Move over zone one – with a rush of new restaurants, bars and nightclubs, zone two is the place to be right now. And Clapham Common has it even better than most, becoming a hotspot in its own right. Not only are there countless places to eat and drink, but you’ve also got the beautiful common stretching out in front of you. Where better to spend an Autumn afternoon?
Wine and nibbles in a renovated public toilet
Where else could you drink great wine in a former public toilet? Right next to Clapham Common tube stop, this cosy bar has an impressive range of delicious vino by the glass or bottle, paired with some truly mouthwatering charcuterie. Best ever use of a toilet?
Where: Clapham Common Tube Station, London SW4 7AA
Old-school rock bar
We just love the authentic American decor, from the neon signs to the classic album sleeves all over the walls. And the delicious cocktails make it a winner for the Handbook – try the tasty Raisins ‘n’ Apricots, made with Woodford Reserve and Pedro Ximenez sherry.
Where: 78 Venn St London, SW4 6ED
Authentic Mexican restaurant with divine guacamole
As much as The Handbook loves burritos, if you fancy proper Mexican food you’re actually pretty hard pushed to find it. Luckily Comensal are reeling off some superb traditional Mexican dishes for lucky Clapham, from mole to flan – with a top-notch mojito to wash it down, of course. Make sure you try their guacamole; prepare to be addicted!
Where: 32 Abbeville Road, SW4 9NG
Want to relax with an enviable view of the Common? Look no further. The Rookery have a spellbinding selection of ales, beers and wines that can’t fail to please. Besides the booze and the view of Clapham Common’s south side from the terrace, there’s also an impressive food menu. Definitely one to visit.
Where: 69 Clapham Common Southside, London SW4 9DA
Traditional pub with a twist
A decent traditional pub is a rare find in London these days. Craft Beer Company’s pub near Clapham Common does what pubs do best – lively atmosphere, comfy seats and of course great beer. The selection of craft brews is as good as its name suggests, and the lack of TV screens means that you can have a proper chinwag without being interrupted. Finally!
Where: 128 Clapham Manor St, London SW4 6ED