Located just south of Battersea, Clapham has a rich history and is well known for its extensive green open spaces, a broad selection of housing stock and excellent transport links to the City.
A lively and sociable place, Clapham is split into three main areas. The Old Town, The High Street and Abbeville Road, which all have parades of upmarket independent shops, renowned restaurants and countless bars and cafes; giving Clapham a village-like atmosphere.
Excellent transport links are available with three tube stations serving the area and several mainline railway stations linking Clapham to Victoria, London Bridge and Waterloo.
Whether you’re a young professional looking for quick access to central London or a family looking for quality housing and schools, Clapham is one of the most attractive and trendiest places in which to live.
Did You Know
- Britain’s busiest railway station; Clapham Junction isn’t actually in Clapham! In fact it’s in Battersea, and over 2,000 trains pass through it every day.
- In the 18th century lavender was grown in fields near Clapham. It was used to make perfume. That is how Lavender Hill got its name.
- According to the Domesday book, Clapham began its existence as a Saxon village called Clopeham. Named as such after Cloppham which meant the village ‘ham’ by the hill ‘clopp’.
- In 1942 the Government built deep shelters under tube stations in London. Three of them were built in Clapham, at Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South. Each shelter consisted of 2 parallel tubes both 365 metres long. The shelters still exist.
- There are only two games thought to be played in London and nowhere else. One is rugby netball (netrugby) which was dreamt up by soldiers in 1907 and has been played on Clapham Common ever since.
- Some of the most well-known Clapham residents include JK Rowling, Vivienne Westwood and Sarah Ferguson.
Architecture and property
Clapham is typically lined with handsome Victorian property including period terraced houses, flat conversions, detached properties and mansion blocks.
There are pockets of architecture in the Old Town and surrounds that date back to the Queen Anne period, which will usually have far reaching views over the Common.
The area also boasts a mix of modern architecture including new developments and luxury new homes.
Among Clapham’s most desirable roads are Crescent Grove, Grafton Square, Macaulay Road and The Chase.
Who lives there
Popular with families, professionals and also a younger demographic, Clapham offers excellent schools and a great mix of restaurants, coffee shops, traditional pubs and trendy bars. Clapham congregates on 'The Common' - a lively, vast green space which hosts a variety of activities including sports events, concerts and festivals.
Where to eat
Number 32 - In the heart of The Old Town, this stylish bar/restaurant has all you need, from morning coffees to nightcaps; Sunday lunches to casual sharing platters and brunches; all of which can be enjoyed inside or on the inviting roof terrace.
Trinity – With its award winning food and exceptional service, this Michelin star restaurant is perfect for those special occasions, with the added benefit of an upstairs, ideal for larger groups and functions.
Madeleine – A beautiful French patisserie known for its brunches and wide range of fantastic baked goods. All made in house, you are guaranteed to love the fresh filled baguettes and beautiful cakes.
La Bonne Heure – This traditional French restaurant provides the perfect escape from London life; a laid back and relaxed atmosphere, paired with great attention to detail when it comes to good food and wine.
The Windmill Pub – Boasting the best British ingredients there is a range of pub favourites on offer, plus with crackling fires and comfy leather sofas this is the perfect place to relax. Plus being situated on the Common, it’s the ideal location, especially after those sporting events.
Where to drink
Wine & Charcuterie – Located in a 100 year old former water closet, there is an ever changing wine list, perfect for pairing with a wonderful selection of cheese and cured meats from the UK and Europe. A range of classic and contemporary cocktails and craft beers are also on offer.
Four Thieves – With a massive games room filled with vintage arcade games, Ping-Pong, mini motor racing and more, this is one of the most unique spaces in London and guarantees a great time. There is also an onsite brewery, producing a range of craft beers and distillery making Four Thieves Gin.
The Jam Tree – Whether you’re looking for a casual drink in the infamous beer garden, or a night of music and dancing The Jam Tree can cater. And the extensive cocktail list is not one to be missed.
Venn Street Market – A beautiful Saturday pop up market, which captivates London’s traditional charm; typically with an array of food and flower stalls.
Clapham Picture House – This charming art-house cinema shows a selection of classic and mainstream films, catering for all audiences.
The Landor Theatre – A 60-seat fringe theatre above a pub, presenting a programme of musicals, plays, comedies and more.
Clapham Common – Home to numerous events throughout the year, including music festivals such as SW4 and Let’s Rock London. Plus numerous sports events; such a charity runs and boot camps are also held here.
Sports & Leisure
Clapham has numerous gyms including Virgin Active (North St) and Soho Gym (High St). Clapham Common also is also home to numerous sporting events and boot camps.
Abbeville Village, Northcote Road and The Old Town are home to a variety of boutique shops; ideal for gifts and specialised products. There are also an abundance of cafes, butchers and bakeries aiding to the village charm Clapham offers.
Plus as the West End is only 15 minutes away, you get the best of both worlds as central London is home to a multitude of well-known larger shops.
Parks & Green Spaces
Clapham has a rich history and is well known for its extensive green open spaces. Clapham Common spans 220 acres and has three ponds which are regularly used for angling and model boating.
There is an all-weather games area, a number of tennis courts, cricket nets, a bowling green, skate park, numerous football pitches, as well as two playgrounds.
A vibrant popular area, the common also has an historic bandstand, three cafes and ecological areas, including woodland and meadow grasslands, which are managed for wildlife as well as for the public to enjoy.
Regular festivals; including SW4 and a multitude of other events are held here throughout the year.
Underground – Clapham is located in Zone 2, and is served by three Northern line stations; Clapham Common, Clapham North & Clapham South. Providing quick and easy access into central London; Waterloo Station is just 11 minutes away (approximately).
Overground – Clapham Junction has over 2,000 trains a day passing through, including regular services to Victoria and Waterloo taking between 6-10 minutes. Clapham High Street is on the overground route, connecting to a network of stations all over London from, from South East to North West.
Bus routes – Local bus routes keep you well connected and include the numbers 35 (to Shoreditch), 39 (to Putney Bridge), 87 (to Aldwych), 219 (to Wimbledon) and 337 (to Richmond). Additionally a number of buses run a 24 hour service and there are also several night bus routes.
Car – Central London is approximately 25 minutes by car.
The schools in the Clapham area are first class, several of which have been rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a very big draw for buyers looking to relocate from both overseas and from central London – it is a key reason why a family, once settled in the Clapham area, tend to stay long term. The choice is large and includes a great selection of both state and private opportunities.