It’s easy to fall in love with the tranquil atmosphere of Clapham South.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the shops and bars that cluster around the underground station, you’ll find neat grids of tree-lined streets, where the attractive Victorian and Edwardian architecture exudes an air of permanence and calm.
Most of these properties have been converted into spacious contemporary flats and the area is now home to young professionals and especially families, who love Clapham South for its good schools, great transport links and proximity to the Common.
This part of Clapham, belonging to the borough of Wandsworth, extends both ways from the southern edge of the Common, following the B237 to the west and the South Circular to the east and extending down towards Balham.
Clapham is mentioned (as ‘Clopeham’) in the Domesday Book and in the 17th century it was popular with wealthy landowners escaping the dirt and noise of the city. During the 19th and 20th centuries the area developed a reputation for modest, suburban living but over the last few decades it has become one of the most desirable areas in London.
Shopping and leisure in Clapham South
There are shops along the A24 (leading down to Balham station) and the stores close to Clapham South tube station include a Tesco Superstore (open from 8am to 10pm everyday except Sunday), a florist, Marks and Spencer and a popular fishmonger – Moxon’s. Alternatively, take a short walk to Abbeville Road and you’ll find yourself in an exclusive village community where you can buy foodie delights, pamper yourself with beauty treatments and enjoy a coffee or an evening meal.
“Abbeville Village” is the area’s hidden secret – tucked away from the busier areas around the underground station and retaining all the old-world charm of a traditional Victorian shopping street. It’s a place to stroll, browse and enjoy a low-key evening out at the end of a hard day at work. If you prefer a slightly livelier vibe, you can visit the restaurants and bars close to the tube station or head northwards towards Clapham High Street.
Clapham Common is one of London’s best known open green spaces, providing ample opportunities to run, walk or play sports, including tennis and football. Activities are available all year round, with a skate board park, playgrounds, a visiting fairground site and events such as festivals and fireworks displays.
Travel from Clapham South
Clapham South is on the Northern Line, providing a direct, 17-minute commute to Oxford Circus and a similar journey to the City.
Bus routes include the 50, 155, 249, 355 and G1 and there’s also a night bus to Westminster and Aldwych (N155).
Finding the right school near Clapham South
Call Winchester White today to view some exceptional rental properties in and around Clapham South. With good transport links, fantastic schools and access to one of London’s largest open green spaces, Clapham South offers superb quality of life: all within a twenty minute commute of central London.