Park Series #1: Clapham Common

Park 1/ ?? of The London Park Series

  • Park: Clapham CommonIMG_2452
  • Great For: Boozy Picnics, Fitness-ing, quiet peaceful walks (though most likely not very peaceful on sunny weekends)
  • Surrounding Area Highlights: Clapham Old Town, Abbeyville Village
  • Tube Stops: Clapham Common, Clapham South (Northern Line).  Note: both have corner shops / grocery shops close by, with a wider selection at the Clapham Common stop

Starting off right with the park that hits closest to home, let’s take a look at Clapham Common.

IMG_8794The emerald of South West London, this massive green space is home to what seems to be hundreds of fitness bootcampers, dogs and puppies abound, sunbathing ex-pats, and every person within a 1-mile radius on a sunny day, equipped with enough tinnies and bevvies to take out a small army.

I wouldn’t say this park is super classy, nor is it particularly geared for children without parental supervision.  From having lived in this area for almost 3 years, it is fair to say that this park is a playground for young adults (primarily yuppies I might add, and being one myself makes it fair to make this statement) who want to either get their fitness on, their drink on, or their dance on.

That being said — this park is still incredible and makes my heart all warm and happy.fullsizeoutput_105e

This park is a perfect location for a boozy picnic on a sunny day.  Get off at the Clapham Common tube station if you want greater access to shops to buy beverages and other picnic snacks. MAKE SURE you actually walk deep-ish into the park.  There are sooo many people who stop and squat right at the first little triangle closest to the tube. DO NOT BE THIS PERSON!  Take 10 extra minutes and walk into the park as far as you can. You’ll find your way out again, it’s really not that big.

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The Calf – great local pub in Clapham Old Town

If you want to stay and explore the area, then there are two locations close by: Abbeyville Village and Clapham Old Town.  Put ’em in your phone and have a wander.  Both spots are SUPER cute, with lots of bars and restaurants to make everyone happy.

Other things worth noting — on Saturdays there’s a little market on Venn Street that is totally worth a visit. Think … hog roast, empanadas, organic veggies … get it!!

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