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Clapham Area Guide

Clapham attracts a wide-ranging demographic and particularly appeals to young professionals and families with its excellent transport links and superb state and private schools.

Clapham is a multifaceted community with the well-known Common as its centrepiece for all seasons.

Clapham fact file

  • The present-day Clapham High Street is in fact an ancient Roman road.
  • A roman stone from the old road can now be found at the entrance to the former Clapham library.
  • The Clapham area was formerly part of the Brixton Hundred and within Surrey.
  • The area was mentioned in the Domesday Book.
  • Many large 17th and 18th-century country homes were built around the Common and attracted the wealthy gentry, including Samuel Pepys.
  • Today, the area is split into two halves; the Old Town around Abbeville Road which is popular with families, and the ‘Young Clapham’ around the High Street, where there is new development.

Why move to Clapham?

The Abbeville and Clapham Old Town areas offer charm and a village community feel whilst the High Street represents a more typical London suburb with an array of amenities, retailers, bars and restaurants. The transport links are a true feature of the area with three tube stations (Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South) and three overground stations (Clapham High Street, Wandsworth Road and Clapham Junction), ensuring that local inhabitants can easily access all corners of the Capital.

Architecture and property

Clapham has many different styles of houses, from detached and semi-detached family homes to characterful terraced properties as well as apartments. There is a strong family market for houses and also an equally buoyant flat market for the younger professionals wanting to be within easy commutable distance of central London. Properties range from Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Arts and Crafts era as well as new-build, modern homes.

Going out

There are gastro pubs, independent bistro restaurants and whether you fancy modern Asian, something European, a gourmet burger, a pizza or just a drink Clapham has it all. The bar scene which is just as varied, including cocktail bars, lively pubs and nightclubs.

Green space

Clapham is located in South West London in the borough of Lambeth. It's famous for the large open space called Clapham Common, over 220 acres in size and featuring three ponds and a restored bandstand. Clapham Common is a great place to take a walk on a chilly autumn day; it's also the perfect place to have a picnic during the summer months. Other local green spaces include Wandsworth and Battersea Park.

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Explore Clapham at a glance!

You're never far from a wonderful eatery in the Clapham area.

Shopping in Clapham is excellent, with both small, independent shops and larger chains featuring prominently on Clapham's High Street.

There are many pubs and restaurants in Clapham, which has something of a reputation for being a great night out.

With a vivid nightlife and rich history there is always something to do in Clapham.

Schools in Clapham include 13 primary schools (four rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted), plus several local secondary schools that are rated outstanding.

  • Parkgate
    Prep School
  • Belleville Wix
    Primary Academy
  • Clapham Junction
    10 minutes into central London
  • Cycle Super highway 7
    Via the common
  • London City Airport
    11.5 miles
  • Clapham Common Underground station
    Northern Line
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Creative architects. Skilful designers. Strategic advisors. JLE Studio are the leading high-end property specialists for refurbishments, reconfigurations, rebuilds, or redevelopments

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  • Planning application services
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Founded in 2004, Cochrane Design provides a comprehensive design, architecture and development service for private clients, developers, hoteliers and investors throughout UK and abroad.

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At Jigsaw we provide unparalleled service to our clients, helping them to fully realise the potential of their commercial, residential and domestic spaces.

  • Interior architecture
  • Inteior design
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Design partner that can create beautiful homes or a profitable commercial development. Team of architects and interior designers that create beautiful, sustainable and pragmatic buildings.

  • Architecture and interior design
  • Developer services
  • Surveying
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Internationally renowned for his ability to reimagine and enhance environments, Tim Gosling creates awe-inspiring modern interiors and furniture made from traditional craftsmanship techniques.

  • Furniture and interiors
  • Concepts
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Small team of professionals specialising in curtains, blinds, upholstery and soft-furnishings. Based in South London they have been transforming windows into beautiful home features for over a decade.

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  • Fabrics
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A local building company based in Oxford, with a broad range of quality construction services. With more than forty-five years of on-site experience they bring commercial standards and expertise to domestic building services, and offer project management for house renovations, house extensions, new builds and more.

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