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Clapham Common

Attractions, Parks and gardens Clapham
5 out of 5 stars
(17user reviews)
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Time Out says

Clapham Common provides an oasis of peace amid the busy traffic of south west London, with Holy Trinity Church, which dates from 1776, at its perimeter. A number of cafés, sporting facilities, two playgrounds and a skate park make the common a lively recreational facility for locals. Originally built in 1890, Clapham Common’s bandstand is the largest in London. After falling into disrepair in the 1960s, the bandstand was restored and reopened and now hosts a variety of open-air concerts during the summer months.



Address: Windmill Drive
Transport: Tube: Clapham South/Clapham Common
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  • Dance and electronic Saturday August 29 2020 - Sunday August 30 2020

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A bustling green oasis next to the tube station, full of young people chatting & drinking beers, dog walkers and happy runners!

I love this park so much!  Whether you want to enjoy a quiet picnic, a cycle around the common or exercise with one of the many fitness classes that are hosted here, there is always something happening here. It's enormous so there's lots of walking to be done! 

Clapham Common is great place to chill out I go to London alot as I have Business contacts in clapham and met up on a hot weekend in August and spent a few hours in the it was great seeing I'm used to the beach.


Clapham Common is huge and has something for everyone. During the summer you have to pick your way through twenty somethings sprawled out with a bottle of cider to get from one side of the other but the winter chases them inside.

The winter is for the hardcore: dog walkers, keep fitters, would be footballers and parents of small children who have two designated places to allow their offspring to roam, the playground and an enclosed grassy area free from bottle caps and and dog poo.

There is also a outdoor 'pool' which may have been a pool once but is now a cemented area filled with a minimal amount of water for children to splash in during the summer months.

There are no public toilets that I'm aware of, aside from the toilets in the cafe but the highstreet is not a million miles away and has plenty of toilets available in various places.

I love the common! But it needs cleaned up sometimes there is trash and the paths could do with being re-tarmacced etc

Space, summer and sun and .. SW4 festival. Clapham Common, home to so many memories!


Clapham Common is a pretty vast common and therefore probably the most well known in South london. It's a pretty sprawling park with not many iconic parts or features, and a road or two split it up, hence why it's not my number one. That said, it's a nice enough place for a wander if you've been around Clapham High Street. 

the heart and soul of clapham. Beautiful in every season and most importantly, it is in constant use by everyone. Taken for granted but it is the most valuable thing from fitness, to music to food festivals to your daily jog.

Classic green area for a lazy sunday in the park with friends. Also there are loads of dogs you can buddy up with for the afternoon.

It really is a good park to visit if you like green outdoor spaces. I rated other nearby parks in this article:

Beautiful Clapham Common is South London's 2nd largest Common after Wimbledon Common and one of the city's largest open spaces. Excellent for lazy summer days, picnics and dog walking and lots of fun areas for children. The ponds and lake have been revamped for wild life and its bandstand is one of the oldest in the UK. There are festivals on the Common all through the summer including London Calling and SW Four in June and August respectively. The Common can be accessed from the Tube on the Northern Line at Clapham Common or at Clapham South. There are pubs, bars and restaurants aplenty in Clapham itself however the Windmill quite sensibly is the only pub on the Common. Clapham was the original Ground Zero or epicentre of South London's gentrification but has matured of late as property prices have gone through the roof and made it a less affordable place to live for young professionals and graduates who have found succor in nearby Brixton and Peckham, Nevertheless Clapham Common is still a magnet for young sun worshippers and fitness fanatics from far and wide. 

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