Since being badly bombed in World War 2, it’s fair to say that Clapham has bounced back. Once voted one of the worst places to live: it’s now an affluent residential suburb, – and home to many a well known Londoner. Families, foodies and party goers alike now flock to this South London hot spot – and here’s why.
Perfectly placed between Battersea and Brixton, there’s a buzzing and eclectic scene which attracts people from all over the world. There’s also a really strong sense of community – and it’s varied, vibrant and diverse.
Broadly speaking, Clapham can be divided in to two: the family side – and ‘young Clapham’. Families tend to gravitate towards the Victorian garden properties of the Old Town, where there’s plenty of open green space to enjoy, a decent choice of schools and a host of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. The buyers and renters at the younger end of the market tend to prefer the flats and the nightlife scene that center around the high street. And it’s not just the draw of the nightlife that attracts them: Clapham Junction is one of London’s top shopping and entertainment destinations.
Central of course to the life of the community is Clapham common – a vast green space: fantastic for families, dog walkers, sun worshipers, frisbee flingers, joggers and anglers. It’s calendar is jam-packed with vibrant and vivacious events during the summer months: and it boasts the biggest bandstand in London.
What’s on there?
Definitely check out Clapham Picturehouse, the Omnibus Theatre, Studio Voltaire, Venn Street Market and of course Clapham Common.
If you’re eating out in Clapham then you’re spoiled for choice. The variation of the restaurants really does epitomise the diversity of the area itself. Here are our top recommendations. Mommi – a Peruvian, Japanese-style bar, offerering bottomless bruch, a cocktail reception and Peruvian roasts. Trinity – for michelin star, seasonal menus in a modern, monochrome dining room. Counter Culture, for an uber-cool, intimate, small-plate experience and Sinabro – for family-run, fancy french cuisine.
Pubs a plenty here! You might like Bobbin – a gastro-pub with real ales and a great conservatory. The Bread and Roses – for its old-school vibe, comedy, theatre and live music or Coach and Horses – for local craft beer, the finest thin-crust pizza and the best sports coverage. That should keep you busy for a while.
How much does it cost?
A 1 bedroomed flat in Clapham will cost you on average 460,451 to buy or £1,491 a month to rent. A 4 bedroomed property will cost you on average £1.38 m or £3,561 a month to rent.
Houses here are mainly Victorian and Georgian but you will also find cottages in Old Town and plenty of new builds too.
Crescent Grove, Grafton Square and Elms Road.
Clapham is the SW4 postcode.
Clapham is super-well positioned transport-wise. Clapham Junction is around 8 minutes from Waterloo and there are 35 trains an hour. Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South are all in Zone 2 on the Northern line and you can get to the West End or the city in around 15 minutes.
Clapham is also well served by buses, including frequent night buses. Cyclists can take advantage of the Cycle Superhighway 7 that runs alongside Clapham Common.
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