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A much maligned area of south London dismissed by anyone that doesn’t live there as being full of only posh people or Australians (but not posh Australians), Clapham, in reality, has plenty going for it.

If you’re after a good feed then Clapham is home to one of London’s most loved restaurants, Adam Byatt’s Trinity, which now has a much-deserved Michelin Star. On the more casual side of things, Adam also runs Bistro Union, plus there’s No 32 The Old Town, The Pepper Tree and The Rookery to choose from. Don’t miss Venn Street food market on Saturdays either.

There’s plenty of good places to drink too (must be all those Australians) including Northcote Records, The Jam Tree, and Infernos.


2 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1ED, UK

You can swing by Humble Grape for a bottle of two of wine to take away but if you’ve got the time, it’s well worth sitting in and choosing from a constantly rotating selection of wines by the glass – with over 400 different wines so you’ve got a lot to get through. You can pair your wine with a range of cheese and cured meats, or go for an all-out dinner with dishes like grilled octopus, lamb meatballs, braised pork cheek and flat iron steak with chips.


Wright Brothers Battersea, London, UK

Even though we hope they’re not catching fish from the Thames, there’s something very satisfying about eating right by the water at the latest Wright Brothers restaurant by Battersea Power Station. This is their fifth restaurant in London and the location is pretty stunning, with an outdoor terrace right on the river. The seafood definitely doesn’t come from the Thames by the way. Long before they had any restaurants Wright Brothers started as a wholesaler and unsurprisingly, oysters are big on the menu here too, with a long list of different varieties and dressings on offer. The rest of the menu has a solid line up of fish and shellfish, with dishes such as hake fillet with a shrimp and lemon risotto and, our favourite, the halibut with a Thai-inspired nam jim sauce and Cornish mussels.


74 Northcote Rd, London SW11 6QL

The MEATLiquor site on Northcote Road, where Fixed used to be, may their smallest restaurant yet but they’ll still be slinging out all the hits, including the Dead Hippie, Monkey Fingers, buffalo wings and triple burgers, as well as all their lethal cocktails and floats.


The Latchmere, Battersea Park Road, London, UK

Located on a busy stretch of Battersea Park Road, The Latchmere is a great place to spend an evening by the fire, in the garden, or upstairs in the theatre. As well as a strong line up of beers, ales, gin, and wines, The Latchmere knocks out excellent food too, with home-cured British charcuterie, steaks all aged in-house, free-range chicken and pork, and sustainably sourced fish from the south coast. The first floor of The Latchmere continues to be home to Theatre503, an Olivier award-winning theatre for over 30 years.


The Trinity, 4 The Polygon, SW4 0JG


Trinity in Clapham has been feeding Londoners since 2006 and after a complete re-design of the restaurant chef Adam Byatt has now also launched ‘Upstairs’. It is a much more casual affair than the traditional restaurant below, but there is definitely no compromise on the cooking, with each dish lovingly prepared by Adam. The changing daily menu of small plates is perfect for sharing and they have a ridiculously long wine list too. Upstairs has taken Trinity to new levels (literally) and is defo one worth climbing the stairs to.

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No 32 The Old Town, 32 The Pavement, SW4 0JE

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Darwin & Wallace specialise in neighbourhood restaurants mostly found in West London villages. Clapham’s No 32 The Old Town serves up everything from breakfast to dinner, craft beer, clever cocktails and has a fine looking roof terrace. The menu features classic British dishes with modern ingredients; think beef and black pudding croquettes, mussels mariniere with fries and the No 32 house burger. The service at No 32 The Old Town is pretty attentive and the staff are friendly, happy to help and are full of recommendations on drinks to suit your mood. As far as neighbourhood joints go, this one ticks all the boxes.

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19 Clapham Common South Side, SW4 7AB

The Pepper Tree Clapham

Nestled in and amongst a row of coffee shops and pubs on the south side of Clapham Common, the Pepper Tree is a neighbourhood gem offering its customers a variety of Thai dishes. You can expect super speedy service, a menu to suit those who love spice and everything nice and food served from brekkie to dinner. All bases covered. Tables are communal, it’s aptly decorated green and red (the colour of peppers, duh?!) but the best thing about this place is it’s value for money with big dishes of creamy curries, spicy stir fried meats and steamy soups for under a tenner. For neighbourhood thai dining in Clapham, it pays to go to The Pepper Tree…

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40 Abbeville Road, SW4 9NG

Bistro Union is hidden away at the far end of Clapham Common, a short walk from Clapham South tube station and is another joint from Clapham legend Adam Byatt. By mid-evening the restaurant is full of professional young Claphamites – some enjoying the full menu, others just dropping in for drinks and bar snacks. It’s a quintessentially British menu, with everything from Welsh rarebit to steak and chips to Cornish mussels cooked in perry cider. Service is very friendly and well informed, with staff able to talk about the ingredients and their provenance. Bistro Union puts the ‘great’ in Great British food.

