Living in Clapham
Lauristons area guide to Clapham
Welcome to Clapham
Clapham is viewed as one of the trendiest and most popular places to live in London and it’s easy to see why. A busy high street, an impressive range of bars and restaurants and a smattering of celebrity residents give this place a lively buzz.
It’s popular with young professionals from the city and families alike as it offers something for all tastes. City professionals are attracted by its excellent transport links (you can get the train into London in 10 minutes), and families by the Victorian family homes, good schools and nearby parks.
Although Clapham is all one district, it’s fairly sprawling and can be divided into four key regions of Clapham North, Clapham Old Town, Clapham South and Clapham Junction.
Top things about the area
Food and drink
There are so many lovely places to eat in the area you'll be spoilt for choice. Cafes serving cakes, brunch and lovely light snacks line the main streets. For something more substantial there's a range of bistros and pubs offering excellent food.
Clapham has a reputation for being a good night out with people travelling from all over London to drink in the busy high street. There is a range of trendy bars, live music venues and late night clubs including the famous Infernos.
If you're after the big screen then Clapham Picturehouse in Venn Street is a local independent theatre offering a that smaller coinema cosy feel. Foe live entertainment you can vsiit the Omnibus Theatre run by a local charity and offering an excellent variety of shows. For art lovers the independent Studio Voltaire is worth a look with it's changing rage of art collections. Venn Street market, is a lively food market open every Saturday. With it's fresh and local products it's worth a look.
Clapham Common is central to life in the area for walkers, joggers, dog walkers and family alike. With a range of areas including a playing field, play area for children and a central bandstand as well as small trails through the area there's a favourite area for everyone. With regular events running throughout the year there's always something to keep you coming back.
Popular primary schools include Allen Edwards, Clapham Manor, Honeywell Infants and Juniors, Macaulay CofE, St Mary’s Roman Catholic. Belleville Wix primary in Wix’s Lane shares its site with École de Wix, a French primary school, part of the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle de Londres
These include La Retraite RC in Atkins Road, Platanos in Clapham Road. Chestnut Grove is located nearby in Balham and Harris Academy and Ark Bolingbroke are located in neaby Battersea.
Ranging across primary and secondary, these include Eaton House the Manor and Parkgate in Clapham Common North Side; Oliver House RC in Nightingale Lane; Thomas’s Clapham in Broomwood Road; Newton Preparatory in Battersea Park Road; London Steiner in Weir Road; Broomwood Hall in Nightingale Lane; The White House in Thornton Road; Northcote Lodge in Bolingbroke Grove and Hornsby House in Hearnville Road in Balham.