May 20, 2022
2 min read

A Guide to London's Clapham

Manon Lagrève
hails from beautiful Brittany in France. She grew up baking with her grandma, before heading to London and becoming a star baker on the 2018 series of 
The Great British Bake Off
. Today, she cooks up some of the most delicious crepes, cupcakes, and tarts that we’ve seen on 
, from her home in Clapham – when she’s not running her own womenswear brand, 
Manon and Rose
Part of our Five Reasons series, here you’ll find the most local of tips – from unique hotels to small businesses and secret spots (we trust you to keep these on the DL). Because we firmly believe there’s no better way to get to know a place than when guided by someone who knows it best.
Read on for Manon’s favorite places to eat, drink, stay, and shop in Clapham, South London.
Clapham, South London
: Brittany, France
 Baking and lifestyle content creator, and co-founder of responsible fashion brand 
Manon and Rose

Five reasons to visit Clapham, South London

The food (and drink) 

Common Cafe & Shop
 is one of my favorite coffee shops to work from in Clapham. It has plenty of natural light, great coffee and lunches, and super-friendly baristas. There is also a great section of refillable goods and eco-conscious items. I always go there when I need to buy a present for someone.
The Prince of Wales
 serves the best of a classic English pub, with an unusual, quirky interior. For a date night, there is 
Number 32
, which is lovely for a drink on the terrace upstairs. And, to celebrate something special, go to 

The hotel

The Windmill on The Common
 boutique hotel to stay at in Clapham. The rooms are beautifully designed, with some impressive bathtubs and that signature British coziness. It’s situated directly on the Common – perfect for a morning run, followed by a generous breakfast back at the hotel.

The store

Northcote Road
 is a fantastic shopping street in Clapham, with the best of the high-street shops, as well as some independent gems. I love the 
Northcote Antique Market
; and my secret charity shop, 
, at the end of the road. And it’s worth seeking out 
Aux Merveilleux de Fred
, who sells the ‘the Merveilleux’, a pastry I discovered when studying in Lille –  it’s meringue wrapped in Chantilly cream and chocolate, you can’t go wrong.

The thing to do

The Common
, of course. There are so many great parts of the park and I particularly love the carousel in the middle. It is about 5km around the circumference, so it couldn’t be a better place to run. There is also a cute Italian café, that’s very casual but just right for a little break.

The culture 

I recently discovered 
The Last Supper gallery
 – they always have some cool and funky art, so it’s worth checking out. I also love the 
 Cinema in Clapham’s Old Town.
Picturehouse Cinema
The Common
Picturehouse Cinema // The Common
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