What’s on around Clapham November 2017

The nights are drawing in and Christmas is round the corner (how did that happen so fast?!) but don’t hibernate now – there’s plenty to keep you entertained around Clapham this month. If you have any news, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. And don’t forget, you can subscribe to our regular newsletter and always be ‘in the know’ about what’s on around Clapham.

Fireworks

Battersea Park Saturday 4 November. Advance tickets only, no tickets on the gate. £10 each, under 10 year olds free but must have an entry ticket. Gates open at 6pm.
Battersea Power Station has a host of family events preceding the fireworks including energetic games with Sharky and George, the Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall, a Ben’s Canteen Pop-Up restaurant plus a “greatest power ballad” dance party after the fireworks.
Lambeth Fireworks Saturday 4 November at Brockwell Park will be set to movie music. Funfair from 5pm, live music followed by fireworks at 8pm. Tickets £10 each, £15 for premier viewing.
Landor community gardens Bonfire Night, Saturday 4 November, 85 Landor Gardens SW9. Free community event so bring something to share. Starts from 4pm.
For details of firework displays across London, see Time Out’s Bonfire Night listing.

Bar & Restaurant news

We’re excited to see some new bars and restaurants have recently opened up around Clapham. The Cinnamon is a stylish new bar and cocktail lounge in Clapham Old Town serving cocktails, craft beers and Asian cuisine. We can’t wait to try! Other relative newbies include cocktail bar Brick and Liquor in Clapham South and over in Clapham North Red Dog Saloon plus Sushi O’Clock take-out on Clapham Common Southside. For the best steak around – dry aged on site – try Macellaio RC which opened at 124 Northcote Road this summer.

Special offers:

Gigalum is showing the Autumn International Rugby matches live on the big screen every weekend throughout November. Even better,  anyone who mentions Totally Clapham at the bar on any of the match days will receive 2 for 1 on Kronenbourg bottles and 2 for 1 on glasses of Prosecco.

Book your Christmas party meal before 30 November 2017 at Fixed restaurant on Northcote Road SW11 and receive a free bottle of wine for every four people dining from the Christmas set menu. The menu is just £23.95 per person for 3 courses plus a welcome glass of prosecco. Terms & Conditions apply. The Christmas set menu is available from 20 November 2017 until 7 January 2018 – must be pre-booked.

Events

Now’s it’s November we’ve decided it’s ok to mention Christmas, snow and winter – which is just as well because Winterville is coming to Clapham Common from 23 November – 1 January, noon – 10pm daily. There will be Clapham Common’s first ever ice rink plus street food, film screenings of Christmas classics, crazy golf, fairground, roller disco and a Christmas market. There’s also an opening weekend set from Norman Jay and free music shows. Ticketed shows include Cirque du Cabaret and Mexican Wrestling. See their website for details.

The Trinity Hospice Christmas fair organised by Wandsworth friends of Trinity Hospice is on Wednesday 15 November 8.30am-3.30pm, £5 admission, at St Luke’s Church. It is a great way to support an important local cause and always has a good selection of stalls.

Abbeville Christmas craft fair, Church of the Holy Spirit, Narbonne Avenue SW4 on Saturday 25 November, 12-4pm.

Northcote Road Christmas market and lights: Saturday 25 November 4.30pm-7.30pm with carol singing, Father Christmas, food & drink and market stalls.

Theatre, comedy & magic

There is plenty of music, theatre and performance on at Omnibus this Autumn but The Trap caught our eye –  a biting new comedy about the financial perils of a capitalist world. Tickets are £15 and it runs until 19 November.

Battersea Arts Centre has an exciting selection of Christmas comedy coming up next month that’s likely to get booked up fast. Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Adam Riches performs from 4-9 December, there’s a comedy show on 11-16 December from John Kearns – donning his trusty fake teeth and wig! – and the physical comedy trio Sleeping Trees from 18-23 December.

Critically acclaimed Scottish magician Kevin Quantum is making his London debut with a one-off show at the Clapham Grand on Saturday 2 December. The show ‘Quantum Magic’ combines magic with science and comedy to create a spectacular show. Tickets will sell fast!

New shops & businesses around Clapham

Independent shops Blackbird and Tierra Verde on Webbs Road Battersea have had a refresh. Take a look at their websites for details. And the interiors/lifestyle/gift shop Maison Curate is about to take up permanent position at 61 Northcote Road.

We were very sad to see JZD close its doors after 18 years in Clapham. We now have to head over to Northcote Road for independent and interesting clothing stores. Fortunately there are a few newcomers too – Made the Edit shoe shop has just moved into new premises at 79 Northcote Road and pop-up shop byRosita – good value women’s fashion – is at the corner of Battersea Rise and St John’s Road SW11. If vintage is more your thing, there’s a vintage pop-up shop Viva Soul London specialising in vintage fashion and home wares, at JP Art Gallery on Battersea Rise.

A lovely new online shop Les Petit Anges has also just launched selling children’s clothing and is offering Totally Clapham readers free shipping / postage with your first order. Click here to receive the discount code or visit the website and enter TOTALLYCLAPHAM at checkout to receive free shipping. Private appointments are also available in the SW11 area if you would like to see the collection in person.

Mini Jam is a new company which runs music sessions for the under fives at various local venues including The Cinnamon at The Pavement in Clapham and in Battersea Park. They are also running a special offer for babies throughout November. See their website for details.

Don’t forget, we’ve teamed up with The Indie Hub who negotiate weekly special offers at independent restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, hair & beauty salons and many more businesses in Clapham and Wandsworth. To make the most of these special offers, just sign up for free on The Indie Hub website for their weekly email and receive great deals that not only save you money but also help support our local high street.

 

What’s on around Clapham August 2017

We love August in this area – if it’s hot, we can just chill out on Clapham Common and if it’s a typical British summer there are still plenty of events, fab restaurants, cafés and bars in Clapham to keep us entertained!

What’s New

Brick and Liquor is a new cocktail bar opening soon at 47 Balham Hill SW12 9DR. To celebrate their soft launch from 19-24 August you can enjoy a complimentary cocktail from their extensive cocktail menu. Advance bookings only and one per person. Email Clapham@brickandliquor.co.uk to book.

Red Dog salon is one of the latest restaurant to hot foot its way to Clapham – at 27 Bedford Road – serving up smokin’ dishes such as pulled pork, ribs, BBQ chicken and Buffalo wings.

We can’t wait to try the new Minnow restaurant in Clapham at 21 The Pavement – the food looks so pretty!  Open for brunch (weekends only), lunch, dinner and cocktails.

Sushi O’Clock has made time for Clapham with its new take-out venue on Clapham Common Southside. See their website for details.

If you love meat then take a look at the new branch of Macellaio RC on Northcote Road SW11 which we hope to try out soon. The meat-focussed menu looks amazing (there are some pasta dishes too) and properly Italian! The restaurant serves their renowned Fassona beef, butchered and dry-aged on site. They also run butchery and bakery classes at their Union Street branch in SE1.

