Clapham Junction town centre is a vibrant area with several distinct districts, each offering a unique visitor experience.
From the independent businesses of St John’s Hill, the fashionable and foodie Northcote Road, to the myriad of Lavender Hill and St. John’s Road businesses and Battersea Rise’s funky restaurant and bar scene – The Junction is bursting with superb experiences and hip venues to explore – day and night!
Historically named after the lavender which was once cultivated in market gardens to the north of the road, Lavender Hill is now a bustling high street serving residents in the Clapham Junction area with grocery stores, estate agents, hair salons, professional services and a selection of popular restaurants, cafes and bars – all of which straddle the incline away from Clapham Junction Station towards town.
Lavender Hill is also home to Lavender Hill Police Station, the Magistrates Court, Battersea Library, the Royal Mail sorting office and, most famously, Battersea Arts Centre – a much-loved cultural hub full of arts, theatre, comedy and entertainment and an integral part of the Clapham Junction and Battersea community. Explore Lavender Hill and the local businesses on your doorstep here…
FALCON ROAD & FALCON LANE
At the foot of Lavender Hill, take a right for the local Travelodge hotel, conveniently located opposite Clapham Junction Station and close by a popular chemist superstore and budget supermarket. Falcon Road is notably the home of the Public and Commercial Services Union – the sixth largest trade union in the United Kingdom.
ST JOHN’S HILL
Each autumn, this would normally be the location for the hugely popular St John’s Hill Festival – a place to celebrate quality food and drink where you’d find the street lined with colourful stalls and cookery demos. Although this year’s event is cancelled due to COVID-19, this busy Battersea street is blessed with a superb selection of watering holes, bountiful eateries, and nightlife courtesy of The Clapham Grand. With excellent transport links on its doorstep, most notably Clapham Junction Station, it’s an easy spot to reach for an enjoyable evening out with friends.
Meanwhile, if lockdown has given you the excuse to get busy on the home improvements front, then you’ll be pleased to find distinctive furniture shops, appealing interior design studios and a source for tasteful tiles, luxurious lighting and crisp new carpets.
And, with a selection of gyms and a chiropractor, St John’s Hill is the place for some post-lockdown fitness and self-care.
Take a virtual stroll along St John’s Hill and find out what else it has to offer...
ST JOHN’S ROAD
St John’s Road joins Lavender Hill and St John’s Hill with Battersea Rise and Northcote Road, creating an important interlink for visitors to the Clapham Junction Area. Most famously, it’s home to the historical Arding & Hobbs building – a local landmark which houses major high street brands and has previously appeared in TV programmes and a Human League music video!
As well as high street chains, hairdressers and a couple of well-known supermarkets, you’ll discover independents offering mouth-watering milkshakes, authentic Spanish Tapas, creamy and dreamy Italian gelato and speciality teas and coffees. Discover more on St John’s Road here…
Take a daytime stroll along Battersea Rise and you’ll happen upon a sprinkling of health and beauty services, furniture stores and coffee shops. Mixed with the restaurants, bars and pubs you’ll sense the lovely community vibe.
Intersecting St John’s Road and Northcote Road, Battersea Rise is buzzing with independent gems and boasts some of the best restaurants in Battersea – it’s foodie heaven where you’ll feast on everything from Korean food for the ‘Seoul’ and French cuisine, to big burly breakfasts and burgers with gravy dips! Mix in some fabulous cocktails and pints from the local pubs and bars and you’re all set for the perfect lunch or night out. Choose where to tickle your taste buds here…
Northcote Road is a beautifully vibrant mix of boutiques, coffee shops, antique emporiums and restaurants – a true habitat of the indies, interspersed with well-known chains.
With so many independents to choose from, you could easily lose yourself in a world of meringue delights, handmade biscuits, fine cheeses and distinguished wines. And that’s all before you discover a trove full of antique treasures, fashionable boutique stores and the restaurants which have been at the heart of the local community for over 20 years.
This July and August, Northcote Road will be pedestrianised at weekends, providing extra space for social distancing and the perfect opportunity to shop ‘til you drop before stopping for a pint and a nibble with friends. Here’s what you’ll find…
As we encourage you to support local, please always follow the latest social distancing guidance to keep you and your community safe. Please note, the compulsory wearing of masks in shops, which comes into effect on Friday 24th July, will also be applicable in coffee shops and takeaway restaurants when purchasing food or drink to take away.
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