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Introducing: Clapham Common

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Clapham is and has for some time been one of London’s most sought after places to live. A bustling high street lined with thriving local businesses, plenty of green space and a charming array of period and modern property styles have led the area to sustain both a young and vibrant dynamic and a safe, family friendly feel with excellent schooling options.

The areas toward Clapham North and Brixton are particularly popular with young professionals and first time buyers looking for character and easy access from Central London. Both Clapham Common and Brixton are home to a vibrant night life and many excellent restaurants.

For families and those seeking residential greenery there is plenty of property on offer. Clapham Old Town and the streets surrounding Abbeville Road both have a distinct ‘village’ feel – these are the places to live if being within walking distance of your local patisserie takes your fancy. Families in the Clapham Common area are spoilt for choice when it comes to schooling options and the green open space of the Common is ever popular with all.

To find out more about life and property in Clapham Common contact James Pendleton’s Clapham Common office on 020 7627 1111 or email sarahwelby@jphomes.co.uk

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South West London, home of excellent schools

South West London Super Schools!

South West London Super Schools!

Great news for South West London residents as Hurlingham School on Putney Bridge Road was rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.  According to the Wandsworth Guardian the school received a brilliant report during their last inspection.

Every single category of Hurlingham’s Ofsted inspection report was graded at either outstanding or excellent; a rare and impressive feat.  The school has made significant improvements in the last ten years which the report has recognised.  This undoubtedly comes as excellent news for not only the school and its current pupils but also for South West London residents, particularly those with plans to start a family.

Clapham, Balham, Wandsworth and Battersea are areas well known for their wealth of quality schooling options.  Allfarthing Primary School, Hollywell Juniors and Infants, John Burns Primary School and Clapham Manor Primary School are just a few of the many schools in South West London currently graded as Outstanding.  Moreover, the area plays host to a variety of specialist schools such as Wix School, a bilingual French and English primary, and the Dominie School for dyslexic and dyspraxic children.  With the amount of choice on offer, it’s little wonder that the region is known as Nappy Valley!

Whether a resident or a house hunter, you can search for schools by rating at this useful website.

Good luck and happy searching!

South West London and Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is like Marmite: while some people immerse themselves in hearts and roses on February 14th, many others are filled with gloom at the appearance of entirely pink and often tacky romantic merchandise.

That being said, whether you are cynical or starry eyed, there’s nothing wrong with doing something a bit different, going somewhere unusual.  On Valentine’s Day most establishments pull out all the stops to produce an experience that, whatever your attitude toward the day itself, is bound to prove memorable.  Where gastronomy is concerned, the memories are usually good.

We’ve scoured South West London and brought you some of our Valentine ’s Day food and drink recommendations.  Hopefully there will be something here for all-traditionalists, explorers and cynics alike!

For Traditional Foodies:

For a refined and possibly aphrodisiac experience, try the oysters at Bennetts.

Le Bouchon Bordelais in Battersea provides an intimate French setting for the most romantic meal of the year.

Lily’s in Clapham Old Town is the go-to place for a traditional meal on a budget. Well prepared British classics are available for under £15 a head.

For Modern Diners:

For a stylish international fusion menu with a view over the river visit Banyan on the Thames in Battersea.

A more affordable international food experience can be had at The Chutney in Wandsworth.

Trinity in Clapham provides a romantic modern European dining experience.

For every loved up couple filling up South West London’s restaurants next week there will be as many party goers filling up local bars.  Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer:

Visit Dukes bar in St. James’ Place, the bar said to have inspired James Bond’s immortal line…The place to be if you like your martinis shaken, not stirred!

A little closer to home is Adventure Battersea; popular with professionals and renowned for its excellent cocktails and equally great atmosphere.

For Stay-at-home Valentines:

It’s February, and as usual the temperature is low, the sky is grey, and according to the newspapers Britain has once again descended into cold snap chaos.  Why on earth would you want to go out?

Local restaurants such as Del Aziz and Fish Club can deliver romance direct to your door-order now in time for the 14th!

For Craft Lovers:

Whether in a couple or with friends, learning new cookery skills is always entertaining.  What’s more, a cookery workshop with a Valentines twist is the ideal way for romantics to coerce their pragmatic partners into enjoying a coupley outing-after all, you never know when chocolate or cupcake making skills might come in useful…

For all our readers:

Whether you are eating out, staying in or partying this Valentine’s Day, we hope you’ve found this article useful and that you will very soon be treating yourself to a visit to one of the amazing venues South West London has to offer.