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. 

An event, not just a market

Northcote Road market pizza stall

Love Clapham probably hasn’t paid enough attention to Northcote Road’s market recently, yet on the weekend it draws in the crowds in their droves. Strolling across Clapham Common to Northcote Road is idyllic on a summer Saturday, especially when you know what’s waiting when you get there. Unlike shopping chores, visiting Northcote Road feels like entertainment.

So what’s the appeal? We’ve picked a number of highlights to remind local residents of what’s on their doorstep and to encourage people that haven’t been to go. It isn’t just about the stalls though, it’s the atmosphere that makes it an enjoyable place to spend a couple of hours.

Food, glorious food!

Northcote Road market pastries

Food. That’s what gets Love Clapham to walk the mile or so from Clapham North to Northcote Road on a weekend. Trade has definitely picked up on Northcote Road and the kind of stalls you’ll find are similar, if far fewer, to those you’d expect in Borough Market.

Whether it’s an immediate snack or ingredients for a later meal, you won’t be disappointed. One of the largest stalls sells fresh pizza, pastries and bageuttes. All of which is delicious, reasonably priced and served by friendly faces. Love Clapham bought a generous slice of ham and mushroom pizza for around £3.

Northcote Road market has something for everyone

Northcote Road Market

On top of the bakery stall you’ll come across a fish monger and vegetable stalls as well as local art, clothes, antiques, flowers and more. Everything is sourced as locally as possible and the quality is greater than the local chain supermarkets.

Of course, all around the market you have cafes, restaurants and shops to pop into as well. This combination of local shops and market compliments one another and helps make sure you don’t leave without something you need.

Find your own sparkly gem of a bargain

Northcote Road cake stall

Eat Me Cakes is the prime example of something for everyone, and our personal favourite. It has such a range of vividly coloured muffins and cup cakes it will please even the most discerning cake eater clubs (of which Love Clapham is a guilty metaphorical member).

The stall owner told us that Will Self recently wrote about the cake stall asking what it must be like in the world of someone that runs it. Considering the stall resembles a treasure trove of a cupboard on wheels Love Clapham can’t help but ponder the same question. Fairy dust adorns the homemade muffs and icing with fresh fruit and candy. At £1.50 for a large, Starbucks should be grovelling in shame. Delish!

Eat Me Cakes, Northcote Road market Clapham Junction

Northcote Road market runs every Monday to Saturday at 9.00am – 5.00pm and while you’re not stall hopping, you can enjoy the cafes, bars and restaurants that sandwich it in. Visit the Northcote Road website for more information.

30 thoughts on “Northcote Road Market

  1. This misses one important point out – Northcote Road isn’t in Clapham (LB of Lambeth, SW4) – it’s in Battersea (LB of Wandsworth, SW11). But agree, it’s a great asset to the locals and always, deservedly, super-busy.

  2. You’re absolutely right… although I don’t really want to point out that Clapham Junction isn’t legally ‘Clapham’ every time I write about it, especially as most people think it is.

  3. In response to ‘love clapham’s’ response, ‘most’ people think Clapham Junction is Clapham because websites like this one promote the lie…

    It’s a bit like saying Kingston’s market is one of the best features of Richmond life and it appearing in loverichmond.com or similar.

    On the CJ point, Clapham Junction is the name of a station not a place, although the area surrounding the station has taken on the same name. Northcote Road can’t feasibly be labelled as CJ though. It’s definitely Battersea as the map on this useful website illustrates: http://www.lovebattersea.org.uk.

    Please correct your website..!

    Thanks

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  7. We’d love all market stallholders and managers to join us at http://www.stallholder.net – we aim to promote all UK markets – but are particularly loyal to our home turf of Northcote Road & Clapham!

    Love Clapham – we’d love you to promote stallholder to your locals – we are a totally free service that aims to build up local economies.

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  11. Why do you not put that northcote road is in Battersea I am sick of reading that parts of Battersea are in clapham we people in Battersea love where we live and want every one to know that please correct your mistake

  12. I grew up off the Northcote Road and went to Honeywell, back in the 1970s and 1980s when Clapham was seen as a rough area. Then, people insisting it was Battersea were seen as snobs, because that was a posher area… how times change! And for the record, I was always told we lived in Clapham, “between the commons” and that’s where I tell people I grew up now. Why on earth get so agitated about it? Why on earth does it matter?

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