We’ve rounded up 16 reasons to venture south of the river to London’s Clapham. Having already become something of a foodie hotspot thanks to culinary institutions like The Dairy and Trinity, its tempting array of painfully cool new openings mean that Clapham is once again having a moment…
Great Mexican eateries are few and far between in London, so this Clapham outpost is not just attracting locals in search of a cheeky Margarita and flower-topped taco, but also foodies from north of the river, too. An artisanal-tiled bar takes centre stage and is lined with lime-green tin stools; behind it, a block-coloured fuchsia wall is the gateway to the restaurant’s rear and kitchen where you can sample authentic fish tacos, beef tostadas and cheesy quesadillas.
Boasting a number of accolades, including featuring in ‘London's Top 5 Places for Sunday Lunch’ (Guardian/Observer Food Awards), ‘Best London Restaurants outside Zone 1' by Esquire and 'Best New Neighbourhood Restaurants' by the Evening Standard, there’s not much more we can say to sell the culinary prowess of Cornish Tiger, which serves delicious fresh produce sourced from Cornwall.
Love the concept of bring-your-own booze? Then hot-foot it to Counter Culture- the new little sister restaurant to The Dairy- where you can enjoy your tipple of choice with the likes of hot-smoked lamb ribs or St Martin Bay mackerel in a San Sebastián pintxos-bar atmosphere. Just be sure to get there early, there are only 15 seats, six of which are at the counter...
With its exposed brick railway arch interiors and live music, Fu Manchu is a bit rock ’n’ roll. Head to the Chinese-themed eatery-come-club for a host of dumplings (there’s even an all-you-can-eat option on Sundays) and some wickedly moreish tipples.
This Japanese-meets-Latin Raw Bar and Grill is the perfect blend of the upbeat rhythm of South America with the elegant refinement of Japan, with small and large sharing plates at reasonable prices.
Well-travelled chef Yoann Chevet is the brains behind this French-style eatery which also takes influence from Asian street food. With only 28 covers, it’s a small and intimate space that’s perfect for date night, while standout plates include goats cheese croquette and braised pork cheek.
The Humble Grape
Clapham local? Then you need to head to Humble Grape, the brand new wine bar on Battersea Rise that’s soon to become your new date-night or catch-up-with-friends go-to. A boutique bar-come-shop, it not only plays host to a carefully curated range of handcrafted tipples, but is also an interiors junkies dream – think low-slung tables, cork-lined walls, copper lights and a darkened, industrial vibe. With friendly and knowledgeable owners who favour the stories behind wine and the taste, rather than the vintage, it’s already creating a major buzz in the area. Get in early to nab yourself a table.
Rookery combines a seasonal modern European menu with a ‘neighbourhood-style’ restaurant – think bare brick walls and chunky tables – that transports you to downtown NYC.
Awarded as the seventh most sustainable restaurant in the UK, The Dairy is all about growing and utilising fresh, seasonal produce. Inside the bistro is decorated with a vintage interior, but outside the rooftop garden plays home to a wealth of herbs and vegetables growing on site. The modern menu is broken down into small-plated sections – choose Garden, Sea or Land.