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.

 

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.

Clapham Old Town regeneration project

Clapham Old Town regeneration project

You may have noticed that something is afoot in Clapham Old Town. Lambeth Council has gone ahead with plans to completely regenerate this area of Clapham with a multi-million pound budget (£2.8 million). It’s one of the most ambitious regeneration schemes Clapham has seen in recent years and, following the Venn Street improvements, Love Clapham has to highly commend the council for such brilliant investment.

You can see an artist’s impression of what the area will look like in the picture above and more images on the architect Marks Barfield’s website. Work has already begun, which you can see happening right now if you pop down, with the aim to be finished in the New Year (around March time).

This will be a fantastic addition to the area and another reason for people to visit and live in Clapham. The main changes are:

  • Increasing and improving the paved areas significantly to create a large pedestrian area, or, as the architect is calling it an “urban piazza” (massive LOLs right?!) – which will provide a space for people to enjoy in the summer and will make the restaurants and shops more accessible
  • Moving the bus station stop to the other side, to sit within Clapham Common (we know this was controversial for the residents looking onto this but hopefully the improvements will prove worthwhile in the long run)
  • Changing the main road to run in both directions, rather than the previous one-way system
  • Introducing greenery with many more trees

You can find out more on the Lambeth Council website.

Mama Lan by Clapham Common

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Hot tip Clappers: Mama Lan is a new Beijing street food micro restaurant which sprang out of the super cool Brixton Village. You heard it here first, Clapham is as cool as Brixton. Official.

Mama Lan is unique and deeeelish. I’ve been twice in one week opting for the tofu strip noodles and one of the teas. We also tried some of the sides, which were gorgeous – especially the pork buns. The best bit is that it isn’t too expensive and portions are big, so you get value for money. Actually, that isn’t the best bit, the best bit is that they serve tea in pots. Love Clapham is a fan of loose tea in pots.

The decor is cool and the atmosphere chilled. It is small though, with only a handful of tables, so choose your times wisely. It’s by Waitrose ;)

9/10

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

Clapham Common Fayre 2012

Here’s a date for your diary Clappers, the Clapham Common Fayre 2012. Every year the Holy Trinity Church on Clapham Common is transformed into a hub of community with local produce and entertainment. Last year there were even donkeys! It’s great fun and we highly recommend you make time for it on Saturday 16th June from 11.00am. The church itself is such an important local landmark, it really is fab that the fayre is run each year.

Let’s hope you have a sense of humour

Bored Clappers. WE HAVE BEEN BORED. With a lack of things to do in the evening in Clapham, us Clappers have had to turn to either binge drinking, paying extortionate prices for meals or jogging around the common. All of which sound good in principle but leave you with an empty, soul destroying feeling afterwards in their own unique ways. So it’s with a massive sigh of relief and a cheer that Love Clapham can announce that The Funny Side… of Clapham Common comedy nights are now every blinkin’ Thursday at the Alexandra on Clapham Common south side (by the bus stops!) Check it out, it’s a bargainous £12.50 and you can still binge drink, eat and perhaps jog home. Wonderful.

Clapham Common Festivals 2010

It’s that time of year again when we all head to Clapham Common, strip off most (in some cases all) of our clothes and burn our skin to the sound of amazing music from some of the world’s best artists with an alcoholic bevvy in hand. Yup, it’s time for Clapham Common Festival season – just another typical summer eh? There’s tonnes going on and here’s a brief run through of what’s been, gone and coming up… Continue reading

Clapham Venn Street Market – NEEDS YOU!

Clapham Venn Street Sourced Market

This weekend saw the introduction of the Clapham Venn Street Market with locally sourced, seasonal produce piled high for Clappers to enjoy. As a local resident of Clapham, I have to say that this is probably the best thing to happen to the Clapham High Street area in years (it’s on Venn Street, outside the cinema). With a variety of hot and cold food, fresh veg, breads, cakes and even handmade Christmas decorations, it was a genuine treat, but it requires your support if you want to keep it. Continue reading

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 Weekend: festivals and cinema

Clapham Festivals 2009

Love Clapham’s on holiday this week, so sorry about the site being slightly quieter. This weekend marks the end of Clapham’s run of festivals – boo hoo! – and it’s the big ones, SW4 and Get Loaded in the Park. If you managed to secure yourself tickets have a wicked time! We’ll have Clapham Picture House’s film listings up today or tomorrow, but Love Clapham’s mega excited about a one-off charity screening of Bugsie Malone at 1pm on Bank Holiday Monday. Classic! Now, if you will excuse us, Love Clapham needs to go and chillax. TTYL.