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69 Clapham Common South Side, SW4 9DA

The Rookery in Clapham is a proper neighbourhood joint – a small kitchen and grill on the outskirts of the Common. Here, they pride themselves on creating simple, seasonal dishes with personality, and providing interesting beers and wines from small and independent suppliers. The cured meats board makes for a nice light starter and the giant house cheeseburger, which comes with coleslaw and a huge mound of fries, is a winner too.

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13 – 19 Old Town, SW4 0JT


The Jam Tree is a gastro-pub that’s great for a first date, a relaxing dinner, post work drinks or even hosting your own private party. The pub is pretty spacious and features a long BLINGING bar which means you don’t feel cramped or pitched right next to a group who are pre-drinking for a heavy night out whilst you’re having a nice relaxing meal. The menu features a mix of European and Asian dishes, and when it comes to the drinks, you’ve gotta go for one of their ‘Jammy Cocktails’.

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140 St John's Hill, SW11 1SL


Every neighbourhood deserves a first class place where local people can get great breakfasts, healthy lunches and delicious but inexpensive dinners. Ben’s Canteen is just that in Clapham, serving classic food in a relaxed atmosphere. Ben’s is especially good for burgers and their brunch menu has everything from eggs and avo to a hangover-friendly Recovery Burger. Portions are generous too so you defo won’t be leaving here hungry.

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78 Venn St, SW4 0BD


Name sound familiar? That’s because its sister bar Northcote Records is just across the common on the other side of Clapham. This branch on, you guessed it, Venn Street, is pretty much more of the same, with drinking, dancing, pizza and music to the late hours. But then again, change isn’t always necessarily a good thing, right?


8-10 Northcote Road, SW11 1NT


Don’t be deceived: if you head to Northcote Records in the hopes of picking up your favourite tracks on vinyl, you are going to be sorely disappointed. If you are in search of cocktails, live music and dancing however, you’ve definitely come to the right place. With bands on pretty much every night of the week, this jumpin’ joint is a great place to grab a pizza, grab a drink, or grab a partner and dance the night away!


155a Northcote Rd, SW11 6QB

Ever wanted to know what the inside of a secret treasure trove looked like? Visit the antiques market on Northcote Road and you can find out. The Tardis-like indoor market, which is set out over a couple of levels, is home to a wealth of vintage goods, from antiques to retro design pieces to jewellery and much, much more. Be prepared to rummage and be prepared to haggle – but take it from us, it’s worth it.


28 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, SW11 1PW


Whether you are looking for a bargain or want to do a little good, Traid is a one stop shop for secondhand clothing. Offering a large range of clothing, from menswear to womenswear to childrenswear plus accessories to boot, there’s a lot on offer at this deceptively large store, fronted by TRAID’s iconic and unusual window dressing. Let’s get ready to rummage!


Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN


Calling all culture vultures! Battersea Arts Centre is one of the best places to check out new plays, live music and youth activities in the area. Working with over 400 artists to put on at least 650 shows EVERY YEAR, they really know how to get things done. Feeling peckish? There is also a bar and cafe open all day so you never have to leave… well, you may have to eventually… but you get the idea!


Venn St, SW4 0AT


Foodies be warned: this market might just be the undoing of you and your bank balance. Giving the opportunity for independent producers and farmers to come face to face with consumers every Saturday is Venn Street Market. From fruit and veg to bread, fish, eggs and street food, this food-lover’s paradise is a great place to pick up fresh produce and hear about its provenance from the people in the know.



One of the larger green spaces in South London, Clapham Common is a haven for joggers, yummy mummies and selfie-enthusiasts. Featuring three large ponds and its iconic late Victorian bandstand, you can’t really get better, especially when the sun’s out!


124 Northcote Road, London SW11 6QU, UK

Though now the fourth location in this restaurant family, Macellaio RC Clapham still feels like a neighbourhood gem. Pouring exclusively Italian wines, with no less than 100 different labels behind the bar, and serving dry-aged steak chosen from the butcher counter set directly amongst the tables in carpaccios, ragus, or thick cuts cooked with rock salt and Tuscan extra virgin olive oil, it’s the perfect spot for all the carnivores out there.

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21 The Pavement, London SW4 OHY

Minnow is a romantic neighbourhood restaurant that’s got your next hot date written all over it. The entrance is adorned with flowers and greenery, there’s a long marble bar for pre- and post-drinks, and a pretty mosaic floor leads to a secret walled garden out back for al fresco reservations. The menu is as elegant as the surroundings, with modern, seasonal dishes that sing with freshness and innovation. Must-tries include squid with lemongrass, lime and ginger; beef shin, black mooli and smoked pork skin; and caramelised watermelon with blood orange and Campari sorbet.


Joe Public, The Pavement, London, UK

Joe Public may operate out of an old lav, but expect more than just your bog standard pizza. Creating whopping 20inch Californian style pizzas – served either whole or by the slice – Joe Public’s toppings including everything from fresh fig, gorgonzola, prosciutto and pine nuts to tender roasted lamb, purple potato, feta and black olives.