What’s on around Clapham December 2018

It’s the same date every year but some how Christmas creeps up on us and we inevitably end up in a whirlwind of last minute Christmas shopping panic.  Here’s our pick of what’s on plus a few Christmassy events to get you in the festive mood!

Shopping

The Green & Ethical Christmas fayre at the Holy Trinity Church on Clapham Common is always a popular local event and this year it’s on Saturday 8 December, 11am – 4pm.  You’ll find Father Christmas, Christmas trees and wreaths, independent traders selling ethically sourced and made products ranging from food & drink to jewellery, clothing, ceramics and gifts.

SoLo Christmas Market is at Winterville on Clapham Common, located inside the  Spiegeltent every weekend until 22 December with over 40 traders selling everything from jewellery to ceramics to art. Free sweets for all! Entry to Winterville is £2.

Special offers & sales:

30% OFF at The Makeup Club
The Makeup Club, a new brand based in Balham, is offering a special 30% discount to locals of SW London. The brand describes itself as creating premium, cruelty-free products at accessible prices. The Makeup Club has recently launched its first products: two collections of lipstick in 12 shades, and will be releasing more products over the next 12 months and beyond. To take advantage of this offer, visit www.tmccosmetics.com using code ‘SWSAVE’ at checkout. If you are interested in finding out more or discussing partnership opportunities, please email contactus@tmccosmetics.com

Blackbird on the corner of  Ashness and Webbs Road SW11 6RY is having a flash sale of jewellery with up to 50% off selected items on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December plus discounts on home wares and accessories.  In store only.

Restaurant & Bar news

We’ve heard on the grapevine that the Starbucks which has closed down on Northcote Road SW11 is to become a Joe & The Juice which, funnily enough, is a juice bar and also serves pretty good coffee and sandwiches.  In the same vicinity, Babel Bar has been taken over by Archer Street (they have another bar in Soho) and will remain open until the end of December when it will close for a refurbishment. There are also rumours of a new cafe opening near to the flower stall and Bellevue dry cleaners. We’ll keep you posted.

Over in Balham, The Bedford has re-opened after a major face lift.  The good news is that as well as look a whole lot better, it will still be a pub, comedy club and music venue. Take a look at their new-look website for what’s on this month – comedy from the Banana Cabaret club, music and a special New Year’s Eve comedy show. The refurb includes 15 boutique hotel rooms too so if you have Christmas visitors but no room at your inn, you know where to look!

Megan’s restaurant, bar and cafe has opened in Clapham at the former site of Del’Aziz, The Pavement Clapham Old Town. And we are sad to learn that Gigalum, after 12 years as a Clapham institution, is due to close in a few weeks.  It has been taken over by the Livelyhood group of pubs – we will keep you updated about their plans as soon as we know more. We offer a huge thanks to Will and the Gigalum team who have been great supporters of Totally Clapham over the years.

Bistro Union on Abbeville Road in Clapham has a new chef and menu which complements Adam Byatt’s other restaurants: Trinity and Upstairs. Focusing on the best of British produce, the lunch and dinner menus are divided into smaller and larger plates and sharing mains. And from now until 23 December you can enjoy a festive feast centred around roast Aylesbury duck with all the Christmas trimmings.

Special offer:

The Three Little Birds is a lovely Jamaican inspired café, bar and restaurant at 42 Battersea Rise SW11 and we’re delighted that it has two fab offers for Totally Clapham followers:
£5 coffee, cake & sandwich every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am – 3pm
20% off your main meal from Sunday – Thursday.
Three Little Birds is open for brunch, lunch and dinner six days a week or you can just pop by for a coffee or cocktails. Just mention Totally Clapham when you order. Offer available until 31 December 2018. Not in conjunction with any other offer.

Events & activities

The Lambeth Festive Lights Ride is on Sunday 16 December, meeting at the Polygon at 3.30pm. It is a family friendly adapted cycle route that takes in the signs of Lambeth with performances, lights and music along the way. Omnibus Theatre is animating the ride, Cycle Confident will help everyone navigate safely and Wheels for Wellbeing will provide adapted cycles for those who need them. The ride will set off at 4pm and finish in Landsdowne Gardens, SW8. Tickets are £3 per adult and free for children under 16 accompanying a paying adult. Click here for more details and tickets.

Clapham Picturehouse is celebrating the 12 days of Christmas with a selection of 12 yuletide classic movies – The Nightmare before Christmas, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Greatest Showman sing-a-long and more.

Book tickets now for the Battersea Arts Centre Festive Comedy season from 3 December – 28 January including comedy fundraising events. Tickets are likely to sell fast – see their website for the full line-up.

The festive fundraising Santa fun run is back in Battersea Park on Saturday 8 December Raise money for a charity that’s important to you or help support the organisers’ preferred charity: the Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham. If running is not your thing, it’s perfectly acceptable to walk! Entry fee is £25 per adult and £15 for 8-11 year olds which includes a Santa suit. Full details on their website.

A little bit Christmas…

Freshly cut Christmas trees of all sizes are on sale outside Omnibus theatre every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas and a £2 donation from each tree purchased will go towards art activities for disadvantaged young local children.

Clapham’s Venn Street market has a selection of Christmas trees and mistletoe plus festive food and drink and a new craft section this month selling handmade clothes and ceramics. Every Saturday in Venn Street SW4.

