What’s on around Clapham April 2018

Another month closer to summer!  Here’s our pick of what’s on and what’s new around Clapham this April.

Entertainment & events

This is magic – literally! Alex Kirk is hosting  a 90 minute show featuring the very best magicians from around the country at  The Bread & Roses on Thursday 12 April, 7-10pm.  And we’ve just heard that comedian Imran Yusuf (left), star of Michael McIntyre’s comedy roadshow, is performing at Bread & Roses this Thursday 5 April as part of the Clapham comedy club. See their website for ticket details.

Imran Yusuf is also in the line-up at this year’s Balham comedy festival, 27-29 April, presented by the fabulous Banana Cabaret at The Bedford in Balham. Other comedians include Rich Hall (we love him!), Al Murray, Angela Barnes, Paul Tonkinson, John Moloney and many more. Tickets are likely to sell out fast so don’t leave it too late to book.

A powerful new play called Healed is on at Clapham Omnibus during the first week of April. Its three main characters discover how to deal with their difficult pasts. Tickets £15.  Details of the Omnibus theatre summer programme  are now available on their website which even includes a show suitable for very young babies.  Kaleidoscope is suitable for babies aged 6 -18 months and their parents/carer. Inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of colour develops, watch how your baby reacts to the multicoloured world of Kaleidoscope. Several shows on 23 April, tickets now on sale.

Mark Knight will headlining at Gigalum on 29 April – free entry! 7-8 Cavendish Parade, Clapham South.  To book a private table contact 020 8772 0303.

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles fair is back in Battersea Park from 17-22 April with over 150 exhibitors of period and contemporary antiques and art.

Local clubs & community

We often say it, but there really is something for everyone in Clapham. Three local, and very different, clubs have got in touch to ask if we can spread the word. Clapham Cycle club has been on the road for around two years and always welcomes new members. They organise social events too and are looking for recommendations of local cycle-friendly pubs and bars in the area – let us know if you have any tips. Also, take a look at our cycling in Clapham page for useful local information.

Did you know that Battersea Chess Club is the oldest continually-existing chess club in London? It was formed in 1885 and is still going strong – the club meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm at 81 Falcon Road SW11 and plays both serious and social chess. New members of all ages and abilities are welcome. See their website for details on how to join.

And we are pleased to welcome the Big Sing choir to Clapham. They sing every Monday at St Francis Xavier sixth form college, SW12 from 7:30-9:30pm and everyone is welcome – no need to book. It costs £7 per week, pay as you go.

Babble Talks is running another of their ‘Grown-up talks for parents with babies’ (specifically not about parenting!). The theme is ‘A Unifying Theory of Gay’ with speaker Cerys Bradley’ on Wednesday 11 April 11.30am (doors 11am), upstairs at The Wheatsheaf, 2 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7PG. Tickets: £7.50 in advance – see their website for details.

Clapham Common’s community gardeners need your help! Clapham Common MAC – the community group that works with Lambeth Council to manage the common – has  been awarded £10,000 from the Mayor’s ‘Colour your Common’ scheme to create a wildflower meadow and boost biodiversity. The meadow will be established  in an area of Clapham common beside Windmill Drive and everyone is welcome to pop along on Saturday 14 April from 1-4pm to help sow wildflower seeds and other gardening activities. There may even be cake…

Clapham restaurants & shops

Yet more independent businesses have closed their doors in recent months, particularly on Abbeville Road which waved goodbye to Comensal and May the Fifteenth. Even Starbucks and WH Smith (to be replaced by a skincare company) have gone. Fortunately we can welcome some new businesses too including celebrity hairdresser Jamie Stevens who has opened a new salon at 79 Abbeville Road. He has worked on This Morning and X Factor so he knows how to deal with demanding clients!

It’s all change along Northcote Road SW11. Sadly Fixed restaurant has gone but several new businesses have opened up including Wallace Cotton – specialising in luxury bed linen and sleepwear. Holloways Kitchens have just opened next door. Iris boutique has moved to larger premises where Question Air used to be and La Coqueta – Spanish clothing for babies and children – takes its place at 97 Northcote Road.

