A locals' guide to SW4
"Hop out of Clapham Common Underground Station and into the centre of Clapham..."Jon Woods
"Clapham Common is the place to be in south west London when the sun's out."Jon Woods
"I love popping down to Clapham Old Town when the sun is out for a quick bite to eat or a swift drink."Jon Woods
Where do SW4 locals go?
No. 32 The Old Town
A great bar right off Clapham Common with nice cocktails and good food!
Submitted by Anna
Hot Power Yoga
Hot Power Yoga has 2 sites they practice in, either in Lambeth College or at The Balance Studio on Gauden Road. The teachers are lovely and the times vary from 6:30am to 9pm so very flexible.
Submitted by Lisa
M. Moen & Sons
An incredible butcher that's been in Clapham Old Town for years. There's always a queue out the door - pork pies, joints, game, the lot!
Submitted by Camillo
This bar serves drink and food throughout the day, but by night it becomes one of the most popular music venues in Clapham. There's DJs and dancing in the garden until the early hours.
Submitted by Alex
Amazing food and 50% off your food bill with a Tastecard. Lovely beer garden for balmy evenings and friendly staff.
Submitted by Posy
I was really impressed with this sushi restaurant just off Clapham High Street. They serve very good quality dishes made using fresh ingredients and the atmosphere is perfect for a catch up with friends or a special date night.
Submitted by Daisy
Karaoke, drag acts and cabaret, this bar on Clapham High Street is definitely an exciting night out!
Submitted by Camillo
Free Fitness Clapham
For just £40 per month, you can take advantage of 6 classes a week, which include a running club, martial arts and Insanity workouts. You can also hire personal trainers for 1 on 1 sessions.
Submitted by Lisa
Super comfy chairs that tilt backwards for extra comfort, careful you don't fall asleep though. Restaurant/café/bar inside and out.
Submitted by Posy
Steaks, burgers, ribs, a great atmosphere and many different beers - you'll be left feeling full and satisfied from the generous portions!
Submitted by David
The Ginger Pig
As well as sublime sausage and stilton rolls, the Ginger Pig sells a great variety of lunch treats. Limited vegetarian options, but they do serve many of their products with rocket.
Submitted by Gareth
Nardulli makes the best ice cream! It is located opposite Clapham Common and there is always a queue outside in the summer. The mint choc chip is delicious!
Submitted by Lisa
A beautiful park to take the kids to or take part in a fitness boot camp!
Submitted by Giorgio
North St. Deli
In the heart of Clapham Old Town, this deli's very friendly staff sell freshly made salads and sandwiches.
Submitted by Alex
Why do you find SW4 a great place to live?
"Clapham Common has something for everyone - great places to eat and drink, lots of outdoor space for kids and dogs, lively bars on Clapham High Road in the evenings, a tube station (northern line Clapham Common), or Overground (Wandsworth Road is about 10 mins walk away), great schools for kids (Clapham Manor) and colleges for the older one’s (Lambeth College)."
"Clapham is filled with nice luscious parks for walks with the kids, a vast green common for the weekend workouts and the cool eateries for a Saturday night out. Why travel any further when there's something for everyone here!"
"Clapham is a great area that offers a wide variety of amenities with a fantastic community spirit. This neighbourhood has a vibrant feel as well as friendly people. Easy access to transport and a lovely common are true gems anyone can appreciate."
"Clapham North has had a lot of investment over the last 10 years, the high street has everything you need, from array of cosmopolitan restaurants, bars and the necessities of all the supermarkets for convenience. Ideally situated for a short commute into Central London, with the Northern and Victoria Lines and now the Overground loop train. During the warmer months the additional attraction of Clapham Common, to exercise or ch... more
"Beautiful Clapham Common park, many nice restaurants/bars in the area and great connection (Northern Line), bus 137 straight to Oxford Circus, 345 to South Ken! If you are in the area definitely visit Clapham Old Town or Northcote road."
