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Clapham area guide

Discover all the best things to do in Clapham, plus the best restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels in the area

Clapham is a desirable place to live and visit. There’s a whole host of pubs, bars and restaurants cropping up, each adding to the area's buzzing and eclectic scene. Whether you’re after a leisurely brunch, cheap eats or in need of something a little fancier, Clapham restaurants offer something for everyone. The area’s nightlife scene is impressive too, with a plethora of bars and pubs, plus the occasional club to keep the party going into the early hours. If that's not enough, there are plenty of things to do nearby, including concerts and theatre. Should all that be a bit too much, you can always lounge around on Clapham Common.

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Things to do in Clapham

Venn Street Market
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Venn Street Market

Open every Saturday between 10am-4pm, head down for fresh produce, hot food and drinks.   

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Lady Chastity’s Reserve
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Lady Chastity’s Reserve

Not quite an escape room, this team game is an immersive experince with a hilarious innuendo-drenched storyline woven in.   

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5 out of 5 stars
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The best restaurants in Clapham

Mommi
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Mommi

Venue says: “Treat your MOM this Mothers Day. Three Course Bespoke Peruvian Sunday Roast Dining + our delectable "House" cocktail - the MOMMI fizz.”

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Dairy
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Dairy

Contemporary little bar and bistro.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Counter Culture
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Counter Culture

A counter restaurant spin-off to The Dairy.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Trinity
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Trinity

A destination for special occasions. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Cheap eats in Clapham

Joe Public
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Joe Public

A US-style pizza joint open until midnight offering slices from just £4.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Brickwood
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Brickwood

A two-floored Antipodean-style café that serves a mean brunch. 

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Cafés in Clapham

Esca
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Esca

Venue says: “A very happy new year to you from all of us at Esca. We hope it is the dawn of an incredible 2018 for you and your loved ones.”

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4 out of 5 stars
Urban Gourmet
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Urban Gourmet

This tiny place punches well above its weight.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Tart
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Tart

The primmest of prime locations.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Birdhouse
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Birdhouse

This unpretentious place is pretty much perfect.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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The best bars and pubs in Clapham

WC - Wine & Charcuterie
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WC - Wine & Charcuterie

A former public toilet now reopened as a wine bar. 

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Bobbin
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Bobbin

A quiet residential neighbourhood gastropub.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Craft Beer Company
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Craft Beer Company

A proper neighbourhood pub that's also a beer-spotters’ heaven.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
King & Co
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King & Co

Featuring craft brews, draft ales and real ciders and a pop-up kitchen.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Hotels near Clapham

The Alma Hotel

The Alma Hotel

In South West London, The Alma Hotel is just 50 metres from Wandsworth Train Station. Boutique bedrooms feature designer wallpaper, luxury toiletries, free Wi-Fi and LCD TVs.The spacious bedrooms have Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy bathrobes. They also include a work desk, iPod dock and tea/coffee making facilities. Some have luxury bathrooms with stand-alone baths.At the heart of the Alma is a traditional London pub with a range of real ales and fine wines. The beautiful dining room serves modern British cuisine and features antique-style furniture.East Putney Underground Station is just 5 minutes’ drive away, offering direct access to Earls Court, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. Heathrow Airport is just 12 miles from the Alma Hotel.

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Rafayel Hotel & Spa

Rafayel Hotel & Spa

On the riverfront, this eco-friendly 5-star boutique hotel has a spa, 2 restaurants and a bar with river views. Clapham Junction Tube station is just a 10-minute walk away.Hotel Rafayel’s luxurious designer rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious private bathrooms and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. Some rooms feature specially designed Jet Lag recovery lighting technology. Upon request, rooms with a spa bath or partial river view may be available.Leisure facilities include a sauna, a steam room, and a range of spa treatments.The Banyan on the Thames Restaurant serves an extensive grill-based menu. The Rafayel’s stylish riverside bar offers freshly mixed cocktails and a light bar menu.Free shuttle transfers to the nearest public transport links, Clapham Junction and Clapham Common, can be provided on request, upon prior reservation.

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Crowne Plaza London Battersea

Crowne Plaza London Battersea

The Crowne Plaza London Battersea is a 4-star hotel on the South Bank of the River Thames with panoramic river views and a vitality spa and hydro pool.Each trendy, colourful room at the Crowne Plaza London Battersea has a flat-screen TV and a tea/coffee maker. Guests can also relax in their spacious seating area.The adults only Spa provides a range of indulgent massages, body wraps and beauty treatments in its thermal rooms. There is also a modern, fully equipped gym with a range of cardiovascular equipment and weights. Guests can unwind on the property's terrace and watch the sun set over the Thames.The contemporary PAD Restaurant & Bar serves a bar menu and cocktails, and boasts striking views of the River Thames and heliport.Outside the London congestion zone, the property offers ample onsite parking. It is located on the South Bank of the River Thames, opposite Chelsea Harbour.Clapham Junction Station is a 10-minute walk away, providing easy access to central London and London Gatwick Airport.

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Premier Inn London Brixton

Premier Inn London Brixton

Located 2 minutes' walk from Brixton Village Market and The Ritzy cinema, Premier Inn London Brixton offers an on-site restaurant and free WiFi. Brixton Tube and train station is a minute's walk away and central London can be reached in 20 minutes. The O2 Academy Brixton is just a 5-minute walk away.Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a 40-inch flat-screen TV, blackout curtains and en-suite power shower. Tea/coffee making facilities are also provided.You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.London City Airport is 12 km from the property. It's a 10-minute stroll to historic Brockwell Park and a little further to lively Clapham Common.

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The perfect weekend in Clapham

Shop: Venn Street Market
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Shop: Venn Street Market

Pick up everything you need for your weekend from fresh fish to cheese for that all-important cheese board. 

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5 out of 5 stars
Drink: Cellar SW4
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Drink: Cellar SW4

A wine bar-cum-shop specialising in biodynamic, organic and sustainable wines.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Eat: Tsunami
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Eat: Tsunami

Venue says: “Open lunchtimes, Tuesday to Sunday, offering a set menu from £12, ramen from £9.50 and sushi wraps from £6.50.”

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Explore: Clapham Common
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Explore: Clapham Common

Big enough to get totally lost on, Clapham Common is the perfect spot to while away your weekend. 

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5 out of 5 stars

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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

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

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

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

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!!!