Clapham
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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Clapham South will always have a special place in my heart as it is where my father had lived during his university days. My travelling buddy accompanied me to Clapham South as I wanted to see where my dad had lived & how his flat had looked. We took the subway & arrived at Clapham South station.

My dad had scribbled “Kyle Avenue” on a piece of paper which I had brought along with me. We could not find “Kyle Avenue” on the map but there was a Kryle Road. So, we thought my dad was mistaken & that he meant Kryle Road. A nice old man working for the station told us which bus to take to get to get to Kryle Road. When we found Flat No. 27, I started taking photos of the flat so that I would be able to show them to my dad.

There was a huge park nearby & I thought my dad was so lucky to have had the opportunity to live there. We boarded a bus back to the station but later changed our minds by heading to Tesco as I had to buy Cadbury chocolates for those back home.

Later in the afternoon, my dad had called me & said his flat was in Klea Avenue, not on Kryle Road. It sounded as “Klee” but further checks revealed the spelling of “Klea.” With that in mind, we went back in search of his flat.

We informed the bus driver that we wanted to go to Klea Avenue & to please tell us when to board off the bus which he had kindly done so. Since it was already dark & the street lights weren’t that well lighted, we used Google Maps to find the flat but somehow or rather, we couldn’t get a clear connection. So, we asked a man who pointed out where “Klea Avenue” street was & finally found the correct flat. I took a couple of photos & walked to the bus station while my friend continued to take more photos.

Two busses had passed & even the bus driver who dropped us earlier had asked me whether I would like to board the bus. I told him to go without me as I was waiting for my friend. It felt good that he was quite concerned about my safety. Eventually, my friend appeared & we took the next bus. We saw a Sainsbury’s close to the train station & paid a visit.

Clapham South is really a nice place to live. I find that the people are kind & helpful. While the street lights could do with more lighting, I believe the neighbourhood to be safe. The park is big & busses are on time. Best of all, my 2 favourite stores that being Tesco & Sainsbury’s are just within walking distance from one another & near the train station.
Written 30 October 2020
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,118 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Clapham is a suburb in the south of London and is served by a few stations in the area. Clapham North & south are served by the Northern Line and is very close to Clapham High Street which is served by the Overground with trains from Clapham Junction to Highbury & Islington.

The most prominent station in the area is Clapham Junction which is one of the busiest stations in the country with trains from Central London to the south and south west of England. There are also local services to Watford and around North and South London.

Clapham Common is a large open space in the area surrounded by the South Circular, A3 and A24.

There is nothing much in the area in terms of tourist attractions but the common is nice to visit.
Written 6 April 2021
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Brian T
London, UK8,048 contributions
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Mar 2021
Clapham is a fairly affluent and popular residential district in South London, and it has a number of features which seems to draw in the visitors. I personally think it’s overrated: more Crapham than Clapham.

Firstly there’s the very hedonistic Clapham High Street where the pursuit of pleasure seems to be its only reason for existence. It’s filled to the brim with cocktails and wine bars, restaurants and clubs, and the businesses that support such hedonistic activity - a plethora of nail bars, tanning salons, beauty salons and hairdressing salons. You’ll be hard-pressed to find the basics - the likes of stores selling clothing and household goods. If that’s your scene, it’s the street for you. Further north, where the railway line crosses Clapham High Street, you’ll find even more restaurants (all desperately trying to be hip) nestled under the arches. It’s not my kind of street.

Then there’s Clapham Old Town, characterised by a collection of pleasing Georgian and Victorian architecture. The Old Town is a small network of streets on the north-east corner of the Common, and centred around the pretty tree-lined classic Georgian square, Grafton Square. It’s an attractive area so take a wander. There’s a plethora of expensive coffee shops, trendy bakeries and deli outlets, and chic bars and restaurants, many of them overrated! As the name suggests, this is the place where the Clapham we know today first began. Originally a Saxon village known as “Clopp Ham” - the village by the small hill - the area gradually become more popular and by the late 18th century it provided a fashionable place for Londoners escaping the dirt and noise of the city.

And finally there’s the vast 220 acre expanse of Clapham Common. It’s essentially a green space with mature trees, some ponds, and an old bandstand. It’s popular with those into outdoor exercise and sports. It’s not particularly beautiful, and parts of it are quite unkempt. In my opinion there are much more beautiful green spaces in South London than this.

