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.


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.


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.


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.

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