Clapham Guide

Clapham High Street

Clapham is a town in South London with a stunning common at its heart and a lively, sociable population that combine to make it one of the most attractive and trendiest places to live in the UK. This Clapham guide section aims to offer everything you need to know about Clapham in one place from outdoor activities, shopping and living areas and more.

Clapham guides

About Clapham

Around Clapham Common are countless bars, cafes and restaurants in various pockets that attract swarms of people from all walks of life. Whether you’re a young professional looking for quick access to central London, a family looking for quality housing and schools or you simply want a great night out, Clapham should be your first port of call.

Clapham is split across two boroughs of London:

  • Lambeth (Clapham North, Clapham Common area)
  • Wandsworth (Clapham Junction, Clapham South, Northcote Road area)

All three corners of Clapham are a fair walk from each other – Clapham Junction is a good 20 – 30 mins walk from Clapham Common tube! – and each offers its own selection of shops, style and culture.

Quick facts


  • Underground: 3 stations on the Northern Line (Clapham North, Clapham Common, Clapham South)
  • Overground: 2 stations (Clapham Junction, Clapham High Street)
  • Buses: lots of routes that will take you all over London. Including…
    37 to Putney or Peckham, 345 to South Kensington or Peckham, 88 to Camden Town, 137 to Oxford Circus, 155 to Elephant and Castle or Tooting, 35 to Shoreditch, 322 and 417 to Crystal Palace, 50 to Croyden, 249 to Anerley (see bus routes guide)
  • Night buses: N35 from Tottenham Court Road, N137 from Oxford Circus, N155 from Aldwych or The Strand (see bus routes guide)


  • Over 65,513 (from the last census in 2001)

19 thoughts on “Clapham Guide

  1. I read your Guide to renting in Clapham 6 months ago, when I was first thinking of moving to Clapham from North London, and I found it reassuring. I moved to Clapham South, in a supposedly “nice street” just off the Common in what you describe as “suburban life” and a “fantastic place to live”. I’ve never lived anywhere so purely superficially nice, but with such a nasty undercurrent. It’s menacing and threatening and I’ve never felt safe. I’ve been renting a room in a lovely-looking Victorian terrace house, surrounded by middle class families, many with children. They look as though they could afford to live elsewhere and I can’t imagine why they don’t.
    We’ve had two attempted break-ins in 6 months, and our downstairs neighbours have actually been broken into.
    I’ve lost count of how many stabbings and shootings and muggings I’ve heard about.
    I’m leaving this week and never setting foot back in Clapham ever again. I despise it. I think your website needs to offer a much more honest and realistic view. If only there was a, I would be posting a message on there too

  2. I am very sorry to hear your news regarding the upset and disappointment you have witnessed/ heard about. These things sadly are true of all areas of London but you make of it what you wish as there are lovely areas of North London such as Notting Hill, Primrose Hill, Chelsea and Hampstead, selubrious areas with sadly an undercurrent of violence and robbery also.
    I think you miss the point to this website. If everyone went around pointing the “negative finger”, nothing would be done to create positive opportunity or faith in the fellow neighbour.
    I have lived in Clapham for over 5 years, from the High Street to the back waters of Clapham south and yes there have been negative outcomes but if thats all you look to see then you miss what a wonderful place Clapham actually is.
    I hope you have settled somewhere picture perfect, as this seems to be what you and what everyone else seeks in a metropolitan area and hope it continues for you.
    Thing is, don’t tell anyone where it is for fear that everyone in London will try to move there and then you’re priced out the next time your rent is reviewed!
    Clapham to me is a wonderful area, full of great people – like everywhere, keep your wits about you and you’ll have a wonderful time like mine.

    Sadly I am moving to Australia very soon with my girlfriend but I’ll miss Clapham. The convenince to shops, to the rest of London, a few Bulmers on the Common in the Summer, snowdays and snowball fights with strangers, the pub quiz at our local and especially the friends we have made.

