WC: Wine & Charcuterie – coming to Clapham Common toilet!

Very exciting news arrived this week Clappers. Exciting for two reasons. Number one, the 100 year old toilet – the UK’s most famous toilet – directly next to Clapham Common tube has been converted into a posh wine and charcuterie bar. Who knew! I certainly didn’t spot any works happening, but then it is underground. Now you’ll hear the trickle of wine instead of… No! Stop there.

It seats 40 people downstairs and, amazing news, another 40 people outside on the previously derelict grassy island. This will make such a difference to the area – the developers, local organisations and council should be commended for making this happen.

Number two, and most exciting of all is that they’ve kept ‘some’ original features (hopefully this is one refurb where most ‘features’ don’t still exist). Including some love letters found behind some tiles during the work. They are housed in the new toilets in the bar.

So, a new place for people to meet and have a good time, this time out in the open air. Best of all, it’s totally local and not a big brand chain.

It opens its cubicles from early July.

Summer events on Clapham Common

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Ignore the unpredictable weather, Clappers – summer is coming and Clapham Common has some amazing events lined up to keep us entertained over the coming months. We’ve rounded up the best festivals taking place on your doorstep…

 

Sub Audio
Love dance music but your friends are more into indie?  Sub Audio festival may have the perfect solution… The guys from Gigalum bar are hosting Clapham’s first ever silent disco on 24th & 25th May. DJs will be playing music ranging from indie to techno, but you select whatever takes your fancy on your own wireless headphones. With 3 channels to choose from there’ll be no arguments with your mates about whether to head to the acoustic tent or stay raving at the dance stage.

 

Alongside the music there’ll be 8 marquees with fun stuff going on including a powder paint fight, glitter wrestling and a shisha lounge, as well as a range of food stalls. The fun takes place on the common next to Clapham South tube and tickets are available here

 

Food glorious food!
The Foodies Festival returns to Clapham on 6th-8th June. You’ll find plenty of food and drink to sample, with street food stalls serving up dishes from around the world, live music, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and a farmers market to buy your own ingredients. For tickets and to find out more, visit the Foodies Festival website  

 

Calling Festival
Formerly known as Hard Rock Calling, the live music event moves to its new location on Clapham Common this year. Soul legend Stevie Wonder will be headlining on Saturday 28th June with vintage rock stars Aerosmith topping the bill on Sunday 29th June. And if that’s not enough, there’ll be more rock from Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, laid back guitar tunes from Jack Johnson and hits from quirky pop princess Paloma Faith. Find out more here

 

South West Four 
The annual dance festival kicks off over the August bank holiday weekend. Top dance music DJs from deadmau5 and Above & Beyond to Sasha and Pete Tong will descend on Clapham Common bringing you house, electro, techno and trance beats. Join the SW4 party on 23rd and 24th August.

 

Disney movies showing at Clapham Picturehouse

LionKingCast Great news film fans!  The Vintage Sundays film season has returned to Clapham Picturehouse and this season they’ll be screening classic Disney movies. You can relive your childhood memories and sing along to your favourite songs like When You Wish Upon a Star and Hakuna Matata, or take your little ones to experience the animations on the big screen for the first time. The season runs until 20th April and the cinema will be showing some of Disney’s best loved musicals and fairy tales. Upcoming films are:

30 March – Cinderella
6 April – Pinocchio
13 April – Beauty and the Beast
20 April – The Lion King

Screenings are at 12:00 noon every Sunday and ticket prices are £8.00 for adults and £6.00 for children. Book your tickets here

Free bike checks on Clapham Common

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Lambeth Council’s Dr Bike clinic returns to Clapham Common on 5th February.

Bring your bike along to get checked out and have simple maintenance work, like brake adjustment or gear tuning, taken care of for free. Cycle mechanics will also be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on keeping your bike on the road during the winter months.

The session on 5th February will run from 4.30-7.00pm on Clapham Common Northside. You’ll find Dr Bike at the junction with Cedars Road, on the near side of the cycle path that crosses the common.

The team will also be running bike clinics in Brixton and Kennington; returning to Clapham Common on 5th March.

Breaking: Live Nation Mega-Concerts Confirmed for Clapham Common

Lambeth Council has confirmed that Live Nation will have 2 – 3 days of mega concerts (27, 28 and 29th June) on Clapham Common this summer. Bringing the likelihood of performances from people like Paul McCartney and Madonna to our leafy streets.

These concerts will also see crowds up to 45,000 strong attend each concert (well, if the concert is good…). Typically, until now Clapham’s concerts have had half that number of people. The press release from Lambeth states that these concerts are for a “more mature” crowd and won’t be dance focused. That made us LOL but make of it what you will.

Up to now, opinion has been divided with members of Love Clapham saying it’s both a good thing, “I for one think this is fantastic news… A festival here or there really brings a fantastic vibe to Clapham.” (Tim) and a bad thing for the community and area “Personally I’m against it. Natural spaces in the centre of town are very rare and should be protected. The common’s already way too manicured – they should let the grass grow – see if they can’t wild-meadow more of it. I hate seeing private commercial projects on the Common.” (Matt).

