Clapham Area Guide
About the Area
With buzzing bars and more Fresher’s Week nostalgia than you can shake a glowstick at, Clapham is the best postgrad party you’ve ever been to. But there’s loads to like about this dynamic district. Even for longtime Londoners, Clapham’s a guilty pleasure.
Scuzzy, brash and beautiful (at least with beer goggles), Clapham is like catnip for bright young things taking their first steps in the capital. But hold on — there’s way more to it than that. Yes, Clapham is larger than life but it’s also larger than you think. It’s a tale of two Claphams — or four, if we’re counting stations, although Clapham Junction is in Battersea (don’t even get us started)…
In reality, Clapham has a bit of everything. It’s a sprawling area of five postcodes covering everything from classic retail therapy and dancing under the disco ball (hello, Clapham High Street) to peaceful green spaces, kite-flying and designer dogs (hello, Clapham Common). For all the club nights and 3am kebab shops there are loads of charming pubs, parks and restaurants you’d be happy to take your granny to. Clapham Picturehouse is a cute little haunt for cinema lovers, and ye olde world is well represented by the period pubs of Clapham North — The Landor and The Falcon to name but two.
So if you’re nostalgic for the sticky floors of a student club, Clapham is an amazing intro to London. But even if you want a more slow-roasted (and WiFi-enabled) pace of life, there’s way more to Clapham than you think.
Clapham Picture House
Independent art house cinema with modern seating and bar showing mainstream, classic and cult films.Visit Website
Clapham Pottery is a busy self-funding and not-for-profit community pottery, offering pottery classes for all ages and all abilities.Visit Website
Minnow is a laid-back independent neighbourhood restaurant overlooking Clapham Common. The menu is focused on modern, seasonal dishes using the freshest ingredients and local produce and offers a selection of cocktails, wine, freshly pressed juices and hand-roasted coffee.Visit Website
Lovely neighbourhood restaurant cooking up mouth-watering steaks. They also have a great wine selection.Visit Website
Live bands appear most nights of the week at this laid-back, trendy pub that also serves pizza.Visit Website
No 32 The Old Town
No 32 The Old Town is an eye-catching restaurant and bar located within a few minutes of Clapham. It has a sunlit first floor roof terrace overlooking leafy Clapham Common.Visit Website
With two to chose from in Clapham, Adventure Bar is one of the most established bars in the area. Famed for beer pong and Happy Hour cocktails during the week, and dancing on booths and partying hard at weekends.Visit Website
Hitch up your sleigh for the annual Santa Run London and bring a flash of red to the streets of London with thousands of runners doing laps of Clapham Common dressed as Santa Claus.Visit Website
Tough Mudder - Clapham
Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt 10–12 mile-long obstacle courses that test mental as well as physical strength.Visit Website