The Redleaf Roamer: Clapham
In the Redleaf Property team, our passion for bricks and mortar isn’t confined to the working day – we love exploring different places in London and abroad, appreciating an area’s character, amenities and eccentricities.
In the latest instalment of the Redleaf Roamer series, Charlotte Gold, who recently moved from Clapham, tells us what she discovered in her time living there.
How did you find out about Clapham?
My older brother used to live in the Old Town so I got to know the area after weekends staying with him. Clapham is divided into lots of different parts, from the buzzing Northcote Road near Clapham Junction to the respective areas around Clapham Common, Clapham North and Clapham South tube stations.
When I started my property search, I spent a day just walking around and it was by accident that I stumbled across the Abbeville Road, where I subsequently lived for seven years.
What do you like best about Clapham?
Whilst you could say that about anywhere in London, Clapham really comes into its own in the summer. As soon as the sun makes an appearance, the entire population of Clapham seems to descend on the 220 acre common to exercise, meet with friends and for events, like the SW4 Music Festival which is held every August bank holiday.
I also love that there are lots of restaurants, so you can really get your foodie fill. There’s something to suit all palates and budgets, from good old local pubs and cheap eats to fine dining.
For sushi lovers, the Japanese food and fusion cocktails from Tsunami in Clapham North are excellent (the miso black cod, in particular, is divine) and, for a special occasion, the seasonal tasting menu at Trinity is a real treat.
What are Clapham’s hidden gems?
The Abbeville Road, which is set back from main road between Clapham Common and Clapham South tube stations, is easy to miss but well worth taking a detour for as there are lots of little gems.
Shops in Abbeyville Road
Also known as Abbeville Village due to its sense of community (or to help sell property!), it’s a charming stretch of restaurants, shops and cafes. As well as The Abbeville, a great pub for food and drink alike, there’s a fantastic deli called MacFarlane’s, The Ginger Pig butcher, the Bottle Apostle wine merchant and even a handy little hardware shop.
Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, family-run bistro La Bonne Heure, which serves up classic French cuisine, is my personal favourite.