Still on Northcote Road, we’re sad to here that All Good Gifts is closing after 30 years of trading. A reminder that we must try to shop local and support local businesses before they all disappear and we’re just left with chain stores and Amazon for our shopping (useful though they are!). There is some good news in that one of our favourite independent shops in the area has just reopened after a refurbishment – Blackbird on Webbs Road SW11 sells beautiful jewellery, furniture handcrafted in their Battersea workshop and home accessories. Also on Webbs Road, the lovely organic deli and café.  Tierra Verde has expanded to offer fruit and veg next door.

Tooting has a new arts, crafts and food market on Saturdays, open from noon until 8pm in the Gala Bingo Hall.

For chic children’s clothing from Paris, take a look at the new  Jacadi boutique which has just arrived on Northcote Road SW11.

And for boutique fitness, a women-only fitness studio has re-launched in Earlsfield as Beattitude, offering over 60 classes a week including HIIT, Body Flow, Core Conditioning, Boxing and Strength Training. See their website for details.

Now there’s no excuse for not getting your five a day – Hoxton Fruit & Veg is coming to Clapham High Street soon!

Events

We’re loving the summer bandstand concerts at Clapham Common bandstand. On Sunday 6 August, local players Creative Flowe will entertain with an afternoon of contemporary music and dance  and on Sunday 20 August the Herne Hill-based Lambeth Wind Orchestra take to the stage – or rather the bandstand.

While we’re on the music theme, Omnibus Theatre in Clapham is hosting a Music Makers festival on 5 & 6 August. It’s the chance to showcase the talents of independent music makers. There’s a full and varied line-up over the two days including Michele Stodart (from Magic Numbers), Tom Speight, Albert Man and many more. See their website for full details and to book tickets.

A family wildlife club comes to Clapham Common and it sounds brilliant! Organised by Wild Capital, it’s the chance to explore, learn and play outdoors with zoologist and environment teacher Brenna  Boyle. Suitable for children aged 5-11 and an accompanying adult. Activities on Friday 4, 11, 18 and 25 August, 3-5pm. £2 per child per session, booking essential.

Fairs & Festivals

Battersea Power Station Summer Festival continues until 1 September with comedy, dance, workouts, music and family activities. Pop along to the events and see the new restaurants and bars opening up in the area.

Tooting Blues & Folk Festival Sat 5 August on Tooting Common, by Dr Johnson Avenue and close to Tooting Bec Lido. See their website for line-up.

Now this is a festival with a difference…BooManchu wellness festival weekend comes to Fu Manchu , Lendal Terrace SW4, on 12-13 August. In collaboration with Boom Cycle  you are invited to take part in a fitness ride, healthy lunch and talks from guest speakers, plus you’ll receive a goody bag. Tickets are £28 per person.

 South West 4 music festival on Clapham Common on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August…

Followed by… House of Common – back on Clapham Common on Bank Holiday Monday 28 August with Madness and guests including De La Soul, David Rodigan, The Skatalites, Craig Charles and more.

Art events

Studio Voltaire at 1A Nelsons Row in Clapham, got in touch to tell us about an art event they are hosting from 3-6 August.  Artist collective They Are Here will transform Studio Voltaire into Precarity Centre – a project offering free workshops and activities including movement workshops, self-defence classes, discussions and even a ‘repair café’ where local experts volunteer their skills to repair clothing, electrical appliances, bicycles and furniture – all free of charge.

The Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park is running a series of family workshops with artist Ania Bas throughout August and September  on the theme of unwanted objects and memories. See website for dates. The gallery is also hosting a free exhibition, The Conch, Sea Urchin and Brass Bell,  by Canadian artist Zadie Xa.

The Bright Emporium on St John’s Hill, up the hill from Clapham Junction, regularly runs interactive reading, writing and art activities for families, plus Sunday family events every other Sunday.

Gallery on the Corner has moved to Balham High Road and is no longer on a corner! It does, however, have exhibition and event space for hire.

If you fancy getting arty crafty yourself, take a look at our Arts & Crafts classes page

News & offers

Be aware that major engineering works during August will affect train timetables for South West trains from Clapham Junction, particularly trains going into Waterloo. The Northern Line will seem amazingly efficient in comparison…

We’ve teamed up with The Indie Hub who negotiate weekly special offers at independent restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, hair & beauty salons and many more businesses in Clapham and Wandsworth. To make the most of these special offers, just sign up for free on The Indie Hub website for their weekly email and receive great deals that not only save you money but also help support our local high street.

Don’t forget, you can subscribe to the Totally Clapham monthly newsletter and be the first to hear what’s happening around Clapham.

Coming Up

Clapham Old Town Fayre, Saturday 2 September, 12-8pm.

Bellevue Road Summer Fair, Wandsworth Common SW17, Sat 16 September 11am- 5pm.

Balham Food Festival – 25 September – 1 October with offers, events and fabulous food!

What’s on around Clapham July 2017

Comedy, Lambeth Country Show, a rum festival and new bars and restaurants – just a flavour of what’s on around Clapham this July.

Comedy

Balham Comedy Festival, 29 June – 8 July at The Bedford pub. The line-up includes Ed Byrne, Jason Manford, Stephen K Amos, Sara Pascoe, Jeremy Hardy, Rich Hall and many more. Tickets selling fast!

From 10-22 July the Edinburgh Comedy previews at Battersea Arts Centre.  If you book 3 shows in the same transaction, you’ll save 20%. Box Office: 020 7223 2223.

Joe Lycett, Nish Kumar and Joseph Morpurgo headline at Fight the Dog’s Edinburgh comedy preview from 7-9 July at The Landor, Clapham SW9. Tickets via their website.

And Laugh Train Home Edinburgh Preview comedy festival is from 5-26 July at the Four Thieves pub Lavender Gardens Battersea SW11.  Dates include 5, 9-13 and 26 July. Early tickets £7, advance £8-10, on door £10. Tickets sold out last year so book early.

Fetes, Fairs & Festivals

The Jam Tree Clapham celebrates the best rums the world has to offer during its Rum Festival throughout July. Enjoy Mojito Mondays, rum cocktail masterclasses, salsa lessons and a Caribbean supper club. See their website for the full list of events.

Streatham Festival, 1-9 July– various locations around Streatham. Music, dance, performance, art, comedy, workshops and activities.

Urban Art Fair, 8-9 July, Josephine Avenue, Brixton. A hugely popular art event with over 200 exhibitors displaying their art along the street, plus street food stalls.

Let’s Rock London is back on Sat 15 July on Clapham Common with all your ’80s favourites including Human League, Sister Sledge, Howard Jones and many more.

Northcote Road Summer Fete, Sunday 16 July CANCELLED.

Lambeth Country Show, Sat 15 & Sun 16 July, noon – 8pm in Brockwell Park. Stalls, food and drink, fairground rides, live music and much more. A huge event – over 170,000 people attended last year. Definitely worth a visit – and it’s free.

Foodstock Battersea Park, Sat 15 & Sun 16 July: two days of food, drink and music with stalls, fine dining, street food, workshops, farmers’ market, live music and children’s area.