Pi Pizza has arrived at 4 Battersea Rise SW11 serving artisan pizzas the Italian way which includes a 72 fermentation process for the pizza dough. The menu includes starters/sides, salads and cocktails too. Eat in or take away.

While we’re on the topic of local businesses, don’t forget that we have linked up with The Indie Hub which brings 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 streets.

Coming up

Tickets are now on sale for Clapham Book Festival on 12 May at Clapham Omnibus theatre and Clapham Library.  Many local and international authors will be giving talks during the day and evening including Dame Margaret Drabble. See their website for full details of what’s on and how to book.

Wandsworth Arts fringe is on from 4-20 May and it promises to be the biggest ever with over 180 events across the borough from circus acts to comedy, music, performance and poetry. You can fringe-binge and take advantage of 10% off if you book three different shows and 20% off when you book five different shows – must be in one transaction. Click onto their website for full details.

Ritherdon Road street party is back in Balham – this year it’s on Sunday 10 June from midday with stalls, food & drink, music and fun!  And the much loved Abbeville Fete  takes place on Saturday 30 June 2018, 12-5pm with proceeds going to five local charities. This year’s theme is Circus. More details to follow…

What’s on around Clapham March 2018

The daffodils are out, the snow has gone (for now!) and Spring really is just round the corner!  Here’s our pick of what’s on and what’s new around Clapham in March – whatever the weather.

What’s on

You don’t have to go to Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Day – Gigalum at 7-8 Cavendish Parade, Clapham South, is hosting a party on Saturday 17 March with special offers on Irish cocktails and Guiness plus free entry. A fun night out to be sure! Why not be organised a book a table in advance? Contact them via their website or call 020 8772 0303.

As part of International Women’s Month, the ‘Women of Wandsworth’ exhibition runs until 26 March in the Circus West Village ‘pop-ups’ space under Grosvenor Arch near Battersea Power Station. It shares the stories of five local women working in different fields, who are inspiring and influencing the community around them. Local residents, community groups and charities have all been involved in nominating and inspiring the women chosen for this project. And, if you haven’t been to explore Circus West Village it really is worth a visit – lots of restaurants and shops are now open.

There’s always something innovative on at Clapham Omnibus.  How about a zombie comedy musical with a live folk soundtrack?! Tom and Bunny Save the World is on from 7-9 March, 7.30pm; tickets £12 each. See the Omnibus website for more details and events throughout March.

Solo Craft Fair is at Balham Bowls Club, Ramsden Road SW12 on Easter Saturday 31 March from noon-5pm. Grab a drink from the bar and browse the stalls selling hand crafted pieces or get creative at one of the workshops. Live music, children’s activity corner and free entry.

Tickets are now on sale for Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018.  There will over 170 different events taking place between 4-20 May.

Wandsworth Beer Fest is back at Le Gothique Patriotic Building for 4 days from 28 March. There will be live music, street food and, of course, plenty of beer. It’s family friendly too although we’re not quite sure how that works!

Babble Talks organises grown-up talks for parents with babies – not on parenting but about a wide range of interesting topics. Bring along your baby (under 1 year) and reconnect with the big wide world outside of changing nappies and singing nursery rhymes. The next talk is on Wednesday 14 March – arrive at 11am for 11.30am start – entitled The Hidden Stories in our DNA, guest speaker Dr Lucy van Dorp. Upstairs at The Wheatsheaf, 2 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7PG. Tickets £7.50 in advance, £10 on the door. (Spaces are limited, so advance booking is essential.)

And if you’re looking for activities for children during the Easter holidays Activ Camps offer fun-packed multi-activity camps for 4-14 year olds. We can speak from experience – our kids loved the camps because there really is something for everyone, whether they’re super sporty or not at all, and the staff are so enthusiastic too. Children aged 5-14 can stay the full day and there’s a new option of ‘After Camp Club’ at selected venues until 6pm. This Easter Activ Camps will be at Emanuel School near Clapham Junction, Graveney School Tooting and La Retraite School Balham. Check their website for full details, prices and dates or call 07896 546067.

For arty children, Lavender Leonardos on Lavender Hill SW11, will be running Easter art workshops for children aged 5+  and printing workshops for children aged 9+.  Arty Party also runs Easter holiday art classes at five local venues including St Paul’s church hall in Clapham. See our Arts & Crafts page for local classes for adults and children.

