Clapham Common Fireworks 2009

Clapham Common Fireworks 2009

Clapham Common Fireworks Display 2009 is on Thursday 5th November starting bang on 7.30pm and it’s totally free! No self-respecting Claphamite would dare to leave it off their winter social calendar, it’s yet another reason why we completely Love Clapham. I do hope they turn the flood lights down and change the music this year though, I’m a bit bored of Queen… Continue reading

Clapham Comedy and Rising House Prices

Clapham funny money

In the photo above I was aiming for a mix of “funny money” to go with the headline, but instead ended up with a blurry, poorly executed version of one of those “haha I can fold a note over and put it on someone’s face” photos. But enough of that, I know what you’re thinking: where’s LoveClapham been and is that a dollar bill? Why yes loyal Clappers, you have deduced correctly that Love Clapham left the confines of our amazing society for a brief jaunt in the Big Apple, New York! Verdict? It’s not Clapham folks, so I came back. Back to the crappy news that house prices in our area are still going up, up and away in Clapham despite the recession. Good if you’re selling, utterly rubbish if you’re buying. Claps better not get too expensive otherwise I might have to start loving somewhere cheaper (as if!) On a lighter note, in fact a downright amazing note, Comedy Carnival is returning to the Clapham Grand. It already has a huge line-up of comedians for you to book and see right now, check out their site for more details. Given that Clapham has such a poor amount of entertainment options this is a much welcome, much needed and much [insert own superlative] development. Nice one Clapham Grand – Comedy Carnival is high up on Love Clapham’s excitement list.

Orla Kiely Clapham interview

Orla Kiely Clapham

Clapham is fast becoming the hottest place in the world to live, with celebrities bursting out of every corner including current famous residents Vivienne Westwood, Ainsley Harriot and Love Clapham (only joking…). Designer Orla Kiely is well known across the world, and The Times has a short article about Orla Kiely’s home and business in Clapham. Quite cool for all you Clapham fact seekers out there.

Clapham Cinema: Away We Go

Away We Go Clapham Cinema

Away We Go is out in Clapham’s Picture House this week and it’s received good reviews, a welcome return from director Sam Mendes. To celebrate, Clapham Picture House has given us more goodies for a competition and it’s another ace package: the film poster, soundtrack and screen play (see above). To win, please just email in the answer to this timely pop-culture question that bears no relevance to this film whatsoever: who was the very first person to leave the Sugababes? See all of the films on at Clapham’s cinema below. NEWS FLASH: Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, in Marianne Elliott’s ‘wonderfully rich and rewarding’ (Daily Telegraph) production, will be broadcast live from the National Theatre to Clapham Picturehouse on 1st October. Continue reading

Clapham Awards 2009: the winners

Clapham Awards 2009

Hundreds and hundreds of Claphamites voted over the past month in the first ever local awards, the Clapham Awards 2009. With honours up for grabs for the best pub, bar, restaurant, shop and more, the awards were incredibly competitive – and one bar has totally cleaned up! We also have the Best Clapham Oddity award, Clapper of the Year and the award for Clapham’s best loved music artist. Now though, the votes are in, counted and without further ado, we’re excited to reveal to you the winners and runners up… Continue reading

Clapham Cinema: Julie & Julia Competition

Julie & Julia book and apron

This week the new Meryl Streep and Amy Adams film, Julie & Julia, comes out in Clapham Picture House and to celebrate they’ve given us four sets of aprons and books to go to four lucky winners! To enter into the prize draw, email we@loveclapham.com with the answer to this question: in which film did Meryl Streep star alongside Nicole Kidman? The closing date for entries is Friday 18th September. Clapham Picture House has two cool exclusives this week too; on Monday they’re showing Away We Go with an exclusive satelite Q&A with Sam Mendes, then next Thursday is their Argentinian film and wine evening. Full listings in the rest of this post. Continue reading

Inglourious Basterds Competition: winners!!

Inglourious Basterds

Last month we ran a competition to win some pretty cool Inglourious Basterds goodies including posters, limited edition t-shirts, caps and a bag. Well we’re proud to announce that the winners of the competition are Mark McDermott of Balham and Susan Macnamara of Clapham. We’ll be in touch with the winners about getting the goodies to you, and later today we’ll be starting another competition to win some ace Julie & Julia film merchandise. Stay tuned!

GAIL’s Bakery – Coffee Olympics

Clapham Junction Coffee Olympics

Gail’s bakery opened this summer on Northcote Road, billing itself as a “celebration of real bread” – using only fresh, natural, healthy ingredients, handmade and seriously ‘slow-dough’ for extra character. They also make cakes, cookies, sweets, seasonal salads, fresh soups, tasty sandwiches, tea and coffee. The airy, open and relaxed space rapidly established itself as a favourite with locals (and especially this local), raising the bar even higher for an area already packed with quality establishments. Continue reading