Based in south-west London and probably best known for Clapham Common, a large expanse of green land that divides Clapham North and Clapham South, the district of Clapham has some beautiful Victorian buildings, well respected boutiques and a vibrant food scene including a Foodies Festival every July.
Clapham High Street is a diversion of the Roman military road Stane Street, which ran from London to Chichester. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the area became popular with wealthy merchants from the city looking for a pleasant area to build lavish houses around the Common and the Old Town. These days it is home predominantly to middle class professionals thanks to its proximity to the centre of London.
The nearby area of Balham, just south of Clapham, supports local food and drink producers with Balham Farmers’ Market, which takes place every Saturday at Chestnut Grove School, and features cheese, bread, honey, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, juices and more in a friendly environment.