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!

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