An ancient branch of the Roman road that used to join London and Chichester, Clapham already appeared on the Domesday book as Clopeham, and over the years it has hosted many a celebrated historical figure, from Samuel Pepys to Kingsley Amis; from Natsume Soseki to Sarah Ferguson.
Clapham has been an up-and-coming borough for a while, and so we want to celebrate it the best way we know: eating and drinking! We present you a couple of recs for all kinds of Clapham-ite:
For The Queen Anne House Dweller
If posh nosh is your thing, head over to The Jam Tree, where you can sample exotic nibbles (the fried gherkins with blue cheese sound like a Buzzfeed taste challenge, but they are actually delightful!), mains aimed to all appetites, from their vegan-friendly Earth Bowl to their meaty Lamb shoulder for two on their Sunday Roast menu.
For The Man(And Woman) On The Clapham Omnibus
Blue-collared fun awaits at Lotus, where you can sample dishes of the Abruzzo region in Italy. Pizza, pasta and the freshest seasonal mains, with great value for money. A buzzing and celebration-friendly spot, ideal for the weekend but just as great for an impromptu mid-week drink, or just casual dinner.
For The Gentrified Clapham Local
In the last five years Clapham has become trendier and trendier, with great boho-chic spots, Summer pop-ups and a rather bohemian vibe around its many cocktail bars. It’s in this category that Fu Manchu is at its most comfortable. If you’re not familiar with the concept of Chinese Tapas, this is the right place for your first lesson!