Clapham area guide

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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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Bobbin

  • 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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No 32 The Old Town

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 32 The Pavement, SW4 0JE
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Things to do in Clapham

Confirmation

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

This review was of the show's 2014 Edinburgh Festival run. Well this was a full-on start to the Fringe: the new show by theatre maker and poet Chris Thorpe – for which he’s largely jettisoned the actual poetry – wallops you like an axe to the neck. Devised in collaboration with Rachel Chavkin of New York experimentalists The TEAM, it takes its title from confirmation bias, the phenomenon

  1. Battersea Arts Centre Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Sat Oct 25
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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 Oct 20 - Mon Nov 3
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Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: Hermitos Children 2

  • Free

Screening of Chetwynd’s latest and largest commission, ‘Hermitos Children’ that takes the form of a TV crime drama following detective Joan Shipman as she cracks sex-crimes. The chameleon-like artist, who appropriates a ‘stage name’, is known for orchestrating farcical performances and expeditions that feature her friends dressed up in homemade costumes acting out moments from art history. 

  1. Studio Voltaire 1a Nelson's Row, SW4 7JR
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Dec 14
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Shhh Dating at The Jam Tree Clapham

  • Critics choice

A two-hour dating event consisting of 'flirting games and eye-gazing', say the organisers. The catch? You're not allowed to talk to your prospective partner, meaning you need to break out some seriously hot eyelash-fluttering and win them over with charm that (thankfully) doesn't have anything to do with cheesy chat-up lines.Read more about Shhh Dating.

  1. The Jam Tree - Clapham 13-19 Old Town, SW4 0JT
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Wed Nov 19
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Restaurants in Clapham

Boqueria Tapas

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

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 36a Old Town, SW4 0LB
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Dairy

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 15 The Pavement, SW4 0HY
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Fish Club

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 57 Clapham High Street, SW4 7TG
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Jane G
Jane G

Thursday 9 October - One night only! - book tickets on 020 7498 4699

DYLAN THOMAS: RETURN JOURNEY

From the Poetry and Prose of Dylan Thomas

Devised and performed by Bob Kingdom

Original direction by Anthony Hopkins

Over 80,000 people around the world have enjoyed this critically acclaimed production.

"A thrilling lyrical journey" - The Guardian

http://www.omnibus-clapham.org/

Asia S
Asia S

The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK after its summer break with its latest & greatest production to date, set in the mystical centre of Moscow’s cultural & artistic quarter ‘PARK GORKOGO’ (Gorky Park) is the perfect seasonal back drop for what is undoubtedly the greatest & most famous circus on earth.


To buy 2 full price adult tickets for the price of 1 call the on site box office on 0203 375 3970 and qoute the promo code JUGGLER.


helen o
helen o

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. 

ClaphamTaxi
ClaphamTaxi

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.

Fabiana
Fabiana

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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