New bars & restaurants

We’re super-excited about the arrival later this month of Minnow restaurant to Clapham Old Town –  21 The Pavement to be precise – serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a seasonal modern European flavour.

We’ve heard positive comments about the pizza at Radio Alice Pizza – the latest eating place to open on Venn Street Clapham.

Sad to see Rosita Spanish tapas bar and restaurant go on Northcote Road. We’ve heard that it will be replaced by an Italian restaurant.

Tequila Mockingbird – fab name! – launches on the 7 July, located where Rise46 used to be on Battersea Rise. Set over two levels with a ground floor bar and basement party room, Tequila Mockingbird offers 2-4-1 cocktails during the week and late nights at weekends with DJs until 2am.

Clapham has a bit of a reputation for turning old toilets into eating and drinking venues. Now it’s the turn of the old Polygon building in Clapham Old Town to be transformed into a cafe.

Events

Summer bandstand concerts continue at Clapham bandstand in July with two contrasting concerts.  Local band, Fuzion, who play a mix of jazz, classical and popular music, will be performing on Sunday 9 July.  And on Sunday 23 July the popular London Allstars steel band are back.

No need to travel all the way to Edinburgh to enjoy the Edinburgh Fringe. Omnibus has some of the best previews from exciting theatre makers from 26-30 July. See their website for full details.

Wandsworth Jumble Trail is back on Sunday 16 July 11am-5pm. It’s a non-for-profit event and last year over 90 stalls set up across Wandsworth raising money for local and international charities. For more details or to sign up for a stall, click here.

Special Offers

FIXED restaurant on Northcote Road (with tables outside too!) has several sizzling summer offers:
* Lunch offer: two courses for £ 10 – your choice of main, plus either a starter, side or dessert. Monday – Friday 11:30 am – 5:30 pm.
* Kids menu: choose either a kids beef burger or grilled chicken & a drink for only £ 5 – all served with cherry tomatoes & cucumber salad, chips plus a small apple/orange juice.
* Family Sunday: Offer includes kids meal & drink from Kids Menu. Valid on Sundays only. One free kids meal per adult only. Each adult to spend £10 or more to qualify for one free kids meal. Available to all children under 12. Valid for dine-in only at FIXED. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.

Whiteleys Dry Cleaners in Clapham Old Town has a special promotion this month: get your suit dry cleaned for £10. This offer runs in conjunction with their loyalty offer. Full details on their website.

We’ve also teamed up with The Indie Hub who negotiate weekly special offers at independent restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, hair & beauty salons and many more businesses in Clapham and Wandsworth. To make the most of these special offers, just sign up for free on The Indie Hub website for their weekly email and receive great deals that not only save you money but also help support our local high street.

Don’t forget, you can subscribe to our monthly newsletter and be the first to hear what’s happening around Clapham.

 

What’s on around Clapham June 2017

There’s everything from family fetes and festivals to thought-provoking theatre and comedy events around Clapham this June. Here’s our pick of the best. And no mention of a general election, we promise – although don’t forget to vote on 8 June!

Fetes, fairs & bandstands

We start off with some fabulous local fetes: St Paul’s Church Clapham Summer Fair, Saturday 10 June, noon-4pm, with stalls, tombola, competitions, music and food. Followed by Ritherdon Road Street Party on Sunday 11 June, 11am-5pm, Ritherdon Road SW17 with plenty of stalls plus live music and BBQ. Also on Sunday 11 June,SoLo Craft Fair is open from noon-5pm at Balham Bowls Club, Ramsden Road SW12. Over 30 independent traders plus live music and workshops.

The much loved Abbeville Fete is on Saturday 24 June, noon-4pm, Abbeville Road, Clapham SW4 – a popular, family event which raises money for local charities.   See our blog for more summer fairs and festivals around Clapham.

We love it that Clapham bandstand is hosting more musical performances – there will be a series of Summer bandstand concerts every fortnight until 3 September. There’s everything from contemporary music and dance to jazz, brass bands, poets and choirs. Next up  a local community choir, singing on the bandstand for the first time on Sunday 25 June.

Eating & Drinking

Brixton Beach is back at a rooftop near you… Well, on Pope’s Road to be precise. There are themed beach parties, food, drink, DJs and music – everything you need for an urban beach experience and this year there’s a distinctly Cuban vibe. Even better, Time Out has a feature on the best urban beaches in London plus a food and drink offer at Brixton Beach.

Radio Alice Pizza is coming to Venn Street Clapham very soon – named after an Italian pirate radio station in case you were wondering. Their other branch is in Hoxton. All the cool places…

While we’re in the Italian mood, Made in Italy restaurant has finally opened on Northcote Road offering mainly pizzas and pasta. It’s already proving very popular and has some table and chairs outside for warmer days.

If you enjoy a good quiz, there’s a chance to win a £50 voucher plus wine and free drinks at The Landor pub quiz on Sunday 4 June at 8pm. £2 entry person, maximum 6 per team. And The Jam Tree in Clapham Old Town also hosts a quiz every Sunday from 8pm. £50 to be won.

We love Venn Street market of course but if you find yourself in the Battersea area, there’s a new farmer’s market opening outside the lovely Nutbourne restaurant on Parkgate Road SW11. Every Saturday at 10am-2pm from 10 June, Ransome’s Dock farmer’s market will be selling fresh, free range, organic produce from over 20 vendors. There’s also a competition to win a farmer’s market sweep – see their website for details.

Cartela new late-night tequila bar & taqueria, has just opened at 517 Battersea Park Road SW11. It will stock over 70 different tequilas and host live music and DJs from Thursday to Saturday (open until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights).

Five Guys burger joint will be taking over the former Bison & Bird site at 182 Clapham High Street and serving up… you guessed it, burgers, plus hot dogs, sandwiches, fries and milkshakes. Opening any day now!

FIXED restaurant on Northcote Road Battersea SW11 have got in touch to say they’ve just launched a new summer menu. It’s excellent value – starters £5 each, mains £10, desserts £3. There are tables outside too – perfect for summer evenings. And yes, it IS going to be a hot summer…

Theatre

Bread & Roses Theatre has two productions this month which caught our eye.  Radiant Vermin, is a darkly humorous play that asks just how far you would go to get on the property ladder…? Performing from 14-17 June. And Bristol based theatre company AWOL Productions brings a farcical extravaganza Going AWOL to the stage on 20 & 21 June. 

There are more thought-provoking performances at Omnibus including an interactive interpretation of Midsummer Night’s Dream.  After a sell-out run in Oxford last year, Creation Theatre brings its anarchic treasure hunt of a show to Omnibus from 16-30 June. It starts in a secret location and involves picking up clues and characters, following trails and delivering wedding invitations. Or for something less active but just as extraordinary, six people tell their fascinating stories as part of ‘So, This Is What Happened‘ on 29 June at Omnibus. Expect stories that are poignant, funny, life affirming, cathartic and, above all, true.