Or take a look at the Kiddiplan website – an easy way to discover and book activities for babies, children and young teenagers. It’s completely free to use and makes it so much easier to find and book classes in your area. Click on the link to their website to find out more – plus there’s a £5 discount on your first booking.

Community

This is such an inspiring story: 11 years ago Clapham-based Tim Leach experienced a near fatal skiing accident in France. He broke his neck and back and suffered brain injury too. Since his accident, Tim has rebuilt his life with many adventures along the way and has discovered life tools that have made him happier today than he has ever been. He has just written a book called Timinology which is being published on 12 March (to coincide with Brain Awareness Week) and launched at the Clapham Junction branch of Waterstones at 7pm – free to attend.

What’s New

Café Amado is a new café on Acre Lane with a Mexican twist – actually, make that full-on South American – with burritos, churros, quesadillas and good coffee too.

Darwin is a new restaurant on St John’s Hill, a short stroll from Clapham Junction. Its aim is to offer relaxed dining in a cosy, clutter-free environment. We’d describe the menu as modern British but with dishes from around the world too. They also serve roasts from 12-3pm every Sunday.

The Falcon pub on Bedford Road near Clapham North tube has had a relaunch with a new look and menu.  If you haven’t been, it also has a large courtyard garden – for warmer days perhaps! Plus, if you complete their online survey you can receive 25% off food (T&Cs apply).

Pret a Manger is coming to Battersea – St John’s Road, SW11 a short walk from Clapham Junction and Northcote Road. We’re surprised it’s taken so long for a Pret to land in our neighbourhood

The Ram Quarter in Wandsworth Town is due to receive a £12m cultural regeneration to include a heritage centre and art installations with plans for restaurants along a stretch of the River Wandle previously inaccessible to the public. A new microbrewery run by John Hatch will retain the five-century tradition of beer being brewed on the site. There are also TFL plans to reconfigure the Wandsworth one way system. We’ll keep you updated!

Do not visit The Apple Blue patisserie if you are on a diet! This new, independent patisserie at 212 Balham High Road, focusses on creating decadent, one of a kind desserts and boy do they look good. They can also create bespoke celebration cakes and wedding cakes.

Lady Chastity’s Reserve may need a little explaining… It is in fact an escape room game held at Four Thieves pub Lavender Gardens SW11 where you’re given one hour to solve the mystery and escape. £20-£23 per person, over 18s only.

Angella Williams  got in touch to let us know she is private cook specialising in Caribbean, European and plant based fusions. She also runs cooking workshops.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown for BBC2 is back for series 2 and is looking for teams of people who are passionate about cooking to take part. If you are Britain’s best family of home cooks they’d love to hear from you – it would be great to see a Clapham family take part!  Click on the link to apply: http://bit.ly/2t0LaRG

Offers

Don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 11 March.  To celebrate, FIXED restaurant on Northcote Road SW11 has a special Mother’s Day promotion all day long.  If someone on your table quotes ‘maman’ (mum in French in case you didn’t know!), the mum at that table will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco (T&Cs apply).

The Bread & Roses pub on Clapham Manor Street has introduced ‘Dirty Chips & a drink for £7’ every Tuesday. Choose your chips, topping – pulled pork, chicken, beef, jack fruit or halloumi – and a drink from a selection.

Did you know that on average women only wear around 30% of their wardrobe? If you struggle with selecting and wearing clothes that make you feel good, local business Styled by LA offers a personalised styling service that can help create a collection of outfits you actually enjoy wearing. And it doesn’t always mean you need to go out and buy a completely new set of clothes. Visit their website to find out more and quote ‘STYLEME2018 to receive a special discount (valid until 30 April 2018.)

We are huge supporters of independent businesses – they are an important part of why Clapham is such a great place to live and work. That’s why we have linked up with The Indie Hub which brings 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.

If you’re looking to book a restaurant for Mother’s Day (or any other day for that matter!), check out our restaurants listing to book ahead.

 

February activities in Clapham 2018

We had a short break in January but we’re back with our pick of news and activities around Clapham this Feburary. Get in touch if you would like to be included and don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be ‘in the know’ about local events.