This follows a round of investigations about noise levels from such a concert and some consultation with local community groups in January. Live Nation will actually occupy the site for over two weeks for setting up and dismantling.

One thing’s for sure, it will get the whole country talking about Clapham for a whole new reason, perhaps even making our Claps a known venue for musical talent. Recently, we’ve already seen the launch of Music Monday’s at the new Clapham Omnibus theatre on Clapham Common. Plus of course, who can forget the local Pop Choir :)

Please do share your thoughts on this in our new thread on the forum – we’d love to hear what you think!

Australia Day in Clapham

Australia Day

Australia Day is on 26th January and whether you’re a proud Aussie or just had enough of dry January, Clapham has a host of places to celebrate. LoveClapham has rounded up some of the area’s top spots…

If you feel like starting early, head down to Inferno’s from 9am-9pm on Sunday 26th  for  “12 hours of power”. The all-day party will feature bush tucker trials, prizes for the best dressed and live music from the Bondi Beach Bums.

Missing a taste of home? Then drop into Bison and Bird on Clapham High Street where Aussie favourites will be on the menu including chicken schnitz, burgers and pies, along with offers on snakebites and Bundy and cokes.

And if one day’s not enough, The Clapham Grand is throwing a 2 day party with screenings of Aussie films The Castle and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. There’ll also be stand up from some of Australia’s top comedians followed by a club night on Saturday night.

Gigalum near Clapham South tube will be stepping things up a notch by hosting a 3 day Australian weekender from Friday to Sunday with Aussie DJs, drinks offers and an all-day barbecue, so there’s no excuse not to join in the fun!

Will you be celebrating Aussie-style somewhere else we haven’t included?  Share it the Clapham community forum

Hyde Park concerts coming to Clapham Common?

Live Nation’s large live concerts look to be moving from Hyde Park to Clapham Common from summer 2014.

Clapham Live Nation festivals?

We were first alerted over the weekend on our Twitter account by a fellow Clapper and this morning the report looks to be confirmed by a press release from our local community group, the Friends of Clapham Common.

Friends of Clapham Common are very clear on their position: “We are objecting in the strongest possible terms to Lambeth Council’s proposal to permit an events company to put on large-scale events on Clapham Common that could see 45,000 people a day descending on the area.”

Their Chairman, Melanie Oxley, went on to say “The commercialisation of Clapham Common has reached new heights. Lambeth Council risks converting our heritage landscape into an enterprise platform. Despite clear objections from ourselves and others, Lambeth is welcoming all kinds of unsuitable events.”

How do you feel? Will the cultural benefits of concerts from major music artists like Lady Gaga and Coldplay improve our area? Or will yet another influx of revellers destroy what makes Clapham Common so special already?

Boris Bikes not coming to Clapham’s Northern Line

After hearing about the extension of the cycle hire ‘Boris Bikes’ into South West London, including parts of Battersea and Clapham (along Wandsworth Road down to Clapham Junction) we got in touch with TFL to ask when they’d come other areas of Clapham. In particular, along the heavily congested Northern Line route from Clapham North, through Balham down to Tooting.

TFL confirmed that there “are no plans to expand further at this time”, and that they definitely aren’t coming to this area for the time being (not this year, and with no plans at all yet, we’d guess that currently, unlikely for 2014 either). This due to a number of factors that included:

  • Funding
  • Maintenance of docking stations 500m apart
  • Likely usage – particularly multi-direction usage
  • Available suitable land for docking stations
  • Local demand
  • Council support

However, TFL report that the Northern Line is the single most congested line, particularly at the stations Clapham North, Clapham Common, Clapham South, Balham and Tooting Bec. We’ve just had the cycle super highway added along this route to encourage cyclists (which is working), and we’re being encouraged by TFL to change our commute at these points, including the recommendation of cycling.

Therefore Clappers, like Sherlock Holmes I conclude that it is the most sensible place in probably the whole of London for this bike scheme to come!

What do you think? Do you want them? Will people use them? Is it worth us starting a petition to show local support and mapping out possible docking station location? 

Boris bikes coming to areas of Clapham

Clapham Boris Bikes

Some of you may have noticed Boris Bike (aka Barclay’s bikes) docking stations cropping up along the Wandsworth Road and Clapham Junction parts of the Clapham area. So far there are no signs actually within Clapham town or the High Street, however.

This is part of the South West expansion, which you can read about on the TFL website. The expansion (see map below) mostly covers Hammersmith, Fulham and Wandsworth, but scrapes into the Clapham area. We’re unclear yet whether the bikes will come into Clapham town and around the common, or if Wandsworth Road is the limit.

It seems a shame that TFL / Barclays/ Boris etc haven’t decided to urgently rush the bike scheme along the extremely heavily overcrowded Northern Line to relieve the pressure. Fingers crossed.

We’ll let you know more as we know it. Bike on Clappers!

Clapham Boris Bike expansion