What’s on around Clapham May 2018

We don’t want to assume spring weather is round the corner after the strange temperatures we’ve been having recently. Instead, we are focusing on all the local events and news this month – there’s plenty to do around Clapham whatever the weather!


Wandsworth Arts fringe is on from 4-20 May with over 180 events across the borough from circus acts to comedy, music, performance and poetry. The Circus Garden is on from 4-13 May with circus acts, cabaret, acrobatics, puppetry, circus lessons and performances for all ages.

North Street Potters celebrates 40 years in Clapham on Saturday 5 May and will open its doors with a party from noon until 6pm including pottery demonstrations, food and drink.

Clapham Book Festival on 12 May will feature talks from local and international authors during the day and evening, including Dame Margaret Drabble. It takes place at Clapham Omnibus theatre and Clapham Library.  See the Clapham Book Festival website for ticket details.

And still on the theme of books, Omnibus is transforming into a ‘living library from 9-13 May with listening posts, spoken word shorts, physical theatre, storytelling and interactive installations all celebrating the power of books. Pay what you can.

London’s 21st MoonWalk starts at Clapham Common on Saturday 12 May from 9pm to raise money for vital breast cancer causes.  It’s too late to register for this year’s walk but they are still looking for volunteers to help out on the night.

Make Me Feel on Abbeville Road is holding a French market on Sunday 13 May, 10am-4pm featuring a range of French brands and products.

Whether you’re a fan of the forthcoming Royal wedding or not, it’s a good excuse for a party. Gigalum at 7 Cavendish Parade near Clapham South, is hosting its own Royal Wedding Party on 19 May. Watch the wedding live on their HD Screens with Funktion One sound. Then enjoy the ‘terrace’ street party with DJs playing the best in house, classics and old school music.

And Wandsworth Oasis be hosting a one-off street party outside The Two Brewers to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and also to raise money for the HIV charity Mildmay UK There will be outdoor stalls, music and cabaret performances.

What’s new

We’ve already heard great things about the new Jamaican inspired cafe, rum bar and kitchen Three Little Birds which has just opened at 42 Battersea Rise SW11.  Expect hot and spicy dishes, fab cocktails and plenty of rum! A shop will be opening soon too selling jewellery and clothes.They also have a branch in Brixton on Coldharbour Lane.

Also new to Battersea Rise, Farrago is an Italian restaurant which combines Italian classics, cocktails and wine, music art and an outdoor decked area for warmer days.

We love the sound of this – Exhibit Bars in Balham and Streatham have launched the Puppy Love Brunch Cinema Club at both of their cinemas. While humans enjoy unlimited prosecco with their films, dogs will get a glass of Pawsecco and unlimited treats. All films are pooch friendly too – the first one is The Lady and the Tramp on 12 May at The Exhibit Balham. Full details and booking here. And if you’re looking for dog friendly bars and cafes in the area, see our dog friendly page. 

The Wicked Vegan fast food take-away restaurant will be opening in Hildreth Street Balham soon, serving 100% vegan burgers.

Ryan’s Daughter is a gorgeous new shop at 63 Abbeville Road selling beautiful antiques and home wares  curated by Josephine Ryan – yes, she’s back! – with floristry and plants from Sascha. Those who have lived in the area for a while will remember her shop on Abbeville Road a number of years ago.


Fancy getting fit for free? A community event has just been launched – a timed 5k walk, jog or run every Saturday morning on Clapham Common for all age groups and abilities starting at 08:45 near the Funfair site. Come along and have a look, cheer or even join in. Local volunteers are also needed every week to help scan bar codes, marshal, time keep and hand out tokens. See their Facebook page Clapham Common parkrun.

A crowd funding page has been set up to help fund this year’s Northcote Road summer fete. If you would like to contribute to enable this year’s event to be a success (or actually happen!) just visit their website here to find out more.

A series of ecological walks on Clapham Common are planned for the summer.  See the latest blog from CCMAC (Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee) for details.

Coming up

The next SoLo Craft Fair is at Balham Bowls Club on Saturday 2 June, 12-5pm with over 30 independent traders selling everything from homewares to art and fashion.

Ritherdon Road street party is on Sunday 10 June from midday with stalls, food & drink, music and children’s entertainment.

Abbeville Fete  takes place on Saturday 30 June 2018, 12-5pm with proceeds going to five local charities. This year’s theme is Circus.

4 comments to What’s on around Clapham May 2018

  • We have launched a free community event that is open to all, timed 5k walk, jog or run every Saturday morning on Clapham Common for all age groups and abilities starting at 08:45 near the Funfair site. Come along and have a look, cheer or even join in and complete 5K with us.

    We also need local volunteers every week to help us scan barcodes, marshal, timekeep and hand out tokens, so if you fancy that let us know, just an hour of your time and you’ll have a great time.

    You can find us on the web Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as “Clapham Common parkrun”.

  • We are having a special beer and food pairing event as we celebrate the 5th birthday of our friends London Beer Lab with a very special brewers banquet, the likes of which South London has never seen before!

    6 specially brewed birthday collaboration beers will be expertly paired with 6 carefully designed dishes to create unique flavour combinations. This is a true one-off event, all the breweries involved have played a part in London Beer Lab’s journey so far which makes all the collaborations that bit more special. Taking part are:

    Burnt Mill Brewery | Brick Brewery | Bullfinch Brewery | Roaring Four Brewing Company | Elusive Brewing | The King & Co

    Please come along on Thursday 12th June from 7pm to be part of this with us! You can find us at : https://thekingandco.uk/events/london-beer-labs-5th-birthday-brewers-banquet/

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