Win Get Loaded tickets & go speed dating!

Sunglasses on Clapham Common

Love Clapham HQ’s email has been abuzz with activity this week. HostelBookers, a company offering budget travel info and services has nabbed two tickets to the Get Loaded in the Park festival on Clapham Common, which they’re offering as a competition prize along with one night in a hostel for accommodation. Visit the HostelBookersBlog for all the info and to enter the competition. A speed dating event for graduates is taking place at the Alexandra Pub opposite Clapham Common tube tomorrow (Thur) night from 7pm, find out more and book on the Graduate Nation website.

Win 2 tickets to Toast Festival 2009 this weekend!

Toast festival Clapham Common

Take celebrity Australian chef John Torode, three horses, a flock of sheep and some scantily clad Antipodean dancers, stick them altogether on Clapham Common, take a photo a BAM! There’s your perfect launch photo for the Toast Festival 2009 this weekend. Love Clapham has 2 tickets to give away for the Australian day on Sunday – to grab ’em send us an email titled “I Love Sheep” and you’ll be entered into the prize draw. Read on to learn about the Toast Festivals.
Toast Festival 2009 is the largest celebration of Australian, New Zealand and South African culture to hit the UK. Toast is taking place on Clapham Common this weekend from Friday 26 June until Sunday 28 June showcasing a huge mix of food, wine, sport and culture.
Best bits include polo matches kicking off each day, BBQs piled high, headlining performances from Sydney dance group Sneaky Sound System and over 200 varieties of New World wine. It’s the perfect taste of life down under, so head down there!
In preparation for Toast, MasterChef judge and Aussie cook John Torode has been busy herding sheep on Clapham Common with the help of two other riders, and dancers from South Africa and New Zealand in traditional dress. It was touch and go as a couple of sheep nearly escaped on to Clapham Highstreet but John managed to round them up in the end.  Not only a top critic on MasterChef ready to pull apart any dish thrown his way, John also looks good on a horse!
John Torode will be at Toast Festival dishing up traditional Aussie fare including BBQ lamb leg, beef party pies and Hokey Pokey ice-cream.  He’s really busy this summer working on Celebrity MasterChef with his partner in crime, Gregg Wallace.  He also owns Smiths of Smithfield at the heart of London’s meat market and is launching THE LUXE in Old Spitalfield Market, a restaurant, café bar and live music venue this summer.  Finally, his book of recipes ‘Chicken: And Other Birds’ is out this autumn.

Take celebrity Australian chef John Torode, three horses, a flock of sheep and some scantily clad Antipodean dancers. Stick them altogether on Clapham Common, take a photo and BAM! There’s your perfect launch photo for the Toast Festival 2009 this weekend. Update: the competition is now closed, Love Clapham reader Richard Kellow is the lucky winner! Read on to learn about the Toast Festivals. Continue reading

Weekend Watch: Clapham fayres, clubs, hunts, bands, Robert Pattinson and discounts galore!

Clapham night out

Have you spotted our new Clapham Offers page in the top menu? Take a look, we’ve got a couple of excellent discounts for the Four O Nine restaurant in Clapham North including a tremendous Sunday lunch deal – check it out this weekend. On Friday evening it’s Northcote Road’s Summer Fare, see ya there! Then on Saturday it’s Clapham Common Fayre (note the spelling difference) at the Holy Trinity Church. Clapham clubbing offers and more below. Continue reading

Clapham Band Stand – Summer Schedule 2009

Clapham band stand

There’s a saying from Ricki Lake: “You have been told girlfriend!” And Love Clapham has been told. There we were, being all smug earlier in the week stating that “Clapham Band Stand is never used” when SHABAM! A whopping great schedule of Clapham Band Stand events comes flying into our inbox. Just for you, fellow Clappers, here is said schedule. Continue reading

Clapham Common festival guide 2009

Clapham Festivals 2009

Oh yes people, it’s that time of year again – Clapham festival time! Love Clapham is going totally gaga thinking about the massive partying ahead of us this summer. With Orbital, Super Furry Animals, Eric Prydz and The Human League all paying a trip to Clapham Common to headline, you lovely Clappers are totally spoilt for choice this year. But why choose when you can go to them all?! Read on for Love Clapham’s definitive guide to Clapham’s 2009 festivals. Continue reading

Weekend watch: all systems go for Lambeth College, Clapham

Clapham Common Lambeth College

You know that swanky new wood and brick building opposite the Windmill Pub on Clapham Common? Well that, dear reader, is the newly built Clapham part of Lambeth College to house the sixth formers in September. Colleges have come a long way since our day and all the better for it, it’s a fantastic modern building and very in keeping with the tone of modern Clapham. If you’re interested in the courses – or your children are – head down there this Saturday for the open day. Continue reading

Clapham events in June

People having a picnic on Clapham Common

Most of June, if the weather holds out, will no doubt be spent with friends on Clapham Common. Hold your horses though, because there are a growing number of events coming up that should catch your interest. Events include the open day at the new sixth form college, the Clapham Street Party, the big Clapham Common festivals and an open evening to learn more about Lambeth’s Green Communities scheme. Visit our Clapham events page for more info and links.