Clapham Common

Clapham Common, London: Hours, Address, Clapham Common Reviews: 4.5/5

Clapham Common
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Brian T
London, UK4,261 contributions
There are much beer parks and gardens in South London than this!
Mar 2021
I’m not particularly fussed with Clapham Common, and I think there are far more interesting and significantly more beautiful grassy spaces in South London than this (for example, Dulwich Park, Greenwich Park, and Peckham Rye Park, Gardens and Common). It’s frequently used for concerts, gatherings, demonstrations and protests, and when I visited, it had a bit of an ‘edge’ to it. It’s frequented by joggers who seemed to convey the notion that they owned the paths, as well as numerous people using playing fields and sports facilities.

It’s a vast open space with some mature trees, but it is also criss-crossed by busy roads. And whilst it is one of London's largest open spaces, situated between Clapham, Battersea and Balham, that’s about all it is: a large open space. It doesn't really have any particularly noteworthy features or beautiful or unusual points of interest which makes it a ‘must see, must do’ spot for visitors. It’s just a green space, with some sports facilities. It was a little on the unkempt side when I visited, with huge overflowing rubbish bins and rubbish strewn everywhere, and muddy paths that really needed a good spread of gravel to make them more serviceable to the huge crowds that were using them. Even the lovely swathes of daffodils - the only floral colour in the park - had been trampled upon and flattened.

Historically Clapham Common was common land for the parishes of Battersea and Clapham, and was first mentioned as far back as 1086 in the famous Domesday Book as being part of the Manor of Clapham. In 1877 it was acquired from the Lords of the Manors by the Metropolitan Board of Works and was protected for present and future generations.

The only notable sculpture is the Temperance Fountain, a curious drinking fountain by The Pavement. The statue, by August Von Kreling of Munich, is of a woman giving water to a beggar; it was first erected in 1884 near London Bridge by the Temperance Society and moved to Clapham in 1895. Sadly the fountain was dry... no water available to the homeless who frequent the park.

Perhaps the most iconic landmark in the centre of Clapham Common is the bandstand constructed in 1890. It is the largest bandstand in London and a Grade II Listed Building. It was in regular use until well after World War II, but fell out of use in the 1960s and with little upkeep over the years it deteriorated seriously and started to crumble. In 2005–2006, a full restoration of the bandstand and surrounding landscape took place, with funding from various sources. On my visit it was a swathe of floral bouquets, following a vigil which had taken place there recently.

There are, apparently, four ponds in the park. Some, like the Long Pond, were former gravel pits, the stone from which was used for the construction of nearby roads and housing. The Long Pond attracts model boat enthusiasts who gather on Wednesdays and Sundays to sail their model craft, and is known as the Boating Pond. They’ve been doing it since the mid 19th century. The Cock Pond is a wading pool, though it was empty and being used as a skate space.

The common is overlooked by large Georgian and Victorian mansions and nearby Clapham Old Town, as well as the beautiful Holy Trinity Church which opened in 1776. These features are far more interesting than the common itself.

The common is easily accessible from central London on the Northern Line of the Tube network. ClaphamCommon and Clapham South are the convenient stations for the common. The paths are flat, and the only nuisance for those using mobility assistance is the muddy nature of some of the paths.
Written 3 April 2021
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Devon, UK11,319 contributions
Got busier as the sun went down.
Mar 2021 • Friends
Today 13 3 21 while we were in the park, many people came to lay flowers and messages around the bandstand as a mark of respect for the female victim of a shock incident and solidarity with efforts to support and protect women of all ages using British streets particularly at quiet times. We saw Kate Middleton and gradually numbers increased. After she left there were a lot of police and it became apparent that there had been many arrests although we saw no trouble. We backed off early evening in search of decent takeaway food. Alas pubs and restaurants still won’t be opening for weeks yet. The well used park doesn’t seem to have the reputation acquired by other central London parks for big nationally significant public demonstrations and meetings but times may change.
Written 13 March 2021
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Ian C
London, UK23,969 contributions
A huge area of green space to enjoy
Aug 2020 • Solo
I have to admit, most of my experience of the Common is driving through it to other parts of south London, when you do see the different facilities with people enjoying them.

Today was different, and after visiting an art exhibition nearby, I had a quick detour through Clapham Common, its grass like straw in the current heatwave, with the noise of thunder in the background, to visit the bandstand, the largest in London, but not the oldest.

Dating from 1890, the bandstand was modelled on older versions which had been erected in South Kensington in 1861 and it was completely restored in 2005-6. These days it seems to be mostly used by people exercising.

The Common has many different facilities for local residents to enjoy, but now we await the rain.....
Written 12 August 2020
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Dawn S
Epsom, UK442 contributions
Wide open space
Oct 2019 • Couples
Clapham Common is a busy place, with main roads all around it. Having said that it is a large open green space area in the heart of London, that is there for everyone’s enjoyment.
Written 13 October 2019
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Swindon, UK2,580 contributions
Large park near the center of London
Aug 2019
Located just to the south of Clapham itself, Clapham Common is a large well maintained park near the center of London.
Busy being the bank holiday weekend when i visited.
Light and airy, with lots of space to roam around and stretch the legs!
Though be warned, the a roads passing through are busy with traffic!
Written 31 August 2019
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Lesley G
Bridport, UK44 contributions
Just Wandering
Aug 2019
Spent a pleasant couple of hours just wandering the crisscrossed paths. My grandchildren enjoyed exploring and climbing the fallen trees. My grandson enjoyed the play park.
Written 30 August 2019
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London, UK327 contributions
House of Commons Featuring Madness
Aug 2019 • Friends
Came here with a mate to see Madness. Never seen them before in their heyday so took the opportunity. The thing I was struck with most was the people. All ages. There were families there with picnic blankets and foldable chairs. And young kids enjoying the festival. The atmosphere was family friendly and at no stage did I get concerned for my safety as happens at other festivals. Everything was well organised. Plenty of food. The drinks area was staffed by security guards who stopped the massive rush as forced a queue which meant you didn’t have to wait too long to get served. Plenty of toilets and everything organised really well. As it usual though, not much toilet paper in loo and nowhere to wash hands so take bottle of water. Although people were drinking I saw no drunken hordes ruining it for everyone else. And no beer throwing! A great Bank Holiday watching a great band, who made the whole thing better by bringing on Paul Weller in the Encore!! With Craig “Lister” Charles doing a bit of DJ-ing it was a great gig!
Written 27 August 2019
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Antony R
London, UK86 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
A massive park, really well maintained, with great features and facilities. Great access from the tube network, surrounded by lots of bars and restaurants.
Written 27 August 2019
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Prabu Deepan
Colombo, Sri Lanka412 contributions
Beautiful and historic, even better when a choir is singing :)
Jun 2019
It’s old, and beautiful. The walk towards it (even in terrible weather) was nice, the vibe was nice, and just felt really chilled. The weather was good, bad and ugly, but the atmosphere and the singing by the choir made it worth the while.

Written 16 June 2019
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Dundee, UK310 contributions
Little BIt of Green
Mar 2019 • Family
Clapham Common is a lovely area to stroll around should the weather be decent and you are in the area; its a nice break away from the busy roads in the city. It isn't a large green space but it does have a nice pond and a child's play park within it which makes the area a great place to take kids other than the usual tourist attractions. Would also make a great picnic spot in the warmer weather.
Written 18 March 2019
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