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 about 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. Brixton v Clapham, well let’s see!
Hang on a minute, I think I’m experiencing feelings for Clapham!
Until recently I rarely had many reasons 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.comJust 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
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.
Clapham Old Town
MANY years ago I jammed in this place with ‘Those girls’ a lineup that didn’t last very long, but it was a cool place to hang out . Clapham does have the Common and the old town. It is nothing if not quaint,’ with an authentic French Café situated on the corner of Bromwell St. The 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 sound 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.
Brixton still knocks the socks off Clapham
Clapham is growing on me but there is something about Brixton that can’t be matched. I think it’s the sheer diversity, 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
CARLTON MANSIONS COLDHARBOUR LANE BRIXTON
The old cooperative building, which once housed railway workers, became abandoned then squatted and turned into a cooperative, 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. as far as I know, most people have been rehoused, hopefully to a better place. Still, some wild parties and other shenanigans happened there.
Brixton is under a major transformation. Watch this space for udates.
keep cool & keep walking, you know it’s good for you.
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