Clapham is split in to two main halves, the bustling Clapham Junction with the main station and big department stores and Clapham High Street the other side of the common offering a smattering of great bars, restaurants and delis. In summertime the Common is a great place to go of an afternoon/evening and relax with a bottle of wine and a picnic while taking in passers by. Only 12-15 mins by tube from central London, Clapham is a suburb with a lot to offer.
12-15 minutes by Northern Line to either Clapham Common or Clapham North (the other end of the high street). Alternatively get the Victoria Line to Brixton and its a 10-12 minute walk to Clapham High Street.
Clapham High Street railway station (every half hour) serves both London Bridge and Victoria. Across the common (20 mins walk) Clapham Junction is one of the busiest railway stations in the UK and you can catch the 35, 37 and 345 buses to Clapham High St (5-7 mins). Clapham is also served by a lot of nightbuses (N35, 88, N137, N155 and N345)
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The Landor (Landor Road) - Great old pub with a theatre upstairs, pool tables and a sizeable beer garden. Can get busy when big footie games are on.
The Railway (Clapham High St) - Relaxed pub serving great thai food, extra tables upstairs and seating outside, plays good music. Comedy nights 1st sunday of every month.
The Bierodrome (Clapham High St) - Popular bar with a large selection of european beers and a bistro next door, gets very busy on the weekends with DJs, open till 3AM.
The Alexandra (opp Clapham Common Tube) - Massive old pub very popular with Australians and Kiwis, as a result it is very sports orientated but it makes a great place to start a night off.
Pentagon (Clapham High St) - Small but trendy bar with good atmosphere, DJs
Revolution Bar (Clapham High St) - Extremely busy and young bar with drinks promotions, very loud awful music!
The Clapham North (409 Clapham Rd) - Pretentious overpriced modern bar that always seems packed, someone must like it
The Falcon (Bedford Road) - Stand out yellow colour and late opening hours make this pub popular, beer isn't great but the beer garden does have its uses.
The White House (65 Clapham Park Road) - Bar, club and restaurant all in one
The Windmill (Clapham Common) - Big, popular pub right on the common, good for replenishing supplies if on the common or if you need the loo!
Cafe Cairo (Landor Road) - Great bar off the beaten track where you can smoke Shisha pipes in authentic surroundings, they also serve good Mezze dishes and there is a room downstairs available to hire for parties. It remains to be seen what will happen after the July no-smoking law comes into place.
Arch 635 (15-16 Lendal Terrace) - Situated under the railway arches this cool bar gets popular on weekends when DJs spin their stuff, bit empty at other times.
Bar Local (4 Clapham Common Southside) - Excellent continental style bar that gets very popular and very crammed because of its size, good DJs.
The Royal Oak (Clapham High Street) - Don't be put off by the exterior, this is a nice cosy modern pub. Can get busy
The Manor Arms (128 Clapham Manor Street) - Great small pub just away from the bustle of the high street, great comfy sofas!
Bread and Roses (Clapham Manor Street) - Worker's Beer Company pub which puts on monthly comedy nights, cabaret, burlesque and other events. There is outdoor seating at the back and the pub is kid friendly before 6pm.
The Fine Line (Clapham High St) - Busy chain style pub devoid of any atmosphere.
Infernos (Clapham High St) - Utterly dreadful, tacky nightclub with 3 floors playing cheesy 70s and 80s music. Be careful your feet don't stick to the floor!
The Abbeville (67 Abbeville Road) - Gastropub on two levels serving great sunday lunches and a good beer selection
The Calf (87 The Rectory) - Good place for a few drinks and a game of pool, I heard the food is best avoided though.
The Prince of Wales POW POW POW (34 Old Town) - Great pub full of brickabrack with outdoor seating.
Exhibit B (13 Old Town) - Modern bar/restaurant appealing to a the more trendy drinker, prices to match the surroundings!
The Falcon (2 St. Johns Hill) - Large, smoky old pub just outside the entrance to the station as a result can get very busy especially just after work hours
The Goat (66a-66c Battersea Rise) - Interestingly decorated pub with good selection of continental beers and various sofas/armchairs to reside in. Food wasn't tried but I heard bad reports.
The Northcote (2 Northcote Road) - Popular open style pub serving food
Dixies (25 Battersea Rise) - American style diner with some of the best homemade burgers in the area, great bar area with very cheap happy hour drinks all night!
The Holy Drinker (59 Northcote Road) - Small cosy atmospheric bar worth getting there early to get a seat.
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The Pepper Tree (19 Clapham Common Southside) - Excellent thai canteen style restaurant with fast but friendly service, at busy times you may have to queue but you can enjoy a beer or a glass of wine while you do! Food is delicious and very well priced, also worth checking out the specials
Eco (162 Clapham High Street) - Good italian restaurant/pizzeria which can get very popular so worth booking in advance.
El Rincon Latino (148 Clapham Manor Street) - Friendly family run tapas bar/restaurant, food is average but made up by atmos.
La Rueda (66-68 Clapham High Street) - Big tapas bar on the high street that can get very popular and lively at weekends, if you want a quieter experience try one of the smaller tapas bars.
The Sequel (75 Venn Street) - Overpriced trendy restaurant/cafe with outdoor seating
The White House (65 Clapham Park Road) - Up market restaurant with a fine menu and drinks list
Morel (14 Clapham Park Road) - A modern european restaurant with a rather over-priced menu, where the portions certainly don't match the price. They do a 2 course Sunday Lunch with a complimentary bloody mary served in a thimble if that rocks your boat. There are better places in Clapham at this price.
Carmen (6 Clapham Common South) - Excellent cosy tapas bar with great atmosphere, superb for that romantic meal or quiet night with friends.
Cafe Sol Dos (56 Clapham High Street) - Mexican restaurant that seems popular most of the time but food was disappointing when we went.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (Clapham High Street) - Newly opened burger 'restaurant' with quite possibly the best organic burgers in the world. Choose from a multitude of different options and an expansive wine list.
Newtons (33-35 Abbeville Road) - Nice friendly restaurant good for families with excellent menu.
Giraffe (27 Battersea Rise) - Great organic/vegetarian world music themed restaurant
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