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A Guide to Living in Clapham

Located in South West London, the district of Clapham is a perfect blend of London’s city buzz and an intimate village-like feel. It is home to a vast array of amenities and one of London’s biggest parks, Clapham Common, offering an abundance of green space and tranquility. From the trendy High Street to the charm of the old town, Clapham has become one of the most sought-after places to live in London and is especially popular with young professionals and young families looking to rent.

Many of the properties in Clapham are grand Victorian and Georgian terraced houses which make perfect family homes. These can be found on prestigious streets such as Grafton Square, Wingate Square, Macaulay Walk, Abbeville Road, The Chase, Victoria Rise and Macaulay Road. However, those looking for flats to rent in Clapham will find that many of these wonderful houses have been turned into affordable and stylish apartments. These pretty period properties are complemented by more contemporary buildings and developments that have been built in response to the area’s boom in popularity.

Things to do in Clapham

Living in Clapham means you’ll never be short of things to do. The area has many great amenities that cater to everyone from families to young professionals.
Located in Clapham South, Abbeville Road has a village feel and is home to some fantastic cafes, pubs and restaurants while the trendy bars of Clapham Old Town and Clapham High Street are a great place to spend an evening. The area is also a shopper’s paradise, with everything from big chain stores to quirky and independent shops and boutiques.

During the summer months, Clapham Common is a great place to relax and is loved by locals of all ages. It even has a pond where kids can feed the ducks.

For entertainment of a different sort, Omnibus is a multi-arts centre in London, offering a mix of theatre, music, comedy, literature, film and visual arts, as well as family and free events. Clapham is also home to an independent arthouse cinema located on Venn Street, where locals can watch everything from the latest blockbuster to cultural films in a unique setting. And for those who love music, every summer Clapham hosts SW4, a two-day music festival.

Clapham Transport Links

One of the biggest draws to renting in Clapham is its excellent transport links, which offer easy access to central London and make it a convenient commuter suburb. Clapham has three Tube stations; Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South as well as an overground train stop on Clapham High Street which offers links to Shoreditch High Street, Highbury & Islington and Clapham Junction. Clapham Junction is a major rail interchange nearby, with trains to Waterloo and Victoria.

Clapham also benefits from a number of good bus routes such as the number 219 to Wimbledon, the number 35 to Shoreditch and the number 337 to Richmond.

Useful link: www.tfl.gov.uk

Schools & Nurseries in Clapham

Clapham is one of the most popular places to raise children in London thanks to its outdoor spaces and wide selection of educational options. For babies and young children, there’s nurseries such as the Baby Room in Clapham Old Town and the Triangle Nursery School located close to Clapham Common. For primary-aged children, popular choices include Park Gate and Eaton Manor. The area has some outstanding choices of senior schools, such as St Mary’s Catholic School, which was rated “double outstanding” by Ofsted and Clapham Manor School, probably the most sought-after local school.

Useful link: www.lambeth.gov.uk/schools-and-education

Renting a Property in Clapham

Palace Gate Lettings have an office located in The Polygon, in the heart of Clapham Old Town which specialises in residential properties and flats to rent in Clapham. Our office covers all areas, including lettings in Clapham Junction, Clapham Common and Clapham South.

For more information on our Clapham lettings, browse our range of properties online or give us a call to speak to our friendly local team.