Clapham Picturehouse Catch a movie at Clapham Picturehouse

Loved by locals, this isn’t a faceless mutliplex but has plenty of character (the hand-drawn chalkboards are quite beautiful). It’s a little rundown but that adds to the appeal.

There are new releases, classic and arthouse films, plus baby screenings and even dog-friendly films. The café/bar has outdoor seating and there’s a farmer’s market right outside on Saturdays.

575 Wandsworth Road Be surprised at 575 Wandsworth Road

This National Trust property was beacons until 2006.

It looks like an ordinary Georgian terraced house outside but inside he used recycled wood from skips and carved intricate designs to cover all the surfaces.

The chain of ballerinas over the fireplace in the Sitting Room are particularly lovely. Do look up as the ceiling is also decorated, and look down to the freehand painted floorboards that echo the carving patterns.

You can book a tour online. Note, visitors have to remove their shoes (thick socks are available).

Clapham Common Have a Picnic at Clapham Common

Picnicking is a British tradition that goes back centuries, and it’s easy for city-dwellers to feel they’re missing out on the easy joy of packing a lunch, hiking the countryside and sitting amidst miles of fields as they snack.

While Clapham Common isn’t quite that rural, it is one of the largest parks in London, with many ponds and trails to explore. Pack a blanket, bring some friends and spend a sunny afternoon eating, drinking and gossiping in the Common.

Studio Voltaire Catch an exhibition at Studio Voltaire

Studio Voltaire is located in an atmospheric former church and has supported artists since the start of the millennium via a highly regarded programme of performances, exhibitions, and events. If you are in Clapham, visiting Studio Voltaire is highly recommended as it offers the chance to see the works of often underrepresented and international artists.

Venn Street Market Discover Venn Street Market

Venn Street is a lively street market that was pedestrianised by Lambeth Council six years ago in a deliberate attempt to gentrify this part of Clapham. The weekly market now trades every Saturday from 10 am-4 pm.

Independent traders include Perry Court Farm, the Portland Scallop Co. for oysters and fish and caught by day boats, and Une Normande à Londres for authentic French cheeses and charcuterie. Why not stop for a bit to eat as there are several restaurants and cafes nearby?