Battersea Flower Station has a lovely Christmassy vibe and stocks a good range of trees, wreaths and flowers plus they have a Christmas cabin piled high with gift ideas. They will also deliver trees across SW London.

Neal’s Nurseries in Wandsworth got in touch to say they will be selling a huge range of sustainably grown, high quality British Christmas trees this December. They are also hosting a Christmas wreath-making event on Tuesday 4 December with a few places left.

How often have you been disappointed by the quality of your Christmas crackers? Why not have a go at making your own  at a Christmas cracker workshop on Friday 14 December, 7-9pm, at Battersea Power Station. It is hosted by Tea & Crafting and costs £20 per person. Please book in advance.  There’s also a candle making workshop for children on Sunday 16 December – a perfect gift for grandma perhaps! – and plenty of other festive activities. Take a look at the Battersea Power Station website for details.

If Christmas cocktails are more your thing, The Windmill in Clapham is holding a cocktail masterclass on Tuesday 11 December, 7-9pm, on how to shake, muddle and mix your own cocktails like a pro. Take a look at our cocktail making classes blog too for other venues that run regular masterclasses throughout the year.

Also at The Windmill, the much-loved annual Dog Christmas Jumper competition is on 30 December and, to ensure that us humans don’t feel left out, The Ugly Christmas Jumper competition is on 18 December. £2 to enter and the chance to win £20 bar tab. Come on, you know you want to…

Over in Balham, The Exhibit has also gone Christmas crazy with an Ugly Christmas Jumper party, a Christmas drag queen brunch, festive workshops and more!

Venn Street Records might not seem the obvious venue for Christmas carols but if you love singing along with the help of a glass of mulled wine or a festive cocktail or two then head over on Thursday 20 December from 7pm. The Riverside Brass Quintet will be playing all the classic carols.

What’s on around Clapham November 2018

Here’s our pick of the latest events, activities and news in and around Clapham this November.

Restaurant, café and shop news

Following swiftly on from its recent restaurant opening in Balham, Megan’s is set to come to Clapham next month at the former site of Del’Aziz, The Pavement Clapham Old Town. Its focus is on all-day brunch, juices & salads, alongside  homemade cakes, cocktails and a Mediterranean inspired evening menu.

A vegan pop up restaurant has just launched at Fu Manchu 15 Lendal Terrace Clapham North. The Meet is a new concept from South London chef Dominic Taylor which brings fun and flavour to vegan cooking and cocktails. The menu includes small sharing plates, vegan burgers, late night bites, bottomless vegan brunch and Sunday vegan roasts at the weekend. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy the food!

Over in SW11 at the quieter end of Northcote Road we spotted a new café called Uncommon which had a tempting array of sandwiches and cakes when we looked through the window!

Flying Tiger is taking over the former Maplin site on St John’s Road SW11 and in the same area, Debenhams has launched a Swoon interiors boutique with over 1,000 square feet dedicated to Swoon furniture and conceptual room sets as well as offering a room design service. We are hoping it means that this branch of Debenhams isn’t earmarked for closure.

The Exhibit in Balham has transformed its outside space into a ski lodge for the winter months – perfect for off-piste Christmas celebrations.

Special offers

30% OFF at The Makeup Club
The Makeup Club, a new brand based in Balham, is offering a special 30% discount to locals of SW London. The brand describes itself as creating premium, cruelty-free products at accessible prices. The Makeup Club has recently launched its first products: two collections of lipstick in 12 shades, and will be releasing more products over the next 12 months and beyond. To take advantage of this offer, visit www.tmccosmetics.com using code ‘SWSAVE’ at checkout. If you are interested in finding out more or discussing partnership opportunities, please email contactus@tmccosmetics.com

The Three Little Birds is a lovely Jamaican inspired café, bar and restaurant at 42 Battersea Rise SW11 and we’re delighted that it has two fab offers for Totally Clapham followers:
£5 coffee, cake & sandwich every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am – 3pm
20% off your main meal from Sunday – Thursday.
Three Little Birds is open for brunch, lunch and dinner six days a week or you can just pop by for a coffee or cocktails. Just mention Totally Clapham when you order. Offer available until 31 December 2018. Not in conjunction with any other offer.

Events

Omnibus is delighted to announce that the award-winning actor Bill Nighy will be in conversation with Guardian writer  Miranda Sawyer on Saturday 10 November, 4pm. Funds raised will go towards the relocation of the café to the front of the building to help attract more visitors to Omnibus. Tickets are selling fast! The event is part of the Omnibus Theatre’s 5th birthday party which will include interactive installations, shows and exhibitions. For the full schedule click here

Oxjam is Oxfam’s national fundraising music event and it returns to Clapham on Saturday 10 November with a line-up of fresh, emerging talent performing at Clapham venues The Sun, The Railway Tavern and Bread & Roses. All proceeds raised go directly to Oxfam and support the fight against poverty in the UK and beyond. See the Oxjam website for details and tickets.

From 15 November – 23 December Winterville will be at Clapham Common with many activities and events including ice skating, a big wheel, circus, cinema and comedy shows, roller discos and SoLo craft fair on Saturdays and Sundays with over 40 stalls.

The Northcote Road Christmas lights switch on is on Friday 23 November accompanied by carol singing, fun fair rides, Santa’s grotto, performances – even reindeer! Shops will be open late. And on Sunday 25 November Northcote Road will host a pop-up Christmas market with over 70 stalls and activities.