"With the warm heart of Clapham common to the south, with its massive green space and a spread of bars cafes, eateries and a Picturehouse, and Stockwell to the north for a quick commute into central London, this is the ideal place to be based."
"Clapham Common in general is an amazing place. You have the business of London with great bars and restaurants and then right next to it is the open mesmerising space of the common itself. Filled with different activities, different people and caters for everyone's needs."
"Great pubs, cafes, brunch on Sundays is the best, one of my favourite cafes is Fantasia, a small cafe in the middle of the Old Town, with really good prices, simple and nice food. There are a couple of designer furniture stores next door that make the whole experience really nice. Pubs wise, the list is endless. The Sun in the summer of course, No. 32 for a nice cocktail, the Bobbin for an award winning Sunday road - literally... more
"the access to local bars, deli's, restaurants, tube and the common all in one, favourite pub is The Frog for food, drink and atmosphere, the best pub for overall atmosphere is Prince of Wales or POW POW POW to the locals (take a look at the cieling, it's magic). "
What do you like about SW4?
Did you know?
"During the mid-1800s, notable builder Thomas Cubbitt helped lay out the grand houses of the Clapham Park estate, which sadly were mostly destroyed during World War II."
Child-friendly activities near SW4
Baby SalsaClapham Methodist Churc
From a very early age, we are able to appreciate and identify with music. Rhythm is an amazing feeling that makes us happy and energised. Baby Salsa offers you and your baby an exciting experience of Latin American Dance, to share a fun moment together,to introduce your child to the benefits of dance and to help you keep fit! Website
Clapham Open House Coffee @ EscaEsca
The Clapham Open House Coffee @ Esca is your chance to meet new mums and dads. Mum and dads with older babies and second time parents within the area. The coffees are hosted by branch volunteer Amelia. The open house is open to all including non members so if you are new to the area or just keen to meet some other local parents please get in touch. Our hosts would appreciate a RSVP so they have an idea of numbers please email the host and add the date/venue as the subject for the date which you wish to attend. The Clapham Open House Coffee @ Esca takes place fortnightly on a Tuesday between 10am-12noon. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Website
HartbeepsThe Jam Tree
Hartbeeps classes are specially created to help babies grow in confidence, develop great social skills and attain their appropriate developmental milestones while still being super fun for little ones and grown- ups. £5 for a trial £11 for a drop in class £48 per term Website
Bolingbroke Stay and Play - Open Play SessionsBolingbroke Early Years Centre
Stay and Play sessions aim to help parents/carers learn how to include play in every day routines with their children. These sessions are for parents/carers and their children aged 0-8 years. At the sessions parents/carers will: meet other parents and carers, help their children explore their creativity, discuss child development, and create a learning journey of your childs achievements. There is no need to book just drop-in to the Bolingbroke Early Years Centre. Possible changes in school holidays. Please come dressed for messy play and outdoor play. Website
GymboreeGymboree Clapham SW4 7DE
Gymboree's team of early childhood education experts have created a series of developmentally appropriate play programmes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. During these classes, adults play a key role in your child's play and development. Having a routine is important for young children, so we ask that our members register for a regular class to attend weekly. 0-5 years old Website
NCT Clapham Open House Coffee @ EscaEsca
The Clapham Open House Coffee @ Esca is your chance to meet new mums and dads mum and dads with older babies and second time parents within the area. The coffees are hosted by branch volunteer Amelia. The open house is open to all including non members so if you are new to the area or just keen to meet some other local parents please get in touch. Our hosts would appreciate a RSVP so they have an idea of numbers please email the host and add the date/venue as the subject for the date which you wish to attend. The Clapham Open House Coffee @ Esca takes place fortnightly on a Tuesday between 10am-12noon. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Website
Baby Bright Mother and Toddler groupThe Old Choir Vestry, St Barnabas Church
A very popular group for parents and children aged 18 months to 2 1/2 years. Sessions run 5 mornings a week. Advanced bookings required. £132 per term Website
SW4 is the postcode district in South West London incorporating the areas of Clapham, Stockwell and is covered by the Lambeth local authority.
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