It’s usually frowned upon to take your drink into the toilet with you, but at this former Clapham Common toilet, that’s exactly what you’re encouraged to do.
Rather than being named to honour its previous occupation, W&C actually stands for Wine & Charcuterie, which you’ll be left in no doubt are the order of the day as soon as you see the various cured meats hanging from the ceiling of the bar.
If you like a little entertainment with your wine, then make sure to pay a visit on a Sunday or Monday evening between 8pm and 10pm, where you’ll hear some of the latest musical talent.
Address: Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AA
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 5 – 11:30pm, Fri 5pm – 12:30am, Sat 3pm – 12:30am, Sun 3 – 10:30pm
If you like to enjoy your drink with a view, then No. 32’s first floor terrace is a must.
With a wide range of food (all of which i’ve sampled has been fantastic) and a view of the Common at sunset (or in fact any time of day), make sure you grab yourself a spot before they all fill up.
Everywhere except dining room
Address: 32 The Pavement, London SW4 0JE
Opening hours: Mon – Wed 9am – 11:30pm, Thur 9am – 12pm, Fri-Sat 9 – 1am, Sun 9am – 10pm
Olives and Meze
When it comes to dinner, if you prefer to mix it up, rather than being restricted to choosing one thing from the menu, then you won’t find better than Olives & Meze.
There’s the option to choose your own hot and cold meze plates or leave it to the professionals by ordering a ‘meze selection’. But don’t worry, they also serve larger dishes if you’re feeling a little more hungry or only feel like going continental for your starter.
Address: 131 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7SS
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 12:00 to 23:00
Slightly off the beaten track, The Stonhouse is down a side street, which means it could be one of Clapham Common’s best kept secrets.
The Stonhouse is one of a chain of pubs based in South London, which i discovered through my love of its Kennington branch, The Tommyfield.
Address: 165 Stonhouse St, London SW4 6BJ
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 12pm-11pm, Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-10.30pm
With a Twist
It’s not often you find a venue in London with a ‘true’ garden and even less frequently, one that could pass for a European setting on a summers eve (in the right weather). But in the heart of Clapham Common, Metro Garden delivers just that.
When you look through the window from the street, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was just a small bar with nothing particularly exceptional to offer. However as soon as you walk through the door, you’ll find a dimly lit cosy bar area with wooden pews and tables. Continuing on, you’ll come to a candlelit conservatory with a tablecloth laid dining area. A few more steps take you out into a large terrace garden, with fairy lights, parasols, cushioned seating and mood music.
This truly is the best place to while away a summer’s evening, with a glass of something cold and alcoholic in hand.
Address: 9 Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AA
Opening hours: Tues- Sat 6pm – 11pm, Sun – 12 – 5pm
Whether it’s a starter served on a miniature picnic table or a venue decked out in faux fur to create an authentic Swiss chalet feel, these popups are anything but predictable.
The theme of the venue changes regularly, so you’ll always be kept on your toes and left wanting more.
Address: 409 Clapham Rd, London SW9 9BT
Opening hours: Various