Clapham Common is one of the most popular living areas in south London and is known for its attractive Victorian residences, diverse nightlife, and excellent restaurant scene. The neighbourhood also benefits from a direct tube link to central London via the Northern Line, which provides regular services to the West End and the City of London.
The name Clapham Common is often associated with the vast triangular 220-acre park, which is overlooked by the quaint 18th-century Holy Trinity Clapham church and is one of London's most popular open spaces. From Clapham Common, Clapham North and Clapham South, you can also take advantage of frequent bus connections to hotels near Clapham Common and other surrounding areas such as Clapham Junction and Brixton.
During warm summer weekend afternoons, the park is filled with families, groups of friends and couples, although many people also visit the park to attend the annual Colourscape Music Festival and other special events. The park is also home to London's largest bandstand, which dates back to 1890 and is now protected with Grade II Listed status.
The area had become popular with affluent merchants by the end of the 18th century, when the surrounding land was drained, although the Common did not become an official park until 1878. By the 20th century, Clapham Common had become incorporated into London, and became increasingly popular with many young university graduates towards the end of the century.
Places to visit
Adjacent to Clapham Common is Clapham High Street, where you can find many bustling nightclubs and acclaimed restaurants such as the Italian-themed Osteria dell'Arte and the Indian restaurant Maharani. The Clapham Old Town district, meanwhile, is famed for its charming cafés and historic Rose and Crown pub, and is home to one of south London's most picturesque squares, Grafton Square.
Places to stay
Popular hotels near Clapham Common include the Euro Hotel, which benefits from great views of the Common and is within walking distance of Clapham South and Clapham Common tube stations. Another great choice is The Windmill on the Common, which features a lovely country-style pub and cosy contemporary accommodation.
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