My favourite bit of the neighbourhood is none of the above. It’s the fabulous ‘letters’ which make up the outdoor sign to the local library.
Produced by Andrew Logan in his signature mirror mosaic style, each huge letter of the word ‘library’ is made up of mirrors decorated with items and mementos donated by the good residents of Clapham. It’s stunning. Go see for yourself.

The neighbourhood is easily accessible from central London, via the stations of Clapham Common and Clapham South on the Northern Line of the Tube network. Nearby Clapham High Street is in the Overground network.
Written 4 April 2021
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WMIM
Horsham, UK3,202 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
I know this part of London well.
Back in the 1960s I remember being taken to the 'Museum of British Transport' here which has been long gone.
Once a wealthy area of large houses, the neighbourhood declined from the middle of the 20th Century but became 'gentrified' again from the 1980s on as property values burgeoned and the middle classes started to recolonize the area. As with much of inner London, wealth sits side by side with the relative poverty of tough council estates and crime does exist. The medium-sized Clapham Common used to be a place to definitely avoid after dark, and I would still want to be careful around here.
Clapham itself is nice enough with decent shops, restaurants and inns but it doesn't otherwise have anything of interest to the tourist/sightseer.
Don't make the mistake of thinking 'Clapham Junction' is part of Clapham because it isn't. That station and its environs are part of Battersea.
Written 22 June 2015
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Wonderwomon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
My favorite Indian Restaurant is in Old Clapham, also a fun charity shop. The Windmill is a pub in the park! The park is delightful and even has gardening plots for locals with green thumbs. It is such a lovely open space with it's listed bandstand and cafe in the center. The cafe's selections are delicious and have enjoyed many a welcome and hot Earl Grey in autumn. My friends and I have shared birthday parties and events here, the park is accommodating to us, the co-ed football games on the greens, and one of the best skateboard sites I've ever seen. Clapham has everything a South Londoner needs. The whole range of restaurants. Inexpensive Hotels right on the Common, for long or short stays. Ample transportation to everywhere in Central London, Two underground stations and many lovely red buses, if you prefer, as I do. Buses stopped right in front of my hotel! Penguin Cleaners are great on Clapham South, good pizza, lots of coffee and tea shops to choose from, Tesco and Sainsbury's markets within walking distance. The locals are wonderful Londoners. They made my three-month stay so marvelous, I want to live there.
Written 20 January 2019
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Simon W
Greater London, UK20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
There are plenty of transport links, loads of places to eat and drink a new library and a large park. However, there are no clothing shops and the place has recently been flooded by rich power mad people who look down their noses at the local less fortunate folk. Visitors from Australia have renamed this place "Crapham" at night it is full of drunks because there are so many bars and the local council pump most of their money into this high street often neglecting surrounding streets, trying to create a good impression on the surface. Also Lambeth Council keep hiring out a large chunk of the park, making it inaccessible to the public, earning them a fortune and making it difficult for people to use the park which by law is Common land to which the public should have the freedom to use. The attitude of the well off new inhabitants will make you sick , they love themselves so much and are so patronising.
Written 30 November 2018
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Milo2468
Hong Kong, China7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
Gorgeous area, incredible common, lots of great bars and restaurants. Easy to get to Gatwick and Heathrow
Written 8 May 2017
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Cph❤️London
London, UK205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
One of my top 10 London hoods❤️
Ive lived in Clapham Old Town for 2 years now and am just as in ln love with it as when I moved here! I adore coming back from work in busy polluted Soho to this calm green and villagy feel. So close to the city and yet so different.
Written 31 October 2021
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923Dan
Swindon, UK3,021 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
On a recent trip to LOndon, stopped off in Clapham to visit friends.
Nice part of London, off the beaten track - Lots of Bars, Restaurants and attractions to keep you occupied for the weekend.
Good transport links.
If driving - expect to get stuck in traffic, and parking is a real issue!
Written 31 August 2019
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Michele T
Los Angeles, CA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
A lovely corner of London, with friendly people, lots of familys, a lovely common, plenty of shops and places to eat. Easy to access as well
Written 30 April 2019
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