Area Guides » Clapham
Clapham Common has been a sought after location since the Clapham set counted William Wilberforce amongst its alumni and has barely been out of vogue since. The major draws are the park, the ease of transport, sitting right on the Northern Line with three stations within easy walk and the bars and restaurants that pepper the area. Much of the area has seen continued improvements over the last decade bringing the quality of housing stock right up and vastly increasing population density to create a modern buzzing destination for the young aspirational set from a sleepy backwater. There is still magnificent Georgian architecture in some spots, but most of the area was built on in Victorian times with some Edwardian additions too. Little modern development has been feasible since then due to lack of land, although there are some notable exceptions of late - a new, state of the art leisure centre, Gehry inspired library building and wingate square development.