Bordered by the appealingly affluent South London districts that are Wandsworth and Battersea, the small Clapham Junction area’s renowned throughout the capital for its breezy but bustling atmosphere, packed full as it is with plenty of bars and clubs – as well as, yes, the busiest train station in the whole of the country (ensuring that getting to this intriguing corner of town is very easy, from whichever of the boutique hotels in London you set out). So, whether it’s shopping, bar-hopping, gig-going or dining out in high-quality restaurants, this is an area that there’s so much to find to entertain yourself with – including all of the following attractions and/ or venues…
(Windmill Drive SW4 9DE)
Blessed with a humungous 200 acres of glorious green space, as well as ponds and an exquisite Victorian bandstand, this wonderful stretch of very-near-parkland brings more than a touch of the countryside to this fashionable corner of South London. It’s the ideal location for a relaxed picnic, an energetic visit to its skate park, basketball court or running track or an all-day-and-evening event like a summertime concert/ festival (see below).
Brixton Village Market
(Brixton Village, 10-11 Coldharbour Lane SW9 8LB)
To be found in the nearby, colourfully diverse area of Brixton, this covered street market is renowned for its stalls brimming with the very best international street food and produce you’ll find anywhere in the capital, not least African and Caribbean offerings. It’s particularly popular on Thursday and Friday nights with end-of-the-week revellers after something to eat in addition to a pint or two to unwind over.
(Windmill Drive SW4 9DE)
A music festival that graces the greenery of Clapham Common every August Bank Holiday weekend (so this summer, August 25th-26th), SW4 – taking its name from the district’s postcode, as the eagle-eyed will have spotted – is the event to attend for the best dance, house, electro and drum and bass artists all in one place. Thanks to the excellent transport links in and around the area (Overground and Underground included), it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event that’s easy to get to whatever accommodation you’re staying at, not least the San Domenico House hotel London United Kingdom.
Battersea Arts Centre
(Lavender Hill SW11 5TN)
Calling a fine, Grade II-listed red-brick building its home, this Clapham Junction mainstay is a thriving centre for the performing arts, not least cutting-edge theatre, dance and music. It’ll host anything and everything; from local experimental stage productions to big-hitters from today’s charts to the greatest stand-ups around.
Clapham Picture House
(76 Venn Street SW4 0AT)
Finally, this is one of London’s most recognised and most admired independent arthouse cinemas. Always offering up an eclectic menu of classic flicks and cult movie favourites, it’s just the place to head to of a rainy afternoon or evening when nothing at the nearest multiplex grabs you – and thanks to the licenced bar on site, you can even take a glass of white or red, a pint or a G&T into the auditorium with you. Lights, camera, action!