Nightlife a bit samey, catering predominantly to the yuppie crowd
Lively Clapham Common
On the North side of Clapham Common, near Clapham Common tube, is a paddling pool for those brave enough to take a dip. (As you can see from my photo noone was the day I was there!)
The food was reasonably priced, but the service was awful. Getting the waitresses attention wasn't easy, and the food took 40 minutes to arrive despite there being only about 3 other groups in the place. When the food finally did come they brought too many main course dishes and began to insist it was our mistake and we'd have to pay for it. We, of course, had none of it. The food was ok but nothing special.
They also began clearing our plates before all of us had finished despite us asking them not to.
All in all a fairly disappointing experience.
This restaurant has been going since 1954, making it one of Clapham's oldest restaurants. I've been here quite a few times, the food is always nice.
The service is fine if you don't order or ask for anything out the way, but I've had problems with small things like getting an extra side plate, or some more mango chutney in the past.
Still, it's certainly one of the better indian restaurants in this part of London.
In September 2013, I went to see 'Title of a Show' at the Landor Theatre which is on the first first of The Landor Pub in Clapham, South London. It's a lovely intimate fringe theatre which seats up to maximum of 60 people (Only 3 rows of seating).
I enjoyed seeing the musical in such intimate setting and seeing the actors close up. I felt I was part of the show because of the space used as a stage. The theatre's artistic director is Robert McWhir and the shows are done in-house (by Theatrica Ltd). A variety of productions, from plays to musicals (classic and contemporary) are performed at the Landor and the artistic team are not frightened on taking new work.
The Landor Pub, downstairs, offers meals and drinks before and after the performances.
Please see my blog about 'Title of Show' at the Landor Theatre.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
The site intended to have a cinema from 1919 but failed to materialise until 1992 when Clapham Picturehouse finally opened to the public. It originally had three screens and a fourth screen was added in 1998 with a cafe/bar extension. Further renovations took place and the cinema played a crucial role socially and culturally in the local community.
Further information about the movies/cultural events can be found via the website.
Dress Code: Smart casual
Oblivion is a funky bar full of funky people that plays - you've guessed it - funky music.
It's one of my favourite bars in Clapham, bit less bland than the bars on the high street.
DJs at weekends, playing house/funk stuff. Big screen TVs show the major sporting events.
Dress Code: None