Art & culture

Wandsworth Heritage Festival is the chance to discover more about the history of the borough with events planned until 12 June. It’s also Wandsworth Arts open day on 10 June. Organisations around Wandsworth, including Battersea Arts Centre, Omnibus, ALRA, Theatre 503 and the Pump House Gallery, will open their doors for tours and activities for all ages.

The Friends of Clapham Common are holding their first watercolour workshop on 4 June, 2 -3.30pm. Local artist Susanna MacInnes will run a collaborative painting session at the boating lake (near the basketball courts). Free for FCC  members, £5 for non-members.

Balham Literary Festival takes place from 8-11 June at The Bedford in Balham with author talks, music, children’s story telling, plus Dulwich Books pop-up shop. To book and for full details, see their website.

Cooking & Nutrition

Make Me Feel parapharmacie on Abbeville Road offers health & beauty advice and products as well as consultations on everything from osteopathy and acupuncture to reflexology and physiotherapy. They got in touch to tell us about their cooking workshop on Monday12 June. The focus is on preparing nutritious recipes which are also delicious – it is possible! To book email: contact@makemefeel.co.uk Other events this month include a paediatric first aid evening, anti-ageing facials and intolerance testing.

Still on the cooking theme, on Saturday 17 June from 1-5pm, Bandstand Beds volunteers are collaborating with food blogging duo Howell and Harte and Cactus Kitchens to host a special Clapham Common Cook Up as part of London Food Month. Using fresh produce from the Bandstand Beds community garden, Will Howell and Conor Harte will create delicious dishes while a team from Cactus Kitchens will offer a taster session of their Knife Skills class. Windmill Drive gardens, SW4 9DE. Visit their website to book a free ticket.

Fitness & fun runs

Don’t be surprised if you see a herd of elephants on Clapham Common this month, or at least people dressed in elephant costumes. It’s the Enormous Elephant Run on Saturday 10 June, 10am-2pm, raising money for Africa’s elephants which are under threat from poaching. To take part or volunteer, see The Enormous Elephant website.

Want to burn up to 500 calories and have fun at the same time? Then try SwingTrain. It’s a dance cardio workout inspired by the sounds of swing, charleston, rhythm & blues and hot jazz. Even better,  your first class is FREE if you email STClaphamJunction@gmail.com and reference TOTALLYCLAPHAM to claim.  Offers are limited to a few spaces per class so book your place now. You can find SwingTrain under Clapham Junction station at Off the Rails Studios every Monday at 7.30pm. For more information check out their Facebook page.

Still on the fitness theme, if you’re the type of person who enjoys heavy duty exercise (don’t look at us), new company Go Sweat asked us to give their latest review of Clapham’s Best Bootcamps a mention. So we just have!

If fitness ‘funky style’ is more your thing, the Funky Moves team is back with their ‘no-pressure’, outdoor wireless dance fitness classes at outdoor locations. If you enter wireless3 at the checkout when you book 3 classes you’ll get one HALF PRICE!  Indoor classes every Friday morning at Tooting Bec Athletics Track & Gym from 9.30am – 10.30am, £10 drop in!

Special offers

We’ve also teamed up with The Indie Hub who negotiate weekly special offers at independent restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, hair & beauty salons and many more businesses in Clapham and Wandsworth. To make the most of these special offers, just sign up on The Indie Hub website for their weekly email and receive great deals that not only save you money but also help support our local high street.

Coming up

July is a bumper month for comedy but you’ll need to book up now to ensure you get a ticket:

Balham Comedy Festival, 29 June – 8 July at The Bedford pub. The line-up includes Ed Byrne, Jason Manford, Stephen K Amos, Sara Pascoe, Jeremy Hardy, Rich Hall and many more. Tickets on sale now!

From 10-22 July the Edinburgh Comedy previews at Battersea Arts Centre.  If you book 3 shows in the same transaction, you’ll save 20%. Box Office: 020 7223 2223.

And Laugh Train Home Edinburgh Preview comedy festival is from 5-26 July at the Four Thieves pub Lavender Gardens Battersea SW11.  Dates include 5, 9-13 and 26 July. Early tickets £7, advance £8-10, on door £10. Tickets sold out last year so book early

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News and events around Clapham May 2017

Two bank holidays, lighter evenings and warmer days – we love this time of year! There’s plenty happening in May around Clapham but do get in touch if we’ve missed anything.

What’s new

If you love cocktails, this is the month for you with the launch of several new cocktail bars around Clapham.

Little Bird cocktail bar & restaurant has just opened at 1 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HG. We haven’t visited yet but we love the look (see photo) and sound of it – botanical inspired cocktails and Asian/Med tapas. A perfect combination!

We’re sad to see Rise46 go but welcome another new cocktail bar in its place on Battersea Rise – Tequila Mockingbird, due to open this summer.

Down in Tooting, Brick & Liquor is a new cocktail bar at 82 Mitcham Road SW17 which also runs cocktail masterclasses and a cocktail club on Thursdays. Light bites and sharing plates also available.

And over Wandsworth Common way there’s a new cocktail bar and restaurant coming soon called Stillwater, at 206 Trinity Road.

Not to be left out, Balham also boasts a new restaurant and cocktail bar on Hildreth Street in Balham. Curveball, offers a different angle on balls – potato rosti balls, classic meatballs and even beetroot and tahini balls. Upstairs the emphasis is on ball-bites and downstairs a cocktail bar.

Cartel is a new late-night tequila bar & taqueria opening soon at 517 Battersea Park Road SW11. It will stock over 70 different tequilas and host live music and DJs from Thursday to Saturday (open until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights).

Bison & Bird on Clapham High Street has gone to new pastures and Five Guys burger joint will be taking over and serving up… you guessed it, burgers, plus hot dogs, sandwiches, fries and milkshakes.

And we’re sad to see Gastro on Venn Street is boarded up with rumours that a pizza chain will take its place. We don’t know if that’s true but it’s disappointing to say goodbye to another independent.

Events

Wandsworth Arts Fringe 5- 21 May with over 140 events, performances and productions throughout Wandsworth.

Mommi on Clapham High Street is hosting late night live music sessions from 10pm-2am every Saturday until 1 July – party, disco, rock, funk and all the classics. And Friday nights brings a set wine & dine option including music for £25 per person. See their website to book.

Clapham Book Festival Sat 6 May at Omnibus, Clapham Common North Side SW4: with journalist and broadcaster Kate Adie in conversation and the chance to meet local authors. Tickets available via the Omnibus website.

South London Affordable Vintage Fair, Sun 7 May 10.30am-4.30pm at Balham SDA Church, Elmfield Road, SW17 7BW. Fashion, accessories, homewares and collectables. £2 admission, under 12s free.

A new play, Dirty Butterfly, at The Bread & Roses theatre on Clapham Manor Street has had rave reviews and is on until 13 May. Tickets £12. It’s followed by The Magic Show on Sun 14 May – an evening of mind-magic, illusion and showmanship. Tickets £7.

Just So Clapham Design and Craft Fair, Sat 13 May, 11am-4pm at Omnibus Clapham Common North Side SW4,  showcasing local artists and makers.

