Home to the busiest rail interchange in the UK Clapham Junction is a very hectic place. The area takes on several personalities including party animal, foodie and yummy mummy with everyone catered for in ample measures. Easily accessible from both central and suburban London this is a convenient place to meet friends for dinner and drinks or brunch and shopping.
Immediately outside the train station there are several bars frequented by sports fans during the day before the young party crowd arrives in the evening. With a Revolution bar and the Clapham Grand featuring club nights on Fridays and Saturdays it gets rather busy here as the night goes on. Further up St John’s Hill coffee shops sit beside yoga studios, restaurants and independent shops. The Plough is an open plan all day eatery come bar which is popular with both families and groups of friends and there’s also Powder Keg Diplomacy. This Victorian styled venue serves excellent cocktails and it’s great to see British wine in the form of Chapel Down and Three Choirs on the wine list plus there’s an excellent choice of craft beers with a wide range of local bottles on offer. With Ben’s Canteen serving good fresh food all day and Three Six Six offering space for late night dancing this little corner of Clapham is an ideal spot for socialising.
Ever popular with families is the Northcote road area. This lovely little street which is home to a few market stalls on the weekend is well equipped for the Nappy Valley crowd with family friendly eateries such as Byron, Bills, All Bar One and Gourmet Burger to name but a few. Butchers, florists and estate agents sit beside high street shops such as White Stuff, Joules, Cath Kidson and Jigsaw. There’s also a number of independent specialists which is always good to see. I particularly enjoy a browse around Northcote Antiques before picking up weekend treats in Tierra Verde and Hamish Johnston.
Tucked away on Chatham Road is the fabulous Eagle Ale House. This traditional pub serves a great range of beers, inside the décor is very cosy with an open fire and outside there is a large south facing patio area. Its’s a favourite with Mr B who often visits whilst I shop.
A short walk brings you to Battersea Rise. Recently this road has become home to some fabulous restaurants. On the high end of the scale Sinabro with its excellent sharing menu is great for a special occasion and Cornish Tiger offers great value set menus alongside an a la carte menu in a bright airy atmosphere. For those who prefer sharing plates both Soif and Humble Grape have good small plate options with both offering great wine lists.
Lavender Hill is a changing place where new meets old. Valentina’s, an Italian deli and restaurant, is a welcome addition to the area as is The Four Thieves with its microbrewery and distillery is a popular destination with the games room and regular comedy night’s providing much entertainment. Battersea Arts centre has a varied performance calendar and Scratch bar is a great space to enjoy a beer and chill.
Bordered by both Wandsworth and Clapham Commons it’s easy to see why this area appeals to everyone from new graduates moving to London for the first time, to older professionals and families alike.
As I revisit and write about all of the areas within a 20 minute walk of our current flat I’m starting to realise just how lucky we are to live in such a great location. It’s very easy to take for granted what you have on your doorstep and its not until you stop to think that you really appreciate what you have. To replicate what we have currently is going to be difficult, there are tough decisions ahead and I feel an awful lot of compromise is going to be needed. Am I ready for such a decision? Whilst I ponder that thought I must remember to buy a Euro Millions ticket.
Mrs B xx