do nearby, including club nights, concerts and a bit of theatre. Should all that be a bit too much, you can always lounge around on Clapham Common.

What are your favourite Clapham haunts? Let us know.

Bars and pubs in Clapham


  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. 67 Clapham High Street, SW4 7TG
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  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 1-3 Lillieshall Rd, SW4 0LN
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Craft Beer Company

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 128 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6ED
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Lost Society

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 697 Wandsworth Road, SW8 3JF
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Things to do in Clapham

South West Four

Deadmau5, Skream, Above & Beyond, Maceo Plex, Netsky, Marco Carola, Alesso, Jamie Jones, Magda, Sasha, Super8 & Tab, Booka Shade, Guy Gerber, Cosmic Gate, Paul Kalkbrenner, Seth Troxler. The Clapham Common weekender returns for another weekend of classic club-flavoured dance business, overflowing with anthems and arms in the air. If you're longing for superclub sounds but loath to spend the last

  1. Clapham Common Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE
  2. Sat Aug 23 - Sun Aug 24
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Colourscape Music Festival

Colourscape is celebrating its 25th birthday at 2014's event on Clapham Common, which makes this year an even more special chance to visit its colourful tunnels in what must be the closest thing to being swallowed by a scene from 'Yellow Submarine'. Guests must choose a coloured cape before venturing into the enormous labyrinth to explore nearly an acre of space while daylight casts a rainbow

  1. Clapham Common Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE
  2. Sat Sep 13 - Sun Sep 21
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Clapham Comedy Club

Sion James hosts this very friendly club in Clapham Common. See the dates below for each line-up.

  1. Bread & Roses 68 Clapham Manor St, SW4 6DZ
  2. Thu Sep 4
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Guided Mindfulness Walking Meditation

  • Free

Learn how to remain rooted in your body and focused on your breathing, while still being aware of your surroundings, on this mindfulness meditative walk. There'll be a 20-minute talk about the deeply calming practice before you head out for a 45-minute walk on Clapham Common.  

  1. Clapham Common Bandstand Clapham Common, SW4 9BS
  2. Wed Aug 27
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Restaurants in Clapham

Boqueria Tapas

  • Rated as: 5/5
  1. 192 Acre Lane, SW2 5UL
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The Dairy

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 15 The Pavement, SW4 0HY
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  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 36a Old Town, SW4 0LB
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Bistro Union

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 40 Abbeville Road, SW4 9NG
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Clapham is one of the nicest places to live in London, although I am aware that it has a reputation for middle class 'posiness' and yummy mummysm and thus there has been a backlash against it, largely also because of its sprawling nature and history of being South London's original gentrification epicentre and its manic Friday/Saturday nightlife and tawdry bars. This was where the waves of gentrification originally spread out from in the 1980s to engulf Balham in the noughties and more recently neighbouring Brixton and East Dulwich and Peckham further away.  Historically Clapham was a the place to go for a night out by younger South Londoners and still remains so even though cultural visitors from north of the river will opt for Brixton Village or Peckham these days. Clapham's central attraction is its Common. 


I am new in Clapham and i was searching for the best restaurants and bars in clapham, suddenly i saw this post and i found this list quite informative, tonight i am going to "Trinity" with my friend.


My fevourite place is called Via Caracciolo Pizzeria in Lavander Hill. They just opened two weeks ago and pizza it's just the one that you would eat in Naples. And homemade Tiramisù it's just like heaven!!!!!! Definitively 100% reccomend!!!

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