With the onslaught of pubs now serving hot drinks, and an increasing number of cafés serving alcoholic beverages, the lines between what constitutes a pub and what constitutes a café have become blurred. The stipulation as to what the establishment serves is important – café does derive directly from the French for coffee after all. The best we can to describe a café is to say that you know you’re in a café when you’re in one. Clapham is a natural place for cafés and Clapham Common is a perfect place for people watching, and therefore a perfect place for a cafés. With that in in mind we only thought it right to compile a list of our 5 favourite cafés in Clapham.
Battersea is largely famous for three things – Battersea Park, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and Battersea Power Station. Being on the river, Battersea was easy to access and naturally had a role to play in the industry of London, hence the construction of the Battersea Power Station. Like its neighbour Clapham, the vast majority of the blue plaques of Battersea are dotted around the green and open space of Battersea Park, which was opened in 1858, where naturally those of note who became wealthy would look to move if possible. So without further introduction, here is a list of the blue plaques of Battersea!
Peckham, or Pecknarm as it also known, has become one of the most popular destinations not just in South East London, not just South London, but all of London (we don’t like to think that big, it hurts). There’s plenty of things to do in this very edgy part of town (having called it edgy, it surely is no longer edgy), and one of those things is to drink. You might be meeting friends, new flames, or old/current flames, we don’t judge what kind of flame you might be meeting (if you are). Regardless, sharing a drink is one of the best ways of spending time with others, and with a plentiful supply of independent cafes and bars, you really are spoilt for choice for places to go for a drink in Peckham. So to keep you informed of where you might like to sip on a craft beer, or a cocktail, here is a list of the 7 best places to go for a drink in Peckham.
Now the truth is guys, beer gardens did not originate in South London. Nope. They actually first gained popularity over in Munich, Germany, where we hear they quite like a drink – see Oktoberfest (which is actually in September). While some might argue that the whole world is one big beer garden, and they might have something of a point, however, we would suggest that really it has to be connected to a public establishment that sells or makes alcohol (so you’re backgarden doesn’t count). We’ve talked already about some beer gardens in Southwark borough, and we went through what could be a beer garden, now it’s the turn of Lewisham borough. So, without further ado, here is South London Club’s list of 6 beer gardens in Lewisham borough you have to try this summer.
From the 8th-11th June, Balham will play host to the second Balham Literary Festival, produced by Dulwich Books. The event will feature talks from numerous different writers, and is going to be hosted at the Grade-II listed Bedford Pub. The talks will explore numerous different themes relevant to those that call Balham home, and even further afield, and there will also be a pop-up bookshop at the pub all weekend.