St Paul’s Opera is delighted to announce the return of David Butt Philip for another Masterclass on Friday 23 November at St Paul’s Church, Clapham. £10 on the door or via eventbrite.

For singing of a slightly different kind, Clapham Grand is hosting a singalong movie screening of Hairspray on Saturday 10 November and The Greatest Showman on Saturday 24 November. Put on your dancing shoes, warm up your vocal chords and prepare for a fun evening which includes a singalong, interval games, competitions and unlimited popcorn for £2. Early bird tickets £5, general admission £15. 18+ only.

Lambeth Ladies who Latte – Woman in Business network was set up by local business woman Angella Williams (of Angella’s Kitchen) as an opportunity to connect with other independent small business owners in the area.  The next meet up is Tuesday 13 November 10am-12.30pm at the Faithful Bean café, Telford Avenue SW2 4XW. Free.

Winter workshops

Book now for a Christmas wreath making workshop on 10 December, 7.30-10pm at The Devonshire Arms in Balham. Tickets include all materials plus a welcome drink on arrival and festive sharing platters. From £55 per person.

The Biscuiteers on Northcote Road SW11 regularly run biscuit icing workshops – and we’re not talking a blob of icing and some hundreds and thousands. This is proper, beautiful icing! See their website for full details – bookings currently available for Christmas themed workshops. £78 per person.

Have you wondered how chefs manage to cut vegetables so quickly without injuring themselves in the process? It’s all down to good knives and knife skills. The Avenue Cookery School in Wandsworth runs knife skills classes for £90 per person (discount available on certain dates) which includes a 3 course meal and wine at the end of the session. Great idea for a Christmas present too (other cooking classes available).

Coming up

Currently on tour and stopping at the Clapham Grand for one night only on 4 December, This Show Does Not Contain Nuts has an all female line-up including  critically acclaimed comediennes Luisa Omielan, Gabby Killick, Jen Brister and Sarah Keyworth. Alongside the comedy line up, the show features a burlesque bonanza, old school Ibiza tunes, thought provoking graphics, gigantic gold glitter cannons – hosted in unique eclectic fashion by Maddi Sharkey. Tickets are available now from Noelle productions.

Battersea Arts Centre is launching a Festive Comedy season from 3 December – 28 January including comedy fundraising events. Tickets are likely to sell fast – see their website for the full line-up. And for families and children aged 6+ Return to Elm House is a 90 minute immersive quest through the 125 year old BAC building to uncover mislaid secrets, unveil hidden memories and collect the clues to solve the mystery of Elm House. From 1-30 December.

For a festive fundraising fun run, you can’t beat the annual Santa run (or walk if you prefer) in Battersea Park. This year it’s on Saturday 8 December.   You can raise money for a charity that’s important to you or help support the organisers’ preferred charity: the Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham. Entry fee is £25 per adult and £15 for 8-11 year olds which includes a Santa suit. Full details on their website.

 

 

 

What’s on around Clapham October 2018

Here’s our pick of what’s happening around Clapham this October. Do get in touch with your news – it’s free to be included. You can subscribe to our monthly ‘what’s on’ newsletter and be the first to hear our latest news.

Food & Drink

Lazy Sunday lunches needn’t be a thing of the past just because you have young children. Mommi on Clapham High Street has teamed up with Kid’s Table to launch the WeAreFamily Sunday brunch/lunch with a pop-up kids corner offering free, supervised craft activities for 3-10 year olds from 1-5pm every Sunday. Book online via the Mommi website and take a look at their other offers and events.

Congratulations to local Italian restaurant Sorella on Clapham Manor Street for winning a Michelin Bib Gourmand award – given to restaurants that deliver ‘simple yet skilful cooking and great prices’.

Balham continues to attract new eateries. In addition to the popular new restaurant Pirana, the area welcomes a new bar/restaurant on Station Road, Heidi ,  complete with wine vending machines! Eleven, a cafe/bar on Fernlea Road is due to open soon and The Bedford is undergoing a major face lift and is scheduled to relaunch in December.

Did you know that Tequilla Mockingbird on Battersea Rise SW11 is offering 2 for 1 cocktails every night from 5-9pm? Yes, every night!

Art & culture

There’s an arty start to autumn around Clapham with the chance to visit artists’ creative spaces in the borough thanks to the Lambeth Open on 6-7 October and Wandsworth Artists Open House on the same weekend as well as the following – 13/14 October. And the Affordable Art Fair is back in Battersea Park from 18-21 October.

Omnibus Theatre marks the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement with an Irish theatre season from 2-28 October. Or if you are looking for theatre suitable for children, there are two family shows this month. Invisible Me on Sunday 21 October (suitable for ages 5-11) and on 24 October Ice Island is perfect for 4-7s followed by a craft workshop.

Clapham Fringe at the Bread & Roses theatre continues until 14 October with a wide range of shows including comedy, theatre and family – check their website for details.

Fairs, Festivals & Fireworks

It’s Streatham Festival this month from 4 – 14 October with live music from r&b to opera, dance, workshops, drama, film, family entertainment, exhibitions plus Art23, Streatham’s art trail and the popular music trail the Streatham Strut! See their website for full details.

SoLo craft fair is holding its autumn market on Saturday 6 October, 12-5pm at Balham Bowls Club, 7-9 Ramsden Road SW12. There will be 30 independent traders, workshops, a kids’ corner and food and drink on sale at the bar. Free entry and the first 250 visitors will receive a goody bag.

