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…

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