Clapham is probably one of the most desirable areas in South West London at the moment. With an excellent selection of shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities – and the promise of further investment and regeneration – the area is experiencing an influx of new buyers, tenants and property investors. Clapham is an area that has many faces, and yet it deftly combines a village-like atmosphere with market town charm –and then tops it off with a lively nightlife and cutting-edge modernity. As local estate agents, Clapham is an area that we feel is about to peak, and is therefore highly recommend for investment.

Where is Clapham?

Clapham is a district in South West London situated predominantly within the London Borough of Lambeth. Clapham comprises two main areas – Clapham Town and Clapham Common – which overlap with the London Borough of Wandsworth.

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Transport info

Several tube stations:
Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South are all on the Northern Line
Clapham Junction ststion:
6 minutes from Victoria, plus servies to Guildford and only 50 miutes from Brighton
Extensive bus routes:
Towards Camden Town, Shoreditch, Oxford Circus and more

Best local finds

Best culture:
Landor Theatre
Best pub:
Landor pub
Best Park:
Clapham Common
Best restaurant:
Tsunami - Clapham
I have just sold my wonderful flat with Fish Need Water. I have been extremely grateful for the help and support from this small agency. I was previously under the assumption that estate agents were all the same only their commission varying. However I was wrong. This is a great company which is why I am taking the time to write this review. My flat had been on the market with a large agent and it wasn't selling. James who runs Fish Need Water, had made contact via mail shot and I wasn't sure how he would compare to the bigger agents, however my flat hadn't sold and I was willing to try someone different! I can honestly say James is an outstanding salesman who breaks the typical estate agent mould and really takes care of his clients. My flat had been recently redecorated but it was fairly empty and void of furnishings. This could have been the reason why it hadn't previously enticed a buyer. When my contract term with the big agent was nearly over, I met with James who immediately pointed out the flat was bare and soulless. I appreciated his honesty and once we had agreed to work together, he suggested I cancel the contract with the other agent, remove it from Rightmove and wait a few weeks. James is a Rightmove genius and an expert in marketing. I added many soft furnishings, pictures, luxury soaps, flowers, wine and books - all following James's advice, and my flat was transformed. James worked closely with the photographer and the photos turned out incredibly well and very arty, a different league to that of the previous agent. In fact James spent the afternoon moving and repositioning items to make the photos work. He even moved all the bins from the front of the house so the street shot looked neat and welcoming. I was impressed with his enthusiasm and attention to detail. Once my flat was up again on Rightmove it soon had an offer. All the preparation work had paid off. Through the whole process I only dealt with James and his legal assistant who both worked really hard to smooth out the legal bumps and usual stresses which often occur when selling in a chain. Working with such a small team meant I never got forgotten as I was only dealing directly with James. There were no mixed messages or missed information which can happen when you work with a sales team of two or three. I would certainly use Fish Need Water again and I have already recommended this company to two of my friends. Thank you James for everything, you are a master of your craft. Rachel Russell
Excellent service and communication throughout the process. James and Susie kept us in the loop at all times and were always there with any questions or concerns we had, I would recommend to others. Paul Ruskin
James Hall and Jack Barber both worked with me to sell my 1 bedroom flat and I\'m so glad they did! From the minute I met James I could tell he was passionate about property and actually cared about your sale. On the day of taking the marketing photos, James came over an hour beforehand to style my property and clear any clutter. So many people commented on how brilliant the photos were and how much it set my flat apart from others on the market. Jack is relatively new to the business but was also really passionate, persuasive and clearly knew his stuff. Above all his professionalism and care shone through. I\'ve already recommended them to two other people looking to sell. They sold my flat quickly in a really tough market (for London flats) and I\'m so glad I went with them. They put the big high street estate agents to shame... The sales progression team also worked hard and really put me at ease through some hairy moments as we neared exchange...big shout out to Susie for a stellar job! Ellie Smith

More about Clapham...

Clapham has Anglo-Saxon roots and its name is thought to mean “enclosure near a hill”. During the 17th century, large country houses were built there, and throughout the 18th and 19th centuries it became popular with London’s wealthy merchants who erected grand villas and mansions around Clapham Common and in the Old Town. After the arrival of the railways, Clapham became a commuter suburb and lost favour with the upper classes. Historically, Clapham was home to many social reformers, historians, novelists and MPs. Today it continues to be home to countless politicians and celebrities, with former residents including JK Rowling, Vivienne Westwood and Vanessa Redgrave.

Clapham is an affluent, multi-cultural neighbourhood which is home to a mix of families, students and middle-class professionals. Due to its large number of restaurants, bars and leisure facilities, it has become a fashionable place to live. For City workers, Clapham is ideal because of the fast and frequent transport links. In addition, the new Cycle Superhighway that runs alongside Clapham Common means a bike commute to Westminster takes less than 30 minutes. For students, the party atmosphere and great sporting facilities are the obvious draws, while for families it’s the schooling, local family-oriented leisure facilities and the sense of community that make the area an attractive option.

Clapham is home to some of London’s priciest streets, with the large Queen Anne, Regency and Georgian properties in parts of the Old Town commanding the heftiest price tags. As estate agents, Clapham also provides us with more affordable properties to offer buyers, ranging from period properties and converted Victorian housing to ex-Local Authority flats and apartments. Over the last ten years Clapham has been transformed into one of the trendiest and most desirable places to live, and this has served to drive up property prices and rents. As a local letting agent, SW4 is an area where we feel any type of buy-to-let investment will prove lucrative.

What to do in Clapham SW4...

Clapham has an excellent selection of shops spread across five main shopping areas. Clapham Old Town has a market town feel and is where you’ll find the upmarket boutiques and quirky independent shops. Clapham Junction is home to some of the biggest high street stores and plenty of charity and second-hand shops. Northcote Road is great for market stalls, while Abbeville Road is filled with antique shops and outlets selling locally produced goods. Clapham High Street has supermarkets and a few small shops but is mainly reserved for cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs.

Clapham has so many great restaurants and eateries that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Trinity, a French restaurant serving up delicious food in relaxed, elegant surroundings, is highly recommended. As is Bodean’s, an American eatery offering all things BBQ – from racks of ribs to buffalo chicken wings. Nightlife in Clapham is lively and varied and there are too many great pubs and bars to mention. For late-night dancing, cocktails and resident DJs, try Loft or Aquum. For something a bit more traditional try The Bread and Roses which hosts live entertainment, regular cinema nights and a monthly Blues Jam night. You could also try Clapham Comedy Club and Clapham Community Choir.

Clapham culture...

Clapham is probably best known for its 220-acre common which sits at the very heart of the community. Time Out calls it “an oasis of peace amid the busy traffic of South West London”, and residents agree – voting it their favourite place to go when they want to relax. The common is vast and includes woodland, ponds, a skateboard park, a historic bandstand and outdoor sports facilities. It is also home to two annual music festivals.

If you fancy a bit of culture, head to the Landor Theatre. The theatre is located above the Landor Pub and regularly hosts some of the best fringe theatre productions in the area. If you’re a film buff you can try one of the four cinemas located on Clapham High Street.

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