From 25-28 October, there will be mountains of fun at The Telegraph ski and snowboard festival at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park. New attractions this year include a snow and rock climbing wall, dog sledding, ferris wheel plus there is ice skating, children’s activities and of course plenty of apres ski!

The two big local fireworks events on Saturday 3 November are ticket only so make sure you buy yours in advance. Gates open for Battersea Park fireworks  at 6pm (no admittance after 8pm) and tickets usually sell out in advance. Lambeth fireworks  at Brockwell Park start at 6.45pm with a kids’ movies theme and 8pm with fireworks set to well known anthems from the 1980s to the present day.

A bit of fun

The Clapham Grand is hosting an evening featuring comedian Russell Howard and Friends: Work in Progress.
He will be testing out some brand new material and introducing some of his favourite comedians currently on the circuit.

Did you know that Clapham Picture house has Vintage Sunday screenings? This month there is a definite out of this world theme…

With half term around the corner, Storystock, the travelling circus of stories, returns toThe Village Hall at Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station from 22-24 October with workshops, live shows and storytelling for children of all ages. Many new restaurants and bars have opened up in the area too.

Book up now for a fun neon artwork class hosted at The Exhibit in Balham on Sunday 25 November 11.30am-2pm. The cost is £35 per person and you’ll be provided with everything you need including battery powered LED wire (in pink, blue or green) and a 40 x 50cm canvas – plus a glass of bubbles (or non-alcoholic alternative) to get the creative juices flowing! Book via Make Me Neon 

Inspired by living in Clapham

Author and managing change consultant  Jennifer L Cahill got in touch to tell us about her new book ‘One?’ which is set in the best place to live in London – Clapham of course! Inspired by her experience of living in Clapham in her twenties, the book follows the escapades of a group of 20-something singletons as they search for love and self-awareness in London. ‘One?’ is published by Clink Street publishing and is the first in a triology. The next book will be published in Spring 2019.

In a different way, living in Clapham has certainly influenced rapper Choze, who has just released a new single ‘Nothing to Lose’. His music combines gritty rap with orchestral sounds and covers hard hitting themes including knife crime. His single can be heard on YouTube.

 

What’s on around Clapham September 2018

We’re back from a short summer break refreshed and ready to share our pick of what’s happening around Clapham this month. Do get in touch if you want to spread the word about any local events.

Theatre & film

Battersea Art Centre Grand Hall has been reborn, just over three years after it was destroyed by fire. To celebrate, there is a host of events taking place in the Grand Hall as part of the BAC Phoenix season.

An Indian Abroad is an entertaining new play by Pariah Khan to premiere at the Bread and Roses theatre, Clapham Manor Street, from 23-25 September, and is centred around an Indian student’s journey of self-discovery when he goes on a gap year to the exotic island of Britain. This is followed by Clapham Fringe at the Bread & Roses theatre with over 45 performances from 27 September – 14 October, including comedy, theatre and family shows.

Over at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham we are hearing great things about Blood Wedding – a contemporary adaptation of Lorca’s 1930s’ play. It is on until 23 September, tickets £16.

Do something different this week and pop along to the new Clapham Film Club  It is screening ‘short films by women’ on Thursday 13 September – at 11.15am (mums with babies welcome to this session) and 6.15pm. £6 per person. Clapham Library, Mary Seacole Centre, 91 Clapham High Street SW4.

The Luna Cinema will be showing films outdoors in September at Battersea Park, including Three Billboards on 18 September, Blade Runner 2049 on 19 September and Pretty Woman on 20 September.

Streatham Free Film Festival is on from 14-29 September and includes a 48 hour movie making contest  The festival is run by volunteers – if you’d like to get involved, click here for more details.

Walk, jog, run

Great idea from local arts charity Clapham Writers. They’ve devised a self-guided literary walking trail around Clapham Common, starting and finishing at Clapham Common tube. It takes about 90 minutes and can be downloaded from the This is Clapham website. The answers are on the guide too, so avert your eyes – unless you get stuck that is!

The brand new adidas city run through the streets of Clapham is on 16 September.  The Clapham 10K closed road running event will take you on a flat route through Clapham and Stockwell.  You’ll be able to enjoy the Event Village at the end of your run and then head off to take advantage of special offers at local Clapham bars and restaurants. See their website for full entry details.

Windmill Drive in Clapham is going car-free on Saturday 22 September. Join Bandstand Beds from noon until 5pm for activities including a feast in the garden and an insect workshop – we’re not sure what that involves! Dr Bike will be on hand too offering free bike checks.

Trinity Hospice has organised a new family fundraising walk and fun day on Sunday 30 September. Choose a 2, 5 or 8 mile walk and join in the family fun day with live music, bbq, stalls, arts and crafts and a puppet show. Dogs welcome too! £10 to enter (£5 for children aged 5-16.) Click on the link to book your place.

Fairs & Festivals

Foodies have plenty of opportunities to indulge this month with these local food festivals:

Tooting Foodival on Saturday 15 September is a chance to share and eat locally grown food – full details on the Foodival blog. And Tootopia is back in SW17 with three days of street food and foodie trails plus local heritage talks, dancing, arts & crafts and a secret pub cinema screening.

