Brixton versus Clapham

Brixton v Clapham

There’s no comparison really Brixton is cool and edgy and Clapham, well Clapham, just isn’t cool and edgy. To be serious though, due to my lack of time to go out on walks, I have got to thinking why not write about places I know about. I have lived in Brixton since 1984 and have been on nodding terms with  Clapham, Brixton’s posh friend, for many years.

Ritzy Saturday Afternoon this cool looking couple got in the way of my camera! Watch out for protests outside for the living wage


Hang on a minute, I think I’m experiencing feelings for Clapham!

Until recently I rarely had much reason to visit Clapham.
On occasions, I have met up with friends to go to Eco, a Pizza place with a touch of class, it is spacious & runs a great service, I have never been disappointed in my many years of visiting them.  http://www.ecorestaurants.com

Just off the high street, I have also been known to make the odd visit to Clapham Manor Street to sample the beer.  http://www.thecraftbeerco.com

Sun shadow at side of The Clapham Tap

On my walks to Chelsea, I pass the bar heading towards the old Railway bridge across to Matrimony walk, leading to Wandsworth Road, straight on to Battersea Park, into  Chelsea. One of my favourite urban walks.

In-between Clapham & Brixton If you look there is always something to see



An interesting looking poster outside a hair salon previously a corner pub

In NYC in September there were a lot of outside places to play chess, looks like it’s catching on in Clapham North

Clapham Old Town

MANY years ago I jammed in this place with ‘Those girls’ a  line up that didn’t last very long, but it was  a cool place to hang out

Once upon a time, many years ago, in Clapham Old town people lived in these and one of them was a rehearsal studio!


CLAPHAM does have the Common and the old town it is nothing if not quaint, with an authentic French Café situation on the corner of Bromwell St. Old town does have some lovely shops, and diverse cafes.

I have had the soup many times at Tart, but do check, as some soups like Tuscany bean soup sounds vegetarian, but when I had that it had bits of pork in it. Just ask, & they will serve without; they are nothing but nice. It is Clapham after all.

The old Clapham House Picture house on Venn St. A really nice area just off the high street.

Brixton still knocks the socks off Clapham

mural, rastafari man, wall outside Brixton Arcade

Massive Mural Brixton Market

Clapham is growing on me but there is something about Brixton that can’t be matched. I think it’s the sheer diversity, and in terms of trendy new places popping up all the time. Brixton has the lot. Brixton Academy, and a range of small clubs, lots of bars, a huge library a better high street, lots of markets, Brockwell park.

Atlantic Road near The Dogstar Club


Give me back my wig



Once a Housing Coop , cheap rent

On the corner of Atlantic Road/Coldharbour Lane Brixton

This building is about to be redeveloped or pulled down. I knew several people who lived here paying about £5 a week rent.

Considering the flats were so pokey and had toilets virtually in the living space, that was probably too much to pay anyway.

They were a  cooperative and as far as I know most people have been evicted, hopefully to a better place. Still, good parties and other shenanigans happened there.


Up to the top of The Grove, cut up an alley, down a back lane, and back into Love Walk, a half hour walk. 


My walk up and down The Grove is something I  try to fit into my lunch break;  I just love looking at the houses and gardens and breathing a bit of air.

While I walk back and forth to two working offices, not to mention my Sunday post at Pimlico. I consider my options and at the present have various options to consider  I think less work is the better option, but what to get rid of!

Next post will be the Easter Post more jiving and conniving to follow.

keep cool & keep walking, you know it’s good for you.

Check out my Up & Coming walks  Page for new walks.