What’s On

Rugby fans will already know that the NatWest Six Nations rugby championship kicks off on Saturday 3 February.  Gigalum will be showing matches live on their huge screens and offering 2 -for-1 on Kronenbourg bottles and glasses of Prosecco. That’s the weekend sorted!  Contact Gigalum to reserve an area on 020 8772 0303 or book via their website.

Battersea Power Station is host to a Children’s Literary Festival this half term from 12-14 February.  Storystock, the travelling circus of stories, is bringing a programme of family literary fun to the new Village Hall community arts and cultural venue at Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, this half term. Activities include a special guest appearance on 13 February from children’s author and illustrator Judith Kerr – famous for the much loved book The Tiger who came to Tea. There will also be literature shows, immersive workshops, performances and interactive storytelling sessions. Many new restaurants, cafes and shops are also now open in the area.

Still on the literary theme but with a twist, Battersea Arts Centre is Reclaiming the Classics from 14 February – 7 April with a series of performances which tell classic stories from Shakespeare to Beckett in innovative new ways.

We confess to having been a bit unromantic about Valentine’s Day in the past but we’ve decided that we all need a bit of love at this time of year. The Clapham Grand is showing a special screening of one of the most romantic stories ever written, Romeo & Juliet, on 10 February, doors open at 7pm. Expect a sprinkling of culture mixed with a large serving of fun – a dance-off, Juliet’s love potion, prizes, photo booth, hotdogs & nachos and that loving feeling!

Nothing says romance quite like chocolates and The Chocolate Museum in Brixton is hosting a special evening on the 14 February for couples. It will include chocolate board games, an augmented reality game Choco-Tale, a chocolate interactive tasting trail and drinks and hot chocolate. Tickets £12 per couple plus booking fee. The museum is also running half term chocolate making sessions and regular drop-in classes.

Shake it up at Tequila Mocking Bird on Battersea Rise SW11 – it’s now offering cocktail masterclasses at £30 per person. A great idea for a birthday celebration or just to improve your cocktail creating skills. For other cocktail making classes around Clapham see our updated blog 

What’s New

Kiddiplan is a brilliant way to discover and book activities for babies, children and young teenagers – everything from drama classes and dance to swimming or cookery lessons. It’s completely free to use and makes it so much easier to find and book classes in your area. Click on the link to their website to find out more – plus there’s a £5 discount on your first booking.

Paul got in touch to tell us about the formation of a new Balham Cycling Club. It’s a great chance to get fit, enjoy social bike rides and have fun.  For more cycling information such as local cycle shops, repair shops, clubs and training see our Cycling in Clapham page.

We sad to see that several restaurants in Abbeville Road have recently closed including May the Fifteenth and Commensal.  Keep supporting our local places when you can, especially independents. The good news is that there are some new ones opening up too:

The Manor on Clapham Manor Street has evolved into an Italian restaurant called Sorella. Same team but a new look and menu.  The Rectory pub (formerly The Calf) in Clapham Old Town has just opened under independent ownership and fully refurbished. May the Fifteenth will become a Thai takeaway, Camile. And there’s a new café next to Carmen Tapas called South Side. We’ll give you our verdict soon!

Special Offers

There’s still time to enjoy 50% off meals Monday-Friday at one of our favourite local bars, The Jam Tree. Well, until 9 Feburary at least!

And take a look at the The Indie Hub website for 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.

Coming up

Tickets are on sale from 1 March for Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF), back from 4-20 May with over 150 events taking place in all corners of Wandsworth, from circus, comedy, spoken word, through to free music workshops, dance and an outdoor carnival. For tickets, reservations and more information see Wandsworth Arts Fringe website.

Where’s Wally? fun run returns to Clapham Common on Sunday 18 March and is set to be bigger than ever as the National Literacy Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary. Participants and spectators are invited to dress up as Wally and run, jog or walk in a 5k or 10k race – there’s also a 1k course for under 12s.  There will also be live music, food stalls, a book sale as well as fun rides and games for children. The charity helps to raise money for disadvantaged children in London. To enter, click here.

New Year’s Eve in Clapham 2017

Haven’t planned how to welcome in 2018 yet?  Here’s our pick of what’s on this New Year’s Eve in Clapham.

