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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 9 best pubs in Clapham

Clapham. The high street. The Common. The Grand. The markets. The bars. The restaurants. Home to many artisanal cups of coffee, signature cocktails and unsurprisingly, pretty good pints of beer.

When it comes to pubs in Clapham, we’ve got you covered. From the lively to the cosy to a pub with the best name out there, we’re listing some of SW’s best.

So fear not, and stop by Clapham …where the streets are leafy, the restaurants (okay, one) are Michelin-star, the cafes are plenty and the pubs are not without their own distinct charm.

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1. A Clapham pub with its own beer garden: Hope & Anchor

Clapham, London

On the outskirts of Clapham sits Hope & Anchor, a pub best suited for catching up with friends. Known for its outdoor space, this pub claims to be home to the best beer garden in the area.

With tiki huts, garden tables and covered decking at the back, this pretty much sets the tone for the rest of afternoon and evening (think fun and chill).

When it comes to food, you can tuck into burgers, pizzas, and classic pub favourites (fish and chips) or sip on one of their Hope cocktails.

If you’re after a space for private hire, the Mega Hut can hold up to 30 guests, and for a bit more room, the Rocks Room has space for up to 150 guests.

Oh, and there’s a pub quiz every Wednesday at 7:30pm, just in case you fancy getting stuck in.

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2. The best Clapham pub for a Mexican meal: Old Town Tavern

Clapham, London

The refurbished Old Town Tavern pub in Clapham perfectly strikes the balance between modern and traditional. Its classic pub interior with dark wood and brick walls are as cosy as can be, while the Mexican menu brings that extra flavour.

Get stuck into some classic Mexican dishes like their tacos, enchiladas or quesadillas, and if you’re a hot wing-lover make sure to visit on a Wednesday - it’s £1 wings all night.

The party continues downstairs, where you’ll find a private event space and pub tables ready to reserve (you know, so you don’t miss the big game).

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3. The best Clapham pub for a lively night out: Two Brewers

Clapham, London

Famously known as one of the best pubs for LGBTQIA+ events, Two Brewers in Clapham is the perfect place for party animals. Hosting everything from cabaret shows to Ru Paul’s Drag Race screenings, this Clapham pub is a good one for an entertaining night out with friends.

Get the party started with some classic cocktails (or a bottle of champagne if you’re feeling fancy).

You can reserve this space for up to 150+ guests – best to start practing your dance moves, then.

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4. The best Clapham pub for a Sunday roast: The Windmill

Clapham, London

Sitting by Clapham Common is The Windmill, one of Clapham’s most elegant pubs. Stop by and be welcomed by the pub’s stylish jewel toned and cosy furnishings.

Sunday roast side, the pub does a pretty good Full English as well as lunch and dinner. Pro tip: if you’re after one of their prime sharing steaks (from the local butchers, no less), book quickly as spaces fill up quickly.

The Windmill also has its own colourful pub garden, The Max Shack, that fits up to 30 guests. Did someone say summer party?

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5. The best Clapham pub for any occasion: The Northcote

Clapham, London

You’ll find The Northcote somewhere between Clapham Common and Clapham Junction.

Stop by for a spot of lunch (or brunch or dinner) and a taste of their fresh and seasonal British menu options (fish and chips and the Northcote burger are their best-loved dishes).

If you’re after some drinks, their Common Room bar is the place to unwind with friends and with a capacity of 30 sitting or 50 standing, it’s a good shout for private hire.

While you’re on the clock, why not reserve one of their meeting packages? Crunching those numbers has never looked so appealing.

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6. The best Clapham pub for a pie and a pint: The Falcon

Clapham, London

Around the corner from Clapham Junction station, The Falcon gets its name from the stained glass window overlooking the bar.

Housed inside the Grade II listed building, this Clapham pub is a great place to grab a pint with some friends. In fact, they even used to be a Guinness world record holder for the longest bar (so there’s plenty of room to fit everyone in).

Ideal for watching live sporting events (thanks to the large screens), The Falcon also offers a regularly changing rotation of cask ales.

Try one with one of their pies – wild boar, lentil cottage pie, or a classic steak pie? That’s your call. Now how about we tune into the match?

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7. The best Clapham pub for affordable oysters: Hannah

Clapham, London

If you’re on the lookout for good food to match your (already good) company, Hannah is the place to be.

The exposed brick, leather furnishings, outdoor seating area and general industrial feel make this Clapham pub feel like a good place to, well, chill and have a drink or two.

For the hungry, they serve brunch (which you can make bottomless if you’re really looking to celebrate) alongside lunch and dinner. Expect the likes of gyoza, baked camembert and pork belly.

If you’re a seafood fan, make sure to pop in on a Tuesday between 1pm-9pm, where you can enjoy £1 Malden Oysters. Yes, really. £1 oysters. Enjoy with one of their happy hour champagne cocktails – served until 9pm. Now how’s that for a good day?

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8. The best Clapham pub for a cosy evening with friends: The Perky Nel

Clapham, London

A visit to The Perky Nel in Clapham is sure to leave both your belly and your heart full. The lively atmosphere, cosy furniture, and warm tones all feel like they were lifted from a Richard Curtis set.

With live music, pub quizzes and sports screenings, this Clapham pub could be a contender for your new go-to local.

If you happen to be in the mood to celebrate (or at least congregate for an extended period of time), then they have private hire available. The Gallery and The Banquette can host up to 30 guests, and The Study up to 60 people standing and 20 sitting.

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9. The best Clapham pub for an interactive games night: Four Thieves

Clapham, London

Booze, pub grub and an arcade? Take part in the virtual reality booths, vintage arcade games and a classic round of karaoke at Clapham’s Four Thieves.

When it comes to food, the dishes range from pub classics, to Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and authentic Italian pizzas.

Should you want the fun to keep going, there are packages available to book, (introducing the punchy Lunchtime Legends, Bowl Banquet and Pizza Party) each including food and activities.

So, player one, are you ready?

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