Clapham

Clapham's "come as you are" attitude reinforces its reputation as a no-fuss, everyday neighborhood.

Once viewed as an ordinary neighborhood “for the ordinary man,” Clapham has steadily been transforming since the 1980s. This southwest London locale is now known for its cultural contributions—overseas transplants and young graduates call Clapham home. Although it’s well-suited for commuters, Clapham is becoming a destination of its own as the neighborhood’s cafes, pubs, and wine bars attract an easygoing crowd that appreciates its no-fuss atmosphere.

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On the Map

Clapham is bordered by South Lambeth, Nine Elms, Balham, Stockwell, Brixton, Streatham, Battersea, LB of Lambeth, and LB of Wandsworth

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

The London Eye: 35 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 40 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 70 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 70 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 40 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 40 minutes on the tube

Recognize Your Neighbors in Clapham

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Clapham's everyday restaurants, shops, and cafes lend the neighborhood an affable approachability.

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Clapham is the kind of place where people recognize each other's bikes, people recognize each other's cars, and people recognize each other's voices.

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Clapham is the kind of place where people recognize each other.

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Clapham is one of the most vibrant areas in South London lots of young professionals from all walks of life call their home. It is very well-connected with buses and tubes to Central London as well as its vicinity to two of London's busiest railway stations: Victoria and Clapham Junction."

Cafes Are Casual and Bartenders Are Cool

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Specialty shops, welcoming cafes, and organic markets dot Clapham High Street and Venn Street.

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Clapham had a very surprising "villlagey" feel, the view of the common was restful in itself, and the transport links couldn't have been better."

Jonathan

Visited in 2013

The Neighborhood Green Space

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Clapham's beloved green space, Clapham Common, is a daily destination for running, relaxing, and tail-wagging.

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Clapham Old town - Around the corner from the West end of Clapham High Street is the old market part of Clapham. The buildings are grander, Queen Anne to Georgian period, the shops are more boutique and everything feels like a little market town outside of London."

Elegant Architectural Achievements

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Clapham is home to several examples of fine Victorian architecture.

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Clapham High Street Night Life

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Weekends and nighttimes showcase another side of Clapham.

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Young professionals rub shoulders at the neighborhood's bars and clubs.

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Venn Street Records is a particular favorite that features live music.

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We heard Clapham is home to the best party south of the river.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rebecca Duke has been working as a photographer for the last decade, after attending Central St Martin’s in London. Her work focuses on people, interiors and travel and has been published in The Sunday Times, Elle Decor and Conde Nast Traveller. Rebecca travels frequently for her work but loved working in her hometown of London for this project. London’s friendliness about this work took this ‘true Londoner’ by surprise.

Rebecca Duke

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Sophie Carr is a London-based freelance travel photographer who specialises in landscapes and cities. Her love of travel has taken her to many far-flung parts of the world, but home will always be London. Brought up near London, she has lived in the city for almost 20 years, and loves to explore its varied neighborhoods. She loved shooting her home city for Airbnb, and hopes her photos will encourage visitors to come to her local neighborhoods.

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