Streatham Common Kite Day, Sun 14 May, 11am – 5pm:  Streatham Common SW16 3BT. Kite displays, demonstrations and tuition plus food & drink stalls and music.

Bandstand Beds in conjunction with Social Landscapes are running a two hour workshop on Sat 20 May to show how to grow your own food in small spaces from mini garden beds to windowsill containers.

Common People at Clapham Bandstand, Sat 27 May, 11am-4pm. Community event with stalls, activities, music, dance and spoken word on the Bandstand and a celebration of food growing. Concerts at the bandstand will continue fortnightly until Sunday 3 September.

Special Offers

FIXED restaurant at 74 Northcote Road SW11 got in touch to tell us about their latest offers.

Family Sunday: Kids Eat Free at FIXED on Sundays – offer includes a child’s meal & drink from the kids’ menu. Valid on Sundays only. One free kid’s meal per adult only. Each adult to spend £10 or more to qualify for one free kid’s meal. Available to all children under 12. Valid for dine-in only at FIXED. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
Lunch menu: 2 courses for £10 – your choice of main, plus either a starter, side or dessert for £10 per person available Monday – Friday from 11.30am – 5.30pm. Takeaway available.

We’ve also teamed up with The Indie Hub – the new name for  Voucher Local.  Enjoy weekly special offers at independent restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, hair & beauty salons and many more businesses in Clapham and Wandsworth. To make the most of these special offers, just sign up on The Indie Hub website for their weekly email and receive great deals that not only save you money but also help support our local high street.

If you work near TWID cocktail bar and restaurant on York Road in Battersea SW11 you can currently enjoy lunch with 50% off – just bring your business card along!

Coming up

Take a look at our latest listing of Summer fetes, fairs and festivals around ClaphamAnd do let us know if we’ve missed any.

Let’s Rock London, Sat 15 July, on Clapham Common features all your ’80s favourites including Human League, Sister Sledge, Howard Jones and many more. Tickets are also on sale for South West 4 music festival on Clapham Common on Sat 26 and Sun 27 August.

Balham Literary Festival is back from 8-11 June at The Bedford pub Balham. Author visits, talks, workshops and a pop-up bookshop from Dulwich Books.

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Summer fairs, festivals and fetes around Clapham 2017

It’s that time of year again – plenty of fairs, festivals and fetes around Clapham this summer. Get in touch if you know of any others. It’s free to be listed.

May

Common People at Clapham Bandstand, Sat 27 May, 11am-4pm. Community event with stalls, activities, music, dance and spoken word on the Bandstand and a celebration of food growing. Concerts at the bandstand will continue fortnightly until Sunday 3 September from 3pm with everything from Cuban music to a local community choir, brass band, jazz and dance.

June

Balham Literary Festival, 8-11 June at The Bedford pub Balham. Author visits, talks, workshops and a pop-up bookshop from Dulwich Books.

St Paul’s Church Clapham, Summer Fair, Sat 10 June, noon-4pm, with stalls, tombola, competitions, music and food.

Ritherdon Road Street Party, Sun 11 June, 11am-5pm, Ritherdon Road SW17. There’s always a fun, friendly vibe at this annual event in Balham. Plenty of stalls plus live music and BBQ. The local eating places and shops will also be open.

SoLo Craft Fair Sun 11 June, noon-5pm at Balham Bowls Club, Ramsden Road SW12. Over 30 independent traders plus live music and workshops.

Battersea Park Dog Show, Sunday 18 June in support of Armed Forces Day. Full details on their website.

The Furzedown Festival in Tooting is from 9- 25 June and one of the main events will be The Big Day Out on Sat 17 June at Furzedown Rec, Chillerton Road SW17. It’s a great day out for all the family – live music, street food, bars, stalls and free or inexpensive activities for kids.

Abbeville Fete, Sat  24 June, noon-4pm, Abbeville Road, Clapham SW4 – a popular, family event which raises money for local charities.  Over 80 stalls plus BBQ and bar, live music, kids’ zone and the much-loved dog show.

Balham Comedy Festival, 30 June – 8 July at The Bedford pub. Details to follow.

July

Falcon Road Heritage Festival SW11 (near Clapham Junction) Sat 1 July. Music, dance, circus skills, stalls, food, fire station open day, children’s activities plus bouncy castle.

Two Brewers street party, Sat 1 July, 1-9pm, Prescott Place SW4. Always a fun event! Details to follow.

Streatham Festival, 1-9 July– various locations around Streatham. Music, dance, performance, art, comedy, workshops and activities.

Laugh Train Home Edinburgh Preview comedy festival: 5-26 July at the Four Thieves pub Lavender Gardens Battersea SW11.  Dates include 5, 9-13 and 26 July. Early tickets £7, advance £8-10, on door £10. Tickets sold out last year so book early.

Urban Art Fair, 8-9 July, Josephine Avenue, Brixton. A hugely popular art event with over 200 exhibitors displaying their art along the street, plus street food stalls.

Let’s Rock London is back on Sat 15 July on Clapham Common with all your ’80s favourites including Human League, Sister Sledge, Howard Jones and many more.

Northcote Road Summer Fete, Sunday 16 July 11am-6pm in Battersea SW11 a very popular event with stalls all along Northcote Road plus fairground rides, live music and performances and, as always, the Wimbledon Mens’ Final shown on a huge screen.

Lambeth Country Show, Sat 15 & Sun 16 July, noon – 8pm in Brockwell Park. Stalls, food and drink, fairground rides, live music and much more. A huge event – over 170,000 people attended last year. Definitely worth a visit – and it’s free.

Foodstock Battersea Park, Sat 15 & Sun 16 July: two days of food, drink and music with stalls, fine dining, street food, workshops, farmers’ market, live music and children’s area.

August

Tooting Blues & Folk Festival Sat 5 August. More details to follow.

Tickets are on sale for South West 4 music festival on Clapham Common on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August…

Followed by… House of Common – back on Clapham Common on Bank Holiday Monday 28 August with Madness and guests including De La Soul, David Rodigan are The Skatalites, Craig Charles and more. Tickets on sale now at £35 each.

September

Clapham Old Town Fayre, Saturday 2 September, 12-8pm. More information to follow .

Bellevue Road Summer Fair, Wandsworth Common SW17, Sat 16 September 11am- 5pm. Stalls, street food, music and its famous dog show. Follow on Twitter for details: @BellevueRoadSW

Balham Food Festival – full details and date to be confirmed.

 

 

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What’s on around Clapham April 2017

Here’s our pick of what’s on and what’s new around Clapham during April. Plenty of sunshine, Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs we hope!

Swing into Easter at the South London SwingFest – three days of live swing music, dance workshops and dancing into the early hours at The Bedford in Balham.  The event kicks off on Friday 14 April with the popular Shirt Tail Stompers. Booking essential.

George Irvin’s Funfair comes to Clapham Common from 1 – 23 April. Suitable for all ages. £1 entry, under 3s free. Token fair.