Balham Food Festival is from 23-30 September on Hildreth Street and Bedford Hill Place. The festival kicks off with the Balham Banquet on Sunday 23 September, 11am-5pm, with over 30 food and drink stalls plus a kids’ zone and music from Wandsworth Radio.

Shops & restaurants news

MEATliquor is coming to Northcote Road soon, next to the ever-popular Franco Manca. Not surprisingly, their speciality is meat but the menu includes vegan and vegetarian choices too.

A bit further down Northcote Road at is a new pizza place: Manifesto pizza with pizzas made from organic, seasonal ingredients.  Even the wines are organic.

Pirana is a new restaurant to open in Balham at 76 Bedford Hill SW12 9HR. The focus is on South American/Brazilian food and cocktails of course.  It looks super cool – we will be trying it out very soon!

There have been a few closures too: Bertie & Boo cafe in Balham and Gazette in Balham.  Over in Wandsworth, Homebase and B&Q are being redeveloped into new housing.  DIY Sundays just got more difficult…

Coming up

Early bird tickets for Battersea Park fireworks on Saturday 3 November have already sold out so don’t leave it too late to book your tickets. Entry is by ticket only. You can head over to Battersea Power Station before or after the fireworks to the new restaurants, bars and cafes in the Circus West Village area.

Lambeth fireworks are also on Saturday 3 November at Brockwell Park. There are two displays – 6.45pm with a ‘kids’ movies’ theme and 8pm with fireworks set to well known anthems from the 1980s to the present day. There will also be a fun fair, stalls and food & drink. Super early bird tickets on sale until 14 September – after that the prices go up!

Two fundraising events in aid of Cancer Research UK are scheduled on Clapham Common for early October:

Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids return to Clapham Common on Saturday 6 October with a 5km obstacle course for women and children under 12.  Or if you’re not so keen on the muddy element, Race for Life is on Sunday 7 October – a 5 and 10k walk, jog or run open to women and children. See the websites for entry details.

Book now for a mono printing workshop on 23 October, 7-8.30pm at House of Killik, 125 Northcote Road SW11 6PS. London based artist Venetia Berry will guide you through the process of creating several artworks of your own design to take home. £40 per person.

SoLo craft fair is holding its autumn market on Saturday 6 October, 12-5pm at Balham Bowls Club, 7-9 Ramsden Rd, London SW12 8QX. There will be 30 independent traders, workshops, a kids’ corner and food and drink on sale at the bar. Free entry.

 

 

What’s on around Clapham August 2018

Here’s our pick of activities and events around Clapham this August. Don’t forget to check out our bars with gardens blog too.

Outdoor events & activities

An annual favourite, the Tooting Blues and Folk Festival is on 4 August with live music and food & drink stalls. It takes place on Tooting common by Dr Johnson Avenue and it’s FREE. For the full line-up see their website.

Enjoy jazz in the park at the Pear Tree café in Battersea Park every Wednesday during the summer from 6-9pm.

We love Clapham’s Metro Garden  restaurant in the summer  – and it’s the perfect venue for a spot of outdoor cinema too. See this link for a full schedule of movies – starting on Sunday 12 August with Kinky Boots. Ticket price (from £15) includes film with a glass of beer or wine, a hot dog (or veggie dog) plus plenty of popcorn. Tickets are already selling out for some films.

Concerts at Clapham bandstand continue with Wandsworth Oasis/LGBTQ+ acts in partnership with Clapham Grand on Saturday 18 August noon-5pm and on Sunday 2 September, 2-4pm Junction Jazz will be performing.

SW4 festival takes over the August bank holiday weekend from Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August on Clapham Common. For the full line-up click here.

Battersea Power Station is running a selection of children’s activities at Circus West Village throughout August including Design a T-shirt, hanging mobile making, grow your own veg and a hoola festival. See their website for full details.

And – also great for kids – Battersea Park Children’s Zoo has a series of special days during August with the chance to find out about interesting creatures including the bearded dragon lizard, the dumbo rat and the tamarind monkey. See their website for details.

Sambrooks Brewery is celebrating 10 years of brewing at its Battersea-based site in Yelverton Road with a street party weekend on Friday 31 August from 4pm and on Saturday 1 September. There will be live music and DJs, street food and local artisan goodies plus, of course, craft beer all brewed on site.

Sport

If you are looking for a running challenge you can sign up now for a brand new adidas City Run through the streets of Clapham on 16 September.  The Clapham 10K closed road running event will take you on a flat route through Clapham and Stockwell.  You’ll be able to enjoy the Event Village at the end of your run and then head of to take advantage of special offers at local Clapham bars and restaurants. See their website for full entry details.

Arts & Crafts

If you fancy doing something creative this month, The Exhibit in Balham is holding a workshop on Sunday 5 August on how to create a miniature garden. you’ll also receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco to get those creative juices flowing. Tickets from £45 per person and all equipment is provided.

Or how about combining baking with dating?! The Castle in Tooting is holding an evening of baking and speed dating on 3 August from 7pm-9.45pm for singletons age 25-35. As it says on their website, even if you don’t meet the love of your life, you’re guaranteed to go home with something sweet!

If art is more your thing, Bunga Bunga in Battersea is hosting a Paint Pop Art event run by PopUp Painting on 22 August, 7.30-10pm.  Unleash your creativity with a paintbrush in one had and a wine glass in the other (optional!) You’ll be guided step-by-step by a practising artist and your experience includes all art supplies – paint, brushes and apron. £25.99 per person.

