Enjoy the best of both worlds on the North Side
This series of roads, running roughly north/south between Lavender Hill and Clapham Common, are referred to as ‘The North Side’. These houses were built for the Victorian middle classes and the distinctive architecture of this area is characterised by pitched roofs, square bay windows, elegant porches and tiny, walled front gardens.
Here residents have the best of both worlds: close to the busy shopping and leisure areas around Northcote Road, Clapham Junction and Lavender Hill and with the open, green spaces of Clapham Common virtually on the doorstep.
From here, trendy Battersea Rise, Clapham High Street and the quaint bars, cafes and restaurants of Clapham Old Town are all just a short bus ride away.
Shopping and leisure
Northcote Road has been described by Time Out as ‘The thriving hub of Battersea’ and that just about sums up this vibrant and diverse shopping area, situated just a few streets away from Battersea North Side. Shoppers can find everything they need here, from fishmongers to bakers and from aromatherapy specialists to fashion stores. There’s also a high quality market, open from Monday to Saturday.
Highlights of the Battersea Rise dining experience include The Northcote, a highly rated gastro pub, and The Breakfast Club, a hip, all-day café with a retro vibe. Clapham has the Del’Aziz and Zahra Bar (an all day Middle Eastern café bar and bakery) and quirky British gastropub, The Calf.
In this area you’ll also be able to enjoy contemporary theatre at Theatre 503 at the Latchmere or Battersea Arts Centre.
Sports lovers and fitness fanatics will enjoy being close to Clapham Common, with its tennis courts, rugby and football pitches, cricket pitch, bowling green and sprint track. The common is also great for families as it offers a paddling pool, skateboard facilities, two dog-free play areas and a “Stay and Play” club.
Travel from the North Side
To the west of this area is the busy transport hub of Clapham Junction (where the national rail service will get you to Victoria in six minutes, Waterloo in twelve minutes and Gatwick in half an hour). You can also travel by overground from here to Wimbledon, Richmond, Kingston and the suburbs to the south and west. Overground trains also provide direct connections to north west and north east London.
On the east side of Clapham Common you’ll find Clapham Common tube station. This Northern Line station is on a route that divides to reach stations in the West End and the City.
Buses serving this area include the 77, 87, 137, 156, 345, G1, N87 and N137.
Finding the right school
There are a number of schools in the immediate area, including independents such as Eaton House the Manor School and Parkgate House Preparatory School and the state funded Wix Primary. There’s also Christ Church C of E Primary and High View Primary School (both rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted).
Secondary schools include independents such as the Dominie School, Centre Academy and Thames Christian College while the recently opened Harris Academy is a state-run school managed by the successful Harris Foundation.
Whether you want to enjoy the vibrant cafes, shops and bars in Battersea and Clapham or make use of the sports and leisure facilities of Clapham Common, Winchester White will be able to find your perfect North Side rental property.