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

WC - Wine & Charcuterie

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Underneath Clapham Common tube station, SW4 7AA
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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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  1. 32 The Pavement, SW4 0JE
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Things to do in Clapham

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. Tue Sep 16 - Sun Sep 21
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The Loft Tickler Free Comedy Night

  • Free

Free comedy for the people of Clapham from circuit regulars and rising stars. Check the dates below for the full line-ups.

  1. Loft 67 Clapham High Street, SW4 7TG
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Mon Nov 3
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House Party

Resident DJs spin house classics from early 1990s to present day.

  1. Infernos Clapham High Street, SW4 7UH
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Sep 20
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Disco Infernos

The residents supply disco.

  1. Infernos Clapham High Street, SW4 7UH
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Sep 21
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Restaurants in Clapham

Boqueria Tapas

  • Rated as: 5/5
  1. 192 Acre Lane, SW2 5UL
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  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 36a Old Town, SW4 0LB
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  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 15 The Pavement, SW4 0HY
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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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