Coming up

Looking ahead to September, Clapham Old Town Fair is a free event on Saturday 1 September from noon-5pm with food & drink, stalls, dog show, live music, rides, Vauxhall City Farm, sports, games and more.

GO! Organicfest comes to Battersea Park for the first time on 8-9 September. With 100 stalls specialising in organic, sustainable and healthy products incluing organic beers, there will also be cooking demos, a children’s farm, circus entertainment, funfair rides and live music. Headliners include The Hoosiers and The Magic Numbers. Early bird tickets are £26 per adult, £13 per child.

Bellevue Road by Wandsworth Common is holding its summer fair on Sunday 16 September, 11am-5pm with stalls, live music, children’s entertainment and the much loved annual dog show.

The Luna Cinema will be showing films outdoors in September at Battersea Park, including Three Billboards.

 

 

What’s on around Clapham July 2018

It has been a sizzling summer so far with more hot weather on the horizon for July too!  Don’t forget to take a look at our best Clapham bars with gardens blog and also best restaurants around Clapham with outside space.  When you’ve had enough of melting in the sunshine or watching the World Cup, here’s what’s on in Clapham this month.

Comedy

This is the month to laugh in the face of doom and gloom news and enjoy the many stand-up shows, Edinburgh previews and regular comedy events at various locations in and around Clapham.

Omnibus in Clapham is staging a new stand-up show ‘Devil may care’ from award-winning comedian Marcus BrigstockeWho better to arbitrate what is good and what is bad in these challenging divisive times than Lucifer himself? Discover his take on the state of the world from the master of satirical comedy. Tickets £9 each (£7 concessions) and the shows run from 25-29 July at 7.30pm.

The Clapham Comedy Club has regular shows at the Bread & Roses pub on the first Thursday of every month but throughout July they are hosting extra shows as part of the Edinburgh Fringe previews. See their website for full details and booking.

It’s the perfect weather for the Battersea Arts Centre  summer of theatre, comedy, music and spoken word in its open-air courtyard theatre.  And if that’s not enough entertainment for one month, BAC is also hosting its usual Edinburgh previews with comedians performing on most dates between 6-28 July. Full details and booking info on the BAC website.

Laugh Train Home at the Four Thieves pub in Lavender Gardens Battersea SW11, continues its summer season of comedy with Edinburgh previews and work in progress.Tickets £7 in advance, £8 on the door.

Events

Battersea Power Station has a host of summer events including activities for young children every Thursday – Sunday, 10am-4pm starting on 19 July. Outdoor cinema screenings take place in Circus Village West piazza  with films for children and adults until 9 July. And ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Avalon’s best comedians will be at Battersea Power Station for a series of preview nights on 12, 19 and 26 July. More details and tickets here.

The Luna cinema is also holding outdoor film screenings at Battersea Park, Tooting Common and Wandsworth Park (as well as other locations across the country). See their website for film and booking details.

Brixton’s Urban Art exhibition on Josephine Avenue SW2 is back and definitely worth a visit – beautiful art at reasonable prices starting at £10 up to £1000. Over 100 artists participating. It’s on over the weekend of 14-15 July, 10am-6pm, and is free to visit.

Shops & restaurants

Mango Bottoms restaurant at 88 Balham High Road has just re-opened serving authentic Caribbean food and fab cocktails.

The lovely Quirky Dovetail shop in Ritherdon Road Balham has just ‘popped up’ at 41-43 Acre Lane in Brixton. It’s a market place of vintage furniture, art, home interiors, gifts and vintage clothing open Thursday – Sunday from 10am.

Park Street Kitchen on Northcote Road has closed to be replaced by a new pizza place, Manifesto. We think the road will soon be described as Little Italy by local estate agents – there are so many Italian restaurants!  Sadly two of the shops at that end of the road are closing: Tinc and Cath Kidston although a new one has just opened – The Radiator Centre selling designer radiators.

A reminder that Côte is offering a complimentary glass of Kir Royale with a main course at their Battersea Rise SW11 branch. Just mention Totally Clapham when you arrive. To book a table, click here.

Children’s activities

Take a look at the Kiddiplan website for ideas on how to keep the children busy over the summer holidays – there is everything from sports, music, dance and summer camps.  Talking of camps, ActivCamp runs day camps at venues across south west London for those aged 4 – 14 years. We can vouch for them as our children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in their camps over the years. And our own Activities for Children and Sports & Fitness for Children pages have plenty of ideas for things to do in Clapham too.

Community News

Angella  Williams got in touch to tell us about the Ladies Who Latte networking initiative for women in business. It launched 10 years ago and brings  a less formal approach to networking – stay 15 minutes or 2 hours – with the opportunity to meet local entrepreneurial women and share ideas. The next event is at the Streatham space project on Tuesday 10 July. Full details on their Facebook page.

Offers

Don’t forget that Totally Clapham readers can take advantage of 10% off with Wandsworth Sash Windows – just mention code TCLAPHAM to obtain your discount.

North Street Potters in Clapham is 40 years old this year! They will be holding an Open Weekend and sale on 28-29 July, 10am-6pm.

Fairs, Fetes & Festivals

The Northcote Road Fete is back this year, helped by crowd funding donations. It will take place on Sunday 15 July with plenty of stalls, food and drink, entertainment.

Another date for the diary: Lambeth Country Show is on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July. It’s free entry and features all the attractions of a country show plus live music, stalls, food and drink and competitions.