The next Clapham Comedy Club event at The Bread & Roses is Thursday 6 April featuring Tom Ward (Edinburgh Fringe preview) plus special guests. £8 in advance, £10 on the door. For more comedy clubs around Clapham, see our Comedy in Clapham listing. Looking ahead, this year’s Balham Comedy Festival is on at The Bedford from 30 June – 8 July.

Also looking ahead, Time Out has a special 2 for 1 Open Gardens Squares ticket offer which allows you to visit 230 open spaces and gardens across London (including many in Lambeth and Wandsworth) on 17-18 June 2017. Hurry, the offer is only available until midnight on 17 April. Terms and conditions apply.

Although it’s not quite our area, we always like to give the Herne Hill Free Film Festival a plug. There will be free film events across the area from 28 April – 29 May. All events are run by volunteers and if you’d like to get involved just get in touch via their website.

A new restaurant in Clapham, 33 Abbeville Road, is getting very close to opening – should be this month. It’s a sister restaurant to the much-loved 22 North Street restaurant in Clapham.

Bayley & Sage has just arrived on Northcote Road SW11. Essentially a posh deli, you’ll find cheeses, fruit, veg, meat, fish, artisan breads, wine and little extras such as hand made brownies, cakes and biscuits. They are also looking to recruit staff so get in touch via their website.

Easter events

Here’s our pick of the best Easter activities for little ones: from 1-4pm Saturday 15 April, children can join in the Easter egg hunt at The Secret Garden on Landor Road. Entrance fee for children is £3.50 – bring your own basket! Streatham Rookery Easter egg hunt is from 14-17 April 9am-5pm at the Rookery café. Battersea Park Zoo Easter egg trail is from 1-17 April (£1.50 plus usual entry fee). The Chocolate Museum is running Easter workshops for children to learn how to make their own Easter eggs.

And for the grown-ups, The Exhibit in Balham has an Easter weekend of bottomless brunch, DJs until 2am, drinks offers and an Easter egg hunt. Over at Pop Brixton there are Easter weekend activities for the whole family including an Easter egg hunt with magicians, street performers, face painters and craft activities. As evening approaches Midnight Riot Records will take over with an after party.

Head to the Circus West Village part of the Battersea Power Station development for  activities and events for all the family. Every day of the Easter holidays visitors can help build a 30,000 piece LEGO mosaic of the Power Station, stroll around the new riverfront park and play with the giant outdoor games. Throughout the four day Easter weekend there will be an Easter quiz and chocolate eggs. For the grown-ups, there’s a Dodd’s Gin Distillery pop-up plus there will be food stalls, live music and the chance to enjoy complimentary coffees, babyccinos and ice-creams throughout the Easter weekend!

The Clapham Grand is hosting a series of fun events over the Easter weekend including a screening of The Lion King followed by a Hakuna Matata after party – featuring the biggest Disney singalong songs of all time, power ballads and party anthems. See their website for a full listing of the Easter weekend events.

Special offers

FIXED restaurant at 74 Northcote Road SW11 got in touch to tell us about their latest offers.

Family Sunday: Kids Eat Free at FIXED on Sundays – offer includes a child’s meal & drink from the kids’ menu. Valid on Sundays only. One free kid’s meal per adult only. Each adult to spend £10 or more to qualify for one free kid’s meal. Available to all children under 12. Valid for dine-in only at FIXED. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
Lunch menu: 2 courses for £10 – your choice of main, plus either a starter, side or dessert for £10 per person available Monday – Friday from 11.30am – 5.30pm. Takeaway available.

We are delighted to link up with The Indie Hub – the new name for  Voucher Local.  Enjoy weekly special offers at independent restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, hair & beauty salons and many more businesses in Clapham and Wandsworth. To make the most of these special offers, just sign up on The Indie Hub website for their weekly email and receive great deals that not only save you money but also help support our local high street.

Coming up

Clapham Book Festival 6 May at Omnibus with journalist and broadcaster Kate Adie in conversation and the chance to meet local authors. Tickets available via the Omnibus website.

Wandworth Arts Fringe 5- 21 May with over  140 events, performances and productions throughout Wandsworth.

Let’s Rock London is back on Saturday 15 July on Clapham Common with all your ’80s favourites including Human League, Sister Sledge, Howard Jones and many more. Tickets are also on sale for South West 4 music festival on Clapham Common on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August – ticket prices increase on 3 April.

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What’s on in Clapham March 2017

The daffodils and crocuses are in bloom, the nights are getting lighter – clocks spring forward on 25 March – warm sunshine is just around the corner (surely!). Here’s our pick of things to do around Clapham in March.

What’s new

We just love the name of this new restaurant opening next month on Hildreth Street in Balham. Curveball offers a new angle on balls – potato rosti balls, classic meatballs and even beetroot and tahini balls. Upstairs the emphasis is on ball-bites and downstairs will be a cocktail bar.

Wow that was a quick transformation –  Balans Soho Society bar and restaurant is already up and buzzing on Clapham Southside! Open until 2am Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 11pm Sunday-Wednesday.

Look out for the new monthly reggae nights at The Bread & Roses on Clapham Manor Street. Focusing on music from 1960s-80s and strictly vinyl!  Also at The Bread & Roses, a London Oxfam fund raising group asked us to mention the pub quiz they have organised for Wednesday 8 March to coincide with and celebrate International Women’s Day. Details on their Facebook page.

The new development at Battersea Power Station is in full swing and plenty of bars and restaurants have already secured their spot including Ben’s Canteen, Vagabond, The Wright Brothers and Flour Power City Bakery. Find out more here.  This first phase of the development – Circus West Village – is due to open this summer. By 2020 it will be possible to walk on the south side of the river from Chelsea Bridge all the way to the South Bank on a new ‘riverside walk’. A new section on the river walkway has already been opened near Chelsea Bridge and Battersea Park.

A new restaurant is opening at 33 Abbeville Road this spring. Sister to the acclaimed 22 North Street restaurant in Clapham, it will feature a bar and dining area and describes itself as ‘homey and personable with seasonal, hand made dishes and an eclectic wine list’.

If your little one loves fairies then look out for a new fairy themed venue for children’s birthday parties and a fairy shop opening next month in Battersea at 50 Webbs Road SW11! Fairytale Friends will host parties, themed events, dance classes, arts and crafts and storytelling.

A fairytale of sorts has happened in Tooting with the launch of a new independent music venue, thanks to local support and a crowdfunding campaign. The Sound Lounge on Upper Tooting Road is open seven days a week as a music venue and arts centre with a bar and vegetarian café. Check their Facebook page for forthcoming events.

Bayley & Sage has just arrived on Northcote Road SW11. For those of you who aren’t familiar with their branches in Wimbledon Village, Turnham Green, Parson’s Green and Fulham, they are essential posh food stores. Amazing cheeses and deli, fruit, veg, meat, fish and wine. They are also looking to recruit staff so get in touch via their website.

Work is due to start on the new Clapham Common Gateway project to improve the green space behind Clapham Common Underground Station. The aim is to enhance the existing green space with a combination of materials that can withstand the high numbers of people walking in the area and also maintaining the grassy areas. You can see more here: Clapham Common Gateway.