Gigalum – 7-8 Cavendish Parade Clapham Common Southside SW4 9DW

You can be sure of a fun night out every weekend at Gigalum but this New Year’s Eve they’ve pulled out all the stops (and a few corks!) with a fabulous Guys & Dolls themed party from 7pm-3am.  The first 100 people through the doors will receive a complimentary glass of fizz and the Gigalum house DJs – including a live sax player – will ensure you’ll want to hit the dance floor all night long! Fancy dress optional. Tickets from £8 per person, available here.

 

Mommi – 44 Clapham High Street SW4 7UR

It’s fiesta time at Mommi restaurant in Clapham this New Year’s Eve.  Delicious food – Peruvian/Japanese – cocktails and DJs. There are dining and bar ticket options.  A five course bespoke dining menu including drinks is £100 per person, entry at 7.30pm.  Bar tickets are £5 per person entry only from 9pm. Click here for tickets.

 

The Exhibit – Station Road Balham SW12 9SG

DJs, live performances, chill out cinema and fireworks at The Exhibit this New Year’s Eve. £10 entry per person or choose the 3-course meal option with bottomless bubbles for two hours: £60 per person. Advance ticket sales only and last admission 10pm – click here to purchase.

The Landor Pub – 70 Landor Road, Clapham SW9 9PH

There’s more than a touch of nostalgia at The Landor‘s ‘A Night at Studio 54’ New Year’s Eve party. It’s 40 years since the legendary Studio 54 nightclub opened its doors in New York and The Landor is celebrating by bringing the decandence, debauchery and disco of those days to Landor Road!  Fancy dress is encouraged – so dust off the flares, dig out the platforms and add a generous helping of glitter.  Live DJs, open until 2.30am. Tickets £8 per person. Click here to book.

Battersea Arts Centre Lavender Hill SW11 5TN

Roll up roll up, the circus is in town – or at Battersea Arts Centre to be precise! Be awed by live performances from the incredible hoop artist Nula Hula, freakishly bendy contortionist Sedona Rose, circus strong man The Great Negas and gravity defying Cian Hammond, all hosted by the fabulous drag Ring Master, Peter Groom. There will be live music and dancing from ceilidh band Fiddle Paradiddle (how fab is that name?!) plus DJ and dancing until 2am. Tickets from £26-£35 per person. Dressing up is welcome! Click here for details and tickets.

Clapham Grand 21 St John’s Hill Battersea SW11 1TT

Light up your night at The Clapham Grand with The Festival of Light New Year’s Eve event.  Incredible lights, lanterns, effects and live performances plus DJs until 3am. Guests are encouraged to come in light inspired costumes.  £42.50 per person – tickets available by clicking here.

Comedy Club at the Bread & Roses 68 Clapham Manor Street SW4 6DZ

Packed comedy show with six top comedians, MC Sion James, welcome drink, nibbles, sweets & chocs plus DJ and dancing until 2am.

 

 

What’s on in Clapham December 2017

Christmas markets around Clapham

The Christmas Craft Fair at Battersea Arts Centre on Lavender Hill is on Saturday 2 December, 10am-6pm and features independent designers, makers and artisans, live music, workshops, food and drink and of course Father Christmas.

Over near Wandsworth Common station, The Train Station at 22 Jaggard Way SW12 8SG is hosting a Christmas shopping event on Thursday 7 December 12noon-4pm in support of the Cairn Trust charity. It’s the perfect venue if you want to avoid the Christmas crowds and there’s plenty of parking outside or nearby. Independent businesses will be selling everything from food and drink, fashion, jewellery and home wares.

The Green and Ethical Christmas fayre is back at Holy Trinity church, Clapham Common Northside on Saturday 9 December, 11am-4pm. It’s a lovely traditional family event with Father Christmas and children’s activities plus stalls selling gifts, jewellery, accessories, clothing and artisan food – with an ethically sourced and environmentally friendly focus, so it’s Christmas shopping with a conscience!

The next local SoLo Craft fair is on Sunday 10 December from noon-5pm at Balham Bowls Club on Ramsden Road SW12.  Plenty of hand crafted gifts, live music, workshops and children’s activities plus food and drink. Free entry.

