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!


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.

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