Lambeth Council is changing the rubbish collection days for most residents. It means that all your recycling and rubbish will be collected and your street cleared of litter on the same day. Check out their website to make sure you know when to put the bins out.

Events around Clapham

Catch the Caribbean vibe this month when the Soul Food Sisters bring European and Caribbean-inspired cooking to The King & Co on Clapham Park Road every day until 2 April.

While we’re on the theme of hot and spicy, brace yourselves for London’s ‘King of the Wing’ spicy buffalo wing eating competition at Clapham’s Fu Manchu on Friday 31 March. Can the record be beaten of 1.35kg of meat (approx 50 wings) consumed in 8 minutes? If you think you’ve got what it takes, email clapham@thejamtree.com to enter (entry costs £12 and includes a limited edition t-shirt). Fu Manchu is also offering free entry to spectators to witness the flushed faces, sauce smothered fingers, and chicken munching madness!

Upstairs at Trinity got in touch to say that the restaurant can be hired privately for groups of up to 50 people. Available for lunch and dinner, the stylish, self-contained dining room has its own dedicated staff, fully stocked bar, music facilities and beverage packages. Food is pretty good too!

With so much emphasis on social media and screens, it’s refreshing to hear about Clapham’s Woodcraft Folk Group which promotes a love of nature and environmental issues through games and fun activities. It’s a national children’s charity run by volunteers and currently has some spaces for children in the 6-9 year old group and girls in the over 10s group.  Sessions run in term time at Clapham Manor School on Thursdays 6.30-8pm. For contact details and more information, see the Woodcraft Folk website.

We’ve discovered a useful site which makes it simple to book and play sport in and around Clapham. MyLocalPitch is a grassroots search and booking portal for Lambeth, designed to make it easier for Londoners to get into sports. It’s also partnered with excellent local facilities like Clapham Sports Leagues and Clapham Leisure Centre. Click onto their website to sign up for free.

We love the variety of theatre, music and performance at Omnibus – and most events are less than £10 to get in. On Friday 31 March there’s a chance to climb aboard the comedy ghost-train along with five improvisers for a ride into the unknown. Séance Fiction promises laughs, surprises and mystery…

Many of us have difficulties sleeping but insomnia and sleeplessness don’t have to be a way of life. Make Me Feel at 25 Abbeville Road Clapham got in touch about a Sleep Workshop they are hosting with WeSleep on 25 March, 4.30-7pm. Full details in the comments section below.

Coming up

The rumours are true. Mark Knight will be at Gigalum on 2 April. Find out more here.

Offers & Promotions

The new chick on the block, Yardbird, on Cavendish Parade, has a chirpy little Wednesday promotion of a FREE quarter chicken when you purchase a drink and side plus a 2-4-1 offer on cocktails from 5-7pm every night.

Whiteleys dry cleaners in Clapham Old Town have got in touch about their March offer: suits cleaned for £10. They’ve also introduced a loyalty scheme. Collect a ‘stamp’ when you spend £20 and on the 10th stamp you can take advantage of a free dry clean for one item.

The Indie Hub is the new name for  Voucher Local. Everything else stays the same – weekly special offers at independent restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, hair & beauty salons and many more businesses in Clapham and Wandsworth. To make the most of these special offers, just sign up on The Indie Hub website for their weekly email and receive great deals that not only save you money but also help support our local high street.

Wanted

A producer at East Entertainment, an independent television company, is looking for  outgoing, funny, friendly local families to take part in a new show. The company is filming on the weekend of 25 March and is looking for families that often face the following:
* However trivial or small, there are issues in the family life that never fail to cause conflict
* Everyone involved is often unable to see each other’s side of the story
* Disagreements that continue to rumble on with no end in sight
To apply for this new entertaining, TV experiment with conflict resolution firmly at its heart, then please contact frankie.Mensah@pulsefilms.co.uk

Don’t forget…

…it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 26 March. Check out our restaurants listing if you’re looking to book a table for your mum – but don’t leave it too late!

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What’s on around Clapham February 2017

It’s the month of romance. That’s it, we’ve said it and now we’re going to move swiftly on to update you on (mostly) non-Valentine events around Clapham this month!

Events

If you’re a sports fan you’ll already know the RSB Six Nations starts on 4 February until 18 March. The Jam Tree in Clapham Old Town got in touch to tell us they’ll be screening every game of the championship in their hidden Bookcase Bar. Make the most of their giant screens, full surround-sound, comfy sofas, an extensive drinks list and a special food menu. Book your table for the best seats in the house.

Ok, we said we weren’t going to mention Valentine’s Day but we couldn’t resist this: the chance to learn to cook delicious Jamaican inspired dishes with chef Angella Williams. Sign up to her Loved Up cooking class on Sunday 12 February at The London Cooking Project in Battersea. Places on her courses are usually £40 but this class is a special price of £16 per person. Full details here.

Also on Sunday 12 February at the Omnibus Clapham, the Deco Ensemble and Maria Camahort Quintet present a selection of Piazzolla’s music as well as traditional and modern tangos. They’re calling it a special Valentine’s concert but we’re just viewing it as an afternoon of beautiful music!

Talking of beautiful music, local young and talented violinist Samuel Staples is playing Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons at St Luke’s church SW12 at 7.30pm on 25 February in aid of Moorfields Eye Hospital. Tickets are likely to sell out, so best to buy in advance via the eventbrite.co.uk website or from Northcote Music shop at 155 Northcote Road SW11. £12 for adults, £5 for children & students.

If the samba is more your thing, join in the celebrations of Brazilian ‘Carnaval’ at The Clapham Grand on Sunday 26 February. It will feature live music, drummers, DJs and of course caipirinhas plus there’s a special offer: the first 100 tickets are free!

 

And while we’re on the live music theme, how about performing on Clapham Common Bandstand this summer? All genres welcome – hip hop, jazz, beatbox, gospel, folk, classical, choirs. Send a video clip or YouTube link to Peter: claphamcommonmac@gmail.com

Battersea Arts Centre on Lavender Hill SW11 brings a curated season of provocative shows tackling some of the most urgent issues facing Britain today. ‘Cash, Capitalism and Corporations’ includes theatre, comedy, live music and beatbox. Click here for the full line up.

In case you missed it last month, the Clapham Common Food Assembly is a new concept to come to Clapham. Join up – it’s free – and choose food products online from local food producers, then collect every Tuesday from 6-8pm at La Petite Bretagne on Clapham Park Road.

What’s new

Have you seen the fab new uplighting of seven trees in Clapham?  Co-ordinated by the This is Clapham team and designed and installed by Blachere Lighting, it’s part of an initiative to improve this area behind Clapham Common tube station. The colour of the lights can be changed for special events.

