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Clapham pubs

Looking for places to drink in Clapham? Choose from one of the area’s very best pubs

By Laura Richards
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SW4 has a bit of a reputation for its lively nightlife. But Clapham’s pubs are much more diverse than that. Sure, you can tap up the pubs in this list for a night on the tiles, but these spots are also great for daytime sessions, pub grub grazing or chilled out sessions in the sunshine. Take a look through our list of the best pubs in Clapham for guaranteed good times, south-west-style.

RECOMMENDED: Find more fun in the neighbourhood in our Clapham area guide

Bobbin

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Gastropubs Clapham

In a quiet residential street not far from Clapham Common sits Bobbin, an appealing neighbourhood gastropub. It has a changing rota of proper ales and an airy conservatory at the rear.

The Bread And Roses

Cinemas Clapham

This Workers Beer Company-run pub is proud to sport its socialist credentials, it takes its name from a James Oppenheim poem associated with a textile strike. As well as pulled pork burgers and pints, there’s theatre, comedy and live music to enjoy at this action-packed, old-school boozer.

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Coach And Horses

Bars and pubs Clapham

The Coach and Horses is in Frontier’s stable, these days, serving their lager as well as a whole host of locally brewed craft beers. The policy is ‘hops and dough’ so pair those pints with pizzas hot from the oven. Any of the pizza toppings can be ordered as a calzone. 

Venue says Local craft beer, delicious thin-crust pizza and the best in sports TV. 2 for 1 on all pizza, every Monday night!

Craft Beer Company

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Clapham

This proper neighbourhood pub is part of the Craft Beer Co chain, and as such, it is dedicated to serving a brilliant range of beers from small producers. Work your way through hand-crafted cask ales, guest kegs, and of course an array of exotic bottles. 

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Paul Winch-Furness

Draft House

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Battersea

This Northcote Road branch is one of 12 Draft Houses in London now – a sign of their popularity. Food is influenced by the US with burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork buns and Americanised salads. It's the beer, though, that pulls in most punters - and the fact that they are available by the one-third pint does wonders for a little exploration. 

Four Thieves

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Breweries Clapham Junction

This beautifully refurbed Victorian palace has a strong offering at the bar – including the pub’s own-distilled gin. But it’s the entertaiment that counts, with comedy nights and a whole room dedicated to arcade games, plus an escape room for those fully committed to a big night out down the local. 

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King & Co

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Gastropubs Clapham

Autumn 2014 saw the former King's Head change ownership, with a new look and more focus on craft beers and a 'street food kitchen'. Now, King & Co is perhaps best known for its restaurant residencies and pop-ups, with chefs taking over the kitchen to amp up the pub grub offering – the most recent was Malt & Pepper, who use beer in all their recipes. Well, it is a pub.

The Railway Tavern

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Gastropubs Clapham

This pub at the tawdrier end of Clapham High Street sports petrol hues, parquet flooring, trendy lighting and plenty of high tables and stools. The menu includes sharing plates and pimped-up, loaded fries. To drink, there are award-winning cask beers and ales on tap, and there’s a menu of gin and tonics to work your way through.

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The Stonhouse

Restaurants Clapham

The Stonhouse, a chic and vibrant gastro pub in London’s Clapham Common, attracts a mix of suited city brokers, media darlings and local Claphamites. It’s an ideal escape from the Clapham High Street party goers, and is well regarded for its pub grub – Cornish crab cakes, seared scallops and spinach and ricotta ravioli is a cut above the rest.

Burger Shack
Guy Dimond

The Windmill

Bars and pubs Clapham

This big Young's pub has a prime site on Clapham Common (though with no views of the common; it faces the busy A road). A burger shack sits in the front garden, which seems to suit the al fresco dining crowd once they’ve had their fill of lounging on the Common. There are also rooms above the pub, run as a small hotel.

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