Neighbourhood Guide: Clapham Common


Start your day off right with a flat white from Fields, the Common’s newest coffee hotspot. Not the sexiest looking place amongst the greenery with its concrete box exterior but they brew from the best beans in SW4. Avoiding the guilt trip from the early AM boot campers? Then keep it on the high street and get to Black Lab instead. Their no frills, cosy vibes are what keep the locals going back for more great coffee and croissants.

Fields, 2 Rookery Road, Clapham, London SW4 // Black Lab, 18 Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AB



If you’re doing breakfast right in Clapham Common, that means a visit to Breads Etcetera. Their DIY sourdough toast alone is worth the queue that piles up on the pavement, so if you’ve got the time, stick with the line and you’ll leave full of the in-house baked breads and homemade marmalades. Not into waiting? Then cross the street to Esca and get involved in their Full Breakfast Butty. No day that began with eggs, bacon, sausages and bread ever went wrong. Fill your boots then, if it’s a Saturday, hit Venn Street Market to stock up on sausage rolls to keep you going.

Breads Etcetera, 127 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7SS // Esca, 160A Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UG



For a good ol’ boozy lunch, head to Clapham Common North Side’s newest hangout, No.32 Old Town. If it’s sunny then hit the roof terrace, if it’s chilly then bag the spot by the fire. Either way order in a few cocktails; it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. If you’d prefer to challenge your brain (and your mates) keep on heading down the street to The Calf, its selection of board games should keep you busy for a while. Plus, if you’re hitting their Sunday roast menu, the Yorkshire puddings are as epic as they are gigantic.

No.32 Old Town, 32 Old Town, London SW4 2FR // The Calf, 87 Rectory Grove, London SW4 0DR



For a bit of a leg stretch and change of scenery, cut back across The Common and grab a table at The Rookery. Their selection of craft beers and boutique wine is impressive - you could easily plant yourself here for the rest of the night and dine from their seasonal menu if you’re over all the walking. If trekking across the Common all sounds a bit too much like hard work, head away from the hustle and bustle of the high street to The Stonhouse, a super cosy pub that loves shaking up classic cocktails with a twist. Grab yourself an Elderflower Margarita and prep yourself for the hours to come.

The Rookery, 69 Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 9DA // The Stonhouse, 165 Stonhouse Street, London SW4 6BJ



For a little injection of fun before dinner take a walk/bus down to Clapham South to The Avalon where the crowd gets lively as the sun goes down and the booze is always flowing. In summer you’ve got a banging garden to chill in as you sink the cocktails, and in winter it’s all leather sofas and crackling fires. If you’re keeping it nearer The Common, the perfect spot for hot pre-dinner date boozing’s gotta be WC Wine & Charcuterie. The sexy cubby holes are ideal for a glass of something and a bit of date night fondling. When renovating these old public toilets, decades old love letters were found on site and are now pinned up in the gents. If that doesn’t say romance, we don’t know what does.

The Avalon, 16 Balham Hill, London, SW12 9EB // WC Wine & Charcuterie, Clapham Common South Side, London, SW5 7AJ



If you’re sticking south side, head to Abbeville Road and get hot at Mexican spot, Comensal. Gaze into each other’s eyes over their mammoth serving of guac and get messy with some spicy tacos. Don’t leave without trying their take on an Espresso Martini; Mi Carajillo! If you’d rather tuck into some meaty goodness, head to Clapham North’s smoky barbequing best buddy, Red Dog South, for tequila and some serious meat sweats. Line your stomach with some epic ribs, wash it all down with bourbon and psyche yourself up for the night ahead.

Comensal, 32 Abbeville Road, Clapham, London, SW4 9NG // Red Dog South, 27-31 Bedford Road, London, SW4 7SH



Get yourself back towards The Common to Honky Tonk. Hit the barrel-aged cocktails or wait for the beer trolley to come rolling your way and take your pick from their selection. Grab a Sharpie and scrawl something on the tables too, it’s totally the thing in here and who knows what poetic scribblings you’ll come out with after a Pickleback or two. If music’s more your thing, get yourself to Venn Street Records. They’re all about the tunes and often have epic live bands so grab yourself a music-themed cocktail and admire the immense record collection behind the bar. There are plenty of chippies on your way home so grab a kebab and wait for the hangover. That's Clapham, done!

Honky Tonk, 16A Clapham Common South Side, London, SW4 7AB // Venn Street Records, 78A Venn Street, London, SW4 0BD