Let’s Rock London retro music festival is back on Clapham Common with a packed line-up including UB40, Boomtown Rats, Kim Wilde, Big Country, Go West and many more. It’s on Saturday 28 July and ticket prices start at £30 each.

Foodstock food festival comes to Battersea Park from 27-29 July for another three day celebration of the best in food and drink with street food, farmers’ markets, craft beers, live music and workshops.

SW4 festival takes over the August bank holiday weekend from Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August on Clapham Common. For the full line-up click here.

Looking ahead to September, Clapham Old Town Fair is a free event on Saturday 1 September from noon-5pm with food & drink, stalls, dog show, live music, rides, Vauxhall City Farm, sports, games and more.

What’s on around Clapham June 2018

June is a busy month in and around Clapham with everything from fairs and fetes to comedy and concerts. Don’t forget, you can subscribe to our monthly newsletter and keep up-to-date with what’s happening around Clapham.

Events

Laugh Train Home at the Four Thieves pub in Lavender Gardens Battersea SW11, has just announced its summer season of comedy including performances and work-in-progress from Romesh Ranganathan, Marcus Brigstocke, Seann Walsh & Aisling Bea. Previews run from 13 June – 25 July 8-10.30pm. Tickets £7 in advance, £8 on the door.

Battersea Arts Centre launches its summer of theatre, music, comedy and spoken word in its open-air courtyard theatre. Highlights include comedy from Sleeping Trees on Thursday 7 June, and stand-up comedy at Stand Up Under The Stars on Thursday 14, Wednesday 27 June and Thursday 5 July. Plus spoken word artists will be hosting BoxedIn, pitting North and South London against each other – the winner is obvious to us! There’s an open-mic night on Friday 8 June, music acts, storytelling and a summer bbq in July. Full details and booking info on the BAC website.

The Fifa World Cup kicks off from 14 June and many local bars and pubs will be showing key matches on big screens. Inevitably the England matches will be popular (in a nail biting kind of way) and you are advised to book an area if you want to see the action.

A TEDx event (an offshoot of TED talks – inspiring talks and exchanging of ideas) comes to Clapham Grand Theatre on 17 June, 10.30am-5pm. Speakers include Richard Ballard, an entrepreneur that has turned an unused bomb shelter below Clapham Common into an underground farm, Dr. Anna Machin, an evolutionary anthropologist who is pioneering research in the science of fatherhood, Che Lingo, a local rapper who has headlined Notting Hill Carnival and Leon Taylor, an Olympic Silver medalist. It’s a not-for-profit event organised by volunteers. Tickets available via EventBrite.

Balham Literary Festival takes place during June with the main events on 8-10 June at Balham Bowls Club on Ramsden Road SW12 where there willl be a pop up bookshop (Dulwich Books) and author talks. See their website for full list of events and how to book.

Clapham Common free concerts at the bandstand are back  at weekends during the summer, starting on Saturday 9 June, noon – 5pm with ‘Common People’ – a community event in partnership with Family Cycle Extravaganza and created by Bandstand Beds. Enjoy live music, singing and dance plus stalls and a bring ‘n share picnic. Oxjam Clapham will be performing on Saturday 16 June noon – 5pm and the Fuzion Trio on Saturday 23 June 2-4pm.

The Luna cinema outdoor screenings are held across the country every summer including at Battersea Park, Tooting Common and Wandsworth Park. Moulin Rouge, The Shape of Water, Romeo & Juliet, Three Billboards and Blade Runner are just some of the films showing. Food & drink also available. See the Luna website for details and booking.

Traditional sash windows are an important feature of period properties but general wear and tear means they often aren’t very heat efficient. Wandsworth Sash Windows can repair and replace sash and casement windows to help keep the heat in and the sound out. They also offer front doors, bi-folds, French doors and shutters.  Totally Clapham readers can take advantage of 10% off – just mention code TCLAPHAM to obtain your discount.

Restaurants & bar news

Côte is one of our favourite restaurant chains – consistently good food and service at reasonable prices. They are offering a complimentary glass of Kir Royale with a main course at the Battersea Rise SW11 branch of Côte. Just mention Totally Clapham when you arrive. To book a table, click here.

A new Thai restaurant, Camile, has opened at 47 Abbeville Road SW4 offering eat in or take-away/delivery.

Megans on the Hill is opening soon on Bedford Hill in Balham (there are two other branches in Fulham and Parson’s Green). The focus is on Mediterranean cooking plus all day brunch.

London Seafood Festival launches at Battersea Power Station and takes places from 20-24 June starting with restaurant takeovers, seafood masterclasses and special festival menus. Then from the Friday evening through to Sunday, the piazza in front of Battersea Power Station will host live music, street food, kids activities and pop-ups. If you haven’t been along to the area, it is well worth a visit, especially on a fine day/evening when you can sit outside at the many bars and restaurants which have already open at the Circus Village West area.

Fairs & Fetes

St Paul’s Summer Fair is on Saturday 9 June, 12-4pm Rectory Grove, Clapham Old Town. Enjoy a BBQ and Caribbean cuisine plus stalls, Clapham Pottery, raffle and silent auctions. The kids’ zone is £5 entry for unlimited bouncy castle plus soft play, children’s entertainer, face painting and lucky dip.

