Clapham area guide

There’s something for everyone in Clapham and it draws an eclectic crowd. Clapham Common sits at its centre and is always buzzing with activity. There’s a diverse mix of restaurants, shops, independent boutiques and nightlife, along with some wonderful architecture. It rarely feels overcrowded here, despite the abundance of things to do, and Clapham endures as one of the most desirable places to live in south London. The local schools are excellent and the transport options second to none, with three London Underground (Northern Line) stations in close proximity and frequent London Overground trains from Clapham High Street station.

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Life in Clapham

Out and about

Head to Venn Street for its Saturday market and catch a film at Clapham Picturehouse. Or watch a show at the renowned Omnibus Theatre nearby. Independent boutiques and eateries line the streets in pretty Clapham Old Town and Abbeville Village. Clapham Library is well worth a visit for the Gehry-inspired architecture alone. You can even take a tour of the world’s first underground farm, Growing Underground, 33 metres below the streets of Clapham.

Green spaces

At the very heart of Clapham is its lively Common, with 220 acres of green space, ponds, playgrounds, skate park and Grade II listed bandstand. On a sunny day, the Common is buzzing and come rain or shine, you’ll see joggers pounding the pavements and sports and fitness classes going on most evenings and weekends. Clapham Common also plays host to some major London events, including SW4 and Winterville.

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