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Battersea, Clapham & Putney

Ivy’s Guide to Battersea, Clapham & Putney

Located South of the river, Battersea, Clapham and Putney are wonderful residential areas of London – despite offering a respite from the hectic city centre they boast proximity to central London. With green-spaces aplenty and a buzzing café/restaurant and pub culture each of these individual areas exude character, charm and a community feel – and have lots to offer visitors. 

Battersea 

Whether milling around Northcote Road or wiling away a warm afternoon in Battersea Park –Battersea is a great place to stay whilst in London. 

Battersea Park is a peaceful expanse of open green space, with a small zoo, boating lake, sports pitches and bikes for rent…to name a few, consequently the perfect destination for a memorable day out!

Transport Links:

Battersea has strong transport links (despite not having a tube station) – multiple bus-routes ensure you’re well connected to the rest of the city.

And Clapham Junction is London’s busiest station – with direct trains to Gatwick - and multiple bus-routes connect you to the rest of the city. 

Where to Eat:

Fish in a Tie - for a great value fish menu

KaoSarn – family run Thai restaurant.

The Breakfast Club – does a fantastic brunch, be prepared for queues!

Il Molino – a charming local café

The Cake Boy - sells award-winning cakes made by Master Patissier, Eric Lanlard. 

Sinabrofood and art combine which offers stunning, jewel-like dishes.

Pubs to visit:

The Latchmere – a large pub with a beer garden in the back, perfect for the warmer months, and a working fireplace for wintertime.

The Prince Albert – a gastro-pub with real ales and an eclectic menu.

Clapham 

The corners of Clapham are united by the eponymous common - a broad and tranquil green space beloved by locals, a real focal point for the community. The 89-hectare common is one of the largest open spaces in London and boasts a number of different playing fields, a playgroup for children, paddling pool and a Grade II listed bandstand.   

Clapham’s charm comes from the fact it is peppered with individual enclaves -from Abbeville Road, Clapham Common and Lavender Hill.

 

Where to Eat: 

The Manor  - has a deliciously British menu. 

Four o Nine – the intimate dining room is perfect for special occasions.  

The Dairy’s  - serves reliably sourced seasonal ingredients

Metro - a beautiful alfresco dining experience with a fairy-lit garden 

Transport links: 

A wealth of tube and over-ground stations makes getting around the city very easy.

Clapham Junction offers quick access to Gatwick Airport.

There three underground stations (Clapham North, Clapham Common, Clapham South)

Putney 

Leafy Putney is an enclave of calm away from the busy metropolis – despite being a mere 20 minutes from Waterloo Station.

Putney is very picturesque, the river’s a big attraction, and along the bank you’ve got parkland on both sides. Wandsworth Park offers acres of grassy land perfect for picnicking. Each year Putney becomes a major sporting hub when the University Boat Race starts at Putney Bridge. 

Transport links:
Excellent rail links (including the district line) and a popular bus route straight to Piccadilly (the No.22) provides direct access to the West End and trains run from Putney mainline station in as little as 15 minutes. 

Putney marks the start of the Oxford and Cambridge boat race so consequently becomes a major sporting hub when the Boat Race starts at Putney Bridge.

Where to eat:

Bibo – an independent Italian restaurant

Artisan - serves great coffee & cakes

Grind – another great coffee shop

Pubs to visit:

The Dukes Head – a boathouse style pub serving traditional pub grub, located on the riverside with outdoor seating

The Boathouse – a modern three-floor pub overlooking the river specialising in fish.

The Coat & Badge – A large pub with a lovely atmosphere

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