 

If you’re wondering what’s happening to the former site of Craft Kitchen on Abbeville Road, it will be transformed into the sister of the lovely 22 North Street restaurant in Clapham.  Its new name is 33 Abbeville Road and it will open this spring. If you’re interested in working front or back of house when the new restaurant opens, email your CV to info@33abbevilleroad.co.uk

Portico estate agents – their local branch is on Clapham Common Southside – have just launched an Airbnb Management service, Portico Host.  They are the first large London estate agent to offer this service and we think it’s a brilliant idea for people who would like to rent out their rooms/homes in a flexible way but haven’t the time or know-how to make it work successfully. They also have a useful property outlook blog on their website if you are looking to buy or sell this year.

A new live music bar and restaurant has just opened in Battersea where the Little Bay restaurant used to be at 228 York Road. Now called T.W.I.D, it retains some of the signature features which made Little Bay so popular – the wonderful theatrical decor and tiered seating. In addition, you can enjoy Live Opera entertainment 6 days-a-week (Monday-Saturday) from 7:30 – 10pm. There’s also a new sharing menu which includes vegetarian, vegan and raw dishes as well as meat and fish options. Plus wines, spirits, craft beers and cocktails and a live DJ from 10pm onwards.

Sadly, Dirty Martini on Clapham High Street has closed its doors to be replaced by Metro bank which is re-developing the whole building. Other Dirty Martini branches aren’t affected.

Honky Tonk on Clapham Southside has also closed its doors and will be replaced by something a bit more interesting (in our opinion!): Balans Soho Society bar and restaurant, due to open this March.

Made In Italy on Northcote Road, Battersea, will be opening within weeks and we have heard that The Ivy Cafe maybe coming to Battersea. And the gorgeous Blackbird shop on Webb’s Road SW11 (parallel to Northcote Road) has a fabulous sale of up to 60% off its beautiful jewellery and accessories. It will be refurbishing soon to become an interiors shop (with jewellery too).

Also in Battersea, plans are afoot for the current Northcote library to move across the road to Chatham Hall which is to be converted into a brand new library plus community facilities. Wandsworth Council is asking local people for their views. Informal drop-in sessions will be held at the library during February. Click here for dates and details. There are rumours that the former library may become a Sainsbury’s local. Watch this space!

The Pump Gallery in Battersea Park will be closed until further notice as a result of flooding.

Coming up

The National Literacy Trust’s annual Where’s Wally? fun run is back on Clapham Common on 19 March to celebrate 30 years of this popular series of children’s books. There will be live music, food stalls, a book sale, fun rides and free games plus, of course, plenty of running! Choose between 5k or 10k (1k for children under 12) and help raise funds to give disadvantaged children the literary skills they need to succeed. Full details and to sign up, click here.

Events around Clapham January 2016

Don’t let the cold weather stop you getting out and about – discover what’s new and what’s on around Clapham this January and February.

What’s on

Australians know how to party and so does Inferno’s – a perfect combination for Australia Day at Inferno’s on Clapham High Street from 2pm on Thursday 26 January. Free drink on arrival, Aussie party and rock favourites, kangeroo boxing and more!  Tickets £7 in advance via their website.

Bistro Union on Abbeville Road Clapham SW4 has a new Sunday Supper Club – three courses of classic British comfort food for just £26 (kids under the age of 10 go free and those between 11 and 14 pay their age.) Bistro Union also offers complimentary corkage at their Sunday Supper Club.

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair is back in Battersea Park from 24-29 January at Battersea Evolution. Register on their website for a free ticket.

 

Award winning theatre group Box Tail Soup will be performing a brand new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, featuring puppetry and entirely original music. Saturday 28 January, 7.30pm, at Omnibus, Clapham. Tickets only £10. SOLD OUT! But take a look at the Omnibus website – there are plenty of other events.

It’s Chinese New Year on Saturday 28 January and 2017 is the year of the rooster. If you don’t fancy the trek up to China town, take a look at our listing of local Chinese restaurants in Clapham and nearby. Get in touch if you have other recommendations.

Coming up

If, like us, you fell in love with the haunting song ‘Human’ by Rag’n’Bone man, there’s the chance to see him perform at Clapham Grand on 14 February in aid of the War Child UK charity and part of BRITS week. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 January. More details at www.britsweekwarchild.co.uk 
Local young violinist Samuel Staples (former finalist on BBC’s Young Musician of the Year) is playing Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons at St Luke’s church SW12 at 7.30pm on 25 February in aid of Moorfields Eye Hospital. Tickets are likely to sell out, so best to buy in advance on 020 7521 2565, via the eventbrite.co.uk website or from Northcote Music shop at 155 Northcote Road SW11. £12 for adults, £5 for children & students.

What’s new

The Clapham Common Food Assembly is a new concept to come to Clapham.  Join up – it’s free – and choose food products online from local food producers, then collect every Tuesday from 6-8pm at La Petite Bretagne on Clapham Park Road. Find out more at its launch on Tuesday 24 January when you can meet and sample local produce. It’s a great way to support your local community and it means your food is traceable and more transparent. Don’t forget that we’ve teamed up with Voucher Local too as a great way to support local businesses – and save money. Details at the end of this blog.

There are several changes in the bar and restaurant scene around Clapham.

Honky Tonk on Clapham Southside has closed its doors and will be replaced by Balans Soho Society bar and restaurant, due to open this March.

Jan, a restaurant offering food with Caspian flavours, has finally opened on Northcote Road SW11 and brings a touch of eastern style to Battersea!  Made In Italy will be opening opposite within weeks and we have heard a rumour that The Ivy Cafe is also coming to Battersea too. Watch this space!

Lost Battersea has found a new home at the former site of Lost Society. It’s a bar and restaurant at 339 Battersea Park Road SW11, open late at weekends with bottomless brunches, DJs and live music.

Balham is the venue for the  first British bar under the Goose Island brand (from American beer giants Anheuser-Busch InBev).  Balham Vintage Ale house can be found at 3 Ramsden Road SW12 offering craft beers (of course!), breakfast, brunch and all day food.

If you like fresh juices, look out for Elephant Juice – often at Clapham’s Venn Street market and now available in their new juice bar at Yoga Haven, Wingate Square SW4. Delicious and healthy!

And while we’re on the health theme, a new fitness studio has opened on Clapham Park Road: Oncore offers yoga, spin and HIIT and workout classes. Conveniently located near Clapham Common tube, Oncore’s classes are 45 minutes so that you can get in and out within the hour. Changing facilities, showers, lockers and complimentary workout and shower towels are provided too. Plenty of opening offers available – check their website for details.

The Pump Gallery in Battersea Park will be closed until further notice as a result of flooding.

Offers

Mommi, the raw bar and grill, on Clapham High Street is offering 40% off food Sunday- Thursday during January if you make a reservation and quote JANU-MOMMI! We’ve eaten there and recommend it!

We love to support local, independent businesses so we’ve teamed up with Voucher Local – bringing you fantastic weekly offers at restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, hair & beauty salons and many more businesses in Clapham and Wandsworth. Just sign up on the Voucher Local website for their weekly email and receive great deals that not only save you money but also help support our local high street. You can also apply for a free VL Card if you prefer to flash a card to receive the discount rather than download the promotional code.