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.


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.

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