Best independent shops in Clapham

We’ve chosen our favourite independent Clapham shops to mark ‘Small Business Saturday’ on 6 December – a campaign to encourage consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. We are lucky to have so many independent shops and business in and around Clapham. That’s not to say we don’t like the big chains too, of course, but it’s the small businesses that help to give an area its character and individuality.

So, in no particular order, here are some of our favourite independent shops in Clapham – great places to start your Christmas shopping too. And, just to add, these shops haven’t paid to be featured – they really are our favourites!

45 Old Town, Clapham SW4 OJL
We like the fact that there are lots of affordable items as well as designer clothing in Clapham’s best womenswear shop. The jewellery is particularly good value – plenty of pieces in the £25-£30 bracket. Reductions on many knitwear brands. Open every day during December, including Mondays (usually closed).

For other clothing shops in the Clapham area, see our listing here.

Grand Passion
42 Abbeville Road, Clapham SW4 9NG

IMG_2771We’re surprised how many people don’t seem to know about this shop, tucked away on Abbeville Road. It’s perfect if you’re looking for unusual presents plus it has a room at the back crammed full of fun gift ideas for younger ones – stocking fillers, soft toys, magic tricks and general toys.

40 Old Town, Clapham SW4 0LB
It smells so Christmassy at the moment in this stylish flower shop which also sells decorations, ceramics, cards and gifts. We really like the hyacinths in pretty containers and the range of rustic terracotta pots.

Sass & Belle
17 The Pavement, Clapham SW4
This has to be the perfect local place for Christmas gifts – its new store in Clapham has opened just in time! Decorations, stocking fillers and gifts for all ages plus homeware at reasonable prices. Special opening week offer: 20% off when you spend £20 or more – ends 7 December.

32 Old Town, Clapham SW4 0LB
Primarily a shop selling painted vintage furniture but at this time of year it’s bursting with Christmas gifts and home accessories. We love the selection of pretty tea light holders from £7.

We are also great fans of Venn Street market, especially at this time of year with its selection of artisan foods and Christmas trees and wreaths.

Check out our Christmas fairs listing here.

Favourite independent shops in Battersea:
Huttons – great for unusual and personalised gifts
The Paint House – not just about paint! Interesting and stylish home accessories and furniture
The Bird Cage – tiny shop bursting with gift ideas
Blackbird – a small shop specialising in jewellery, homeware and accessories

Plus, if you’re stuck for what to buy the man in your life, try The Inside Man for luxury gift ideas and accessories.

Favourite independent shops in Balham:
Sam Ubhi – beautiful, original jewellery and there are currently reductions on some items
No 9 Antiques & Interiors – gorgeous shop, on the expensive side but there are lovely Christmas decorations and accessories at more affordable prices.
Lavish Habit – a café and shop with some quirky accessories including jewellery, clothing and vintage items.

For our Antiques and Vintage shops listing, click here.

5 comments to Best independent shops in Clapham

  • Hello
    Just seen you great local ad on your web for Xmas events and fairs in Clapham and you’ve not mentioned Venn Street Market.
    I’m sure you’re on our mailing list so please add us to your website as we’d love to have more local support!!
    If you need a Xmas market press release please email me..
    Many thanks

    • Hi Kate, Thanks for getting in touch. We’ve given Venn Street a mention on our Christmas Fairs post and we will make sure we include you in other relevant posts as we definitely think Venn Street market is a great asset for Clapham!

  • Elizabeth Jones

    Good afternoon,

    I can see you have listed some lovely shops in and around the area. Have you discovered my shop here yet? It is in Balham, the Clapham South side of Balham, but every day new people are discovering my new(ish) business.

    I’ve been here for just over 5 months. 78 Balham High Road, SW12 9AG. See the website for details of how to find me, but as a small local establishing business, please pop in rather than buying on-line from HQ! (I am a Franchisee of a company that has two other franchise shops – mine is the first in London!).


    • Hi Elizabeth,
      Many thanks for getting in touch and telling us about your shop. We haven’t visited in person yet but have had a look on your website. We are always keen to show support to local businesses and we will make sure it is listed on our clothes shops page in the children’s section.

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