The popular Ritherdon Road Street Party is on Sunday 10 June, 11am-5pm, and is always has a great family atmosphere with stalls, food and drink, kids’ activities and live music – this year guitarist and songwriter Rob Doherty will be performing.

Heathbrook School, Rule Street SW8, is holding its summer fete on Saturday 23 June, 1-4pm with live music, stalls, food and drink and – drum roll please – snail racing.  It promises to be a fun, community event.

On our doorstep, Abbeville Fete  takes place on Saturday 30 June, 12-5pm, with proceeds going to five local charities. This year’s theme is Circus. The success of the fete relies on help from volunteers. If you can lend a hand, get in touch via their website.

Coming up

Thanks to the generosity of local people, the Northcote Road Fete is back this year, helped by crowd funding donations. It will take place on Sunday 15 July with plenty of stalls, food and drink, entertainment.

Another date for the diary: Lambeth Country Show is on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July. It’s free entry and features all the attractions of a country show plus live music, stalls, food and drink and competitions.

Don’t forget…

Father’s Day on Sunday 17 June.

What’s on around Clapham May 2018

We don’t want to assume spring weather is round the corner after the strange temperatures we’ve been having recently. Instead, we are focusing on all the local events and news this month – there’s plenty to do around Clapham whatever the weather!

Events

Wandsworth Arts fringe is on from 4-20 May with over 180 events across the borough from circus acts to comedy, music, performance and poetry. The Circus Garden is on from 4-13 May with circus acts, cabaret, acrobatics, puppetry, circus lessons and performances for all ages.

North Street Potters celebrates 40 years in Clapham on Saturday 5 May and will open its doors with a party from noon until 6pm including pottery demonstrations, food and drink.

Clapham Book Festival on 12 May will feature talks from local and international authors during the day and evening, including Dame Margaret Drabble. It takes place at Clapham Omnibus theatre and Clapham Library.  See the Clapham Book Festival website for ticket details.

And still on the theme of books, Omnibus is transforming into a ‘living library from 9-13 May with listening posts, spoken word shorts, physical theatre, storytelling and interactive installations all celebrating the power of books. Pay what you can.

London’s 21st MoonWalk starts at Clapham Common on Saturday 12 May from 9pm to raise money for vital breast cancer causes.  It’s too late to register for this year’s walk but they are still looking for volunteers to help out on the night.

Make Me Feel on Abbeville Road is holding a French market on Sunday 13 May, 10am-4pm featuring a range of French brands and products.

Whether you’re a fan of the forthcoming Royal wedding or not, it’s a good excuse for a party. Gigalum at 7 Cavendish Parade near Clapham South, is hosting its own Royal Wedding Party on 19 May. Watch the wedding live on their HD Screens with Funktion One sound. Then enjoy the ‘terrace’ street party with DJs playing the best in house, classics and old school music.

And Wandsworth Oasis be hosting a one-off street party outside The Two Brewers to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and also to raise money for the HIV charity Mildmay UK There will be outdoor stalls, music and cabaret performances.

What’s new

We’ve already heard great things about the new Jamaican inspired cafe, rum bar and kitchen Three Little Birds which has just opened at 42 Battersea Rise SW11.  Expect hot and spicy dishes, fab cocktails and plenty of rum! A shop will be opening soon too selling jewellery and clothes.They also have a branch in Brixton on Coldharbour Lane.

Also new to Battersea Rise, Farrago is an Italian restaurant which combines Italian classics, cocktails and wine, music art and an outdoor decked area for warmer days.

We love the sound of this – Exhibit Bars in Balham and Streatham have launched the Puppy Love Brunch Cinema Club at both of their cinemas. While humans enjoy unlimited prosecco with their films, dogs will get a glass of Pawsecco and unlimited treats. All films are pooch friendly too – the first one is The Lady and the Tramp on 12 May at The Exhibit Balham. Full details and booking here. And if you’re looking for dog friendly bars and cafes in the area, see our dog friendly page. 

The Wicked Vegan fast food take-away restaurant will be opening in Hildreth Street Balham soon, serving 100% vegan burgers.

Ryan’s Daughter is a gorgeous new shop at 63 Abbeville Road selling beautiful antiques and home wares  curated by Josephine Ryan – yes, she’s back! – with floristry and plants from Sascha. Those who have lived in the area for a while will remember her shop on Abbeville Road a number of years ago.

Community

Fancy getting fit for free? A community event has just been launched – a timed 5k walk, jog or run every Saturday morning on Clapham Common for all age groups and abilities starting at 08:45 near the Funfair site. Come along and have a look, cheer or even join in. Local volunteers are also needed every week to help scan bar codes, marshal, time keep and hand out tokens. See their Facebook page Clapham Common parkrun.

A crowd funding page has been set up to help fund this year’s Northcote Road summer fete. If you would like to contribute to enable this year’s event to be a success (or actually happen!) just visit their website here to find out more.

A series of ecological walks on Clapham Common are planned for the summer.  See the latest blog from CCMAC (Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee) for details.

Coming up

The next SoLo Craft Fair is at Balham Bowls Club on Saturday 2 June, 12-5pm with over 30 independent traders selling everything from homewares to art and fashion.

Ritherdon Road street party is on Sunday 10 June from midday with stalls, food & drink, music and children’s entertainment.

Abbeville Fete  takes place on Saturday 30 June 2018, 12-5pm with proceeds going to five local charities. This year’s theme is Circus.

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.