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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 and Infernos.

HUMBLE GRAPE

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

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.

MEATLIQUOR

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

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.

UPSTAIRS

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 also now has ‘Upstairs’. It is a much more casual affair than the traditional restaurant below, but there is definitely no compromise on the cooking. 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

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

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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THE PEPPER TREE

19 Clapham Common South Side, SW4 7AB

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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BISTRO UNION

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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THE ROOKERY

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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VENN ST. RECORDS

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?

NORTHCOTE RECORDS

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!

NORTHCOTE ROAD ANTIQUES MARKET

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.

BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

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 STREET MARKET

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.

MACELLAIO RC

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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MINNOW

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

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.

MONDO BREWING

86 Stewart's Rd, Nine Elms, London SW8 4UG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 2:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Mondo was founded by two Americans but these guys were thirsty for London, so it’s American-inspired, British-brewed vibes all round. The brewery and taproom is just a few yards from Battersea Power Station and they regularly collab with their transatlantic pals to create beer for all occasions. Their Dennis Hopp’r best seller is light and malty, whilst the Tone Float is a hazy IPA with an adult ABV. There’s plenty of other corkers too with seasonal specials released each month. Get ready for a proper sesh.

HETU

201 St John's Hill, London SW11 1TH, UK

Meaning ‘purpose’ in Hindi, Hetu is all about putting the health and wellbeing of the planet and the people on it front and centre. It’s a vegan zero-waste store, so as well as no packaging, there are no animal products in store – all the food is unprocessed and unrefined, and there’s no palm oil in any items either.

THE SOURCE BULK FOODS

24 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, London W4 1QP, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Source Bulk Foods, which has branches in Battersea and Chiswick, stocks over 450 bulk foods so you really are spoilt for choice. If you can’t head in-store to shop you can also order online and have waste-free shopping delivered to your door.

CLAPHAM COMMON

Windmill Drive, London SW4 9DE, United Kingdom

As it’s one the biggest green spaces south of the river, The Common has become a popular festival site, but it’s defo worth a visit once all the stages have disappeared. It’s packed with sports facilities and home to a fair few joggers, yet it never feels overcrowded. Check out the three ponds and make sure you pass by the iconic late-Victorian bandstand…it makes for one hell of an insta.

TRINITY

£££
4 The Polygon, London SW4 0JG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

If you’re in South London and looking for a spesh meal out, then Michelin-starred Trinity is the place to go. Trinity occupies the ground floor of this two-storey space whilst Upstairs, you guess it, can be found upstairs. Chef Adam Byatt is in charge of the food and he’s serving up some seriously upmarket food, with Trinity classics such as minestrone of blue lobster, duck egg raviolo and toasted oat, malt & Clapham honey soft serve all featuring on the menu. And not only are the interiors on point, but with there’s also an impressive open-plan kitchen and elegant outdoor terrace to take advantage of too.

SORELLA

££
148 Clapham Manor St, London SW4 6BX, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 2:30 PM, 6:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 2:30 PM, 6:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 2:30 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Think Amalfi coast but down a Clapham backstreet. Sorella is an Italian neighbourhood joint serving up traditional and seasonal food that hones in on all that owner Robin Gill loves about the Italian attitude to cooking and eating. And just like the rest of Robin’s restaurants (Bermondsey Larder, Darby’s and Rye by the Water), the menu is full of some stand out dishes including the likes of smoked duck and black garlic arancini; Dexter beef bavette, borlotti beans and salsa verde; and apricot & frangipane tart with milk gelato. These guys really know their stuff.

THE FOUR THIEVES

££
51 Lavender Gardens, London SW11 1DJ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:30 PM

This place has got their own micro-brewery, a gin garden, a virtual reality games room, a retro arcade AND a totally bonkers racing car track so you defo won’t be getting bored here. This much-loved boozer is not only one of the best in Battersea but probably all of South London. Yeah, we said it.

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