Weekend Watch: Street parties and Toast Festival – Clapham rocks!

Abbeville Fete street performer

And so it begins. Last week the lorries moved in and now Clapham Common is even more equipped for festivals than Glastonbury (kinda). Toast Festival 2009 starts on Friday through to Sunday for music, BBQs and polo. Then the Abbeville Fete is on Saturday for stalls, food and entertainment. At the same time the Clapham Street Party will be partying hard down by Kaz Bar with celebs, performers and music. It’s all going off out there people! Continue reading

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

Supernova Korfball Club Tournament on Clapham Common

Korfball Clapham Common

In the summer Clapham is awash with sport, and our first report of the year is in. Earlier this week Clapham Common played host to the Supernova Korfball Club Tournament. What’s Korfball? In a nutshell, it’s a game with two teams, two zones and you score by getting the ball into raised rings with similarities to both basketball and netball. Supernova, a Clapham based club, holds the tournament each year. Continue reading

Clapham Cinema: Bruno and Harry Potter tickets on sale

CLAPHAM PICTUREHOUSE LISTINGS 26th June – 2nd July
ROH LIVE: LA TRAVIATA
Tue only: 6.40
SUNDAYS WITH BOND: ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (PG)
Sun only: 3.00
PUBLIC ENEMIES (15)
Wed & Thu: 6.00 9.00
TRANSFORMERS REVENGE OF FALLEN (12A)
Daily except Sun: 2.00 5.15 8.30
Sun only: 1.00 4.15 7.30
LOOKING FOR ERIC (15)
Fri, Sat & Mon: 3.40 8.40
Sun only: 7.40
Tue only: 3.40
Wed & Thu only: 3.10
THE HANGOVER (15)
Daily except Sun: 1.40 4.10 6.40 9.10
Sun only: 12.40 3.10 5.40 8.10
MY SISTERS KEEPER (12A)
Daily except Sun: 1.20 3.50 6.20 8.50
Sun only: 12.20 2.50 5.20 7.50
ANYTHING FOR HER (15)
Fri, Sat & Mon: 1.30 6.30
Sun only: 12.30 5.30
Tue only: 1.30
Wed & Thu only: 1.00
KIDS CLUB: CATS & DOGS (PG) 11.45 (Sat only)
BIG SCREAM: MY SISTERS KEEPER (12A) & ANYTHING FOR HER (15) 10.30 (Thu only)

La Traviota

The big news for Clapham Picture House this week is that tickets for the summer blockbusters Bruno and Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince have gone on sale already. Get in early by going to their website. Like opera or simply fancy pretending to be cultured? This week’s event is a live broadcast from the Royal Opera House showing La Traviata on Tuesday at 6.40pm. If you haven’t already, check out our interview with the cinema’s manager Mike Matthews to see pictures from the projector room and to learn more about the cinema’s future. Full cinema listings for next week are after the break. Continue reading

Clapham Picture House cinema: behind the scenes interview

Clapham Picture House cinema Mike Matthews

Two very exciting things happened to us at the same time this week. Before your imaginations run wild (they’re already running wild aren’t they?) the two things were: 1. going into a cinema projector room 2. meeting someone that has been on The Apprentice. This was accomplished by meeting Clapham Picture House manager and guest star of the 2008 Apprentice series, Mike Matthews, who took the time to speak to Love Clapham about the cinema’s history, its renaissance and its future moves into digital and 3D. 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

Clapham sport clubs

Clapham sports clubs

Like sports? Live in or near Clapham? Then you really have no excuse not to get off your backside and get involved in some Clapham sports. It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that Clapham has a huge common and guess what, local residents definitely make the most of it. You can walk, run, cycle and skate around it and the many local parks for free, but if you fancy a bit of group or one-on-one action, this page lists some of Clapham’s sport clubs. Clubs and teams range from football, frisbee and lacrosse all the way to canoeing. Yeah, canoeing. Believe it! Continue reading

Twittering Mayor recognised for web use

Jason Cobb and Mayor of Lambeth

Local Twitterer (is that a proper noun yet?) Jason Cobb caught up with our on and offline social networking Mayor of Lambeth for an interview that you can listen to in the rest of this post. We’ve noticed the Mayor, Christopher Wellbelove, has been using the likes of Twitter and Facebook to full effect, encouraging more and more people to interact with Lambeth Council in loads of different ways. It’s a refreshing change that we hope spreads throughout other local authorities. Continue reading