  3. I agree with the second writer, I’ve lived in Clapham for 6 years and have never experienced or heard of violent crime on my street. Clapham is indeed a lovely area with a lively community feel and loads of amenities. However, i understand the first writer’s concern, unfortunately that is London-living for you, anyone anywhere and any neighbourhood in London can experience crime. I don’t see why you can direct your hatred towards a neighbourhood when it is more than likely that those perpetrating the crime are from outside the area. Unfortunately affluent areas in London often end up being targeted by burglars from less affluent parts. Camden, Islington, Notting Hill, Primrose Hill, Blackheath, Hampstead etc are no safer than Clapham or anywhere else inner London with similar levels of affluence. You just have to keep your wits about you and keep your home safe – after all London is a metropolis of extremes cohabiting side-by-side

  4. Can anyone Help? I am researching my family by the name of COLLINS. The family ran a fruit and Veg shop in Clapham High St to my knowledge from 1850 t0 1901 maybe longer.
    William Collins was the main owner and my Great Grandfather (his son) was called Arthur. There were lots of siblings which make me think there are still some of the family in Clapham or a close area.
    I would be pleased to hear if anyone can help.


  5. Grace my daughter moved to Clapham today. She says it is a real good place to live. If you meet her say hello shes a nice person and we think shes lovely. Her dad.

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  7. Get your woolly hats and gloves out and and gather up family, friends, flat-mates and lovers! Pines and Needles is opening its doors! Come and choose your Christmas tree. It is a great outing and a good way to get into the spirit of Christmas! You can even bring the dog! We are located conveniently in Battersea Park. Our large choice and guaranteed quality makes this the place to come buy your tree this Christmas. 🙂

  8. For All Horse Lovers in and around Clapham – The Racehorse Sanctuary proudly presents a Private Showing of the Film “Dark Horse” on Sunday, 25th October 2015 at 11.00 am at The Picturehorse, Clapham. This is a heart-warming true story of the thoroughbred racehorse “Dream Alliance” which records the triumph of the underdog against adversity and the the big guns. Please join us as all proceeds will be donated to our charity. Book here:

  9. I happened to ntcoie that a lot of people add more detail to all there designs where as some just leave it openly with not much detail and get it over with what do you think would look better more detail in the designs or less?

  10. As a born and bred Claphamite, I agree with Going Back North (first contributor). Despite the veneer of affluence, there is an undercurrent running across the area – and other pockets of south London – as well as a growing sense of resentment between the haves and have nots.

    You feel it in the Post Office, when you top up your Oyster at any of the shops near the Clapham Common tube and when getting on an off public transport. It’s in the curse under the breath, the long, unfriendly gaze and spiteful comments from those primed to pass judgement.

    Clapham’s saving graces are her architecture, the common and the proximity to central London. There’s also a historical liberalism about the area I’ve liked. But folk who think it’s great because it’s got cafes aplenty must be wandering around in a Flat White Sourdough haze. The undercurrent is part and parcel of south London life. It’ll be there long after the ABC1s have vacated following the next series or urban riots.

  11. I think its such a shame that Clapham is getting negative reviews. I’ve lived in Clapham Common, Clapham South and Clapham Junction and have loved every area. Clapham Common is great because its close to the High Street and back then we were regulars at the bars along there including infernos! Clapham South was a little quieter and gives easy access to Balham where there are loads of restaurants that are a little cheaper and less busy. My favorite of the three has to be Clapham Junction – I’m a huge fan of Northcote Rd and Battersea Rise (and St Johns Hill). There are some great little bars around there including Rise 42 which has regular themed events and The Grand if you want a student style night with a bit of fancy dress. I went to a 1920s party for NYE at Rise 42 and it was fantastic. I’ve written a themed events calendar which you can see at which features some events in and around Clapham. Who wouldn’t want to live there?

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  14. Has anyone got any comparison on what it’s like living in Clapham south, Balham or Clapham junction? I don’t know London at all and am looking for a flat without being able to wander around the streets first and get a feel for the place! Any advice would be wonderful – especially as to which are the streets with things going on that you want to live near.

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