I stayed at the Travelodge Clapham Junction for a couple of nights during a recent trip to London, in keeping with my recent approach of staying in different areas when I visit there. It was really easy to get to Clapham Junction by National Rail from Victoria Station, with trains departing every few minutes. Here are my travel tips for things to do in Clapham.
Dine at Sappho Meze Bar
On my first evening I followed the Twitter tip from Vicki Brown (tweeting as @LaNomadita) to eat the Sappho Meze Bar, close to North Clapham tube station. For £10.50 I had a real feast with a wide selection of meze(des), a lamb main course and Greek yoghurt with honey.
Meze at Sappho’s in North Clapham
See a Show in a Pub Theatre
Sounds unlikely, but the Landor Theatre is on the first floor of this pub near North Clapham tube station. The theatre can seat up to sixty people and tickets cost between £15 and £20. There’s also a pleasant garden at the back of the pub.
Go to a Sewing Cafe
Close to the Landor pub is the Sew Over It sewing cafe. It costs £5 an hour, which includes unlimited pots of tea. You must have some sewing experience, but there also exist classes for beginners. I spoke to the owner Lisa Comfort and she reckons that sewing and making your own clothes is back in vogue now.
Sew Over It in North Clapham
Buy Some Yummy Cakes at the Old Post Office Bakery
The wares of the Old Post Office Bakery, also in Landor Road, sound so tempting. Just as well they were closing up when I arrived, as I would’ve been too tempted by the Orange Almond Cake and the Banana Bread.
The Old Post Office Bakery in North Clapham
Have a Coffee at the colourful Bowling Green Cafe in Clapham Common
The Bowling Green Cafe is located at the south of Clapham Common, next to the tennis courts.
The Bowling Green Cafe in Clapham Common
Admire the sculptures outside the Mary Seacole Centre
I loved the sculptures outside the Mary Seacole Centre, a health centre and library in Clapham High Street.
Sculpture outside Mary Seacole Centre in Clapham High Street
Go Fishing in Clapham Common
It was a very cold March day when I walked around Clapham Common, but that didn’t appear to deter the fishermen who had set up shop at Mount Pond.
Fishing at Clapham Common
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my travel tips for things to do in Clapham and if you have any to add, please leave a comment.