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LiFE in Clapham

Tags: london / lifestyle / Clapham

27 February 2017 17:17

Many a famous face has lived in Clapham. Holly Willoughby, Ainsley Harriott, and even JK Rowling have graced the streets here. Just think of all that Harry Potter magic being created within her very walls. Even now, celebrities are spotted left, right and centre, such as Margot Robbie at the nightclub Inferno.

Nightlife may have attracted Margot, but with the Royal Shakespeare Company, marvellous markets and music festivals galore there’s considerably more going on around each corner. Although we don’t know which other celebrities you’re likely to meet in Clapham, we do know there’s much more to look out for.

With markets of the bakers, flea, vintage, farmer and fashion variety you certainly won’t be stuck for choice. Walk between beautifully preserved brown-brick buildings, where stalls selling anything from furniture full of character to fabulous fashion created by independent designers can be found. Nearby, Market Row consists of cafes and restaurants celebrating both culture and cuisine with European, Indian, African, Asian, Caribbean and South American options. We especially recommend, ‘The Provincial’, a Peruvian pearl offering grilled octopus (we’ll try anything once) and a la Planchà (griddled prawns and calamari) amongst other tempting treats.

For foodies looking for another treat, head to Venn Street Market for the best brownies in town, filled with salted caramel, triple chocolate or peanut butter amongst other irresistible inventions created by Bad Brownie. If you recognize the name, it’s because they successfully featured on Dragon’s Den. The market further stocks scallops, cheeses and French fare sure to tantalise your taste buds and lead you back for more.

First comes food, then the entertainment. Clapham Common is home to the South West Four (SW4) festival, showcasing the world’s marvels of music. 2017’s line-up includes Sigma, Duke Dumont, Deadmau5 and Gareth Emery amongst other chart-topping acts. Let’s Rock London, is the 80’s festival of all 80’s festivals and features the likes of Heaven 17, Katrina & The Waves and T-Pau. Whether you glam up or just turn up, you’re sure to leave walking on sunshine (come on, we had too!).

Clapham is also well connected. From its Junction Station you can arrive at Victoria, Oxford Circus and Euston Station in 10, 20 and 25 minutes respectively. Heathrow and London City Airport are both only 45 minutes away. Buses travel to Peckham, Victoria and Liverpool Street and the areas cycle-friendly nature provides a more environmentally friendly way to travel. There’s certainly nothing like cycling around Clapham Common on a gloriously sunny day.

Shakespeare claimed that, ‘If music be the food of love, play on’. With both wondrous varieties in both music and food you’re sure to love LiFE in Clapham.

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