Your Guide to London Clapham
Where is Clapham?
Come an experience the buzz and atmosphere of Clapham in South London! Situated in the borough of Lambeth (surrounded by places like Battersea, Brixton, Wandsworth and Balham), Clapham has quality restaurants, lively pubs, and fantastic green open spaces; something for everyone. It’s also one of the most well connected districts in London, with three tube stations all on the Northern Line in Tube Zone 4 (Clapham North, Clapham South and Clapham Common). You can even use Clapham High Street Station to travel direct to places in central London like London Victoria and London Bridge. It is important to note that Clapham Junction Railway Station is actually in Battersea rather than Clapham itself. However, it is still fairly close and if you stay in Clapham, you will still be able to use of it’s fantastic rail connections to the whole of the UK.
History of Clapham
Despite its fashionable and chic, middle-class reputation, Clapham has a long history and dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. In 955 AD, King Edgar of England gave a grant of land at Clapham to Jonas, son of the Duke of Lorraine, but houses did not start to be built there until the late 17th century. The wealthier classes in Britain moved there over the next 50-100 years and many superb villas and grand houses were built around Clapham Common.
In the late 18th and early 19th century, upper class social reformers were the people around town. The place became famous as a number of the residents were prominent in campaigning for the abolition of slavery and child labour. After the railways had established, Clapham wasted no time in becoming a valuable place to live for commuters working in central London. The increase in commuters meant that by 1900, some of the upper classes became disenchanted with the area and left. Clapham was seen as a slightly unremarkable place and as representing the 'ordinary person'. But the regeneration in recent years has transformed the place, as has the ease of the transport links to the city centre, plus Heathrow and Gatwick. It is now a highly-sought after location amongst young families and young commuters and is a hotspot of activity for you to try out.
The Positives of Clapham
Clapham is a young, trendy place with a wide variety of pubs, bars and eateries. There is a busy high street with everything you could need. Also, the actual costs of the many restaurants vary, so this is one aspect of living that can accommodate all tastes - for the wallet as well as the mouth! Also, due to the area's size, there is a great deal of variation of things to do and see. Especially during the summer, Clapham Common is home to regular events, such as one day festivals, music events, football tournaments and is great for a picnic. The area also has fantastic transport links to the rest of London, thank to numerous tube stations and a train station. You can even travel all over the UK from nearby Clapham Junction Train Station.
Need to Know Clapham
Although Clapham houses the young, ambitious and chic, the multitude of bars and pubs are sometimes pricey, while the atmosphere is often loud and vibrant. While this can be too much for some, particularly in the evenings, relaxing surroundings are always just a short walk away. Shoppers may be disappointed to just find the popular high street shops in Clapham - there are no pokey, independent businesses there. But with the fantastic travel options, it hardly seems to matter.