Clapham’s attack of the supermarkets

They arrived slowly, one by one, popping up silently in the night. They appeared with their glowing signs and tempting delights. Until one day, the residents of Clapham realised they had been overrun by limited selections and narrow aisles.

Yes my people, Love Clapham is being silly. Supermarkets are fab, of course. We need them and the closer they are to our route home the more convenient. And of course we all cheered when Waitrose arrived on Clapham High Street. However, as Sainsbury’s adds another supermarket to Nightingale Lane and has plans afoot for another possible store by Clapham North, Love Clapham poses the question: how many supermarkets is too many supermarkets?

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Clapham Supermarkets

(the circle shows only a 1/2 mile radius around the Clapham Common bandstand)

Clapham Markets

The Clapham area is now completely spoilt for choice when it comes to markets. From posh nosh to fresh flowers, we Clappers have it all. Given the number of chain supermarkets and restaurants in the area, it’s no wonder the Clapham markets are increasingly popular with local residents. We want choice dammit! With three markets in the direct vicinity and others close by, there really is no excuse to shop local and benefit from better quality. Continue reading

Big Squid Dive Centre, Clapham North

Big Squid Dive Centre Clapham NorthBig Squid is a PADI 5 star dive centre located in Clapham North Arts Centre just off Voltaire Road by Clapham High Street train station. It offers dive equipment (it’s a shop too) and dive courses run at their dive centre and at Clapham Manor baths just a 2 minute walk away.

Address: Big Squid, UNIT 2F Clapham North Arts Centre, 26-32 Voltaire Road, Clapham SW4 6DH
Phone: 020 7627 0700
Mobile: 07950 252 548
Email: info@bigsquid.co.uk Continue reading

Northcote Road Market

Globe Northcote Road market, Clapham Junction

Northcote Road market is the prime example of why the Clapham lifestyle is one of the best in London. Where else can you find super-sexy people, buy a globe, a second hand wet suit and a decent lunch? It’s a bizarre bubble of a place born out of its disproportionately young residents with disproportionately high levels of disposable income. They expect quaint and quality in uber fashionable portions. The result is a fabulous and unique market with trinkets, produce and market stall owners you’d expect to find in Harrods. This is a high class market at surprisingly reasonable prices.  Continue reading

Jamie Oliver shop, Clapham Junction (Recipease)

Recipease shop owned by Jamie Oliver

Recipease, the latest food venture by celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, is a shop on Clapham Junction’s main high street, St. John’s Road. It opened in late 2008 and has a beautiful interior like a giant country kitchen. Interestingly, it is a shop that doubles as a live cooking venue to practice and be shown how to cook certain dishes like curry and home made pizza. There’s a small selection of ready meals prepared to Jamie Oliver’s recipes plus wines and utensils. None of this comes cheap, but it’s expensive because of the quality, and it really shows when you look around that a great amount of detail and attention went into the shop. Continue reading

Clapham Picture House: showing Champions League Final

Clapham Picture Houses

Here’s a new feature for all of you Love Clapham readers. You can of course see all of the Clapham Picture House cinema listings on their website, but we’ll be posting them here each week for you to see too just in case you forget to take a look. We’ll offer a few thoughts on our pick of the films too. Continue reading

Plans for hotel near Asda in Clapham Junction

Clapham Junction hotel plans

It seems like all we’re doing at the moment is telling you about Clapham building developments, but they’re just so darn interesting! This time, it’s plans to replace an old office block  with a state of the art hotel with restaurant. Sounds like a good plan. Continue reading