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The Knowledge - Clapham

Clapham's popularity has gone up and up, with many trendy young professionals flooding the area that has been traditionally represented by the well to do middle class family. This is a well-established residential area, but the greater mix of people is bringing a good mix of diversity to the population of Clapham.

The properties you can expect to find around here are large Victorian terraced houses towards the South side of Clapham Common and equally large Georgian and Victorian properties (some could almost be called villas) ranged towards Clapham Old Town (the Pavement). In between all this grandness are many little attractive mews and cottages, which makes this area a very sought after place indeed. Clapham North has many Victorian terraces interspersed with council properties, which makes it a more affordable first rung on the property ladder for many people.

There are many attractive qualities about living in Clapham - especially now. Abbeville Road is proving to be a boon to the area, giving the South side of Clapham a unique village atmosphere with its mix of bars, restaurants and individual boutiques. Old Town is very picturesque and also has its fair share of bars and restaurants, as well as specialist shops. Clapham High Street can look a bit on the scruffy side, but has an ever growing collection of bars and restaurants along here that cater for all tastes - although some seem to be a bit on the pretentious side. Clapham Common is a huge draw to the area, providing a beautiful open space and keeping a live the strong community spirit by hosting a varied programme of events throughout the year.
Clapham has many transport options – the Northern Line at Clapham South, Clapham Common and Clapham North. There is the main line station at Clapham High Street (London Bridge and Victoria) and numerous bus routes (and night buses) which sweep you to your destination.

Clapham is a little on the pricey side but it is South London’s Islington with Battersea. The properties range in price from £300,000 for a one bedroom period garden flat to beyond £9,000,000 for a villa style house around Clapham Common.

There are so many choices in terms of eating and drinking – whether it is by the common eating a pizza or a country pub. The Landor is a great old pub with a theatre upstairs, pool tables and a sizeable beer garden – good for sport. The Bierodrome is a popular bar with a large selection of European beers and a bistro next door. The Windmill is right on the common, good for replenishing supplies if on the common or if you need the loo! The Abbeville on Abbeville Road is a great venue for Sunday lunches. For later nights there is Infernos – the one everyone loves to hate but go back time and time again.

Best Bets 

Long summer afternoons relaxing on Clapham Common. Sunday Roast at The Abbeville.

Worst Bets

Chances of getting a seat at any of the Northern Line stations in the area. Filling your piggy bank.

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