In the early 20th century, with the arrival of the railways, Clapham became an important commuter suburb of London. As a result of its popularity back then, the area enjoys an abundance of Edwardian and Victorian terraced houses, particularly around Clapham Old Town and Abbeville Village, still in much demand by families today. Around the Common can be found period conversions and purpose-built mansion blocks, which are popular with young professionals. For grand Georgian terraces, look no further than the beautiful Grafton Square, which was designed by Thomas Cubitt, or for the largest houses in the area, go to Macaulay Road or The Chase.
There are several excellent primary schools in Clapham, which include St Mary’s RC Primary, Clapham Manor and Macaulay C of E. The area is served by some very good private schools too, such as Eaton House and Ecole Wix (featured), which is South Kensington’s Lycée’s Clapham post.
In the Old Town, Venn Street Market, a lively and thriving local food market, operates every Saturday. Gastro (featured) is a hugely popular French bistro, also on Venn Street. Abbeville Road boasts a collection of good restaurants, pubs and a highly esteemed butcher, the Ginger Pig.
The evening social scene is a huge attraction for young professionals, many of whom head to popular bars near the High Street, such as Venn Street Records and No 32 The Old Town (featured). The Clapham Picturehouse is an arthouse cinema that features special screenings and jazz evenings, similar to the Electric in Notting Hill.
Clapham Common (featured) is one of the largest green spaces in London, featuring ponds, playing fields and a children’s playground.