And, of course, don’t forget Clapham’s very own Venn Street market which, in addition to its fabulous foodie stalls, will be selling quality Christmas trees, mistletoe, handmade wreaths, bouquets and fresh flowers.

Christmas activities & news around Clapham

The Clapham Lights event is on Friday 1 December from 4pm – 7.45pm and organised by This is Clapham in partnership with Clapham Omnibus and local comedian Arthur Smith. Join the lantern parade at 4pm at the paddling pool before heading towards Clapham Common Tube station for live music until 7.45pm

This sounds like fun – we might even have a go ourselves! Learn how to create your own festive wreath this Christmas. Capital Gardens is running festive wreath making workshops at their Neals Nursery garden centre (and other locations) at Heathfield Road, Wandsworth, SW18 3HR.  Lasting 75 minutes, the workshop takes place on Friday 15 December at 1pm. It’s great value too – just £22.50 per person which includes materials, a wreath base and a variety of foliage to choose from. Participants will leave the workshop with their own wreath and a Capital Gardens privilege card with £5 credit on it as well as the chance to enter a competition to win £200 to spend in store. Book early as this is likely to be very popular – just click on the link above.

The lights will be switched in Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station on Friday 1 December, 7pm, plus Christmas pop-up shops featuring local businesses and brands are now open every Thursday -Sunday until the end of the year. And there’s more! The Luna Winter Cinema is showing a selection of festive and feel-good films throughout December during the day and evening – indoors in the Circus West Village Hall. Check their website for details.

Events around Clapham

There’s just about time to sign up for London Santa Dash on Clapham Common on Sunday 3 December at 11am in support of Great Ormond Street hospital. It’s £25 per adult to enter, £15 per child aged 5-15 which includes includes a free Santa suit, a finisher’s medal, a mulled drink and mince pie when you cross the finish line as well as a morning of fun in their Christmassy event village No need to run if you don’t want to – you can dash, jog, scoot or stroll the festive 5k or 10k routes in your free Santa suit.

Winterville is well and true here on Clapham Common and is open until 1 January, noon – 10pm daily. Entry is free except on Friday and Saturday evenings. Featuring Clapham’s first every ice rink you’ll also find street food, film screenings, a fairground, crazy golf, a roller disco plus plenty of entertainment and ticketed shows too. For families with young children we like the sound of Mimi & the mountain dragon written by Michael Morpugo of War Horse fame. This magical and atmospheric tale is brought to life by the Skewbald Theatre – click here for tickets.

A little further afield, Vauxhall Winter Village is back with a pop-up alpine ski village featuring après-ski style food, drink and entertainment. Heated alpine cabin booths are available to hire and the event is undercover, fully lit and heated.

The annual Festive Lights Ride is part of the Clapham calendar and this year it’s on Sunday 17 December at 4pm. It costs just £5 per adult (includes a set of emergency bike lights), free for children (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). Escorted by Cycle Confident marshalls, the ride starts at The Polygon in Clapham Old Town and heads round Clapham Common through to Brixton Windmill. Expect to see lanterns, lights, musicians, singers and entertainers en route. All level of cyclists welcome.

Other news

Enjoy a touch of alpine magic at The Treehouse at 409 Clapham Road SW4 7SH until 21 December. Hosted by The Raclette Bar, you can choose a three course menu for £28 per person. There’s also a Christmas menu for larger groups. See their website for details. Advance booking essential.

Fixed restaurant on Northcote Road SW11 has launched its new winter menu and is also offering a Christmas menu for £23.95 per person for 3 courses plus a welcome glass of prosecco. The Christmas set menu is available until 7 January 2018 – must be pre-booked.

If you want more than just any old Christmas tree, The Christmas Forest offers sustainably grown trees at ten sites across London, with a donation from each sale going to the charity Tree Aid. All the trees are freshly cut, come directly from the fields and prices start at £18. You can find them located by the Ascension of the Lord Church, Lavender Hill, Battersea, SW11 5TU (metered parking nearby) or you can buy online.

St Paul’s Opera brings a performance of Handel’s Messiah at St Paul’s Church Rectory Grove Clapham SW4 0DX on Friday 8 December 7-10pm. Audience participation will also be encouraged! Tickets £15 available on the door or online.

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.

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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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