Monday 8th of August 2011 will be the day all local residents remember wanton violence coming to our much loved streets. Worst hit was the Clapham Junction area around Lavender Hill caught in its early throes in the below video.
Of course, the most familiar image to us all is now the gutted Party Superstore – which Love Clapham has frequented for many a fancy dress party – ablaze.
Other shops were smashed, looted and destroyed in a disgusting abuse of our local area. Clapham High Street was largely unaffected, although Blockbuster near Clapham North has had its windows smashed, and property destroyed and stolen. Love Clapham witnessed a gang of 20 or so hooded youths lurking behind KFC at around 11pm – they may have been entirely innocent, but last night was not the night to be hanging around in gangs.
Riot police eventually turn up en masse captured in this resident’s video:
No one involved had any intentions of delivering a political of social message, they just wanted to enjoy themselves by destroying people’s livelihoods. It was disturbing to watch on television, and terrifying for some of our residents stuck in the thick of the violence. Personally, the worst image for me was that of the young girls in the attack laughing at their friends tearing a TV off the wall in Ladbrokes. Such a depressingly pathetic display of ignorance and stupidity.
But the local community has come together in a tear jerking response as residents supported those affected today with broom in hand to clean up. Something to be proud of. Take care Clappers.
Read more on the following websites:
- Clapham Junction riots: A timeline of the violence and looting, images, write up and videos [Metro]
- Clapham Junction riots in pictures [BBC]
- London riots: Clapham broom picture goes viral as Londoners defy looters [Metro]
- Boris Johnson being heckled in Clapham Junction [Guardian]
- Clapham Junction write up [Telegraph]
- Boris Johnson criticised on Clapham Junction visit [Mirror]
- Clapham riot clean-up brings 400 volunteers [BBC]
After a successful opening in 2009, Aquum has quickly established itself as the place to see and be seen in SW4. Offering a cool and chic feel, this interchangeable South London haunt is spread over three floors, spoiling you with plenty of room to relax throughout the week over a bite to eat with friends, and ample space to get your groove on at the weekends with resident sounds from Stereo Sushi and Bargrooves.
Address: Aquum, 68-70 Clapham High street, London, SW4 7UL
Opening times: Mon – Thurs 11am – 2am, Fri – Sun 11am – 4am Continue reading
Big Squid is a PADI 5 star dive centre located in Clapham North Arts Centre just off Voltaire Road by Clapham High Street train station. It offers dive equipment (it’s a shop too) and dive courses run at their dive centre and at Clapham Manor baths just a 2 minute walk away.
The London Paper is reporting that two men were shot on Wandsworth Road in Clapham. The website says a 25 year old man “was treated for his injuries at a nearby hospital. Some time later, another man arrived at a south London hospital with gunshot wounds. Both men are in a stable condition and their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.” If you have any info, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. UPDATE: @ursulafuchs corrected us to say the shooting happened on Monday night.
The Falcon is a large establishment with front and back gardens. It’s always rammed solid in the summer.
Address: The Falcon, 2 St. Johns Hill, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 1RU
Telephone: 0207 274 2427
The Clapham North pub opposite the Clapham North tube station has fast become one of the best known and popular hot spots on the Clapham circuit.
Address: The Clapham North, 409 Clapham Road, Clapham, London SW9 9BT
Telephone: 0207 274 2472