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Known for its vast open green space, Clapham is the epicentre for young, affluent professionals in their 20s and 30s. On the Northern Line and the overground rail network at Clapham Junction, it is perfect for a daily short commute into the city or the west end.
Forest Hill is one of those easy-to-miss spots that deserves a closer look as it has great transport links. Situated in South East London, it’s a popular place to live for young professionals as new local shops, coffee bars, comedy clubs and gastropubs continue to increase in number.
A peaceful oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of busy London, Hither Green is less than a mile south of Lewisham and lies virtually undiscovered. It’s a pretty place with a village feel to it and is surprisingly well connected with fast and frequent train services into the city.
Diverse and cosmopolitan, Clapham is saturated with numerous popular restaurants, pubs, clubs, bars and cafes. It has seen the likes of JK Rowling, Vivienne Westwood, Piers Morgan and Vanessa Redgrave set up home here.
Clapham High Street, near Clapham Common tube, is packed with bespoke, trendy bars and restaurants. In evenings it does pick up with al-fresco eating on the streets and in the pedestrianised areas around Clapham Picture House. Many of the bars have late licenses and turn into mini-clubs at the weekends. If you are looking for the full nightclub experience try Infernos and The Loft.
Clapham Junction, too, has a wide variety of pubs and bars on Lavender Hill and Battersea Rise, where dining is a little more sophisticated. Northcote Road is a must for brunch on the weekends For nightclubs, the Grand, Wessex House and Vodka Revs are worth a look. If this doesn’t take your fancy there is The Battersea Arts centre and the Landor Theatre. These are fantastic for fringe theatre productions and there are also cinemas, leisure centres and many gyms locally.
Close to centre young and fun bit of London.
And of course, there’s the common for year round entertainment – live music events, tennis, cricket, BMF, jogging, fishing and even funfairs. In summer people swarm out onto the common to sunbathe and picnic. One of our favourite meeting places is the little Italian restaurant in the middle by the bandstand.
Plenty of boutique shopping around but Clapham Junction has the larger shopping experience with the likes of Debenhams and TKMaxx. If you’re looking for a real shopping day out, you can get to Oxford Street or Westfield in 20 minutes.
Clapham has excellent transport options; the Northern line runs through Clapham South, Clapham North and Clapham Common straight into the city, which takes up to 20 minutes. You can travel from Clapham Junction to Victoria or Waterloo in under 10 minutes. All trains run frequently and usually through the night and there are loads of buses and night buses. Who would want to live anywhere else!
Charming area with fabulous character.
Shops and restaurants are clustered around the station; the area is undergoing change with new independent shops, coffee bars and restaurants opening up. There is a Sainsbury’s and an enormous Wetherspoons in the old Art Deco Capitol Cinema. If you’re looking for a good local, The Sylvan Post is a popular pub in the old Post office; and the Dartmouth Arms is the best local gastro pub.
If you are interested in shopping, Bunka is local a small boutique chain selling women’s and men’s clothes which started life in Forest Hill but now has branches in Earlsfield and Balham while the Stag and Bow has an eclectic mix of vintage homewares and craft items and the multi-talented staff there run craft workshops.
Canvas & Cream is also worth investigating and is a new restaurant and art gallery which recently hosted an event at which Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson were the star guests. Within walking distance in Forest Hill is the famous Horniman museum. The gardens are spectacular (especially in spring) with a newly-refurbished Victorian bandstand, spectacular views over London and a sound garden where visitors can play on giant musical instruments.
The Devonshire Road Nature Reserve is home to rare plants on a cutting on the Forest Hill to New Cross railway embankment. Plenty of local places of interest for our culturally-minded housemates.
Havelock Walk is an artists’ colony of renovated mews houses where there are often art exhibitions and the Hob is a pub which hosts a local comedy club. The Forest Hill Pools have recently been refurbished with new swimming pools, exercise studio and gym.
Forest Hill station is 15 minutes from London Bridge and around 35 minutes to Victoria. The East London Line connects with the City at Shoreditch and Canary Wharf with a change at Canada Water.
People love living in Forest Hill; there’s a real community spirit. It’s a charming area with its open spaces, fabulous character, beautiful buildings, events, places and apparently, if you smile at people there, 8 out of 10 smile back !!
A peaceful oasis in the middle of busy London
Our houses are less than 10 minutes walk from Hither Green station. It’s just one stop to London Bridge station, two to Waterloo and three to Charing Cross and Cannon Street, so an ideal place to live; just a short commute home after a hard day at work, leaving you time to enjoy your evenings, chat with your housemates and cook an evening meal. If you’re home late you can always pick up a takeaway – the Bengal Brasserie does a fab curry and comes highly recommended.
For shopping, there’s Tesco and a small supermarket by the station – a little further afield is a large Sainsburys on Burnt Ash Road. Lewisham, a major shopping precinct for all your shopping/high street needs and is just down the road. There is also the massive shopping centre in Bromley which is a short bus ride away.
In terms of eating out, the bar and restaurant in the newly refurbished Station Hotel serves really good gastro pub food and a huge variety of ales and cider, and is a favourite local for our housemates in Hither Green. For greater variety of nightlife, Blackheath isn’t far away with plenty of fine restaurants. In summer, the grassy expanses of Blackheath are also very popular with the locals.
For recreation purposes and unknown to most, Mountsfield Park is just over half a mile away. It benefits from a tennis court, open vistas and panoramic views – just what you need if you like running/jogging. Any opportunity to keep in shape and stay fit!!